Claudia and Luiz are extremely helpful, kind people! The communication with them throughout this process was impeccable. I was traveling alone, so that was very important to me. They had a great welcome pack full of great information, and the internet woking beautifully too. They even provided a call phone with a local number so that you could easily contact them if you needed them - I only had to buy minutes to add to it to do so. And they were immediately available when I needed them too. The apartment is perfectly clean and comfortable, and the location is also perfect. It is located in a lively, friendly neighborhood just 5-10 minutes walk from the beach (depending on how fast you walk), and close to great restaurants, grocery stores, juice bars and shopping. If you're into bike riding, you can rent a city bike at the beach, and bike all over the area. Ipanema Beach is also within walking distance from here. I can't wait to go back again, and I will always stay at Claudia and Luiz's place. I really can't say enough about them and this apartment! What a great vacation!