It happened in Rio de Janeiro and it is happening in São Paulo too. The youth hostel business is booming. According to trade magazine Panrotas, quoting São Paulo’s tourism authorities, the number of youth hostels in the largest Brazilian city went from 22 in 2011 to 52 in 2013.
Some of the explanations given for the sharp increase are slightly hilarious. The truth is far simpler. With hotel prices rocketing out of control (always on the brink of a new hotel saga), travellers on a budget are having to turn to more affordable means of accommodation.