Honestly, pictures do not do this place justice. Not only were my boyfriend and I pleased with our experience and stay with Ana in her home, but every expectation was exceeded in every possible manner. We didn't want to leave.
To start, you are staying in the company of Ana and her wonderful family. We met two of her children, Maria and Joao, both of whom were friendly, knew a lot of English, and were fun to chat with. Ana herself is really the best kind of person you'll meet: eager to help without being overbearing, knowledgeable, a fantastic baker, and very kind and generous. She made our stay 10 times better just by being a great person, and we were sad to leave because we would love to be friends with her and see her all the time!! I encourage you to chat with her and get to know her!
The place was GORGEOUS! Beyond gorgeous! We entered the gate to get in and you're welcomed into a tropical paradise! The trees, greenery, flowers...there are monkeys and toucans in the trees, and Ana has a wonderful old cat that's just too cute! You can lounge in the hammock and take it all in, or you could go to your room just to stare out the window at all of the nature! Don't forget that you'll also be able to see Christ the Redeemer from your window, and great views of a local favela!
We felt so safe in Ana's place, and loved that it was in the charming neighbourhood of Santa Teresa. You are among some amazing artisans and artists in the neighbourhood and it really is a great feeling. Ana herself is an artisan of baking fine breads, and will supply you with a first class breakfast during your stay. Be prepared to feast like a queen/king on fresh baked breads, homemade granola and yoghurt, fresh squeezed juices, tropical fruit, and meats and cheeses. We were in heaven!
Please, for a local experience you will never, ever forget, go to Ana's!!! Book it now!!! :o)