Rio is very easy to get around, and most tourist attractions are easily accessible by bus, we have full details of these at reception. However, if you are short on time, travelling alone, or keen to get off the beaten track you may want to try some of our special packages. See below:
One of our most popular tours, this trip gives you the opportunity to see a completely alternative side to life in Rio. The multi-lingual guides will take you to visit the Rocinha and Vila Canoas favelas and will explain the social and political context of what you see. The aim is to provide you with a better understanding of Rio and its contradictions, as the favelas are not only about violence and poverty. Part of the cost of the trip is donated to a local school.
Cost – R$70 – Take some extra cash if you wish to buy anything from the local artists.
The best value day tour of Rio de Janeiro. This 5 hour tour is a fantastic opportunity to see many sides of Rio de Janeiro. The trip starts with a gentle hike in the Tijuca National Park where you get a glimpse of the tropical rainforest and waterfalls close up before arriving at the Christ The Redeemer statue. After your visit you will stop for lunch in Santa Teresa, one of the traditional old neighbourhoods of Rio, which still retains much of its original architecture and character. Lastly, you can return to the hostel or you have the option to be dropped off at Sugar Loaf mountain in time for sunset. To do all this on your own would take 2 days and cost 3 times as much.
Cost - R$90 - Please wear trainers or comfortable walking shoes
Party like a local at this regular Sunday night fixture. You will drive out to one of the favelas and join in with real Brazilians on the dance floor. Drinks are cheap and a VIP area is available if you need to rest your legs.
Cost – R$60
Join the rehearsals for Carnaval 2010 at one of the first division samba schools. Every Saturday night, and some Wednesdays, you can join the locals of Salgueiro or Mangueira at a samba party, which is the closest thing you can get to Carnaval itself. The atmosphere cannot be beaten is and is guaranteed to get you dancing.
Cost – R$60
Cruise around Guanabara Bay on a private boat ( capacity 150 and bar serving beer, caipirinhas, soft drinks etc. ) departing at midnight. A DJ plays until the boat returns to Marina da Gloria at 4am.
Girls R$50, Boys R$60
A walk around downtown Rio is your chance to experience close up some of Brazil's history, culture and traditions. In the oldest part of Rio de Janeiro you can visit many beautiful architectural buildings from Brazil's gold and gem rush era like the São Bento Church, the Imperial Palace and the Viennese style Café Colombo. We offer guided tours to Centro, Santa Teresa and Niteroi where you can visit Oscar Niemeyer's architectural masterpiece, The Contemporary Art Museum, and see the Guanabara Bay from a totally different perspective.
Prices from R$65 – full details of the tours available on request.
Get a birds-eye view of Rio aboard a hang glider piloted by a national champion. This is a totally unforgettable experience. Photos and video are optional extras.
Cost – R$305
This trip gives you the chance to visit and surf some of the lesser known beaches in Rio such as Macumba and Prainha in search of the best waves of the day. Experienced surfers can hire boards, but beginners are welcome too, as lessons are available with experienced instructors fluent in English, Portuguese and Spanish. This tour is very flexible, offering everything from one-off lessons, to week-long packages including accommodation at the Surf Club. Contact the hostel for more details.
Cost - from R$65 for board hire and transport from R$85 for group lesson, transport and all equipment
Why go up the Sugar Loaf in the cable car when you can climb up its face and experience an unparalleled sense of achievement? With over 500 bolted routes, Rio is an ideal spot for climbers of all abilities due to the abundance of solid granite hills, which surround the city and provide climbs suitable for beginners and experts alike. We offer one-off climbs, or packages of lessons.
Tailored tours with a dedicated driver can also be arranged on request.
For more information on any of these tours please contact the hostel at
Please Note: Prices are based on payments in cash at the hostel. Advance bookings made by credit card will incur an additional cost.