Chapéu 1: Abraço Carioca

House - Shared room · Rua Dr Strofe 8B Chapéu Mangueira/Leme, Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro 22010020, Brazil
Your host, Gabriel
6 Reviews
Response rate: 97%
Response time: within a few hours

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

Room type: Shared room
Accommodates: 8
Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 2
Beds: 8
Extra people: $20 / night after the first guest
Cancellation: Strict

Overall Guest Satisfaction

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  • Thank you for everything Gabriel. Rio and your place was the highlight of our trip, wish I could have stayed longer. If anyone is looking for a good place to stay in rio this is the place and Gabriel's the perfect host.

    June 2014
  • Our stay at Abraço Carioca was amazing! Gabriel was the most generous and caring host we've had in our travels, going out of his way to make us comfortable and help us find what we were looking for in Rio. The hostel is comfortable with simple bunk beds in a big airy room overlooking the city. There is an upstairs rooftop lounge area that has incredible views of the city and copacabana beach. We came for Carnaval and the hostel's location was perfect - central in Leme/Copacabana, but in the hills so nice and quiet. The neighborhood was very safe and all the neighbors were really friendly. We loved our time here so much we stayed for longer.

    March 2014
    Response from Gabriel:

    The first time I met Kiran, Sean and Andrew was love at first sight.
    Those 3 old friends have the spirit of this house! I was really happy to enjoy the city with them, sharing my favorite spots, little peculiar places in town that even some cariocas fairly know. Besides all that, we shared stories and experiences where I could travel myself from California all the way to India…
    A happy, intense meeting summarized in a picture where we were all dressed up for carnival with my Mom’s clothes (thanks Mrs. Katia). That already makes me feel nostalgic, even still with Sean’s presence here, seduced by this place energy.
    New friends, could it be better than that?
    o encontro com kiran, sean e andrew foi amor a primeira vista. esses 3 velhos amigos novos têm a cara dessa casa! fiquei muito feliz em (email hidden) eles, dividindo meus lugares favoritos, cantinhos do rio que poucos conhecem. além disso dividi histórias e trocas onde pude viajar um pouco, da califórnia até a índia... um encontro feliz, intenso, resumido numa foto onde nós aparecemos vestidos com as roupas da minha mãe (obrigado dona kátia!) que já deixa muita saudade, mesmo com o sean ainda por aqui, seduzido pela energia do lugar. novos amigos, podia ser melhor?

    March 2014
  • Demora um pouco chegar até la cima mas vale a pena!
    O Gabriel foi um hospede 5 estrelas*****. Muito patiente, sempre disposto para conversar e ajudar. Gostei muito do lugar, que seja o albergue como a favela Chapeu Mangueira !

    March 2014
    Response from Gabriel:

    Stéph e sua mãe Nazaré tiveram uma linda passagem por (website hidden) Nazaré me aproximei das origens portuguesas do Brasil, com seu sotaque delicioso e suas histórias da pequena vila onde (website hidden) Stéph pude pegar carona na doçura de uma hóspede feliz de conhecer a cidade e de estar aqui no chapéu. Maravilha.

    March 2014
  • Super expérience, Gabriel est vraiment sympa et accueillant et il vous fera déouvrir le quartier et les bons plans du coin si vous en avez envie.
    L'endroit est juste magnifique, encore mieux que sur les photos et l'ambiance est au rendez vous. A même pas 10 minutes a pied de la plage dans une Favela pacifiée ou il fait bon vivre c'est vraiment l'endroit idéal pour découvrir Rio et passer un bon moments.
    Le quartier est tranquille, avec tous ce qu il faut pour manger, sortir, visiter et profiter dans les meilleures conditions.

    N'hésitez pas c'est vraiment à faire et le prix est super intéressant surtout avec la vue de la terrasse qui est juste magnifique.

    Merci beaucoup Gabriel pour ton accueil et à bientôt j'epère

    February 2014
    Response from Gabriel:

    Alex always greets every guest or visitor that arrives in Abraço, then asks the name and which country the person comes from. That shows a trace of his personality, an opened and interested in other cultures. A guest that enjoyed staying on the terrace and loved the memorable encounters that happen there. A great comrade!

    Alex faz questão de se apresentar para cada novo hóspede ou visitante que passa aqui em casa. Depois pergunta o nome e de que país veio. Ou seja, um cara interessado e aberto ao outro. Um hóspede caseiro, aproveitou muito o terraço e os encontros festivos que ali surgem. um grande camarada.

    February 2014
  • A minha experiência no Abraço Carioca foi ótima, conheci pessoas de outros lugares do mundo, incríveis, além do anfitrião que foi de uma gentileza ímpar, super acolhedor e disposto a nos auxiliar em tudo! O lugar, de fato corresponde com o anúncio, porém pessoalmente a experiência e a vista é ainda melhor que pelas fotos: é lindíssimo!
    O pessoal da comunidade é muito solidário, encontrei pessoas que não exitaram em nos (email hidden) pelas malas, (website hidden) recomendo a estadia, e quando puder, sem dúvida, voltarei...

    February 2014
    Response from Gabriel:

    Obrigado pelas palavras, querida Amanda. Boa sorte na sua aventura no Rio de Janeiro e saiba que estarei sempre aqui se precisar. Você conquistou, além da minha amizade, o carinho de toda a família. Vida longa a sua jornada!!!

    February 2014
  • It was something amazing, very Nice place and save a vue that Never in my Life i was thinking have . Gabriel si very Nice and can help you on everything . When your there you Dońt want to live anymore. I'll be back for sure

    Everything was perfect

    January 2014
    Response from Gabriel:

    Thanks for the sweet words Pila. In fact you have a big part in contributing to build what you have described. Your presence always full of enthusiasm and your will to make the most of your time and stay in Rio and at my house. It was an amazing experience to see you and Chloê with that spirit, interacting with me and the other guests from AbraçoCarioca under the wonderful atmosphere of the community and the city. Hope you come back so we can intensify those good vibes!!

    January 2014
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Abraço Carioca- Favela Hostel
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!!!
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