Rio de Janiero Travel Guide
It's not a joke. There's a new hostel in Rio de Janiero, called The Little Slum Inn which has been attracting crazy, thrill-seeking tourists, mainly from Germany, France and the United States, who might have a death wish or just didn't see that movie, City of God.
Even getting to the slum is rough:
You can only get to the jungle-covered hillside slum of Pereira da Silva on foot. Most of its 1,900 residents live in unpainted brick hovels they built themselves on irregular lots.
So why would people stay there? For starters, a room with a double bed costs about $35 a night and $15 a head to sleep in a large room for single backpackers.
There's also the views. Each room has terraces overlooking Rio's bay and supposedly cozy furnishings.
The hostel's owner Andreia Martins say that despite the neighborhoods deadly gang rep, this hostel is safe mostly because a police squad trains nearby.
And it seems to be working. The hostel, called Pousada Favelinha in Portuguese, was booked solid during Rio's famous Carnival last week. Only thing is reservations, if you can get them, are taken via email.
· "Little Slum Inn" offers priceless views of Brazi [Reuters]