Anyone up for an amazing new experience need look no further. Great staff - you will love Ligia (the owner) and Fabiane, two people I will remember for a long time. Spotless no-frills accommodation (I stayed in the annexe). A superb breakfast, with homemade food (eggs, linguiça sausage, quiche, cakes) with a view of Rio from the terrace to die for - absolutely jaw-dropping. 5 minutes on foot from Copacabana, 8 minutes from Ipanema. Day and night, I found the favela to be as safe as any other part of Rio, in fact considerably less threatening in my view than Centro after dark. With basic Portuguese, you will have no trouble striking conversations and making friends with the locals. There is a barzinho near the pousada (I think Bar Virada) that is OK, serves decent food, and has Samba Pagode on a Friday night, but you might try Bar Ary down the street as a better bet to meet folks. If you ascend the favela on a Saturday night, you are bound to find a party, but take care not to get lost in the maze of alleyways. A useful bike hire is down the hill, also on the beach at Ipanema on Sundays. It is true that there is a climb to the pousada from Ipanema, but it shouldn't present too much of a problem to anyone in reasonable shape - I'm 63 and it wasn't excessive for me. Overall, a great experience that you won't easily forget. Very good value for money as well.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Pousada Favela Cantagalo is located on the south side of town in a peaceful community with many cultural entertainment. In addition, the inn offers all the necessary comforts for your stay in this wonderful city. Rooms with double and single beds, private bathrooms and an excellent breakfast on the terrace facing the sea of Copacabana. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Pousada Favela Cantagalo Rio De Janeiro, Brazil