Rio’s Tiki Hostel in Cantagalo Combines Carioca and Kiwi Culture

By Nelson Belen, Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Sitting high on the hilltop favela community of Cantagalo, the recently opened Tiki Hostel offers guests stunning views of the city, including its two most iconic beaches, Ipanema and Copacabana. The hostel is the culmination of a two-year project by New Zealand expatriate in Rio, Dale Smith, also a long-standing member of the Rio Rugby Club.

Located just a short walk from the Cantagalo elevator, conveniently situated between both Ipanema and Copacabana, the hostel is ready for the Rio 2016 Olympics. “After two years of building,” Smith shares, “I . . .

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