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1. Posted by miromar (Respected Member 175 posts) 10y

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Hi everyone,

I will be travelling to Rio in a couple of weeks time for 2 nights (I wish it was more!) on my own and I was wondering if anyone that has been in similar circumstances could recommend a safe place to stay. I have never been to Brazil, and I woud appreciate some help!

I would prefer a hostel as I find it easier to socialise! What area is better?

Thanks very much for your help!


[ Edit: Edited at May 31, 2006 4:01 AM by miromar ]

2. Posted by thespis (Budding Member 39 posts) 10y

Try Vila CasaNova ( or They are very nice there, and thereĀ“s a wonderful view from the rooms. There are many other options in Santa Teresa, in my opinion the best location if you want to socialise, specially with locals.

3. Posted by luv2bhatti (Budding Member 16 posts) 10y

Hi! I would highly highly HIGHLY recommend Casa Mangomango in Santa Tereza. Santa Tereza is a very bohemian, artsy type place... and as mentioned earlier - easy to mingle with the locals. Casa Mangomango is an old converted mansion turned into a hostel - pousada with people living there as well. It is very cool and you will always have people to hang with, yet still it remains low key. It is the cheapest dormitory around... about 25 reals a night. The other rooms are a bit more expensive, but killer views. A woman by the name of Julie is the owner, speaks fluent English - let her know you are a friend of mine and she will give you a discount. (The dorms are normally 35 reals a night, but upon recommendations she knocks it down to 25). They have a great breakfast, a pool, free internet - can't speak highly enough about it. Take Care and enjoy Rio! Email if you want to go dancing one night... -snip-

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4. Posted by luv2bhatti (Budding Member 16 posts) 10y

Whoops, Hattie again... Casa Mangomango... 21 2508 6440, or you could email Julie at, and the website

5. Posted by bsong65 (Budding Member 50 posts) 10y


I was in Rio about a month ago. Best place to stay is the Ipanema Beach House in Ipanema.

Its about $20 a month, but well worth it.

Very safe..

You can find it on

If you are there.. they have a cool bartender Marco and the best breakfast at any hostel I have been.

Safe travels.

6. Posted by miromar (Respected Member 175 posts) 10y

Hi guys!

Thanks very much for your comments!

I was looking for somewhere in Copacabana or Ipanema, I know they are the turistic areas, but it seems there is a lot more going on around there, am I right? Has anybody been to that "Mellow Yellow" Hostel in Copacabana? They also have organized city tours, which I am interested in. I am not normally very keen in organized tours, but having such a limited time in the city, and not being familiarised with the place, I think is the best option...

I have checked those hostels you have recommended in Santa Teresa and they look really nice, so I dont know what to do!

Thanks again!

Take Care

PS. Of course Im up for some dancing Hattie.. just say when and where... ;)

[ Edit: Edited at Jun 1, 2006 6:11 PM by miromar ]

7. Posted by felipebabo (Budding Member 7 posts) 10y

Ipanema is a safer place than Santa Tereza.
You should see, and
All those 3 have a great location.
If you need any tips you can send me a message!

8. Posted by snatterand (Travel Guru 454 posts) 10y

Go for a hostel in Ipanema, it's the safest part of town, by far. We stayed at Rio Backpackers in Ipanema, it's a small place on a sort of "hostel yard", there are like 10 hostels or so with the same address. I liked it a lot, but I don't think it really matters where you stay as long as the surroundings are safe enough. But if you want to check out their webpage:


9. Posted by miromar (Respected Member 175 posts) 10y

Hi everybody!

Thanks for your help. I end up booking a hostel in Ipanema, Che Lagarto, which seems very nice.

Im off to Salvador at midday, I cant wait! I will be in Rio sunday until tuesday, hoping to see as much as possible!

Thanks again!!

Miriam ;)

10. Posted by Maureen2 (Budding Member 15 posts) 10y

What about hostels in Botafogo (Rio)? Is it a safe area?