HI Samambaia Hostel

Estrada da Samambaia, 138, Petropolis, Brazil, Distance from city centre: 5.9km

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Tucked away in the soft-contoured hills of Petrpolis, beautifully kept Fazenda da Samambaia (\"Fern Farm\") offers travelers the peace and relaxation of Brazil\'s brand of agriturismo - with a sustainable approach.
Petrpolis travelers can visit for the day or stay at the Hi Samambaia Hostel, with male and female dorms for up to 85 guests - an attractive option for student travel in the Rios Mountain skirts range with accommodations in the historic farmhouse and the bucolic setting. Lunch at the restaurant serving country style culinary, with organic ingredients grown on the farm, and walks through the gardens designed by Burle Marx are some of the things to do at this farm dating from 1741.
Swiss-brazilian national Jean-Charles Barreto manages the Samambaia Environmental and Ecotourism Institute (SIESE-ISCAE), with headquarters on the property. On weekdays, the farm is open to school visits during which the children can learn about sustainability, biodiversity and conservation, reforestation, and the reduction of waste.
Samambaia land was first owned by a Captain Francisco Muniz de Albuquerque in 1741.The area was an important stop for mule packers traveling the Royal Road (Estrada Real), Brazil's Royal Road and Gold route. The Samambaia Valley was photographed by Revert Henrique Klumb (1835 1886), a renowned German-Brazilian photographer who is said to have introduced stereoscopic photography in Brazil. Klumb was the Photographer of the Royal House in Rio de Janeiro and the author of the Twelve Hours on Expedition - Guide of the Traveler from Petrpolis to Juiz de Fora). He said about his journey through the region: "Friends who come with us on this trip, wrap yourselves up your coats, hide the faces in mufflers, if you care to bring them, because the glacial air which blows in this place becomes even more acute because of the rapid descent of the Samambaia."
Jean Charles grandparents, Antnio and Clia Leite Garcia, received several illustrious guests. His grandfather was friends with Getlio Vargas and the Guinle family, owners of the Copacabana Palace. Among the names on the farm's guest of honor book (1943-1951) are Errol Flynn, John Wayne, Edward G. Robinson, Bob Hope, Norma Shearer, Brigitte Bardot, Assis Chateubriand, and Eva Pern and many other hollywood actors.

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Hostel Facilities & Policies

  • 24 hour reception
  • 24 hour security
  • Airport transfers
  • Bar
  • BBQ
  • Book exchange
  • Breakfast Included
  • Ceiling fan
  • Common Room
  • Free City Maps
  • Free Internet Access
  • Free Parking
  • Free Wifi
  • House Keeping
  • Internet Access
  • Kitchen
  • Laundry Facilities
  • Linen Included
  • Lockers
  • Luggage Storage
  • Meals Available
  • Meeting Room
  • Outdoor Swimming Pool
  • Parking
  • Restaurant
  • Swimming Pool
  • Tea/Coffee Making Facilities
  • Towels Included
  • Washing Machine
  • Wheelchair Accessible

Cancellation Policy

This property has a 1 day cancellation policy. Failure to cancel within this time will result in a cancellation charge equal to the first night of your stay.
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