Rio de Janeiro is definitely a photogenic city (and with its own Lomo store to boot!), but often times, people limit themselves to staying around the beaches and tourist attractions while avoiding favelas entirely since they tend to get a bad rap in popular culture.
I would never have thought that I will ever be in a Favela, not even imagined sleeping there. But the beautiful thing about life is, that things just happen. Even before I visited my friends Bru and Andi in Brazil they had chatted about a hostel in Rio de Janeiro, that is located on top of a Favela with a splendid view on the city and the sugarloaf.