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About HI Brazil


There are more than 95 Hostels - Youth Hostels spread across Brazil, in several states of the federation. They are located in: Alagoas, Amazonas, Bahia, Ceará, Federal District, Espírito Santo, Maranhão, Mato Grosso, Mato Grosso do Sul, Minas Gerais, Pará, Paraíba, Paraná, Pernambuco, Rio de Janeiro, Rio Grande do Norte, Rio Grande do Sul, Santa Catarina, São Paulo and Sergipe. 

Brazil is among the fifteen countries best served by this means of hosting around the world, being the leader in Latin America. 



Hospitaller by distinction, Brazil congregates a multitude of natural beauties and places of great historical wealth. The Brazilian culture is cheerful and traveling around the country is becoming easier and easier, even with the long distances. 

In the south and south - east of the country you can enjoy the cold winter weather in the mountainous regions, enjoy the cosmopolitan daily life of big cities, travel on beautiful beaches and historic cities, practice ecotourism and venture on adventures. 

In the Midwest , it is worth knowing the grandeur of the federal capital and the concrete jungles in contrast to the intense and pulsating vegetation of the Pantanal. In the Northeast , the idyllic encounter of sandy paths with seas, lakes and rivers of a crystalline blue impress, as well as the ginga of all the people. In the north , there is a kingdom of exuberance with native forests, such as the unique and extraordinary Amazon rainforest and its captivating and warlike population. 

North, Northeast, Midwest, Southeast and South are ready to welcome you. Browse the main tourist destinations in Brazil and choose your next stop. 


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In 1909 in Germany, Professor Richard Schirmann devoted part of his time to creating programs of coexistence for his students. From pedagogical activities, he began to organize groups with young people to undertake small study trips. This is how prof. Schirmann discovered the possibility of creating an alternative to accommodate students, other than just overnight lodging.  
Thus was born the first Youth Hostel - HOSTEL, in Altena, Germany, in the year 1912, which runs until today. In 1932 the International Federation of Youth Hostels - Hostelling International was created.  
The idea arrived in Brazil, in the 60's, decade of the generation "foot in the road", of the hippie movement, of the student movements in the world. 
In 1971 Brazil created the Brazilian Federation of Youth Hostels and began to be part of the Hostel Movement. Hostelling International is currently the largest hosting network in the world, present on 5 continents. 


This is our mission as stipulated in Article 2 of the Statutes of the International Youth Hostel Federation (IYHF): 

"To promote the education of all young people of all nations, especially those with limited resources, by stimulating greater knowledge, affection and care for nature, as well as a knowledge of the cultural values ​​of cities, both large and small, everywhere as a means of achieving it, to provide shelters or other accommodation in which there are no distinctions of race, nationality, color, religion, sex, social class or political opinions, so that they can better understand their peers, both in their own country and abroad. " 


Built on the principle of helping young people with limited economic resources to enjoy the nature and cities of the world, hostels are nowadays at the heart of international tourism for a wide range. 

The annual contribution of the hostellers in the entrance of the world tourism sector has already reached 1.4 billion US $. Since 1909, the year hostels were born from the excursions of German scholar Richard Schirrmann with his students, hos- friendism has already become one of the largest youth associative organizations in the world, with a membership of more than 3 million members, and one philosophy today more than ever. 

The Hostel and the Youth 

The hostel network allows young people of different nationalities, cultures and social conditions to find themselves in an informal environment, exchange experiences, learn to know themselves and others, and discover where they are. The hostels foster an authentic awareness of current issues on an international scale. 

Hostelling also plays a key role, if well played, in the development of young people as future employees in the world labor market. The surroundings of the hostels promote social awareness and show the importance of citizenship for coexistence. 

On the other hand, it helps to develop the sense of self-discipline that is achieved by living different situations, seeing yourself forced to make decisions for yourself and learning the consequences. Young people have become the spokesmen for the ecological problems of our planet and call us to join them. 

Thanks to the constant vigor that characterizes the youth hostels movement, we have been able to fulfill your expectations. And we will continue to do, as new generations are born and the youth of today will become tomorrow's host families. 


The Federation strives to promote among its Associations the environmental awareness and seeks to unite working methods within the ecological context, so that the Youth Hostel movement plays its part in conserving the environment. In order to achieve this objective, the Federation has established its goals based on the following seven principles: 


Associations will periodically monitor their energy consumption, as energy production is the main cause of the reduction of natural resources, global warming, acid rain and climate change. Every effort should be made to consume a minimum of energy. IYHF will strive to use renewable energy sources and, where possible, support the implementation of projects to this end. 


The Associations shall undertake to use, wher- ever economic circumstances permit them, products that are totally or partially recycled. The separation of waste, such as paper, plastic, batteries, bottles and cans, demonstrates to the youth and other users of youth hostels, in a very visible way, our care with the use of the resources of our planet. Measures will be taken to ensure the quality of the water, to minimize waste and to minimize leakage. 


Associations shall take reasonable steps, including assistance from local authorities and other bodies, to minimize contamination. Disposal of waste, including the waste basket, should be effective and environmentally acceptable. 


The Associations will encourage the use of public transport whenever they are available. Alternatively, hostel owners will be advised to share their car. All youth hostels should provide detailed information on public transport in the area. Self-catering hostels will be encouraged to explore the attractions of the area using public transport, bicycle or walking. In order to facilitate this goal, shelters should provide extended parking wherever possible. 


The Associations will support the formation of nature reserves, national parks and other created areas, with the specific purpose of providing both a habitat for animals and plants as a place for people to rest, Associations will devote part of the land to their shelters to "wild garden" wherever they permit it, in which they can grow a variety of plants or some specific herbs whose function is to feed certain species of animals and insects. 


The Associations will consider the creation of specific means for the provision of environmental education in youth hostels that are suitable for such. The hostels can be suitable places to obtain educational material about the environment. 


Associations should take environmental factors into account when making any purchase. There is a whole range of products that claim to be environmentally friendly; the local circumstances will determine the greater or lesser importance of these products. The Associations should keep abreast of the latest research in this area because it is an area that changes very quickly.  
Whenever possible, use should be made of: recycled paper, locally produced food, perhaps from the hostel's own garden, appropriate building materials which should include materials manufactured locally or recycled whenever economically feasible, and minimum quantities of products cleaning chemicals in order to protect health and ensure hygiene. 
Whenever possible, use should be made of: recycled paper (which carries the recycling logo), locally produced foods, perhaps from the hostel's own garden, appropriate building materials which should include materials manufactured locally or recycled wherever economically viable, and minimum quantities of chemical cleaning products in order to protect health and ensure hygiene.