As I woke, it was virtually silent, it was warm, and I had slept incredibly well, for the first time since I had landed in Brazil.
The walls were metal, and various pipes ran along the roof. I had just woken up in a shipping container!
Now before you think that I had done something dodgy, or had tried to smuggle myself across some precarious land border. I wasn’t doing anything wrong; in fact I was staying in the World’s largest container property, known as the Tetris Container Hostel, located in the town of Foz Do Iguaçu in Brazil.
Prior to travelling, I happened to stumble upon a photograph on the instagram feed of hostel world, and thought it looked like a genius place to stay. I love sleeping in strange places. In my younger days, I camped or slept in the bunk of my dads truck (lorry), which seemed rather adventurous, but as I have travelled, I’ve slept on trains, or tried to. I have slept on a boat in the middle of a national park, and in a barn, so adding a shipping container to my list sounded like a great idea.
Located along the main bus route from Foz Do Iguaçu to the airport, the hostel sticks out quite visibly. A bright, white shipping container faces the main road, as well as various other colours (namely blue and yellow) are stacked up at the side (hence the name tetris)
It is a little bit genius!
I stayed at the Tetris Container Hostel for 3 nights, and I had an absolutely amazing time. So if you are not the type to stay in hostels, then let me enlighten you, and serve you up a visual diary of my time there, which is sure to make you change your mind!
Top 3 Highlights of staying at the Tetris Container Hostel
The bright shipping containers at Tetris Container Hostel – this one is the bar!
You get a free cocktail each night
You can sunbathe and play by the pool
Added to this, the staff were incredible, and helped us plan our trip around the magnificent Iguacu Falls. There was plenty of space to chill out, a storage room for luggage after you checked in and out, and generally a great vibe.
To stay at the Tetris Container Hostel, we paid R$ 55 (which is a little over £10), for a 4 person female dorm, which included breakfast.
There are various other room sizes, from a 12 person dorm to private rooms, so if you are on more of a budget, or don’t want to share, there are options for you.
There is high speed, free WiFi, and I had no problems with making video calls, FaceTiming and catching up on some writing. There were great shady areas to chill out in out of the sun.