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Getting to know the culture of a city is to come into contact with the differences that populate it. If, on one hand, the “Marvellous City” attracts tourists for its natural beauty and beaches, on the other hand it's a city whose inequalities that separate its 6 million inhabitants, force you to take a deeper look.

The safety and organization of the most chic neighbourhoods of Rio de Janeiro contrast with the poverty and lack of rules of the poorer suburbs. Visiting the city is being aware of these contrasts, so the favelas (slums) have assumed such an importance that it is possible to go on a guided tour of two or three to know their nooks. Perched on the hills, spreading to several areas of land, they are now a hallmark of Rio de Janeiro, totalling nearly a thousand. The less impressionable tourists who want to know about this other world and have contact with these communities and their people, can embark on a guided tour of the favelas of Vila Canoas and Rocinha (the largest in Rio, with 200,000 inhabitants, where the elegant neighbourhood of São Conrado ends). If in the distance they seem quaint, the inside reveals a complex architecture and better explains some of the aspects of the Brazilian society. But we should also remember that most of the samba schools participating in the Rio de Janeiro Carnival come from these slums. Part of the profits of the visits is invested in community projects (see www.favelatour.com.br).