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1. Posted by doolittle (First Time Poster 1 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

i'm heading to brazil in feb fr the carnaval,and was thinking of staying in a place in one of the favelas - Tavares Bastos,does any one know if his is a safe or unsfe area,

2. Posted by ZooWalker (Budding Member 11 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Off course its not safe.

Google "pousada Rio de Janeiro" for example.

3. Posted by Tonytravel (Full Member 87 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

I know nowadays there are great tours to favelas, but you have to be careful, I wouldn't stay there.
Remember that Rio is always packed during Carnival, and much more expensive. Consider booking accomodation in advance and don't expect to find cheap fares.
You can always try other Brazilian cities with awesome carnival parades, or Corrientes and Entre Rios in Argentina. Those are cheaper.
Travel safe!

4. Posted by thespis (Budding Member 39 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Hi there. I am from Rio, and for the last 15 years I´ve been volunteering in the favelas. I go to favelas many times a week, but I have to tell you that NO favelas are really safe. Too many guns and the police will not protect you there. I know Tavares Bastos, it is a small community on the top of the hill in Catete - walking distance from Centro, 20 minutes by bus from Copacabana. There´s a lot of good people living at favela Tavares Bastos, but crime rate is high and it can be considered conflict area.
On the other hand, there´s about 1.2 million people living in favelas in Rio. They are not so different from you. Most of them can leave in peace. If you decide to go there anyway, to face the dangers and experience that, it can be either a nightmare or a wonderful thing that will change your life forever. It depends on your capability of adaptation to a completely different culture. If you judge people, and try to teach them your way of life and your moral values, you will not make friends there. And if you don´t make friends it can be very dangerous.
If you want to talk about that you can call me -snip- . I am a professional tour guide and will certainly suggest some products (airport pickup, apartment rentals, tours and many others) - but I can be a great source of information at no cost. I work alone, so if I am busy I may ask you to call later. If I am available I will tell you all I know.

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5. Posted by aarantes (Respected Member 165 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Hi. I'm sure you would meet wonderful people in any favela, but I really don't understand why some tourists are so fascinated by poverty. I'm sorry that so many people have to live in such conditions and would not recomend living like this for some days just for fun. I admire people who volunter to work with poor comunities. If that's your point and you want to help, it should be great. (Just talk with proper ongs or so.) But if it's just to admire and enjoy, I'm sure there are much nicer places to do it. You can meet nice people at the beach or at a Samba School rehearsal.

But people have different ideas on travelling and I respect you decision. Just keep in mind it's not safe.

Take care.