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The Pavao-Pavaozinho favela, or slum, sits above two of the most expensive and desirable neighborhoods in Rio de Janeiro: Copacabana and Ipanema. Rio's police force has worked to "pacify" the favelas in this wealthy and tourist-filled area by forcing drug lords out.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Michael Robinson Chavez / Los Angeles Times

Lapa is one of Rio de Janeiro's oldest neighborhoods, and for many years it was notoriously dangerous. Today it has a thriving nightlife where traditional Rio meets young hipsters and yuppies eager to drink and dance in the district's many bars and clubs.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Michael Robinson Chavez / Los Angeles Times

Many new bars have opened in Lapa, which promises to be an epicenter for recreation during the upcoming World Cup and Olympic Games.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Michael Robinson Chavez / Los Angeles Times

A couple enjoys a meal at one of Sao Paulo's tony restaurants in the Jardins neighborhood. Brazil's economy has slowed recently after huge gains over the last 10 years. Recent demonstrations have brought attention to the middle class' lack of spending power as costs skyrocket.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Michael Robinson Chavez / Los Angeles Times

A commuter's shadow is cast on the wall of Sao Paulo's Paulista metro station. Demonstrations have included calls to improve the city's woefully inadequate public transportation system, where many commuters languish for hours heading to work and back.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Michael Robinson Chavez / Los Angeles Times

A woman rests in Acailandia, a city in the agricultural belt of the state of Maranhao in northeastern Brazil.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Michael Robinson Chavez / Los Angeles Times

Parishioners listen to a sermon outside an evangelical church in Acailandia. Evangelicals have been drawing worshipers away from the Roman Catholic Church in Brazil.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Michael Robinson Chavez / Los Angeles Times

Colorful buildings brighten a corner in Acailandia, Brazil.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Michael Robinson Chavez / Los Angeles Times

Beer bars line the highway in the city of Acailandia. As the population increases in Brazil's interior, efforts are being made to improve the outdated infrastructure.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Michael Robinson Chavez / Los Angeles Times

Night falls and temperatures drop in the jungle town of Acailandia, allowing residents a respite from the heat.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Michael Robinson Chavez / Los Angeles Times

Children play during the cooler evening hours in Acailandia.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Michael Robinson Chavez / Los Angeles Times

When the workday is over, Acailandia residents come to a small general store to drink cachaca, a local spirit made from sugar cane.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Michael Robinson Chavez / Los Angeles Times

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