My first stop on this big adventure, Hostel CabanaCopa in Rio provided a fantasticly social beginning to the trip. Arriving alone prior to my good friend Steve joining me later that night, I was immediately welcomed into a big multi-national group of backpackers drinking at the bar. By the time Steve turned up at 11pm I already felt at home and was in on a night out in Lapa. This was typical of the friendly open atmosphere that seemed to thrive in this hostel.

Set out in a huge old colonial building tucked away in the heart of Copacabana, the social aspect of CabanaCopa is definitely it’s biggest draw. A nice bar downstairs and big common/TV room upstairs make interaction with your fellow backpackers almost unavoidable which makes for a very friendly place. The downsides were the lack of staff at certain times (seemingly due to poor treatment by the management) and the leaky nature of the old building. The missing staff members meant the bar would shut early or not open at all some nights. The old building meant that when it rained (and it really really rained a couple of nights), the hostel was full of puddles. Fortunately this didn’t effect any of the bedrooms.

The beds were comfortable and the dorms pretty spacious. It was fairly averagely priced for Rio at BRL 40 a night (about £17) for an 8 bed dorm. I ended up spending my whole time in Rio here and would be happy to recommend it to anyone else visiting Rio.


CabanaCopa Hostel
Travessa Guimarães Natal, 12, Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil