By Laura Ferreira
January 11, 2016

On the western end of the beach city of Santos, there is a hill that rises sharply, one hundred and eighty one meters above the sea. A paved but neglected road winds up the hill, through a small favela, ending abruptly at what is arguably the most gratifying vista for miles around. There – surrounded by views of white sand beaches and high rises – is a small restaurant, a flight center, and a grass field used for takeoff by paragliding and hang gliding pilots.

That is where I met with Prem Basir and Maria A. Petit, the international paragliding experts behind Basir Up in the AIR. We had all left São Paulo early that morning and made the hour and a half drive to Santos with hope that it would be a good day for flying. When we convened at the top of Morro do Itarar, the sky was clear with gentle tufts of clouds, and a soft wind was beginning to pick up. I had never paraglided before, but the day seemed too perfect not to amount to something.

Prem Basir and Maria explained to me that we would need to wait for the wind to pick up to ensure a longer flight, but that it did, indeed, look like a good day for flying. They suggested that we have a coconut water and chat at the restaurant next to the field while we waited for the perfect wind.

While we took in the view and had our drinks, Basir told me his history with Paragliding. He began paragliding years ago with a tandem flight and lessons at a site called Fuyang in China. His first experience was very positive. Basirs piqued interest led him to continue training on the Wasserkuppe – the birthplace for various types of flying (located in Germany). He then spent four years working for Papillon – the largest paragliding school in the world, and moved on to instruct and conduct guided paragliding trips across Europe and Latin America. Basir explained that he is a DHV certified paragliding instructor and tandem pilot.

All this information worked to calm my first-time nerves. Maria – who met Basir in Brazil, and spent time paragliding with him in Europe as well as Brazil – helped Basir to explain the physics of paragliding to me. They talked me through the weather conditions that create an enjoyable and lengthy flight, and the basics of preparation, flight, and landing. By the time the windsock was full, coming from the right direction, I felt confident and excited for the flight.

We walked to the flight club and registered, and Maria walked me through the process of checking equipment and practicing for our takeoff while Basir got set up. In just a few minutes, I was hooked to Basir, Basir was hooked to our parachute, and we were ready to run. The takeoff was an adrenaline rush, but so momentary that it didnt define the experience. It was being in the air that left a lasting impression.

We soared on thermal air pockets, high and low, back and forth. It was serene and beautiful – something you can only have an inkling of in a small plane. Birds glided past on the same wind that we used – giving me the impression that we were part of their private club. Moreover, there were many other paragliders around us, snapping selfies and waving to each other as they passed – engaging in a culture that is friendly and thrilling – cultivated through brief shared moments, high over the beaches and hills of Santos.

Basir encouraged me to loosen my white-knuckle grasp on my harness and enjoy the flight, and after a few minutes, I was taking photos of the city and sea, and marveling at the feeling of quietly floating through the air. After we had seen the sights, and I felt I hadnt missed a thing, we headed down towards the beach. Basir pointed out the landing field and asked me to identify the windsock and the direction of the wind. For the final act, we passed over the ocean, and turned to fly along the line of buildings on the beach. Basir explained landing one more time, and we came down towards the field. In a split second, we touched the ground – smoothly and relatively gracefully.

I highly recommend the experience of paragliding. Particularly to those who, like me, want to enthusiastically explore, but arent interested in adrenaline overload. It is an unexpected experience that will push you just far enough out of your comfort zone that you gain new knowledge and incredible perspective without feeling over the proverbial edge. And, if youre in or headed to Brazil, Basir Up in the AIR is exactly who you should look up to get you started.

A video of Laura landing at Basir Up in the Air’s Facebook page.

Basir Up in the Air’s website: www.basirair.com

By Alison McGowan
May 13, 2014

What a wonderful way to start a trip to Bahia: the Villa Inglesa. This is a brand new 7 room pousada which doesn’t even have a sign outside the door yet, but it is definitely all there in terms of comfort and only moments away from beach, lighthouse, bars and all the local restaurants.

