Vidigal, Rio de Janeiro

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Aerial photo of Vidigal
Aerial photo of Vidigal
Vidigal is located in Rio de Janeiro
Location in Rio de Janeiro
Vidigal is located in Brazil
Vidigal (Brazil)
Coordinates: 22°59′41″S 43°14′19″W / 22.99472°S 43.23861°W / -22.99472; -43.23861Coordinates: 22°59′41″S 43°14′19″W / 22.99472°S 43.23861°W / -22.99472; -43.23861
Country Brazil
StateRio de Janeiro (RJ)
Municipality/CityRio de Janeiro
ZoneSouth Zone

Vidigal is a neighborhood and a favela in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.


Vidigal overlooks Ipanema Beach (Portuguese: Praia de Ipanema) and Ilhas Cagarras. It is located in the South Zone of Rio, between Leblon and São Conrado neighborhoods.

Morro Dois Irmãos[edit]

The Vidigal favela is located at the base of Morro Dois Irmãos, 'Two Brothers Hill'. Morro Dois Irmãos has served as inspiration for a song by Chico Buarque.[1]

Morro Dois Irmãos is also the location of a very frequented and sought-after Two Brothers trail (Trilha Morro Dois Irmãos).[2] Anyone wanting to complete this hike would travel to Vidigal. At the base, near Praça do Vidigal, visitors may choose to ride to the Vila Olímpica soccer field (the entrance for the hike) by Kombi van or on the moto-taxis. There are two viewpoints in this hike before reaching the final destination of the peak. From the first, you will be able to see Rocinha, which is the largest favela in Latin America, and a clear view of Pedra da Gávea. From the second, you are able to see Serra da Carioca, Gávea, Corcovado (where Christ the Redeemer stands tall), and Pedra Bonita. Once reaching the highest peak of the Morro Dois Irmãos you are able to see all of South Zone (Zona Sul) ranging from Botafogo to Leblon, including a beautiful view of Rodrigo de Freitas Lagoon (Lagoa Rodrigo de Freitas).


In November 2011, Vidigal and its neighboring community, Rocinha, were pacified by the Pacifying Police Unit.[3] This so-called pacification has shown to be more cosmetic than real and criminals from the ADA gang (Amigos dos Amigos or Friends of Friends) that have kept the real power unabated by police, continued to sell drugs and extort the neighborhood's inhabitants through the sale of overpriced gas cylinders for example.

In September 2017, a so-called coup d'état took place in Rocinha which saw its criminal control shift from ADA to CV (Comando Vermelho or Red Command).[4] As of December 2017, and through December 2020, Vidigal is a completely transformed favela, for the worse, where it is not uncommon to hear daily heavy arms fire and even see criminals carrying machine-guns on the main street, Av. Presidente João Goulart at all times of day. In 2020, at times there were gun battles[5] between the military police and drug traffickers.[6][7][8][9]



  1. ^ "Morro Dois Irmãos" song by [Chico Buarque
  2. ^ eTrilhas. "Dois Irmãos - eTrilhas - Encontre trilhas para sua aventura e conecte-se com guias profissionais" (in Brazilian Portuguese). Retrieved 2018-12-01.
  3. ^ "Operação 'Choque de Paz' toma Favela da Rocinha - Brasil".
  4. ^ "Disputa pelo poder coloca Rocinha em guerra | Brasil 24/7". Archived from the original on 2017-09-19.
  5. ^ "RJ: homem é baleado em tiroteio entre policiais e traficantes no Vidigal [29/07/2020]". (in Brazilian Portuguese). Retrieved 2021-01-01.
  6. ^ "RJ: homem é baleado em tiroteio entre policiais e traficantes no Vidigal [29/07/2020]". (in Brazilian Portuguese). Retrieved 2022-02-16.
  7. ^ "Moradores relatam tiroteio no Vidigal; PM afirma que UPP foi atacada". G1 (in Brazilian Portuguese). Retrieved 2021-01-01.
  8. ^ "MPRJ denuncia PMs por morte de 4 pessoas no Vidigal, na Zona Sul do Rio". G1 (in Brazilian Portuguese). Retrieved 2021-01-01.
  9. ^ "Trabalhador morto no Vidigal durante operação da PM é enterrado neste domingo". G1 (in Brazilian Portuguese). Retrieved 2021-01-01.