I'm so excited i just booked our flat for Rio! Below are the photos of the 1 bedroom we will be staying in for 7 nights just a few blocks from the beach in Cococabana! yay! After thoroughly reading the lonely planet guide book and searching through many apartments in Rio i decided upon this one. A couple of reasons- i like that the owner of the flat got a BFA & MFA in Fine Arts in NY, the place is SO cute, clean and well decorated :), It's in a good location- blocks from the beach, bus stop at front door, and a few steps from the subway, AND your never going to believe me when i tell you that it only costs R600 Brazilian Reals- which is only $325!!! i know i can't believe it either- but you can read the great reviews on her guest book, which made me feel much safer. Her website is HERE..