Will prob be staying in Rio for 2 weeks during December 06. Is it worth looking into a rental property for that period or am I just as well staying in a hostel.
Both in terms of cash and I guess meeting people as it will be my wife and I's first destination of a 6 month SA trip.
Is it fair to say a hostel will be $15-18 per night per person in Rio?
And would it be possible to rent for around $200-250 per week in Ipanema?
Does anyone have a link to rental accom in Rio even?
Any info much appreciated,
Unfortunately December is high season so you have two choices: you can book rooms over the internet, which will cost you twice as much, like the hostels you mentioned. Or you can get there and pay their currency, but there's always a risk in this cause you might spend a couple of hours looking for a place with vacancy. If you take the second option, you want to look for simple 'pousadas' usually run by families. They should never charge you per person, but per room. If you're staying for more than a week, rentals are your best bet, this way you can cook and wash your clothes, and that comes in handy sometimes... We're going to Brazil this Aug and we rented a 2 bed for 2 weeks for about €1000, divided by 4 people. Your prices are about right, for over the internet rates. But you'll find much better rates once you're there. I lived in Rio for a while, if you need any help, let me know.
A rental room today costs about U$40 per day if you stay 2 weeks
in december, if the US dollar keeps low, that will cost something like U$65 per day(if you dont get new years eve)
this prices are for copacabana
Its nice if you are by yourself, if you have a girl, or a family member, choose an apartment, more privacy.
Hostels are between (U$18 and U$25 by person)
forget it, costs double than apartment.
remember, apartments you pay per day, and hostels you pay per person.