From the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office

Latest update: Safety and security section (Favelas) – update on the security situation in shanty towns (favelas); you’re still at risk even if you visit favelas with organised tours; you should take extra care and be aware of local conditions at all times

There are high levels of poverty and very high levels of violent crime in shanty-towns (favelas), which exist in all major Brazilian cities. The state government has implemented a Pacifying Police Force (Unidade de Policia Pacificadora – UPP) in several favelas in Rio de Janeiro. Whilst this has improved security in some favelas, all favelas are unpredictably dangerous areas, and remain high risk given the level of violence within them and the severe strain on police resources. You’re still at risk even if you visit favelas with organised tours. Violence, particularly aimed at police and officials, can occur at anytime and overspill to areas close to the favelas. You should take extra care and be aware of local conditions at all times.

from Travel Advice Summary, which can be found at: http://ift.tt/17tNMDp

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