Vidigal

An artistic seaside neighborhood inhibited by a history of struggle.

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.

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On the Map

Vidigal is bordered by Rocinha, Gávea, Leblon, and São Conrado

  • Public transit is Difficult
  • Having a car is Difficult

Galeão International Airport: 38 minutes by cab without traffic
Santos Dumont Domestic Airport: 35 minutes by cab without traffic
Ipanema Beach: 16 minutes by cab
Lapa: 33 minutes by cab
Sugar Loaf Cable Car: 28 minutes by cab
Corcovado's Train Station: 23 minutes by cab

A Flourishing Favela

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Starkly contrasting the stylishness of its neighbors, Vidigal's cramped streets and crumbling homes challenge visitors' preconceptions of this sultry city along the Atlantic.

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Many of Vidigal's community members are wage-workers in Rio's south zone and serve the city's hospitality industries.

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Immerse yourself in the real Rio de Janeiro by staying in the favela of Vidigal, a safe urban community vibrant with music, food, art, and fun."

The View from Vidigal

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Vidigal's perch amid the city's southern hills offers a glimpse of Rio many visitors never get to see.

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Whether its inhabitants love Vidigal for its views, its community, or its proximity to their places of work, many of the neighborhood's residents choose not to leave when given the option.

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Recently, Rio has increased its police presence in the city's southern favelas.

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The authority's arrival has significantly decreased the illicit activity that once plagued the neighborhood.

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Welcome to Vidigal.

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The neighborhood is full of friendly bohemian neighbors and amazing views!"

james

Visited in 2013

Photography

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.

Fabio Blaser

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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.

Sam Comen

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