HI Samambaia Hostel
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
- Book exchange
- Breakfast Included
- Ceiling fan
- Common Room
- Free City Maps
- Free Internet Access
- Free Parking
- Free Wifi
- House Keeping
- Internet Access
- Laundry Facilities
- Linen Included
- Luggage Storage
- Meals Available
- Meeting Room
- Outdoor Swimming Pool
- Swimming Pool
- Tea/Coffee Making Facilities
- Towels Included
- Washing Machine
- Wheelchair Accessible
Cancellation PolicyThis 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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Getting to Petropolis is pretty easy, grab a taxi from Ipanema beach and head to the Rodovaria Novo Rio (pronounced hodo-viara). It cost R$ 35.-- Once in the station, head over to the Facil/Unica counter on Platform 6. The bus company Unica/Facil operates between Rio de Janeiro and Petropolis. Their buses are new and fairly comfortable. An hour later, you should be in the Rodoviaria Petropolis which is located outside the city. This is a key point, don't leave the bus station, get the local shuttle-bus nr.100 for 3,00 R$, heading to Centro Histórico. Getting from the Rodoviaria Petropolis to the Historical Centre takes about 20 minutes.
- Taxi from Tom Jobim Rio Int'l Airport to Samambaia Hostel: 150.00 R$ (Taxi from Petropolis order by the Hostel)
- Taxi from Tom Jobim Rio Int'l Airport to Rodoviária Novo Rio: 30.00 R$
- Frescão Bus nr. 2012 from Tom Jobim Int'l Airport to Rodoviaria Novo Rio: 9.00 R$ (Alvorada Terminal)
- Taxi from Copacabana to Rodoviaria Rio Novo : 35 R$
- Bus from Rodoviaria Novo Rio to Rodoviaria Petropolis : 18.00R$
- Taxi from Rodoviaria Petropolis to Historical Centre : 25 R$
- Bus Nr. 370 from Rodoviaria Petropolis to Itamaraty's Terminal: 2.50 R$
- Buses Nrs. 300-301-307 from Historical Centre do Samambaia Hostel: 2.50 R$
- Taxi from Historical Centre to Samambaia Hostel : 25 R$
- Taxi from Rodoviária Petropolis to Samambaia Hostel: 45 R$
- Bus from Rodoviaria Petropolis to Rodoviaria Rio Novo : 18.00 R$
If you decide taking the local bus, once at the Historical Centre, you can take buses Nr. 300, 301, 307. The bus stop is
located behind the Museum at the Emperor Square, they all stop at Itamaraty's Terminal and them pass infront of the Hostel.
Located in a quiet residential area, 5 km from the Historical Centre of Petrópolis, just a naiborhood from the famous Museu Imperial. 15 min. from the City Centre and a block from the local bus Terminal. It is the perfect base to rest before going to Rio and prepare yourself to party and come back after to recuperate and plan the rest of your trip in Brazil or South America.