We begin at the bottom of Rocinha where travelers are welcomed with the introduction of local projects and initiatives within the community. Then it’s time to go up the hill! We hop on a moto-taxi [or a combi-bus if you aren’t comfortable on a motorcycle] to the top of the favela were we will visit some of Rocinha’s many majestic and breath-taking lookout points and take a break to shop for some local arts and crafts. Then we’re off to visit the house of a local family where travelers can participate in a cultural exchange, asking questions about life in a favela while enjoying a refreshing cold drink. Once we leave the house, our tour continues down the winding roads of Rocinha, where traveler’s will learn more about the structure and community dynamics of the favela. We finish the tour with a high-energy capoeira roda conducted by a local organization. Then it’s time to say goodbye on one of the busiest streets in Rocinha: Via Ápia.
Our local guide Erik Martins is cria, a colloquial term which describes those who were born and bred in the favela, and he wears the tag proudly. Erik gives private English lessons–both inside and outside of Rocinha. He is a secretary and a teacher at Fastz Idiomas, a language school in the community. He balances these jobs alongside tasks which he carries out for Rio’s City government, such as providing support at the Family Health Clinic and acting as a guide for certain visitors to Rocinha, as well as his commitments to community organizations within the favela. Each of these positions plays a part in Erik’s dream of a better Rocinha, but it is the company he founded with friends that is his number one priority. By way of interactive and immersive tours, Rocinha by Rocinha aims to break down barriers. It is a company whose goal is not simply to take guests around the favela, but to make them a part of the community for a day.
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