Tip: if you want more traffic on your blog, use the word favela.
For me, I am just grateful that my friend Zezinho is experiencing success with his proudful neighborhood tours in Rocinhia. He is a master, adorable embassador - and the community always shines.
What is the facination with poor communities? The folks are the same. The restaurants are (practically) the same. The beauty shops are the same. The hardware stores are the same. The absense of police patrolling is the same. Mothers calling out to their children is the same. Dogs nuzzling around in trash is the same.
But somehow people have a curiosity about poor communities (favelas). Well, I suppose that is a good thing for Zé - who provides informative and heartfelt tours of his neighborhood (recommended).
If you go - be sure to spend some money in the community. Buy lunch, buy a beer or two, get your nails done, buy a shirt, eat a snack, pay a moto-boy to take you on a fast adventure -- just leave some of your money in the community.