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From big name sporting events to backpackers looking to experience its famous spirit and scenery, Brazil is so hot right now. The country’s YHA network is also in the spotlight, with several new hostels opening in top travel spots.
The capital, Brasilia, can now boast its first truly world-class hostel, with the opening of Hostel 7. The 38-bed hostel’s all-ensuite rooms give design nods to the 60s (VW reception!) and some of Brazil’s famous sons such as architect Oscar Niemeyer and artist Athos Bulcão. Impressive facilities range from the standard communal lounge and kitchen, 24-hour reception and air-conditioning, to freebies like breakfast, Wi-Fi, coffee and juice, and even added extras such as Cable/Apple TV, bike rental and video games.
Brazil’s largest city, São Paulo, welcomes centrally-located Okupe Hostel Jardins, on famous Avenue Rebolledo, offers incredible value for money, while the beautifully converted mansion, Traipu Eco Hostel, in the city’s green Pacaembu neighbourhood will also organise cultural, artistic and therapeutic courses for guests.
Rio de Janeiro
A tropical cocktail of rainforest, mountains, white sandy beaches and urban chaos, it’s little wonder Rio de Janiero is described as Brazil’s cidade maravilhosa (marvellous city).
Located in Rio’s west-side Recreio neighbourhood, two blocks from Macumba Beach, the new Rio Surf and Stay hostel is a sanctuary for travellers looking to experience a different side to the city in between caipirinhas, the Corcovado and Copacabana.
As the name suggests, the hostel boasts an on-site surf school offering lessons, rentals, a professional crew, and even a customised VW to get you to the best waves and semi-secret beaches for some unforgettable travel memories.
Guests can choose between two comfortable six-bed rooms (one opening onto a big balcony with hammocks), or double/twin rooms with private bathrooms. Breakfast and free internet/WiFi are included in the price, plus there’s a kitchen, BBQ, TV lounge, and a chill-out bar and garden where guests can test their balance on the slackline rope. Of course, if you’d prefer to swap surf for samba, sightseeing, or the views from Sugar Loaf mountain, head straight to the multi-lingual staff at the hostel’s travel desk.
Caipi Hostel is just minutes away from Rio de Janeiro’s best street parties, nightlife and fabled beaches. It promises free Wi-Fi, breakfast, city tours, plus free nightly caipirinhas.
Salvador’s new F Design Hostel, promises serious wow factor. Themed 4-8 share rooms range from the 60s Flower Power room, Movie Set and Tropical Rainforest rooms, to the DJ room, featuring individual MP3 players in each bed with set lists created exclusively for the hostel by Brazil’s best DJs. There are also four private concept rooms with ensuite facilities: Kalahari, Tokyo, Old Bahia and Lakshimi.
Among its little “luxuries” you’ll find a small cinema, living room, rooftop pool and terrace with views of the beach 100m away, three bars, a lobby that doubles as an art gallery, and the Urubu Club.
Venture out of the hostel and explore Salvador’s World Heritage old town crammed with multi-coloured architecture and gold-laden churches, a legacy of its days as the capital of Portugal’s New World colony. One of the oldest cities in the Americas, Salvador is also the center of Afro-Brazilian culture and birthplace of capoeira. Throw in kilometers of beaches, some of Brazil’s best restaurants, and the largest street carnival in the world (yes, even bigger than Rio’s) and you may never want to leave.
The Amazon & Iguaçu Falls
Three of the country’s biggest destinations are also getting in on the act. Manaus Hostel, is the perfect base to explore the mighty Amazon River and the jungle city of Manaus. We are especially excited about the new Concept Design Hostel. Located only 100 metres from Cataratas Avenue in Foz do Iguaçu, the main corridor to world wonder, Iguaçu Falls, this 24-hour, eco-friendly hostel offers hotel standards at hostel prices.
São Miguel do Gostoso
One of the so-called jewels of Brazil’s Rio Grande do Norte in the North East, São Miguel do Gostoso is a paradise of dazzling white beaches, clear waters, dense coconut forests, and charming fishing villages just waiting to be discovered by intrepid travellers.
Those in the know are drawn here by the mellow pace of life, year-round water and sand sports, and a 30km coastline boasting some of the country’s most beautiful beaches, lakes and dunes.
The new HI Jangada hostel has a plumb position right in front of Ponta de Santo Cristo Beach, offering pretty impressive views while you chill out in the lounge, library or sunny garden. Accommodation ranges from multi-share rooms sleeping up to five people, to private rooms and even a studio. Facilities include internet, BBQ, 24-hour access, a cafe/bar and meals area, and a handy tour desk.
But the real talking point is the hostel’s Escola Gostoso kitesurfing school with classes catering from beginners to pro. Not surprising considering the hostel is the brainchild of French professional kitesurfer, Remi Denis Scott.
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