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Casa Caminho do Corcovado
Ranked #19 of 329 Rio de Janeiro B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
London
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12 reviews
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“Beautiful property on Corcovado”
Reviewed 18 March 2012

Had a wonderful stay at Casa Caminho do Corcovado over the Rio Carnival period. Helena has a lovely property which is beautifully furnished and so comfortable that myself and the other guests found it difficult to drag ourselves away from it each morning … it was certainly very difficult to say “goodbye” at the end of my week-long stay. The property is located a short walk uphill from the Corcovado tram stop, so perfectly located if you want to get to the Cristo Redentor statue early ahead of the crowds. It’s also an easy bus or taxi ride away from Copacabana, Ipanema and other attractions.

Helena and her family are the perfect hosts, keeping everything perfectly clean and tidy and providing a lovely breakfast each morning, including fresh, tropical fruit; home-baked cakes and eggs cooked to order. Helena will go out of her way to assist in finding out any information you need to help with your stay in the city, including sourcing Carnaval tickets. She even goes to the extent of writing down detailed directions with simple Portuguese phrases to help navigate your way with the local bus drivers.

She and her family also took us to a bloc party one night, to ensure that we had a proper introduction to the Rio style of partying before venturing out by ourselves. Their main concern is that you enjoy yourselves and their city. When I was worried about returning back late at night and waking them, Helena would brush off my concerns, insisting that I just have a good time and not to worry about such things. Even when we returned from the Sambodrome at 6:30 in the morning (!!!), her son, Diogo, got up to let us in with no complaints and wouldn’t hear our apologies. He was just happy that we were enjoying ourselves and the whole Carnaval experience.

The only drawback I will mention is that the hot water was not very consistent. With the heat in Rio, you could say that there is no need for a hot shower, but it took some getting used to anyway.

Would definitely recommend Casa Caminho do Corcovado, and would definitely stay here again if I were to visit Rio again. Thank you Helena, Diogo and Valeria for such a lovely stay and for such a fantastic experience !

  • Stayed February 2012, travelled solo
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Los Angeles, California
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Reviewed 12 March 2012

We had such a wonderful stay at Casa Caminho do Corcovado. The location of the house was perfect for us---away from the intensity of the city but just a quick cab ride to all the main attractions. My husband and I were on our belated honeymoon and Helena recommended the detached cottage for our four day stay, and we loved it. The cottage had a bedroom and sitting room plus private bath, all immaculately clean and beautifully furnished. We had our own little courtyard to relax under the trees and watch the monkeys in the morning. We were invited to use the downstairs of the main house, along with the other guests, whenever we wanted. They have a relaxing and beautifully furnished open-air sitting room that looks out onto the view below, and has reliable wi-fi too. We loved breakfasts, prepared by Valeria and Helena, especially the fresh fruits and fruit juices! The house is also very secure, and has restaurants in walking distance. We enjoyed walking to Melone for a slice of pizza and one of their many amazing juices. As for activities, we decided to take both the City Tour and the tour to Buzios, a beach town about two hours away by car. Diogo was our guide, and he was fantastic! He speaks very good English and we learned so much about the city's history and talked often about the current social and political issues of the city and Brazil. Valeria was able to join us for our trip to Buzios too and it was just so much fun. We could not imagine our time in Rio without having met this wonderful family! We hope to return when we can for more adventures!

  • Stayed March 2012, travelled as a couple
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Sugar Land, Texas
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Reviewed 10 March 2012

We stayed here for 3 nights in March 2012 and it was wonderful. There is a taxi stand and bus stops at the bottom of the hill so getting around town is very easy and not very expensive. Helena helped us with the bus routes, so you can act like a local even if you don't speak any Portuguese! Also at the bottom of the hill is the Corcovado station where you can catch the tram to Christo Redemptor. Breakfast was fantastic - more than you could ever eat. Valerie baked some coconut cakes that were the best! Diogo is very sociable and can tell you what is going on in Rio. Diogo says that Valerie makes the best caipirinha. We did not get a chance to try them, but I have no reason to doubt either of them, so you should try it.
The room (Toucan) was very simple, but clean and nice. Just perfect, I think. The grounds were spectacular. Wonderful views from the porch, where we saw monkeys, toucans and lots of other birds. Much better than the touristy hotels!!

Room Tip: We were perfectly happy in the Toucan room, but the bungalow looks very quaint and romantic.
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  • Stayed March 2012, travelled as a couple
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Santa Barbara, Ca
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Reviewed 25 February 2012

Beautiful old villa turned B&B on edge of forest next to Corcovado tram station. Surrounded by trees, bamboo & greenery. Birds & monkeys in the trees, quiet comfortable lawn & porch to relax on. Helena was a perfect hostess, recommending sights, restaurants & beaches. We took taxis from the B&B but a nearby square had buses to all parts of town. Absolutely safe, calm, cool in the summer heat. We hope to return soon!
Linda & Peter Beuret, Santa Barbara, California

  • Stayed February 2012
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Lexington, Kentucky, United States
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Reviewed 21 February 2012

We had a great time at Casa Caminho do Corcovado. Helena and Diogo are perfect hosts. The house is very clean, comfortable, very nice garden and the breakfast is amazing. It´s a nice place to rest and relax. Next time in Rio we will stay there again! Congratulations Helena and Diogo for the good job you do!

  • Stayed April 2011, travelled with family
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Property: Casa Caminho do Corcovado
Address: Rua Filinto de Almeida 283 | Cosme Velho, Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro 22241-170, Brazil
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Region: Brazil > State of Rio de Janeiro > Rio de Janeiro
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #19 of 329 B&Bs / Inns in Rio de Janeiro
Price range (per night): $64 - $185
Number of rooms: 3
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Beautiful house located right next to Corcovado feet With 4.500 square meters of green area, the house is placed in the Cosme Velho area one of the most charming neighborhoods in the city, famous by many of the illustrious inhabitants and for the cultural and historical memoirs. The house Caminho do Corcovado is located inside of the Tijuca park reserve having the Corcovado train passing literally by its door. The house was constructed in 1906, since than it had many illustrious residents, including the proper construction engineer of the railroad of the Corcovado, and still keeps the characteristics of the beginning of the last century. For nature lovers its 4500 square meters receives frequent visits of many species of monkeys and toucans, Brazil's typical wild life residents. The Bed and breakfast contains 2 large rooms with air conditioner, TV, ceiling fan, closets and a decoration of very refined taste, it counts with a delicious breakfast and with an area for barbecue and several other personalized services in accordance with the taste of our guests, the calm and the tranquility is undeniable and it all sits right at the south zone of Rio De Janeiro, 10 minutes from the lagoon and the botanical garden and 15 minutes from Copacabana an Ipanema area by car and 25 minutes by bus. The House Caminho do Corcovado is perfect for those who want to enjoy the very best that Rio de Janeiro has to offer. Important: This is an unusual house in an urban forest, so the buses do not pass on your door. But they are not far - just 50 feet below. Because it is situated on a little hill, which gives a beautiful view, has some stairs, so therefore not the proper place for disabled people or people with limited mobility. ... more   less 
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