Yes, you will be living in a favela. But once you get there you'll soon realise that you're in the nice part. The part where there are little kids out playing with their kites and laughing all day. Don't stress too much about the safety aspect, it was lovely, if a little dirty/smelly on the streets.
One word of warning though, you will have to HIKE to your room every day! Even if you're lucky like us and our on the ground floor, it's at least a 50 stair flight to get to the hostel from the road, and three flights to get to breakfast in the mornings. Totally worth it for the views though.
The favela is slap bang right in Copacabana so a 10min walk out of the hostel and you'll be in the thick of things in the city or beach. We always caught a taxi back home though, the hill is long and steep and was raining while we were there.
Breakfast was really basic, as were the rooms. Nothing to write home about, but comfortable and affordable in this pricy city.
- 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