My name is Teresa. Me and my husband own the first hostel in Rio Brancro, Acre, an Amazonian city in the state of Acre in Brazil. I have a degree in tourism from Sweden, where I lived for 18 years. Now we are back in Brazil, where I am originaly from. I have worked in the tourism industry for a number of years. I have also traveled a lot, therefore I became familiar with the idea of staying at hostels and the unique experience that staying in these places provide to people. So, we thought that having a hostel in Rio Branco would really benefit tourism in the region as it will provide visitors with this unique experience of staying in this Amazonian town.
We are a very social family and you will get to practice your Portuguese with us.
Creating/ Cooking family meals
Help around the house
Help with Computers/ Internet
Travelers will benefit by encountering the Amazonian culture. We are located in the downtown area of the city of Rio Branco, state of Acre. So you can learn about the Amazonian history here. We are 2h from the hometown of Chico Mendes in Xipuri, where you can learn about the struggle to keep the Amazonas alive.
Travelers will encounter Portuguese and other languages such as Indegenous languages and their culture which you wouldn´t experience anywhere else.
If travellers are interested in Ayawaska practices, there are Ayawaska centers nearby such as: Alto Santo, Irineu Sierra and Colonia 5000. These centers are located in Rio Branco city, and there are other centers located in indegenous communities which would required a fee and a flight or a 12h bus ride plus a 7h boat ride.
We are looking for social, proactive and hardworking people who like to get a multicultural experience and can interact with the clients. People who have traveled a lot and therefore know how to be a good host to people from different parts of the world and especially the Brazilian customers. This hostel provides the oppurtunity to practice primarily Portuguese and other languages, therefore knowledge of Portuguese is required. We will need help providing information to customers, making reservations, helping setting up the morning breakfast, also some cleaning duties. Most of all, we are interested in motivated people that like to learn from others as well as sharing their knowledge.
If you are an artist, you could help us designing some walls with beautiful drawings.
If you are good with computers, you could help us update the webpage and make videos for the hostel.
Travellers will stay at the hostel. We have three type of rooms: two gendered and one mix. Therefore, you will sharing your room with the clients. The bunk beds have curtains, individual lights and a pluging so you will have privacy and an opportunity to read or work in yout computer comfortably in bed.
Sometimes, you may have the room to yourself if there is no clients in that room.
There is a fan in the rooms and A/C at nights. Since we are in the city, there is no mosquitoes.
There is a bathroom inside the room and you have a small balcony to dry your clothes. You will also have a cupboard with a key to keep your belongings safe.
The hostel is located in the downtown area of Rio Branco, in the state of Acre. Therefore, there are lots of activities that travellers can enjoy (Bungee jumping, museum visits, parks, and historical sites). There is a top tree adventure opportunity 2h from here (20€ fee). We are also close to the border with Bolivia and Peru, travellers could get to Bolivia in 2h and to Peru in only 4 hours by taxi or 6 by bus.
Rio Branco is also not that far to Manaus, where travellers could get to by an amazing 3-5 day boat ride or a flight.
We provide all meals. Sometimes you may have to cook your own meal if we are too busy to cook but you are welcome to use our food.
There are indigeneous festivals in June, August and October. They are all far away and the regular fees are costly but it is also a unique experience to share cultures for an entire week.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week