To many Brazilians, favelas are dirty, violent, frightening places. But to many foreigners, they are exciting, interesting, and romantic. More and more outsiders are coming 5 from overseas to live, work, or just visit favelas, observers say. In doing so they are highlighting the difference between Brazilians who regard favelas with fear, rejection, and even disgust, and foreigners who embrace them as vibrant 10 representations of modern Brazilian culture. â€œIn Brazil, no one likes favelas, no one thinks they are coolâ€, says Marcelo Armstrong, the owner of a company that runs daily tours to two Rio favelas. â€œForeigners are 15 more open. Thereâ€™s a certain romantic appeal to favelas. Although no figures are available on the number of foreigners living in favelas, Mr. Armstrong says the number is definitely rising 20 and cites his own statistics as evidence. The number of tourists taking his tours has risen from around four per month in 1992, when he started the business, to around 800 per month in 2007. Of those, only a dozen or so are 25 Brazilians, mostly the partners of foreign visitors.
Para muitos brasileiros, favelas sÃ£o sujo, violento, assustador lugares. Mas para muitos estrangeiros, eles sÃ£o romÃ¢nticos, interessante e emocionante. Mais e mais pessoas de fora sÃ£o 5 vinda do exterior para viver, trabalhar ou apenas visitar favelas, dizem observadores. Ao fazer isso eles estÃ£o destacando a diferenÃ§a entre os brasileiros que consideram favelas com medo, rejeiÃ§Ã£o e atÃ© mesmo nojo e os estrangeiros que abraÃ§Ã¡-los como vibrantes 10 representaÃ§Ãµes da cultura brasileira moderna.