Friday Postcard: Dois Irmãos (Two Brothers), Rio de Janeiro

Hello all,

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 Irmaos (Two Brothers) formation, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

A view of Dois Irmaos from Ipanema Beach, Rio de Janeiro

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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One response to “Friday Postcard: Dois Irmãos (Two Brothers), Rio de Janeiro”

  1. Charles Albach says:

    Yeh. lived there ’87-91. Aughtolpha de paiya(sp?) Leblon. My friend’s family had restuarante “Satyricon” in Ipanema…Still have friends there..How long were you there?

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