Pura Vida Hostel

Pura Vida Hostel is the only hostel in Rio de Janeiro with the charm of a medieval castle. We are located in the best spot of Rio, only one block from Copacabana beach, about 15 min walk to Arpoador and Ipanema beach, and a 2 min walk to the public transportation of your choosing (bus or metro). Here we do everything with Pura Vida flare and that includes our parties, always frequented by Cariocas looking for a fun time with live music, DJs, and good people.

Built in the beginning of the last century as the Polish embassy of Brazil, the house of Pura Vida Hostel preserved its initial architecture, which is rarely seen nowadays. The castle-like house was influenced by designs that hold a classic sense of European beauty and decor. With stained glass windows, chandeliers, and amazing woodwork, the house is a fascinating fusion of Art Nouveau style and medieval European construction. These are just some of the details that make Pura Vida Hostel the only one of its kind in the state of Rio de Janeiro! The last highlight of our beautiful house is our ‘Taverna’, the medieval bar of Pura Vida Hostel. The ‘ragers’ we hold at the Taverna are always frequented by Cariocas (Brazilians born and raised in Rio de Janeiro), other out-of-state Brasilians, and tourists from all over the world. Our parties feature the best Carioca DJs Rio de Janeiro has to offer as well as live rock, jazz, samba, and cultural shows. The space of the Taverna has also been used in various films (including a film on famous Brazilian singer Tim Maia) music videos, private parties, and even weddings. ‘Pura Vida’ embodies fun and our ‘party house’ is already recognized as one of the best nightlife options in Rio de Janeiro as highlighted by numerous popular newspapers and magazines like ‘O Globo e O Dia’ and ‘Veja e Época’! Pura Vida is a greeting of good energy. Just like the expressions: tudo bem, aloha, carpe diem, and tamu junto, the expression Pura Vida conveys a sense of well-being, happiness, and enjoyment! All of this is the style of Pura Vida Hostel. Come live the Pura Vida experience as a Worldpacker here!

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I really enjoyed my time in pura vida! Felipe and the staff were very welcoming and I knew that I could always come to Felipe if I ever had a problem or needed something.
Pura vida is a very social hostel and I immediately got included in everything.
My work hours were always very clear. I always got my schedule a week I advance and never worked longer than stated.
After work I always had enough time to go out and do something or just rest and hang around the hostel until the evening.

4 days ago



Pura vida. My home in Rio with wonderful people and the best experiences. Would 100% recommend

9 days ago



Foi o meu primeiro voluntariado, um mês no Rio de Janeiro, um mês no Pura vida, o hostel virou minha casinha, os guests e staffs a família, a energia desse lugar é surreal, as áreas comuns são perfeitas para socialização, e convívio! Todos os dias algo para fazer no bar, ou algum passeio como o free tour! Tudo que foi mencionado na plataforma foi cumprido pelo anfitrião.
Eu sou eternamente grata por essa experiência, vá sem dúvidas! Gratidão pura vida💕

18 days ago



Acho eles miseráveis por colocarem mortadela no café dos voluntários. Sendo o normal com ovos, frutas, queijo e presunto. Que pão-durice!
Mas o pior e mais grave foi no início da minha estadia. Um dos trabalhadores da limpeza, Sergio Cano, invadiu o quarto feminino 2x na madrugada, ficando em pé com a luz do celular acesa. Ele deu a desculpa de ser sonâmbulo. Totalmente absurdo e nenhuma providência foi tomada pelo Felipe, que inclusive enviou mensagem no grupo do staff dizendo que não podia punir uma pessoa sonâmbula. A worldpacker Paula, foi embora do hostel em represália à situação.

about 1 month ago



The best experience I've ever had! When I arrived, I was well taken care of and shared a room with other volunteers. I always got good hours and my days off were respected in the four weeks that followed. The work was exactly as they had described it, and it was not difficult. The other members of staff and volunteers were extremely helpful and friendly. I had the opportunity to explore the city and participate in various tours offered by the hostel. I wish I could have stayed a little longer. I'd like to thank everyone who helped make this month memorable. <3

about 1 month ago

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