Day at Santa Marta

Day at Santa Marta. Students in front of the main square of Santa Marta. There are colorful houses and charming atmosphere

Day at Santa Marta. Students in front of the main square of Santa Marta

Vi besøkte favela Santa Marta hvor vi først tok banen opp til toppen før vi spaserte nedover favelaen. Guiden var ei kjempe hyggelig dame med mye interessant å si. Høydepunktet var definitivt å se Michael Jackson statuen. Veldig fin tur!

Signe Jamtveit, Norway.

Last Friday we spent our day at Santa Marta. This is a very famous favela in Rio de Janeiro, and also is one of the safest. Our students were from Germany, Norway, Scotland and United States. Everyone was excited to know how the life in a brazilian favela is, its architecture and curiosities.

The day was a little rainy, but nothing that would prevent us from knowing the charms of Santa Marta. Consequently, we started our tour taking a cable car to get to the top. The slum is one of the steepest in Rio, so there is that transportation to help residents move around better.

Day at Santa Marta. This is the only one transport to get to the top.

Day at Santa Marta. Cable car or “bondinho” used to get to the top of the favela

Day at Santa Marta. Students into the cable car, looking how big the favela is.

Day at Santa Marta. Students into the cable car, looking how big the favela is.

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Day at Santa Marta. View from the top of several houses and a church in the middle

Upon arriving at the top, our local guide told us many stories and curiosities about the place. Thus, we learned a lot about the culture, daily life and difficulties faced by residents. After that, we went down the numerous steps, knowing every corner of the slum to get to the main point – The statue of the star Michael Jackson.

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Day at Santa Marta. Students posing like pop stars with the king of the pop Michael Jackson

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So, in the end, we visited a square in the favela, where the houses are colorful, painted by Dutch artists. This is the main meeting point for locals to eat something, have a chat and have some fun.

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See some of our lasts visits at Dona Marta:
December 2014
October 2014
August 2014
July 2014
May 2014
April 2014
February 2014
September 2013
July 2013

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