Slum tourism raises awareness about world’s poverty

Published on : Tuesday, January 10, 2017

slum-tourismMany cities and countries in the world are still under poverty with widening gap between the rich and the poor. Despite controversy, slum tourism is a way for travelers to know more about poverty in specific areas of the world like Brazil, India, Africa, Peru and even America.

In India, Mumbai, Dharavi is well-known as ‘slum tourism’ destination with locals as tour guides. There are also slum tours in Cape Town, South Africa, and all proceeds go to local charities and even the locals. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil’s Rocinha “Favela” is known for its mountain slum homes. Some visitors said tourism of the “Favelas” in Rio is “capitalizing and marketing” slums as a tourist destination where the rich “feel better about themselves” after their visit.


Peru’s international tourists would often refrain from Machu Picchu tours and contact agencies to access Lima’s impoverished cities. According to Conde Nast Traveler, after Hurricane Katrina, many areas of New Orleans have become temporary shantytowns. Some artists and businesses had vowed to help raise funds for Hurricane Katrina victims — thus forming slum tourism in the area.


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