Rio has so many beautiful vistas. One of my favorites since my first visit here years ago is the view of the Dois Irmãos (Two Brothers). You get a great view of the formation from Leblon and Ipanema beaches.
Dois Irmãos is one of the many morros, or granite hills, around which Rio is built. They have in large part defined the city of Rio – not just its geography, but its social organization as well. (More on this in later posts.)
On the left flank of Dois Irmãos (which incidentally is pronounced sort of like “doiz ear MOWS”, with the last syllable rhyming with “cows”) lies the favela (slum) of Vidigal. It is beautiful at night, its lights shimmering above the South Atlantic.
To the right of and behind Dois Irmãos lies Rocinha, the largest favela in Rio. The lowest estimates give it 50,000 inhabitants, but a more realistic number is 200,000+. You saw a helicopter view of Rocinha at the beginning of the movie The Hulk. Tours of Rocinha are available, and yes, they are safe.
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