The favelas in Rio de Janeiro definitely are not what they used to be. The country has been cleaning up its act and most favelas now have police. The country has started to clean itself up for the upcoming World Cup in 2014 and Olympics in 2016. Before then, there was a significant amount of crime and most favelas didn’t even have police protection. This favela was part of the view from when we rented a penthouse on the mountain of Santa Teresa in Rio de Janeiro. I just love the colors and textures of all of the small houses nearby. There are only a handful of favelas that do not have police protection that are in the north of the city. While Brazil still has special SWAT teams that are designed for favelas they are nowhere near as dangerous as they used to be.