Who we are

we do our utmost to create a fun, lively & sociable atmosphere

Owned and managed by a veteran English traveller Favela Chic is unique (as our name indicates), passionate about traveling and fully committed to providing an outstanding service to travelers. Our aim is for your stay here to be very memorable.

A sense of freedom

We love traveling and sense of freedom that this brings. We understand this & aim to be a little different.

We do our utmost to create a fun, lively & sociable atmosphere so that you will always remember your time in Foz do Iguassu, not just for the incredible experience of visiting the greatest waterfalls in the world, but also because you found a homely, relaxed and creative atmosphere to hang out in. Our goal is that you will look back on your time here as one of your most memorable in South America.

Our hammocks are set in grounds with lots of trees and an outdoor relaxation area which includes a magnificent & peaceful fountain.

Active bar & Swimming Pool

Our active bar is a place where you can meet travelers from throughout the world. Oh, and we play great music too.

The swimming pool is just next to the bar where you can relax from the heat (well it is very hot here most of the year).

We aim to do the basics outstandingly well: a great breakfast (including cooked treats), free WiFi, 24 hour reception and help with all your travel needs – especially budget travel throughout South America.

With rustic materials, recycled objects and coloured art work, the hostel features a Favela inspired design. All dormitories contain bunk beds and a shared bathroom and are equipped with air-conditioning or a fan.

Ticket and tour assistance

We can offer advice & discounted tickets for the many attractions here with affordable tours (including the “must do” trip to the Falls in Argentina which we believe will be one of the most memorable days of your life).

If we cannot answer any of your questions, we will do our best to find the answer for you.

We also offer a book library (for those of your who are not yet fully committed e-readers). Nothing would give us more pleasure than if you found the book you’ve always wanted to read in our library. Book swapping is encouraged.

We also have a free DVD library (from the Blues Brothers to the Coen Brothers) for your enjoyment.

We have regular BBQ nights & our kitchen is well stocked, and boasts a beautiful tiled floor made up of broken tiles.


We currently have three dormitories, which will as much as possible be designated as male and female rooms wherever possible, with adjoining bathrooms. However most of the time it is a mixed dormitory.

We also have two private rooms constructed from high quality original favela wood, and we also have a truly outsanding private double room in a disused old van which has been painted by a well known Scottish graffiti artist depicting the Mayan God of Water and the Aztec God of Love. We challenge anyone to find a more original accommodation anywhere in South America!

Favela look

The accommodation has been designed with a Favela feel, using authentic wood with original Favela coloured paints, and we have recycled objects in original and creative ways. Favelas undeniably have a unique architectural look about them, and are instantly recognisable in all major Brazilian cities.

Anyone who has seen the film City of God, or read Peter Robb’s brilliant book A Death in Brazil about the history and culture of Brazil, will know just how explosive favelas can be.


We have been inspired by the look and feel of the Favela – but not the lifestyle or the violence associated with them, you will only find peace and love here! We have added a sense of chic by introducing some style. The bar, the pool table (on order), the kitchen – are all stylish elements to be set against the Favela look.

In addition one of the things that you will notice on arrival at our hostel, is the photographic work on display. These too add the sense of chic by way of contrast.

Your needs

I have travelled widely throughout the world, and stayed in more cheap hotels, and hostels, than I care to remember. Travelling has always been in my blood ever since I did a couple of month long Inter Rail trips as a teenager before going overland from London to Kathmandu as an 18 year old. I believe that I have an instinctive feel for what travellers look for, and our aim is to provide this.

We aim to provide for all of your budget travel needs.

We welcome your comments and feedback, and particularly want you to tell us where we might at times fall short, so that we can constantly improve the service we provide.

We look forward to your stay here. Please visit us – without your participation and energy we are not the dynamic & vibrant community we strive to be.

Thank you in advance for coming to Favela Chic.