We spent hours trying to find the right spot to stay in Rio, especially since the area hikes up prices for Carnaval. We debated staying in the other Zona Sul neighborhoods but are so glad we chose Leblon and Anja’s apartment. It was ideal for our week-long stay in Rio for Carnaval since it’s located just two blocks from the beach and amidst many great restaurants and cafes. Aside from the apartment itself, Anja was a very caring host. She took time to show us around the neighborhood and was also super responsive to our numerous questions about Rio before our arrival. Would certainly recommend this place to anyone visiting Rio!
Here’s her listing: http://www.airbnb.com/rooms/292070
Can’t help but also mention some coincidences: Anja is getting her PhD in Public Policy and is working to empower youth from the favelas and her husband, Vicente, is a visual and multimedia artist. Parallel lives on opposite sides of the equator?