About this listing
Located at Chapéu Mangueira a small pacified Favela in Leme my home will greet you with an authentic Carioca experience. Enjoy my terrace with unbelievable views of Copacabana beach and the rainforest. The views are truly spectacular! You can literally see the movement of boats in Copacabana Beach from your bed and terrace.
We provide well equipped kitchen, comfortable bedrooms and clean bathrooms. I’m sure you will have an unique experience in Rio.
Located in the heart of Rio's exclusive South Zone, you'll be a walking distance, from the beaches of Copacabana, Ipanema and Leblon and other major attractions including: Sugar Loaf, Urca, Rio Sul Shopping Center , Casa Daros, as well as restaurants, street markets, night-life.
Easy and quick accessibility to all kinds of public transportation: walk and catch the metro, buses, vans and taxis to take you to all major attraction in Rio within easy driving distance.
•5 minute walk to put your feet on the sand of Leme/Copacabana beach or 30 minute walk to dive in the waters of Ipanema Beach
•5 minute walk from supermarket where you can always grab fresh fruits and food suplies
•15 minute walk to Rio Sul Shopping Center, the Biggest mall in South Zone.
•10 minute by cab or 20 minutes by bus: Lapa:
•5 minute by cab or 15 minutes by bus: Sugar Loaf Cable Car
•Corcovado's Train Station: 15 minutes by cab or 40 minutes by bus
•Cardeal Arcoverde's Metro Station: 25 minute walk
•Galeão International Airport: 30 minutes by cab
•Santos Dumont Domestic Airport: 10 minute by cab:
•Bike in Rio Station: 10 minute walk
Interaction with Guests
ABOUT THE HOST
Gabriel’s goal is to make sure that you have an awesome experience in Rio and can focus on the important stuff, like your vacation - not worry about accommodation!
He will normally be around most days and very happy to give you advice and suggestions for getting around Rio and places to visit. Occasionally he has given guests short tours of Rio, but this is not a standard part of the package because of time constraints.
Born and raised at Leme neighborhood in Rio, the mystique of the Chapeu Mangueira’s Favela and the beauty of its people were always present in his life and imagination. As an adult he had the opportunity to work three years with children and families as a psychologist for a local organization called “Casa da Árvore”. As a result, he became completely involved with Chapéu Mangueira and decided to move from his comfortable apartment in Ipanema to live in the community. Always proud of this neighborhood, it is common to see him walking around with friends and relatives showing them the hospitality of local people, the delights of local cuisine, the trails and the panoramic views of the ocean and the rainforest. Working now at Abraço Carioca- Favela Hostel, his passionate and respectful relationship with Chapéu Mangueira has grown even more. His main target is to show our guests the authentic Carioca lifestyle through an unforgettable experience.
He’s proud of making the best Caipirinha in Town, come and judge for yourself.
Compared to other favelas from Rio, Chapéu Mangueira is the smallest favela in the south zone of the city (most touristic neighborhood) and has been pacified since 2008 by the government. So for the last 5 years it's been a really calm and peaceful place even safer than some of Rio's most touristic areas. Unlike other parts of the city, you'll feel a real sense of community in the favelas, where everyone looks out for their neighbors.
MEET & GREET
Normally, we can come to the meeting point located at David’s Bar (very well-known restaurant in the community) and walk you to the Hostel. Let me know beforehand.
Other Things to Note
we know that when I travel, internet is not a luxury, it's a necessity - that's why my WiFi internet is 100% free – no extra or hidden fees.
You're welcome to wash your own clothes for R$10 reais.
We are happy to provide our guest with locker inside the room to safeguard your valuables.
LINEN & TOWELS
We provide both once during your stay. If you happen to stay longer than a week, We'll be happy to replace this with a fresh one.
•Relax and make yourself comfortable.
•Do not smoke inside the house. If you use ciggies, cigars, or a pipe, please light up on the balcony. No candles or incense in the room either.
