Rio ConneXion Rio de Janeiro Arrival Pack
Hang out in one of the coolest cities on earth and you will get to do the following with Xtreme Gap Year.
- Airport pick up
- Two nights accommodation
- The Dude Tour
- Fully guided lots of fun hanging out with locals!
We will show you Rio de Janeiro like a local in two days.
On arrival you will be picked up from the airport. Our driver will be waiting for you in arrivals with a sign with your name on it. You will be driven to your accommodation for check-in. Over the next two days you will explore the city fully guided and we will even take you into one of the favelas. Xtreme Gap Year believes an adrenaline travel, and there’s nothing like exploring the slums of Rio de Janeiro to get the pulse racing. Despite what you may have seen in films such as city of God, it is pretty safe and you will be in good hands.
Rio de Janeiro Favela Tour
The favela tour is designed to be non-intrusive and respectful of the lives of the people living in the Rocinha favela. We will not cram you into cars and herd you around like sheep. We focus on a genuine experience with the aim to educate our guests about the favelas which are such a big part of life in Rio. Out transport is by public transportation (van and moto-taxi) to and from the favela. The guide will inform you of the history of the favela as well as the social and economic challenges found here. As the tour groups are small you will be able to meet some of the locals, inside the favela and hear their stories.
You can also take photos of the breath-taking views offered by the favela, of Ipanema, the Sugarloaf and Christ the Redeemer.
The favela tour usually takes about 4 hours.
Rio city tour
The exciting day tour starts with pick up at the front of your hotel or hostel in Rio. You will be met by a professional English speaking tour guide and driven around on a mini bus. Our first stop will be the Tijuca National Park so you get a glimpse of the greenest tropical rainforest. From there we head to the Christ The Redeemer Statue (ticket price is included to the price of the package). Make sure you take enough photos!
After our visit to the Big Dude we will stop for a lunch (lunch is not included in the price of the package) in Santa Teresa. This is one of the traditional old neighborhoods of Rio. It still retains much of its original architecture and character of previous years.
At the end of your Rio day tour we will see The Great Madness (Escadaria Selaron) or secretLapa steps where Snoop Dogg shot his famous video for Beautiful with Pharell.
Finally, you will be offered two options. The first option is to be dropped off at Sugarloaf Mountain(ticket is not included in the package price) in time for sunset this is an especially romantic time for couples! The second option is to simply be dropped off in front of your hotel or hostel.
Depending on availability you will stay in one of either two hostels:
This funky hostel is located in one of the exclusive areas of Rio: Leblon. Z.Bra Hostel is just one block away from the beach and near all the best bars, restaurants and stores. Z.Bra Hostel stands out for its bold design and vintage decor, developed to offer a comfortable and soothing experience for the guests.
It’s not a massively large place with 52 guests it always provides a great atmosphere. We have three mixed dorms, with capacity for nine people, an eight Person dorm, a five Person dorm, two double rooms with shared bathrooms, and four suites. Accommodation on this program is based on dorms. You have the option to upgrade locally pending availability. Z.Bra Hostel offers free wi-fi internet and breakfast included in all the daily rates.
All bunkbeds in dorms are equipped with mobile phone chargers, individual reading light. All dorms have private lockers including a smaller locker next to the bed, so you can keep your most valuable belongings next to you while you’re sleeping. Each bed also has its own individual power outlet.
Our bar opens in the late afternoon, you can relax in our lounge, interact with other guests and have some caipirinhas made with local fruits, and other cocktails. Z.Bra Hostel hosts an art exhibition every month. We book transfers, tours and we even have some skateboards for you to take a free ride in the famous calÃ§adÃ£o. Come and enjoy! We are here to make your trip amazing!
CabanaCopa is located next to a beautiful national park, one block from the metro and just a few minutes from the famous Copacabana Beach. Our large colonial house is fully renovated with new clean spacious dorms and bathrooms with hot showers and excellent social areas (indoor and outdoor), in a street with 24hr security. Our friendly hostel has a good balance of nightlife and quiet atmosphere, with an onsite bar & lounge open until around 10pm. Also we offer has some nice little essential features like complementary breakfast, high-speed internet and Wi-Fi, bed linen, maps and even free drinkable water. The hostel was probably not as boutique as Zbra but come on you are right by Copacabana beach. How good is that!
- Free bed linens
- Complimentary Breakfast
- Free drinkable water
- Free luggage storage
- Free maps and tourist information
- Free high-speed internet, Wi-Fi
- All the best tours & parties in town
- 24hr security and no curfew
- 24hr hot water
- 24hr Check in
- Book exchange
- A/C and/or Ceiling fans
- Big individual lockers
- Friendly, helpful & multilingual staff
- Cinema lounge with 52â€² LCD Cable TV/DVD
- Individual bedlights, powerplugs & bed curtains
- Towels, hairdryers & ironing facilities available
- Cool Sports bar with TV/Music & open air patio
- Games: backgammon, chess, checkers and cards & chips
- Open air backyard with BBQ and view to nature & wildlife
- Women only dorms with big lighted mirrors & makeup desk
- Airport pickup
- Two nights hostel accommodation
- Rio city tour
- Free lockers
- Breakfast included
- Computers with 100 MB internet connection
- Hair dryer
- Party bar
- Hot showers
- Tour maps
- Female rooms
- Security 24/7
- Bed linens
- Chill out area
- little library and movie sessions at night
- Lunch and dinner
- Travel insurance