During the ongoing Olympics, many curious tourists from around the world have been exposed to the sheer natural beauty of Rio de Janeiro. Beyond the famed beaches, gorgeous mountains, and iconic landmarks, Rio is also well known for their favelas. These neighborhoods are home to extreme poverty and are often considered off-limits for tourists. However, for certain tourists, travelers looking for an authentic (and not to mention, affordable) experience in Brazil have sought stays in favelas by booking through Airbnb.
For example, you can currently book a private room in an apartment in Rocinha, Rio’s largest favela. In this case, you would not be booking for the room, but for the magnificent view from the terrace (see above).
For only $13 USD/night, travelers can get a room with 1 single bed, and place to spread out mattresses on the floor to make another bed. In addition, the property is a short walk to a bus stop where people can catch a ride to Copacabana and Ipanema beaches.
Would you stay in a favela when visiting Brazil?