Anyone who first arrives in Rio de Janeiro, and takes a casual evening stroll, can’t help but be drawn in by the twinkling lights lighting up the hillsides. Well, those twinkling lights sitting on some of the most prime real estate in the city, are the favelas. Favelas are defined as slums, yet the word slum doesn’t incapsulate what…

Favelas, loosely translated as ‘slums’, make up a big part of Brazilian history and its present identity with over 11 million people living within them. Rio de Janeiro Favelas reside on its many hillsides, the suburbs, and the adjacent cities. Some sit on top of upper-class neighborhoods and business hubs, while others were pushed far from the city center.…