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By Lauren Hogan, Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Hostels are not for everyone, usually appealing to younger, budget-sensitive travelers, and that goes double for the idea of staying at a hostel in one of Rio's favela communities. Since the Police Pacification Unit (UPP) program started to make an impact, hostels in favelas have been on the rise, especially with the World Cup in town, but there have been a number of incidents highlighting the risks as well.

Safety concerns . . .

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