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Favela Scene is a small agency led by local guides of Santa Marta community (called as well Dona Marta) which was created in 2013 by Gilson Fumaça. The favela is at walking distance from Botafogo metro. It was the first favela to be pacified in Rio de Janeiro (in 2008). It has a free funicular which allows to get to the top easily. But the nicest experience is to walk through its labyrinth of small streets meeting its inhabitants. You can get there to a small square which has a statue of Michael Jackson in order to remember when the pop star came there to make a great part of its musical video clip “They don’t care about us“.
“Fumaça” (it’s under its nickname that Gilson is known in the community) was born and grew up in Santa Marta. He studied tourism and obtained his official guide licence. He transformed the second floor of his family house into a small hostel with two rooms (each of them has five beds) sharing a common bathroom, kitchen and… an amazing panoramical view over all Rio: the city, the surrounded favelas, the ocean, and even the famous “Cristo Redentor”.
During her HopTour through Latin America, Florie spent two days along Fumaça’s side, a great immersion within Santa Marta’s community that she recommend to all! Get to know Favela Scene story watching the above video!
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