Going on one of these tours, sleeping in a favela guesthouse or having dinner in a tourist friendly favela restaurant does offer an alternative to mainstream Rio. So, would YOU spend a night sleeping in a slum?
This week saw the opening of the 6th Africities Summit in Dakar, Senegal with the aspiration of contributing "to the emergence of Africa of the people". Yet it is the people themselves who are all too often absent from such gatherings of the great and the good.
There is absolutely nothing that can prepare you for entering the Sanjay colony slum in Delhi. I had never been to India before, let alone one of the largest, most renowned slums in the north east of Delhi.