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Cantagalo, Pavão e Pavãozinho Favelas

Cantagalo, Pavão e Pavãozinho Favelas

Cantagao, Pavão and Pavãozinho is a complex of slums with about 5000 residents located on Cantagalo hill, between Ipanema, Copacabana and Lagoa neighborhoods. Its history dates back to the early 20th century when poor workers from other states of Brazil, involved in construction of Copacabana and Ipanema neighborhoods, settled down on the hill. With arrival of drugs trafficking Cantagalo was one of the most violent favelas in Rio until its pacification in 2009.

Nowadays it's a relatively peaceful neighborhood, visited by many tourists. Sightseeing includes a museum, a hiking trail, a samba school, an amazing garden with the best view of Copacabana and numerous graffiti wall paintings.

Museu da Favela, founded in 2008 by local cultural leaders, aims to become significant touristic attraction representing slum history, origins of samba, culture of Northeastern immigrants, visual arts and dance.

Tips for Cantagao, Pavão and Pavãozinho favelas:

  • It is hard to find all the attractions on your own, as well as for safety reasons it's recommended to take a guided tour. Favela tours organized by Favela Museum: http://www.museudefavela.org/favelatour/english.html
  • The best place to enjoy amazing views while having lunch or dinner and listening to live music is Gilda no Cantagalo (https://www.facebook.com/gildanocantagalo). Gilda no Cantagalo has its own van, which goes from Rua Sá Ferreira (no 44) crossing with Rua Saint Roman and leaves you near restaurant. Ask the driver how to walk to the restaurant, as the path is hard to find, once he points you to the right path, just continue up the main stairs until you reach the restaurant.
  • On your way back from Gilda no Cantagalo wait for the taxi minivan in the same place where it left you. Sometimes it can be a long wait. 

Song about Pavão-Pavãozinho

Song dedicated to Pavão-Pavãozinho by Brazilian singer Fernanda Brum:

Quick facts

Type: favela
Touristic: no
Getting there: easy
Minimal transport: elevator or van
Height: 200 meters
Cost: medium (tour price)
Other names: Cantagalo, Pavão, Pavãozinho, Morro do Cantagalo
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