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Abraco Carioca- Favela hostel

Ladeira Ary Barroso, 66, Leme Chapeu Mangueira / Rua Dr Estrofe, 8b, Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro 22010-020 Brazil
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#37 of 1 069 Speciality lodging in Rio de Janeiro

Abraco Carioca-Favela Hostel provides an authentic local experience in Rio de Janeiro. Located in Chapeu Mangueira Favela, it has an incredible view of Copacabana beach.The experience begins with the unique local culture of the favela where we are located: tracks, restaurants, bars, local characters, music and art events. Enjoy an adventure full of stories, sights, smells and tastes of this amazing community.

Born and raised in Rio, our carioca staff are knowledgeable about the four corners of this wonderful setting, with its local celebrities and everyday people. It is this local flavour that we will share with each guest.

Together we also look for city tours, concerts, football matches, local eateries, events, festivals, exhibitions, architecture, samba, capoeira, language and other courses ( surfing, dancing, cooking etc), movies and any activity with the potential for you to better experience the genuine spirit of Rio.

Tasty street snacks; popular local bars; fairs; samba rehearsals, the best way to enjoy Maracana at a football match; the hidden corners and small treasures that only those who live in and love Rio know where to find.

Stay at Abraco Carioca-Favela Hostel, our guests get everything that fascinates us about the City. Welcome to the typical carioca life and its local accent.

