Not many people think about striking out into Rio’s favelas. But despite the reputation of these underprivileged districts, some of them can be visited quite easily, like Pavão-Pavãozinho, which is just behind the Copacabana beach. Houses piled up on top of each other, walls painted in different colours or decorated by graffiti artists, samba dancers, aspiring footballers, good times and community spirit: this is the people’s Brazil.


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Arthur Bacry

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Ipanema and Leblon Ipanema and Leblon
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