Tag Archives: Favela Tourism

Voyeurism or Philanthropy? Jakarta Poverty Tours Spark Debate

Wati is 23 years old and already a mother of five. She carries her youngest child in her arms, a 5-month-old girl who has a slight fever. Wati’s husband works at the port, where he earns about Rp 20,000 ($2) … Continue reading

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Can Slum Tourism Be Done Right? Eric Weiner Says Yes.

With the success of the Oscar winning film, Slumdog Millionaire, “slum tourism” is on the rise. This type of travel, sometimes referred to as “poorism,” guides tourists through the slums of cities in India, Africa, and Mexico, among other destinations. These … Continue reading

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Why We Need Micro Loans Instead Of Slum Tourism

Recent articles by the BBC, The Guardian, The Globe and Mail, The Smithsonian Magazine, and others have discussed various aspects of “slum tourism.” This phenomenon, which began in Rio de Janeiro around 1992 and has now been popularized in Buenos Aires, New Delhi, Johannesburg, … Continue reading

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Slum Tours: Real Tourism or Real Exploitation?

By Dian Hasan | October 5, 2009 The Oscar-winning movie Slumdog Millionaire has made the world’s poor urban districts a popular tourist destination. Is it supportive or exploitive? National Geographic Traveler takes a look. There was a time when most … Continue reading

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First-person look ~ Visiting favelas (Rio’s slums) for a life-altering experience

By Dian Hasan | October 8, 2009 If you’ve always wondered how compelling direct face-to-face travel experience really is, especially when it deals with uncommon environments, situations and places that are totally foreign to you (I’m aware this may sound … Continue reading

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Rio’s Favela Tourism ~ a first-person look

By Dian Hasan | September18, 2009 With the growing popularity of “do good” travel or “doing good while traveling” of today, fueled by people’s increased awareness of the planet and its contents, one area of travel that has received renewed … Continue reading

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The Favela Tour: Changing Perspectives on the Slums of Rio

A look inside one of the most misunderstood places in the world, and how one group has been working for almost two decades to promote awareness. It was my first night in Rio de Janeiro. From the balcony of a … Continue reading

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