•Turn off all lights and unplug all electronics when not in use
•Keep audio and noise levels quiet during late night and early morning hours
•Lock front door when leaving
•Do not bring other guests to the hostel unless it has been previously arranged
•Clean up after yourself. If you need to use dishes, wash them when you're done. Spill something, wipe it. Have trash, toss it.
•No pets allowed
Gabriel is a wonderful host, and has lots of great tips for getting around the city. The pacified favela is safe and full of life - feels like a more authentic view of Rio. I'd definitely recommend staying here. Fantastic experience.
The accommodation was really perfect, Gabriel welcome us and give us useful advice. The view was just amazing and the neighborhood peaceful with nice and polite people. Can't be more typical than this!
Thank you again
La verdad es que me gustó bastante el hostal. La experiencia de visitar y dormir una favela es recomendable, la gente es bastante amistosa, aunque de todas maneras estás en una favela por lo que hay que cuidar el no mostrar cosas de valor como cámaras fotográficas u otros, para no tentar al destino.
Se debe considerar la cantidad de escaleras que hay que subir, son bastantes pero la vista del hostal lo vale (solo la mitad del trayecto se puede hacer en taxi).
También hay que considerar que el hostal está en lo alto de una favela por lo que hay algunas comodidades que no funcionarán completamente (para alguien que mochilea es más que suficiente), como el agua caliente que no funciona en todos los baños, algunos wc se estancan fácilmente o que el internet deja de funcionar en algunos momentos.
Siento que debo decir estos puntos, para alguna persona que valore más que yo estos puntos, pero finalmente mi experiencia fue bastante agradable.
My stay at Abraço Carioca was excellent. The hike up the stairs is tiresome, but once you get to the hostel - the view alone is worth it. If you are looking to get some exercise or are out of shape, this is the hostel for you :)
Gabriel was very easy to reach and I booked my stay with him last minute and he managed to organize everything right away. The hostel is well-located in Leme next to Copacabana. I would recommend this hostel to anyone if you have the chance to stay in Rio.
We stayed at Gabriels place for three nights - we had a fantastic time.
Once you made it up the stairs you`ll have the most amazing view over Copacabana. The patio is the best place to have breakfast in the morning or to relax whenever you need to. The neighborhood is a favela, but we felt very safe even when we came home at night. It is a great experience to live in a neighborhood like that!
Gabriel is an amazing host. He gave us a fantastic city tour to Santa Teresa and Gloria, he helped us with every question we had and made us feel very welcome in Rio de Janeiro, it was perfect!
Definitely one of the nicest persons around. Gabriel was very accomodating and friendly.
Gabriel is a wonderful host who helps you the best he can and make your trip fun and comfortable.The place is very nice with a wonderful views and really near to beaches.Take the breakfast here just seeing the whole town with people of entire world was a unforgetable experience
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About the Host, Gabriel
Muito prazer, meu nome é Gabriel, mas podem me chamar de Gagá. Sou nascido e criado no leme, numa rua vizinha do chapéu mangueira, a mística da favela sempre esteve presente no meu imaginário, representado pelas belezas que subiam e desciam o morro, como a ginga, a garra, o ritmo e a energia dos moradores. Quando adulto tive a oportunidade de trabalhar por 3 anos como psicólogo da ONG casa da árvore, diretamente com crianças e famílias da comunidade. Foi neste período que me apaixonei de vez pelos encantos do Chapéu e decidiu trocar meu apartamento em Ipanema por uma casa na comunidade. Sempre orgulhoso do potencial da favela, são frequentes meus passeios com amigos e parentes morro a cima. Entre meus roteiros preferidos, não pode faltar o calor fraterno dos moradores, as delícias da culinária local, as trilhas e as vistas panorâmicas de tirar o folego. Hoje, com o Abraço Carioca-Favela Hostel, essa relação de carinho e respeito pelo Chapéu Mangueira cresce ainda mais. Meu objetivo principal é transmitir aos hospedes o autentico espirito carioca através de uma experiência inesquecível.
Não posso deixar de dizer que sou louco pelo Flamengo, o time mais querido do Brasil!!!