Carlos Melia – Exploring Rio’s Vidigal Favela
I would say that one of the best experiences I did, during my recent visit to Rio de Janeiro, to curate unique travel experiences for my VIP clients coming to the 2016 Summer Olympics next year, was something was ranking high in my travel bucket list, after being in Rio for many times in the past. Venturing into the intriguing world of a Favela, was quite interesting, and what I found atop Morro do Vidigal – which gives name to the Favela Vidigal – was indeed unexpected.
While I was touring around Rio de Janeiro with my expert guide Isabella, as the sun was setting over the bay at the neighborhood of Urca, she said to me …” Would you like to go an explore a Favela…” My first thought was, Is it safe – meaning ARE YOU CRAZY. Second, since we were touring around on a luxury E Class Mercedes Benz, I was, are you sure we can go with this car?
Of course deep inside I was YES LET’s DO IT, but my years of experience and at my age, I am more cautious and take less risks than in my young years. Since she saw I was very interested she said, look we will go to Favela Vidigal, which is safe and on top of that, this car is fully bullet proof. As she said that off we went.
This post originally appeared on the Purple Roofs Gay Travel Blog.