Rocinha is the largest and most famous of Rio’s favelas, or slum areas. Movies have been filmed here, and photographers flock to the hillside community for its views of the city and of the beach, and for the brick houses crowding each other on the hill’s steep slopes.
Rocinha is not that deprived, for an official slum area. It has a commercial area with fast food restaurants and shops, buses, and domestic conveniences such as cable TV and Internet connection. There are guided tours through the favela, through the narrow alleyways between houses and down its main road.
The favela is believed to have a population of 200,000 and growing, as more immigrants come into the city.