view from the front yard


Private room

2 Guests

2 Beds

Private room

2 Guests

2 Beds

Per Night
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About this listing


The space
The space
Accommodates: 2
Bedrooms: 1
Beds: 2
Pet Owner: Cat(s)
Room type: Private room

Amenities
Amenities

Prices
Prices
Extra people: $10 / night after the first guest
Weekly Discount: 15%
Cancellation: Moderate

Description
Description

The space

If you value charm over luxury, and are interested in seeing how a typical Northeastern Brazilian family lives, this may be the place for you to get away from the tourist trail. This listing is one of two rooms available in the house of Dona Moça, on a compound of 4 houses belonging to the Santana family on what used to be a small farm. The room and house are basic but friendly; the shower is cold, but the reception warm. Have a look at one of the other listings, the 'Charming Norhteastern House' for a bit more description of the surroundings. There are many options for staying at this location, alone, with two persons or with a group; let us know if you need help. Note that a second bed will be placed, in case you book for 2 persons.

A Northeastern-style breakfast is now included in the price!

This location is a great place to get to know Brazil beyond the tourist destinations. The Santana family enjoys local fame due their involvement in many cultural and social activities such as the Darue Malungo school; some members are famed dancers and musicians, and if that's something you are interested in, you can surely be taken along to some of their activities. We're pretty sure you'll be sorry to say goodbye to Dona Moça and her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, some of whom you're bound to get to know during your stay.
We (Michiel & Ubiracy, your AirBnB contacts) speak English, Dutch and Portuguese, while your local hosts speak Portuguese. However, they are used to dealing with foreign travelers, so, with a bit of creativity, you'll surely be able to communicate the basics, even if you don't speak any Portuguese.

Located slightly outside the city centre, both the beautiful old centre of Recife and the charming colonial town of Olinda are only a short taxi ride away, and can also be accessed by buses from nearby bus-stops. The rua Clara is not far from Recife's Centro de Convenções/Convention Centre.
If and when you make your reservation, you'll receive extensive practical information with local phone numbers, tips on traveling to and from, shopping in the area, and more.

There's a breezy yard, which isn't your typical manicured garden, but which has some beautiful, shady fruit trees, waiting for you to have your breakfast under them or string your hammock between them. Breakfast, by the way, can be arranged by the family. Same goes for the other meals; nearby Rua da Regeneração has some simple but nice restaurants and food stalls to try out as well.

All of the profits for this listing as well as any (locally arranged) expenses for meals and laundry services go to the local Santana family.

Getting around

Hi - Welcome to Arruda!

The Rua Clara 150 is a little bit outside of the centre of Recife, in the neighbourhood of Arruda, more or less in the middle between Recife’s old centre and Olinda. Here’s some local information that may be useful during your visit.

TELEPHONE
The local telephone number of Dona Moça is +(PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN), and your other host, Nara's is +(PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN) (both Portugues spoken only). From our home in Holland, we’ll make sure that they are aware that you are coming on the agreed dates.

KEYS
You’ll receive keys to the house your staying at, and for the surrounding gate.

TAXI
The easiest way to get to and from the Rua Clara is probably by taxi. You can usually find taxi’s waiting near the corner of Rua Clara and Rua da Regeneração. If not, walk to the corner of Rua da Regeneração and Rua das Moças, or flag one on the Rua da Regeneração. Taxis are not very expensive and both Recife Centre and Olinda are about 10 minutes away, depending on traffic. The airport and Boa Viagem are some 20 minutes away by taxi.

To get back to the Rua Clara by taxi, the best and easiest way to instruct a taxi driver when you’re coming from either Olinda or Recife Centre is to say ‘Arruda - pelo clube das Pás!” (you may even want to write that down to show them). That means the driver will enter the neighbourhood of Arruda at the famous Clube das Pás - and from there, he basically just has to follow the road all the way (really - all the way) to the end, take a left and directly after a right and you’re home.

If, for some reason, that doesn’t work, you can ask them to go in the direction of Rua da Regeneraçao, Rua das Moças or the Empresa de Ônibus São Paulo (antiga depôsito da Coca Cola). Some older people may remember that the ‘Vacaria de Seu Biu’ used to be right where the house you are staying at is now.

BUS
Buses go just about everywhere from the area, even the airport, but waiting times can sometimes be long. Olinda and Recife’s old centre are generally easy to access by bus, and take about 20 minutes depending on traffic.

From near the corner of Rua da Regeneraçao and Rua das Moças, buses go to many destinations, of which Central Recife will probably be the most useful.
There are buses to, amongst others, Shopping Tacaruna and Olinda from near the corner of Rua Jerônimo Vilela and Estrada de Belém, a 5 minute walk.
Buses and routes change a lot, so it’s best to check locally for the most current information.

