I was very happy I picked this place to stay for 3 nights. I thought about near the beach, but this was much better. I was met by Helena at the airport, a 30 minute drive to her home. Some reservations must have fallen through, and she "upgraded' me from a room to the bungalow, which was incredibly nice. It was detached from the house, separated by a short walk and a gate. One night I was woken up by an anteater which makes a weird noise to say the least. The house borders the forest, so critters are common. Expect birds to wake you up, if not something else, at sunlight. In the morning, a nice breakfast is served, and you might cross paths with other guests. I met a couple from Australia and a gentleman from England.
The house is up a good sized climb from the base of the train to Christ the Redeemer. So, its nice to head down and catch the train for a trip up the mountain. I ran up the tracks a good way, over a sketchy bridge, then connected with the road and ran all the way up to the top. I guestimate it was a 15K round trip, but a 2400 foot climb, so it wasn't easy. I read plenity of warnings about doing what I did, but found it safe.
At the base you can buses going either direction (to botanic gardens, one way, to Botofogo, Flamengo, and the beaches the other way). You can also catch a bus to the metro.
Beaches take 30 minutes or so to get to, but are amazing. I also hit up Sugarloaf. I took one cab ride the entire trip, as the buses really do work well, but ask your hosts which ones because there are minimal if any directions on the buses and they don't tend to speak english. Knowing your stop, in other words, isn't easy/obvious.
Returning at night you burn off the drinks--that climb up the hill from the base made me sweat! If you are not physically fit, this might by an issue (handicapped will not work). You will need to ask your host to open a gate to leave, and press a buzzer to announce yourself when you return. It is not 100% convenient, but the small price is worth the sound of mind for safety. They also have 4 guard dogs that roam the grounds at night.
If you want to walk out of your room into the beach, this is not the place for you. But if you want to experience a more usual lifestyle but with comfort and amazing surroundings, this is the perfect place. The hosts are incredibly nice and helpful, something you can't get at a hotel.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Beautiful house located right next to Corcovado feet With 4.500 square meters of green area, the house is placed in the Cosme Velho area one of the most charming neighborhoods in the city, famous by many of the illustrious inhabitants and for the cultural and historical memoirs. The house Caminho do Corcovado is located inside of the Tijuca park reserve having the Corcovado train passing literally by its door. The house was constructed in 1906, since than it had many illustrious residents, including the proper construction engineer of the railroad of the Corcovado, and still keeps the characteristics of the beginning of the last century. For nature lovers its 4500 square meters receives frequent visits of many species of monkeys and toucans, Brazil's typical wild life residents. The Bed and breakfast contains 2 large rooms with air conditioner, TV, ceiling fan, closets and a decoration of very refined taste, it counts with a delicious breakfast and with an area for barbecue and several other personalized services in accordance with the taste of our guests, the calm and the tranquility is undeniable and it all sits right at the south zone of Rio De Janeiro, 10 minutes from the lagoon and the botanical garden and 15 minutes from Copacabana an Ipanema area by car and 25 minutes by bus. The House Caminho do Corcovado is perfect for those who want to enjoy the very best that Rio de Janeiro has to offer. Important: This is an unusual house in an urban forest, so the buses do not pass on your door. But they are not far - just 50 feet below. Because it is situated on a little hill, which gives a beautiful view, has some stairs, so therefore not the proper place for disabled people or people with limited mobility. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Casa Caminho Do Corcovado Rio De Janeiro, Brazil