Are favela tours ethical?

'Slum tours' in South America are increasingly popular, but do they benefit local people or is favela tourism just exploitative?

The hippest 'hood in Rio de Janeiro

It may not have the glitz and glamour of Copacabana or Ipanema, but Botafogo is Rio's hippest 'hood, with an alternative scene that has as much social substance as left-field style

Rio de Janeiro: Return of the rainforest

Just 10 minutes from Rio city centre is Tijuca National Park, the world's largest urban forest

City life: Rio de Janeiro

Flamboyant and fearless, Rio is the life and soul of the party — and on the cusp of the 2016 Olympics, there's never been a better time to embrace the energy of the hedonistic host city

Like a local: Rio de Janeiro

There's never been a better time to visit the spirited city — firing on all cylinders in the run-up to the 2016 Olympics.

Food: Rio de Janeiro street food

Save your cash for football and fun nights out and get stuck into Rio de Janeiro's street food. Chef Andy Bates shares his favourite snacks, and the best places to buy them.

City of God: Rio de Janeiro

Transformed in the 21st century, Rio de Janeiro's spectacular beauty is matched only by its dedication to hedonistic lifestyle, modernist architecture and exquisite cuisine.

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