WALKING
The area around Rua Clara and Rua da Regeneração is a modest, working class area, but generally friendly and quite nice to visit on foot. If you plan to do a lot of walking there, it may be good to get some advice from one of the family members on the compound, as there are some poorer areas nearby (as you’ll find in most of Brazil) that may be best visited accompanied by a local, first. Going to the centres of either Recife or Olinda is best done by taxi or bus, as distances can be deceptive and some areas hard to access.

SHOPS
You’ll find some good bakeries, vegetable stores, a pharmacy, small grocery stores and a few simple restaurants and bars down the Rua da Regeneração.
If you want to do some bigger grocery shopping, you may want to take a 5 minute taxi ride to the huge Bompreço near the Estádio de Futebol (the soccer stadium). Shopping Tacaruna is a large, luxurious shopping mall with a good selection of shops on the way to Olinda, also 5 or 10 minutes by taxi.
If you want some more ‘interesting’ shopping, think of the Mercado São José, Shopping Alfândiga and Livraria Cultura, and the area around Rua da Concordia for musical instruments, all near Recife Antiga.

MEALS AND LAUNDRY
Breakfast and other meals, as well as laundry services can be provided by the Santana family. I don’t have a price list yet, but prices are modest, and to be arranged locally.


House Rules
House Rules

Hi - Welcome to Arruda!

The Rua Clara is a little bit outside of the centre of Recife, in the neighbourhood of Arruda, more or less in the middle between Recife’s old centre and Olinda. Here’s some local information that may be useful during your visit.

TELEPHONE
The local telephone number of Dona Moça is +(PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN) (Portugues spoken only). From our home in Holland, we’ll make sure that they are aware that you are coming on the agreed dates.

KEYS
You’ll receive keys to the house your staying at, and for the surrounding gate.

TAXI
The easiest way to get to and from the Rua Clara is probably by taxi. You can usually find taxi’s waiting near the corner of Rua Clara and Rua da Regeneração. If not, walk to the corner of Rua da Regeneração and Rua das Moças, or flag one on the Rua da Regeneração. Taxis are not very expensive and both Recife Centre and Olinda are about 10 minutes away, depending on traffic. The airport and Boa Viagem are some 20 minutes away by taxi.

To get back to the Rua Clara by taxi, the best and easiest way to instruct a taxi driver when you’re coming from either Olinda or Recife Centre is to say ‘Arruda - pelo clube das Pás!” (you may even want to write that down to show them). That means the driver will enter the neighbourhood of Arruda at the famous Clube das Pás - and from there, he basically just has to follow the road all the way (really - all the way) to the end, take a left and directly after a right and you’re home.

If, for some reason, that doesn’t work, you can ask them to go in the direction of Rua da Regeneraçao, Rua das Moças or the Empresa de Ônibus São Paulo (antiga depôsito da Coca Cola). Some older people may remember that the ‘Vacaria de Seu Biu’ used to be right where the house you are staying at is now.

BUS
Buses go just about everywhere from the area, even the airport, but waiting times can sometimes be long. Olinda and Recife’s old centre are generally easy to access by bus, and take about 20 minutes depending on traffic.

From near the corner of Rua da Regeneraçao and Rua das Moças, buses go to many destinations, of which Central Recife will probably be the most useful.
There are buses to, amongst others, Shopping Tacaruna and Olinda from near the corner of Rua Jerônimo Vilela and Estrada de Belém, a 5 minute walk.
Buses and routes change a lot, so it’s best to check locally for the most current information.

WALKING
The area around Rua Clara and Rua da Regeneração is a modest, working class area, but generally friendly and quite nice to visit on foot. If you plan to do a lot of walking there, it may be good to get some advice from one of the family members on the compound, as there are some poorer areas nearby (as you’ll find in most of Brazil) that may be best visited accompanied by a local, first. Going to the centres of either Recife or Olinda is best done by taxi or bus, as distances can be deceptive and some areas hard to access.

SHOPS
You’ll find some good bakeries, vegetable stores, a pharmacy, small grocery stores and a few simple restaurants and bars down the Rua da Regeneração.
If you want to do some bigger grocery shopping, you may want to take a 5 minute taxi ride to the huge Bompreço near the Estádio de Futebol (the soccer stadium). Shopping Tacaruna is a large, luxurious shopping mall with a good selection of shops on the way to Olinda, also 5 or 10 minutes by taxi.
If you want some more ‘interesting’ shopping, think of the Mercado São José, Shopping Alfândiga and Livraria Cultura, and the area around Rua da Concordia for musical instruments, all near Recife Antiga.

MEALS AND LAUNDRY
Breakfast and other meals, as well as laundry services can be provided by the Santana family. I don’t have a price list yet, but prices are modest, and to be arranged locally.


Availability
Availability
2 nights minimum stay

Hosted by Michiel + Ubiracy

Utrecht, Netherlands · Member since February 2011
Michiel + Ubiracy

Ubiracy is a Brazilian dance teacher, Michiel a Dutch designer. They live in Utrecht, The Netherlands with their little daughter, but call Recife, Brazil their home for at least a couple of weeks each year.

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