Becos are something typical for Rocinha. They are small narrow streets usually full of stairs, which make it rather complicated to navigate your way around. Because of this, I decided to teach my adults intermediate class how to give directions to a tourist lost in Rocinha.
We started with a few simple phrases and then gradually added vocabulary until the students were able to direct the foreigner from the very bottom of Rocinha all the way to their favourite bar or restaurant.
Some of the basic phrases we learnt:
Cross the pasarela
Go up the Via Apia|
Take the third street on your right
When you get to the market turn left and go up the street past the banks
Take the beco on your right
Continue going up the stairs
Go up the Estrada da Gavea
Turn right to a beco, go to the end...
... and the snack bar will be on your right