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
State Rio de Janeiro (RJ)
Municipality/City Rio de Janeiro
Zone South Zone
Vidigal, a Rio de Janeiro favela. The tall building to the right is the Sheraton Rio luxury hotel.

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


Aerial view of Vidigal

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.

In November 2011, Vidigal and its neighboring community, Rocinha, were pacified by the Pacifying Police Unit.[1] This so-called pacification has shown to be more cosmetic than real and criminals from the ADA faction (Amigos dos Amigos or Friends of Friends) that have kept the real power unabated by police, continued to sell drugs and extort the 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).[2] As of December 2017, 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.

Vidigal at night

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.[3]