|Praça Cantão (Cantao Square), well-known for its colorful houses as part of he Favela Painting Project of Hass and Hahn. Photo copyright Nohelia Sanchez / www.rdj4u.com for www.TravelBoldly.com|
Visiting the Favela or Shantytown of Santa Marta in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
by Nohelia Sanchez
Santa Marta favela has an impressive view of the Corcovado
and Rio's exotic nature.
The first thing I learned is that everything depends on the view of the traveler. I saw a lifestyle that has a lot to do with the way Brazilians are, not because of their infrastructure conditions, but because of their personalities: their friendliness, their relaxed style and their happiness despite all their problems. Cariocas are full of kindness and charisma.
Favela Santa Marta is located on the hills between Botafogo and Laranjeiras, two medium-high class neighboorhoods in the Zona Sul. The favela tour that took us there began with a short trip through Tijuca, Forest, where we had the chance to see wonderful views of Rio. No amount of admiring Rio’s beauty is ever enough.
First impressions of Santa Marta favela in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
I was very curious about how the inhabitants of the favela would receive the tour especially after
|A colorful wall with bullet holes welcomes visitors to the|
Santa Marta Favela in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Santa Marta’s narrow streets: many stairs and
small windows in the favela.
We continued our favela tour through the narrow streets to reach Praça Cantão (Cantao Square), well-known for its colorful houses as part of the Favela Painting project of Haas & Hahn. These two Dutch artists had the idea of creating public works of art in the favelas in Rio. The project was carried out with the participation of the community’s youth. It is now the centre of the social and commercial activity of the favela. We also had the chance to visit also their samba school Mocidade Unida do Santa Marta, which is located at the base of the favela.
With many thoughts in our heads and newly embraced feelings in our hearts our driver picked us up at the entrance of the favela to return us to our our unreal hotel reality in Rio.
|Nohelia Sanchez poses with a statue of |
Michael Jackson in Santa Marta Favela
in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Nohelia Sanchez / www.rdj4u.com