10 of the Top Hostels in Brazil

The pool at Santa Terê Hostel
The pool at Santa Terê Hostel | Courtesy of Santa Terê Hostel
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26 October 2017

The thing about Brazil is there is just so much to see. From sprawling national parks and immense wetlands to thriving metropolises and exquisite coastlines, sticking to just one place is a tricky task. Luckily there are plenty of affordable and comfortable hostels dotted throughout the country to facilitate your exploration of this huge nation. Here are ten of the top hostels in Brazil.

Global Hostel Pamplona (Av. Paulista), Sao Paulo

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Pamplona | © Pamplona Hostel Sao Paulo

Pamplona Hostel in Sao Paulo draws in travelers with its spot-on location. In the center of all the action, the hostel is near to Avenida Paulista – the main street in Sao Paulo replete with stores, galleries and museums – and close to several great restaurants and nightlife options. It’s also close to the subway, a feature that will be greatly appreciated when trying to navigate this beast of a city. Situated on a leafy street, the surroundings are pleasant and relatively quiet and the hostel itself comes equipped with TVs and a pool.

Manacá Home Hostel, Florianópolis

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Manacá Home Hostel | © Manacá Home Hostel

Travelers come to this hostel for the picturesque surroundings and clean, modern interior. With ample balconies complete with hammocks, it’s the perfect spot to take in the dazzling view of the Lagoa da Conceição lake. The hostel is clean and comfortable, with wooden furnishings and a calming color theme creating a pleasant setting. The location is excellent – close to stores, bars and good restaurants, as well as just a short walk to some of Florianopolis’s stunning beaches.

Hostel Manga Rosa, Foz do Iguaçu

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Manga Rosa Hostel | © Manga Rosa Hostel

While the magnificent Iguaçu Falls will always be the highlight of any trip to Foz de Iguaçu, the Manga Rosa Hostel will certainly contribute to the good memories. With an excellent location and a pleasing interior of terracotta tiles and wooden beams, the hostel makes for a comfortable spot to relax after a long day at the waterfalls. It also comes with an ample buffet-style breakfast, a perfect way to fuel up before tackling the long hikes around the cascades.

Acai Hostel Salvador, Rua do Passo

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Açai Hostel in Salvador | © Açai Hostel

Smack bang in the middle of the historic centre and just a short stroll away from Salvador’s dazzling beaches, this hostel is practically perfect, location-wise. The Açai Hostel in Bahia entices travelers with its thoughtful features such as curtains around the beds to offer some privacy and free caipirinhas in the evening to get the party started. Excellent breakfast buffet and friendly staff are other points that make this hostel one of the best in Salvador.

Hostel América do Sul, Jijoca de Jericoacoara

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Hostel America Do Sul | © Hostel America Do Sul

This humble, friendly hostel boasts proximity to Jericoacoara’s gorgeous beaches, an abundance of hammocks to lounge in, and plenty of nearby kitesurfing schools for those looking to dabble in the sport. Hostel América do Sul attracts an international crowd and its common room area is perfect for meeting fellow travelers. The area has plenty of activities during the day including surfing, hiking and swimming, so it’s just as well there’s an extensive buffet breakfast served every morning.

Refúgio Hostel Fortaleza

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The Refugio Hostel in Fortaleza is bright, colorful, and a laid-back place to stay | © Refugio Hostel Fortaleza

Refúgio Hostel in Fortaleza has become one of this coastal town’s most beloved hostels, thanks to its cosy atmosphere, friendly staff and great location. Just a hop away from the city’s superb beaches and surrounded by bars, shops and restaurants, it’s the ideal spot to be in the midst of the action while still being able to relax. The daily breakfast of fresh bread, fluffy cake and natural juices is a bonus point.

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  • Santa Terê Hostel, Rio de Janeiro

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    The pool at Santa Terê Hostel | Courtesy of Santa Terê Hostel

    While many seek out beachside accommodation for a trip to Rio de Janeiro, Santa Terê Hostel proves that a great stay in the city doesn’t have to be right beside the sunny shores. The hostel is located in the hillside neighborhood of Santa Teresa, providing quick access to Lapa – the city’s party district – and just a few metro stops away from the beach. The hostel itself constantly receives the highest praise from its guests for its comfortable rooms, friendly staff and outdoor swimming with breathtaking city views.

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    Hanuman Hostel - Manaus - Amazonas - Brasil, Parque Dez de Novembro

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    Hauman Hostel | © Hauman Hostel

    This humble hostel offers travelers all they need for a trip to Manaus – a comfortable place to stay with a clean kitchen, friendly staff and a swimming pool to cool off during the city’s swelteringly humid days. The interior design includes a green color-theme and Buddhist art, highlighting the proximity of the Amazon rainforest. Hanuman Hostel has links to local ecotourism companies, allowing guests to tailor their tours into something more personalized while keeping it sustainable.

    HI HOSTEL - Pantanal Backpacker Hostel, Mato Grosso

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    Pantanal | © Filipefrazao/WikiCommons

    Unassuming yet comfortable with a good international crowd, Pantanal Backpacker Hostel draws in travelers with its cheap prices and close proximity to the Pantanal. Located in the city Cuiabá, which gives access to the northern region of the wetlands, tours can be arranged through the hostel. The hostel features a clean kitchen, a refreshing swimming pool and friendly staff who go out of their way to help guests.

    Hostel 7 - Brasilia, Distrito Federal

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    Brasilia | © Governo do Brasil/WikiCommons

    Hostel 7 is trendy and modern, providing a reasonably priced and comfortable place to stay when visiting Brasilia. The hostel sits in the heart of the capital, providing a good base point to check out the city’s futuristic architecture or the surrounding national parks. The clean, well-equipped kitchen is a joy to use and the occasional party on the roof is a great way to meet fellow travelers.