Travel Brazil – Deep Inside The Rocinha Favela

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Chris Noble: Going to Rio De Janerio for many people means a non-stop party, and while I had a great time of getting amongst the infectious atmosphere of Carnaval, I wanted to discover the other side of Rio that laid up the mountain, Inside the favelas.

In recent years the favelas have been a source of controversy, with massive police crackdowns on drug kingpins which escalated in a full blown drug war. But I knew that there was more to these areas than just what goes on in the news – I wanted to meet the residents and get their side of the story.

The reality of Rio was shown to me by my excellent guide Marianne from Real Rio tours and her friend Pedro, two Brazillian locals who were eager to show me the heart of the Rocinha favela. With them, I discovered that away from the hustle and bustle on the glitzy esplanade was a place filled with community spirit and passionate and hospitable people – something many travellers miss out on.


Want to go on some more adventures with Chris?

Discover the true heart of Carnaval:

And feel the heat of some authentic Rio Football Fever.

Looking for more info on Rio or Carnaval?

Get some local intel – If you have any questions about travelling to Rio, feel free to hit up our Ask A Nomad community here –

Concerned about safety in Brazil? – Check out our travel safety articles on how to stay safe when travelling to Brazil – and stay covered with our travel insurance –

Looking to book for local festivals and events? – Check out Be A Local – – they were great in getting us tickets to Carnaval.

Thinking about where to stay in Rio? – We had fantastic assistance from the crew at AirBnB – – who helped set us up with an excellent pad.

Looking to give back when you travel? – Check out International Volunteer HQ – – who have some great projects running on the ground in Brazil.

About the World Nomads Brazil team

Chris Noble is the General Manager of and will forever be indebted to the World Nomads of Rio that shared their knowledge and passion over the Carnaval period. He has a renewed love of Samba music and still dances as if his feet were held apart by a broom handle.

This film was directed, shot and edited by our very talented nomad, Brian Rapsey –, with additional editing by World Nomad’s Jesse Perez.