For this year's World Cup, Brazil has put its best foot forward.
From thousands of miles away, one sees Ipanema's glistening beaches, multi-million dollar soccer stadiums and thousands of screaming, exuberant fans.
Yet nestled in the hills above Rio de Janeiro, a different dimension of Brazil languishes in poverty, succumbs to violence and struggles with drug abuse.
The slums, called favelas, lurk ominously over Rio's natural splendors.
Densely populated, with narrow streets and unreliable infrastructure, the favelas are, more or less, Brazil's underbelly - highlighting the stark economic divide between the rich and the poor.
CNN's Chris Cuomo explored Favela Tavares Bastos, where some residents voiced discontentment with the Brazilian government and lamented the lack of meaningful change.
"They haven't got a democracy, what they've got is a 'kleptocracy,'" Bob Nadkarni, a hotel owner and British ex-pat who has lived in the favela for 35 years, said.
Nadkarni said that Brazil and the favelas are both plagued by corruption, even after a 2008 "pacification," intended to clean up and restore a semblance of order to the slums.
Despite the favela's laundry list of problems, Nadkarni remains smitten with Tavares Bastos and its panoramic views of Rio.
"I sit here in the morning, having my cup of coffee - and the steam is coming through my cup of coffee, and the sun rolls over the switchback mountains and pours over the sea like fresh orange juice," he said.
"Oh boy, after 35 years, I'm still looking at it and I still love it."
See photos from Chris' time in Favela Tavares Bastos:
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