It's also being done in India. Part of a growing niche called "poverty tourism." I understand the logic behind it: some people would like to see the way real people live and work, not just the sanitised version presented to typical tourists - Teatre Colon, Recoleta Cemetery, and so on. At least, I hope that's the logic behind it."mcaffa" said:Wow.That is disgusting. Someone making money off of poverty.
I hear favela tours are quite popular in Brazil, too.
What is wrong with people?
I couldn't agree with you more. India is usually sold using pictures of the Taj Mahal and the Himalayas, but the everyday reality of its one billion people is very different. And if one is an authentic traveller (and not three hundred pounds of blubber in a Hawaiian shirt), one might want to aim for a more authentic and complete picture of a land and its people other than the usual tourist spots."PanamaRandy" said:When I was in India I went on one of these "poverty" tours. I first had some mixed feelings about the whole deal..but what I found out was this that 50% of the cost of the tour went right into the community, the locals love it because also it's a great way to get tourists in to sell a piece of art etc. India is far worse on a large scale than Argentina yet to be honest the Indians seemed to be more content and happier in general than the amped up white person going on the tour. One thing you will notice is if you go on a tour like this that these people living in such a place have a lot of pride, and their homes as simple and plain as they are are also clean..it's only with shame on the white man eyes that they are looked at in a different way. I am not trying to romanticize poverty at all and I do feel it's good for all Gringos that have $$$ to take a look at the other side of the same coin on which they live...