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Monday 19 May
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

day 43

We have organised a trip to rocinha flavela, the biggest in Rio. Apparently there 1040 flavelas in rio and only 47 have been passified. We are a bit early for the tour so go for a walk around and find a very futuristic building that turns out to be a church and is incredible inside. The tour is not quite what we expected as they have put 2 tours together and end up getting a free one to the rain forest as well, not what we really want as its time consuming and we've seen it all before and are going to Manuas. When we finally get to the flavela the guide is very informative as he comes from there even breaking down in tears when explaining what's happened to some of his now departed friends. The flavela is split into poor medium and high class area, mainly down to the distance wway from the one main road that runs through it. The poor area is not even accessable by the thousands of motor bike taxis that fill the flavela like worker bees. From the main road we are taken through a maze of alleys almost like a bazar in Turkey,  until we are allowed to enter someones house. We are able to stand on the roof and get incredible views of the flavela whilst the guide explains how inferstructure of life works there. After our goodbyes we head back to the mini bus. Its been and backin lappa we hit a meat kilo rrestaurant for some delicious food.

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