Brazil has long been considered a cheap place to travel, yet Rio de Janeiro is surprisingly expensive, especially in the south zone of the city where all the tourist hubs tend to be. Yet the flow of tourism has led to the growth the low-cost accommodation market in Copacabana and there is a huge choice of budget-friendly places to stay. The following hostels are reasonably priced with good location and come well-recommended.
This international hostel attracts a good mix of backpackers and single travelers from all corners of the world, making it a great hub to meet new people. The decorations are bright and cheerful, giving a welcoming atmosphere, and the staff are friendly, helpful and available during the night too. Walk on the Beach Hostel is clean, well-organized and within a few minutes’ walking distance from the beach.
This immensely successful chain spreads out all over Brazil and the rest of South America. It draws in a lively, international backpacking crowd and hosts daily meetups such as free caipirinhas for guests to get to know each other. It’s a great place to meet new people. The location of Che Lagarto is ideal; near to the metro station, main road, beach, bars and with 24-hour restaurants nearby too. The staff are kind, cheerful and multilingual.