I will be flying to Sao Paulo shortly for the World Cup semi final. After the game, I will then fly to Rio for a couple of day. This is my 1st time in Brazil, and I really want to visit one of those favelas. But I don't want to join those favela tours, as I think they are too "organized", if you see what I mean. Then I heard about this place called Tavares Bastos, which people commented that it's very safe as there was used to be a special police force headquarter, which then moved out in 2010. I'm wondering how safe exactly it is in Tavares Bastos? Say, if I walk around by myself taking photos using my DSLR, will I go into any trouble? Of course, I won't wear any gold chain on my neck for sure. I just want to know if it is "absolutely" safe, or merely "relatively" safe there that it is still not advised for me to walk around by myself? By the way, I'm a Chinese from Hong Kong, and I don't speak any Portuguese. Advice would be highly appreciated. Many thanks.