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Misti Chill hostel in Paraty is in a perfect position right on the beach. At night they let me park my motorcycle inside on the patio area. Dorms are a little cramped, I struggled to get all my stuff in the room, and the cheaper 9 bed dorm has those wretched three high bunks that make you feel like the tourist equivalent of a battery chicken.
The 9 bed dorm is 25R a night and the staff are very friendly. Portuguese (of course) Spanish and English were spoken there.
I contacted a number of hostels to find out if they had space for a motorcycle. I chose hostels that had better than average reviews and were up to 35R a night. For me accommodation in Rio is the worst value in South America, high prices and poorly maintained hostels, saggy mattresses and dirty bathrooms. But the location is spectacular and I'm sure the cause of the problem is the constant flow of us tourists to this beautiful city.
I stayed at Casa Carioka
Rua Emilio Berla 180
(21) 3734 2235
It's the last house on the right at the top of a steep hill, and here lies its problem. It does have a garage but it also has three flights of stairs to negociate before you reach the 14 bed dorm @ 30R a night.
S22 58.431 W43 11.669
Other hostels that replied to me saying that they had parking are:
The much more pleasant and safe area of Ipanema has a string of hostels in a secure alley on Rua Barão da Torre
The best of the bunch seems to be Wave Hostel
Rua Barão da Torre, 175, casa 5 -
Ipanema (see direction below)
Tels: + 55 21 2227-6458 or + 55 21 8105-8391
S22 58.990 W43 12.058
Dorm rooms 35R a night
But there are plenty of hostels to choose from and there's secure parking on the street because there's a metal gate and 24 hour security at the entrance.
The people at Karima Hostel on the same street were also very friendly and offered the same rates as Wave Hostel
Warning: Girl from Ipanema Hostel is cheaper but has a reputation of bedbugs. I guess you get what you pay for.
Here are a couple of options for Ouro Preto both are right next to each other and have plenty of parking space.
Brumas Hostel - HI affiliated hostel
Rua Padre J. Marcos Pena
68 - Centro, Ouro Preto, Brazil
I stayed at: Pousada São Francisco
It's a short distance along the driveway next to Brumas Hostel. 4 bed dorm bed R30 including breakfast & towel. Very friendly Daniel (looks like Seu Jorge) speaks English, Spanish and understands French
Enough space to securely park a fleet of motorcycles
HI affiliated, R30 with a card, this place is clean and better quality than I've been used to. It includes breakfast, towels & wifi although there is only cold water here but with the weather up here who needs hot water!
Hostel Porto Seguro
Rua Cova da Moca 720
16°26'32.02"S 39° 3'48.28"W
As you come into town ignore all the touts trying to get you to their pousada's, just as you hit the main strip you should see the hostel on your right hand side, it has a large sign painted above the hostel so you can't miss it. This road is a one way street so keep your eyes open otherwise you'll miss it and it's a bugger to get back to.
Where? I here you ask... half way between Salvador and Recife and a perfect place to break up the journey. I got the feeling that they don't see so many tourists here, they were all pretty curious when my motorcycle rocked into town.
Ride to Neopolis and take one of the frequent ferries across the Rio San Fransisco (R4 for a motorcycle). I got the ferry at 5pm and I would guess that they run every hour.
I love super cheap accommodation but this one is basic.
I asked for the cheapest room and got a single room with private bathroom (cold water) and fan for R20. I believe they have better rooms here with a/c, hot water and river views. They let you park your motorcycle inside the hotel over night.
To get to it ride straight off the ferry and look across the street to your left. Imperial Pousada is right in front of you.
Pousada da Pipa has private doubles with bathroom, hot water (not that you need it) and a breakfast that isn't just bread.... a selection of fruits, cakes, bread, cheese, ham & juices.
As you're riding along BR101 keep your eyes peeled for the sign to Pipa it's easily missed, I seem to remember its just after a gas station. Once you get into town there are signs by each turn off directing you to various Pousada's, Pousada da Pipa is one of the first you'll come to with a sign on your left hand side which also directs you to Praia Golphinas, the beach where you can swim with dolphins.
GPS: S6 13.702 W35 02.999
Once here you can park your bike on the terrace out front.
Keep riding through town until you get to a fork in the road and follow the sign to the right for Pipa Hostel. It's an HI hostel so with an HI card a dorm room will cost you 25R. It also has space out front to park and its secure, behind a big metal fence. Out back is a beautiful tropical garden, a swimming pool, a large under cover cooking area and plenty of hammocks to relax in.
There is another hostel across the road from Pipa Hostel that also has space to park.
On walking around town I discovered that accommodation in Canoa Quebrada isn't so cheap. I eventually found Pousada Europa owned by a Dutch/Brazilian couple. Outside the Pousada a sign advertises their rooms at 45R but the charge for a double with a private bathroom, hammock, fan & fridge (perfect for keeping your cool) was only 30R. I'm here in August so I don't know if this is a low season price. Oh... and there's a good free breakfast here and a swimming pool.
From the pedestrianised street in the centre of town go two blocks left down towards the beach and Pousada Europa is on your left. The tourist information touts, you can't miss them when you enter town, are surprisingly helpful and will happily take you down to the hostel.
The owner let me park undercover in his garage space and then parked his car directly in front meaning that anyone who wants to get to your precious wheels needs to take his set first!
There's no address just a GPS co-ordinate
S4 31.456 W37 42.212
Tel: (88) 3421 7004
[url=http://www.portalcanoaquebrada.com.br]CANOA QUEBRADA - Portal de Canoa Quebrada - Cear
In Piripiri I stayed in Hotel California. There are plenty of signs in the town to get you there. They quoted 40R for a room and I gave a look of horror; they immediately dropped their rate for a private room with private bathroom, cold water (trust me you don't need any heat here) and air-con (this is the baby you want) to 35R a night. There's car parking space attached to the hotel.
Just look for the signs to the hotel as you enter town
S4 16.376 W41 46.556
The woman who greeted me at the HI hostel in Sao Luis had a face like a bulldog chewing a wasp, the hostel was full and I didn't get the opportunity to test their willingness to park the bike inside the hostel. If you want to give it a go here's the address:
Solar das Pedras
Rua Da Palma
I went two blocks down the road and turned left where I found Pousada Riveres
Very large, basic, private rooms with shared bathroom and cold water for 30R a night. They have a room to the side of the front desk, it was easy job to ride the motorcycle up into it and there was space for plenty more bikes. They seemed interested to see me and were more than happy for me to park inside so this is a good choice. The rooms are so large you won't be tripping over your luggage and you're in the historical centre..
Why take a job on a hotel reception if you have an adversity to smiling? Well at least this is another cheapy in a good location, very popular with Brazilians, and lots of secure parking space. A single room with fan and shared bathroom is 20R
Hotel America Novo Mundo
Av Coaracy Nunes 333
(96) 3223 2819
N0 01.945 W51 03.233
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