Welcome to the shantytown of Vidigal located at the top near the “Hill two Brothers” some Hostels are located 300 meters above sea level, at the top of Vidigal shantytown (Favela), in the heart of the rain forest, with the beaches of Leblon and Ipanema in the background and also the Cagarras islands along with the ocean in captivating, like you’ve never seen! Here you can share a real culture “Carioca”. The view Rio de Janeiro with a glance off the hordes of tourists, and feel the mood of the shantytown which is like you’re in a village, the contrast is striking, outside the hustle and bustle of a big city, where you while walking by the community you see here an inextricable labyrinth of alleys the Kingdom of ingenuity, a village built by the sweat on his face of his people, the child who plays between the alleys and narrow streets, here, he lives, he screams, he sings, he cries, that is the soul of the neighborhood. In few lines, one of which by itself represents the human and cultural diversity of Brazil. Vidigal shantytown today has a security with the pacification, no gangs or drug dealers, is 20 minutes from the upscale neighborhood of Leblon and Ipanema and its beautiful beaches. You will find small shops as well as supermarkets, hairdressers, churches, academia, sports courts, restaurants and even a sushi bar! Up and down by a single entry by: Av. Niemeyer where has three access options:
1-Walking: 30 minutes to go up, to go down 15 minutes approximately.
2-Moto-taxi: the most popular means of transport of the Favela, fast, efficient and with emotions guaranteed (price: $2.50 for the ascent and descent of R $1.50)
3-VW van: same price as the moto-taxi (R $: 2.50 for ascent and descent of R $: 1.50), easy transport and with several stops between the points of the community, where you can enjoy with ease the architecture of the Favela.
In summary, here is for the curious and unique, not for those who are used to travel with “all inclusive” and patronize luxury hotels … Here really is the reality of Brazil where he has the smile on the face of people who were born here and built this beautiful community. Community hostel Vidigal is an alternative hosting mode, home of residents of the community of Vidigal, which is centered in the South zone of Rio de Janeiro where it has easy access to the main sights of the city such as:
The main landmark of the city, the Christ was elected by locals as the “wonder of Rio”. The monument is at the top of the Corcovado Hill, 700 m above sea level, where a panoramic lookout overlooks large parts of Rio de Janeiro.
The thrill of the ride to the Sugar Loaf (Pão de Açúcar) begins well before you reach the top of the Hill, 400 feet above sea level. The adventure begins with the tram ride, a glass-enclosed cable car which features details unique angles and perfect geography ‘carioca’.
After a massive renovation, the new Maracana was reopened in April 2013. More than a sports stadium monument is a cultural and tourist attraction, receiving visitors even on days when there are no games. For football lovers there are guided tours leading to the edge of the lawn, the grandstands, to the locker room, the Hall of Fame-where are the marks of the feet of famous players-and the Museum of football, with photos and images of the most beautiful plays made in the biggest Stadium in the world.
One of the most picturesque landscapes of Rio de Janeiro, Santa Teresa sits high on a hill cut the tracks of old electric tram, which will circulate through the narrow streets of the neighborhood in 2014, according to the State Government. Full of broad and cultural spaces that reveal landscapes of the North, South and central zones, ‘ Santa ‘ is taken for townhouses home to workshops, handicraft shops, bars and restaurants. One of the most important buildings is the Santa Teresa Convent, erected in the 19 century and which gave its name to the neighborhood. Who choose to get there on foot, leaving the Lapa, will have the opportunity to meet the most famous staircase of the city – the Selarón- with 215 steps covered with ceramic tiles in the colors green, yellow and blue. The ladder was baptized with the name of the Chilean artist who signs his work.
Newest tourist attraction in Rio de Janeiro, the Samba city ensures the carnival atmosphere all year round. The theme park occupies an area of 114 square meters in the port area and houses the sheds of the main samba schools of Rio de Janeiro. Through the workshops you can closely monitor the production of floats and costumes. On the nights of Thursday, a show directed by choreographer Carlinhos de Jesus gathers dancers, percussionists, masters of ceremonies and flag-bearers with their escorts ending with a mini-parade of Carnival.
Opened in 1984 and named as Avenue of the Parades, the Sambódromo receives visitors year round, which are content to enjoy the samba catwalk, only 700 meters, completely empty. The Apoteose square serves as backdrop for souvenir photographs.
The 360 meters above sea level, the Belvedere reveals the Sugarloaf, Maracanã, the Guanabara Bay and the Christ the Redeemer Statue. Access by car is made by the path das Paineiras. Prefer to go on weekends, when the movement of people is greater.
The oriental-style building is 380 meters high in the midst of the Tijuca forest, unveiling one of the most beautiful views of the city, and the Christ, the lagoon, the sugar loaf and the beaches on the South side as a backdrop.