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Hanne H wrote a review Jun 2016
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I had a great stay at Gabriels place. I had as usually not planned anything and requested a booking when i landed in Rio. Gabriel answered almost immediately and organized so i could arrive right away. Gabriel came every morning with fresh bread and to make coffee and have a chat. Great way to start the day. And yes the view is as great as in the photos! Gabriel is really helpful with suggesting things to do and visit in and around Rio and will try to answer any question you might have. He is from this area and full of local knowledge that he gladly shares with you! The apartment is simple but clean, and i really liked the neighborhood and the neighbors. The name of the neighborhood is Chapeu Mangeira and it certainly show a different side of Rio and offers a different vibe than the more famous cites. Get ready to ride a motorcycle taxi up the hillside, dance at the local funk party well known in Rio or simply enjoy a beer or a meal at the Boteco. Its also a super pluss that you are in walking distance of everything you need; supermarket, metro, buss, beach, shopping etc. I strongly recomend a stay at Gabriels who will give a true carioca experience! Thanks for a great stay!
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Date of stay: May 2016
Trip type: Travelled solo
Djesika D wrote a review May 2016
Heerlen, The Netherlands143 contributions32 helpful votes
We were received with open arms in Leme. Gabriel met us and walked up the steps with us. It was quite a climb ( approx 200 steps) but once you get up there, WAUW. An amazing view over Leme and Copacabana beach took our breath away. Gabriel had kindly made us some lovely tuna sandwiches. We felt home after the first five minutes. Every day Gabriel brought us some fresh bread and told us the places to go and not to go. He arranged for us to go to a match in maracana stadium. During our stay he helped us arrange different activities and went above and beyond for us. During our trip, one of our group fell sick and had to go to the hospital in the middle of the night. Gabriel arranged a private taxi to bring us to the hospital in Copacabana and kept in touch to see how she was doing. I think you get the point, Gabriel is an amazing host! In the beginning you might feel a bit scared or nervous in the favela. But trust us, after the first day you will feel this is the safest place in whole Rio, filled with kind people who would like to chat to you. The hostel is very clean and lovely. He has lockers (remember to bring your own lock) and the bathrooms are cleaned every single morning. The kitchen has everything you need and I dare say that the balcony is the most relaxed place you'll ever be. To reach the hostel is quite a climb, but the location is great. Only 10 minutes walk from the beach and near the busstop and metro station. At the bottom of the hill you can find a supermarket and other little shops. This hostel, the host, the favela is a hidden treasure in Rio. I would choose to stay here above any other place in Rio and I hope to come back one day to enjoy the friendliness and view of this hostel again!
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Date of stay: May 2016
Trip type: Travelled with friends
Chantal wrote a review May 2016
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I don't even know where to start. At day 1 Gabriel waited on us at the beginning of the favela to walk us to the hostel. He showed us the way and made us his specialty food, tuna salad. The morning after he showed us the map of Rio and where to go, he walked us out of the favela. The favela is really safe, probably one of the places in Rio I felt most safe. There is a nice bar, bar do David, and really friendly people. At the beginning of the hill to the favela their are youngsters on a motorbycicle who will bring you to the top for 3 Real. The view, my god the view. If you look out of the bedroomwindow or if you are on the rooftop, you will have a view to remember. You will look out at Copacabana beach and much more. Fancy hotels won't have this view! Another thing these hotels won't have, is people as Gabriel and Rafael. Gabriel brought us breakfast, made some juice, brought some fresh fruits, just because he likes to. His heart is with the hostel and his job. Everything we wanted to do, he arranged it. He arranged a hike, hanggliding, surfing, you name it. At nigh he would sens us a text to ask us if everything went well and with some suggestions to do in the evening. He even went to the biggest favela in Rio with us where he showed us the best places. The room are clean and tidy, the kitchen is great with all the stuff you need, including some hammocks ;). I travelled a lot already, but I never have experienced such an amazing host and such a good stay. It really, really is extraordinary. There is only one place to recommend in Rio, Gabriel's place!
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Date of stay: May 2016Trip type: Travelled with friends
Alex K wrote a review Jan 2016
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What a great value for money hostel! The location is 10-15 minutes walk to Copacabana beach and 5 minutes walk to the famous "Bar Do David" for great food! The views from the top of the hostel are stunning, everyone we met were so friendly and it had a nice relaxed atmosphere. Thank you for a great experience in the Favelas, I will be back!
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Date of stay: January 2016Trip type: Travelled with friends
Javier_Ghaemi wrote a review Jan 2016
London, England, United Kingdom3 contributions
From the moment we arrived at Abraco Carioca- Favela hostel, we were greeted like old friends and made to feel at home immediately. Gabriel and Raphael truly care about their guests and take the time to get to know who you are and what you want to do during your stay before helping you to plan your days. Gabriel's love for his city is evident in his recommendations and even took us on guided tours of the areas that we wanted to explore together, pointing out little hidden treats that we would never of found, like the Pão de Queijos in Santa Teresa that quickly became our favourite snack. Staying in the Favela is a super unique experience and as close as you can get to living like a local. Eat at the wonderful Bar Do David before climbing up the stairs to the hostel terrace where you can enjoy stunning panoramic views of Copacabana beach and it's surroundings. We stayed there for 10 days and met some wonderful people from all around the world - If I ever return to Rio, I will most certainly be back. Thank you to Gaga and Rapha for an amazing experience and showing us the true meaning of being part of a community :)
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Date of stay: January 2016
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BrazilState of Rio de JaneiroRio de JaneiroZona Sul (South Zone) / Leme / Copacabana
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Frequently Asked Questions about Abraco Carioca- Favela hostel
Which popular attractions are close to Abraco Carioca- Favela hostel?
Nearby attractions include Forte Duque de Caxias (0.4 km), Leme (0.2 km), and Praia do Leme (0.4 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Abraco Carioca- Favela hostel?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and airport transportation.
What food & drink options are available at Abraco Carioca- Favela hostel?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast during their stay.
What are some restaurants close to Abraco Carioca- Favela hostel?
Conveniently located restaurants include Restaurante Marius Degustare, Classico Beach Club, and Estrelas da Babilonia.
Does Abraco Carioca- Favela hostel have an airport shuttle?
Yes, Abraco Carioca- Favela hostel offers an airport shuttle for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Abraco Carioca- Favela hostel?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and Spanish.
Are there any historical sites close to Abraco Carioca- Favela hostel?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Fortaleza de Santa Cruz da Barra (4.4 km), São Luis Fortress (6.0 km), and Forte de Copacabana (3.6 km).