Hosteltrail.com - Backpacking Hostels in Brazil, South America

Brazilians Wilson and Eduardo run their company with a constant smile on their faces and with an attitude where nothing is too much trouble for their clients. Their aim is to get off the beaten track a little, plus let backpackers hang out with Brazilians in places where locals really go!

Brazilian Expedition can be trusted to get things right and are happy to answer any questions, just drop them a line.
Tours...
Carioca One day tour
Picked up right from the hostel, this tour begins with a drive along the coast to the Tijuca National Park. After a 30-40 minute uphill hike through the largest urban forest area in the world - keeping an eye out for monkeys, raccoons, lizards and sloths, you reach Pedra Bonita and the most spectacular view of Rio and the coastline. After 20 minutes or so, there is the option to walk or hang-glide (additional 240Rs) back down where the team will meet you. Next itīs on to the Christ statue to enjoy more stunning views of over the city and marvel at one of the worlds largest and most iconic statues - Cristo Redentor. After this, you head into Rioīs bohemian areas of Santa Teresa and Lapa to stop at the famous Lapa steps decorated regularly with different designs by a quirky Chilean artist using tiles from all over the world. The tour ends at around 4.30pm with a lift back to your hostel or to the entrance to Sugarloaf mountain. Price: 70 RS including transport to and from your hostel, entrance to Christ Statue, english speaking guide and optional drop off at Sugar Loaf.
Football Match
Visit the Mecca of football, the Maracana. Once the largest stadium in the world, it has now been completely refurbished and houses 80,000 spectators. If you want to experience the atmosphere Brazilian style in all itīs splendor, youīll need to sit among the drum banging, flag waving locals. You'll have excellent seats and a great atmosphere right amongst the locals. If you are lucky enough to attend when the home side are winning, there really is nothing to better! Games are usually on Sundays and Wednesdays, although sometimes this varies. Kick off times are generally in the evenings (6 or 8 pm). You will be picked up around 2 hrs before the game, returning to your hostel around 11.30pm. Price: 60 - 80 RS depending upon the fixture. You can check this in advance.
Samba Carnival Rehearsal
If you are not in Brazil during carnival time, the best way to experience a live samba performance is at an official carnival samba rehearsal. Donīt be fooled by the word īrehearsalī. This actually means that the musicians play live to to a party crowd of locals on a saturday night! Youīll be picked up around 10.30pm and are driven to one of the biggest and best samba schools in Rio, with some of their 400 musicians playing live at the carnival. Before entering the club you enjoy a couple of drinks at a favela bar before entering the club around midnight. Visitors will be instantly amazed by the percussion music accompanying numerous vocalists and dancers. Up to 100 musicians can be involved in the performance at any one time. You return to the mini-bus for transport back to your hostel at 3am. Price: 50 RS including transport and entrance tickets.
Rio Starter Pack
With your first 2 nights included, airport pick up and a one day tour of Rio, this is a great option for those with limited time and those who want to avoid the stresses of the city. This package is the most convenient and comfortable way to arrive in Rio and sets you up to explore and enjoy our city all on your own for the rest of your stay!
Paraty
The team also arrange trips from Rio to the gorgeous coastal town of Paraty and these drop you off at the ferry point for Ilha Grande. They usually depart weekly on Tuesdays but you should check departure dates and costs directly with the company.






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Report & Photos by: James Speller & Stephanie Crosland
Contact Info...
Rua Prudente de Morais 307 suite 702
Ipanema
Rio de Janeiro
21 9998 2907
21 9376 2839
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