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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familia pura vida levarei pra sempre no meu coração. valeu felipe por tudo e por todos que tive o prazer de dividir um pouco. saudades mil do planeta 5 ❤️

6 days ago


pura vida foi uma das melhores experiencias da minha vida. Felipe, anfitrião, muito gente boa e parceiro! Fiz grandes amigos na casa que agora levo pra vida, levo comigo cada momento vivido naquela casa e fora dela com a galera. Se busca diversão, pura vida é o lugar certo!

12 days ago


viví una exelente experiencia en una hermosa ciudad y en un lugar como pura vida dónde se puede compartir conocer y disfrutar de muy buenas personas! sumamente recomendable

17 days ago


I had the best time in Rio de Janeiro working as worldpacker in Pura Vida Hostel, i made good friends, enjoyed the wonderful city and the nature around. The hostel is very near to the beach of Copacabana and i you get benefits as worldpackers like tours, free entrance to some bars and clubs, bikes and more, the tasks for worldpackers are very well organized, i highly recommend it.

19 days ago


Pura Vida is the best hostel in Rio! I had SO much fun there, I’ll never forget the experiences I had and the people I met. The team is awesome and it seems more like a family than anything else. The hours and tasks are fair and you have plenty of time to enjoy all Rio has to offer. It’s true about free surfboards, free bicycles, free tours and free parties (w/ free drinks 😜). The owners (Felipe and Dalton) make their best to create a cool and fun atmosphere- thanks guys for being awesome! The location is just perfect, you have everything around.. TNX PV, I’ll be back soon ♥️

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