In recent years, the favelas have been a source of controversy, with massive police crackdowns on drug kingpins, which have escalated in a full-blown drug war. Chris discovers there is more to these areas than what we see in the news, and meets some of the residents and hears their side of the story. Join Chris in the heart of the Rocinha favela, where he discovers a place filled with community spirit, and passionate, hospitable people.
Around 700,000 tourists flock to Rio de Janeiro every year to witness the outrageously elaborate floats parade around the Sambadrome, while others head north to fully immerse themselves in the festival and Afro-Brazilian culture.
With 60 beaches to choose from, colonial architecture, local folklore and traditional fishing villages, discover Brazil's "Island of Magic".