Among the hotels that line the beach in RIO it's sometimes easy to forget the vast amount of poverty that exists in the city. But no matter what I have always found the locals to be very friendly and welcoming. They have an amazing positive spirit in spite of their living conditions. I saved all my hotel soap, shampoo, lotion etc.. the day I left, gave it away to a mother and her children who were living on the streets. I would encourage all tourists to do the same. It's called instant karma.