Welcome to my third day of posting from my trip to Rio de Janeiro for Airbnb!
The first three photos were made in Vidigal: in the second photo you can see the spectacular view looking north from the top of the favela to the beaches of Leblon, Ipanema, and the rest of the city beyond. Vidigal was “pacified” by the state police one year prior in November 2011 — I felt safe on my visit, but the cops I spoke with never took their hands off their guns.
The fourth photo is from Barra de Tijuca, south of the city center, past Vidigal, still part of Rio but with the distinct feel of a wealthy suburb.
The last photo is from Rocinha, the largest favela in the city with a population of 80-100K, also pacified in late 2011. What struck me about Rocinha is the sophistication of its development: there are major paved roads, thriving shops, shared vans and moto-taxis constantly tearing down the streets, with water and electricity to at least the part of the area I visited.
Added on Feb 1: Just came across a solid photo series of the “pacification” of Vidigal and Sao Carlos. Worth checking out on Time Magazine’s LightBox blog.