Vidigal is emblematic of Rio’s challenging contrasts. Perching along the coast of the Atlantic, this artistic seaside neighborhood claims some of the world’s most sought-after real estate. Although Vidigal’s beauty is next to none, its hardships are real—the neighborhood is notorious as the site of illicit activities, turf wars, and dense disenfranchisement. Awash in color and burgeoning with potential, exploring Vidigal is best suited for savvy travelers.See places to stay Save this neighborhood
A Flourishing Favela
The View from Vidigal
Airbnb works with local photographers to capture the spirit of neighborhoods all around the world. The photography on this page includes work by:
Fabio Blaser is a Swiss photojournalist based in Rio de Janeiro. Before moving to Brazil, he graduated from the University of Plymouth in the UK. When not behind his camera, he enjoys the beaches, waterfalls, rainforest and Brazilian way of life. He loved the opportunity to shoot the wonderful tropical city that he is privileged to call home for Airbnb.
Sam Comen is a 32-year-old bon-vivant and LA native who counts Esquire, Details, Rolling Stone, and The Wall Street Journal among his clients. He has been awarded national grants and honors for his long-term portrait essays. On assignment in Rio de Janeiro for 11 days with Airbnb, Sam came to love and admire the city's environment, natural splendor, and the Cariocas' easy-going attitude.