The creation of London Neil Manning, this is a pousada with a very special individual charm. The patios and small garden are dotted about with tables and sunshades and the free wi-fi is perfect for catching up on your blog or your emails whilst still leaving you feeling incredibly lazy.

Suites themselves are not huge but they have everything you want like excellent beds, bed linen, good lighting, wardrobes, Split” airconditioning and ceiling fans. In the bathroom amongst other things you’ll find an excellent power shower to cool you down.

Villa Inglesa came highly recommended by Sean, the owner of Pousada Estrela do Mar just round the corner but I wasn’t sure what it would be like as it was brand new and didn’t have any guest reviews. What I found totally exceeded expectations, a perfect place to base youself for a few action packed days in Salvador.

About the Location
Salvador is simultaneously hot, chilled and laid back. And nothing like the south of Brazil! Home to the largest influx of slaves in the country (nearly five million between the 16th and 19th centuries) its population remains predominantly black and local customs reflect and incorporate African traditions in religion, culture, dance and dress.

The city has grown tremendously over the last thirty years, and with a population that is now well over 3 million the usual problems have all arisen. For many years the historical centre around the Pelourinho was a no-go area and the area around Barra also went into a steep decline. However many of the historical buildings in the centre have now been refurbished, policing is much better and recently the Barra area around the pousada seems to have gained a completely new lease of life, with a pedestrian only promenade and lots of new bars opening. One thing is for sure – the vibe in Salvador is something else completely, and the tropical spirit in the air totally contagious.

Not to be Missed
– Visit to the Pelourinho with English speaking guide Fernando: R$125
– Side trip to Praia do Forte and Imbassai beaches: R$250 for 2
– Chill on Barra beach 5 minutes walk away or Porto da Barra beach 10 mins away
– Visit to Igreja/church of Bomfim and the the port of Ribeira
– All day tour with tour bus which goes from the farol/lighthouse nearby

Pousada Starpoints
* Personal hospitality from Neil
* Excellent location and nice chill out space
* Newly refurbished with top quality materials

Try a Different Place if…
… you don’t like small dogs or want somewhere more formal

Alison is a British writer, musician, and marketing consultant, based in Rio de Janeiro. She can be contacted on alison@hiddenpousadasbrazil.com. Visit her site at http://www.hiddenpousadasbrazil.com/.

Previous articles by Alison:

Brazil: Hidden Pousadas – Kite Brazil Hotel, Praia do Prea, Ceara
Brazil: Hidden Pousadas – Fazendinha Buzios, Buzios, Rio de Janeiro
Brazil: Hidden Pousadas – Dreamland Bungalows, Marau Peninsula, Bahia
Brazil: Hidden Pousadas – Pousada Natur Campeche, Florianópolis, Santa Catarina
Brazil: Hidden Pousadas – Ponta da Piteira Boutique Hotel, Praia do Rosa, Santa Catarina
Brazil: Hidden Pousadas – Vila do Patacho, Praia do Patacho, Alagoas
Brazil: Hidden Pousadas – Praiagogi Boutique Pousada, Maragogi, Alagoas
Brazil: Hidden Pousadas – Pousada Calypso, Trancoso, Bahia
Brazil: Hidden Pousadas – Pousada Maris, Paraty, Rio de Janeiro
Brazil: Hidden Pousadas – Casa Cool Beans, Rio de Janeiro
Brazil: Hidden Pousadas – Pousada Chez les Rois, Manaus, Amazonas
Brazil: Relaxation and Rejuvenation in Bahia’s Eco-paradises
Brazil: Hidden Pousadas – Pousada Tanara, Itacare, Bahia
Brazil: Hidden Pousadas – Vila dos Orixas Boutique Hotel, Bahia
Brazil: Hidden Pousadas – Casa da Carmen e do Fernando, Rio de Janeiro
Brazil: Hidden Pousadas – Pousada Lagoa das Cores, Chapada Diamantina, Bahia
Brazil: Hidden Pousadas – Pousada Naturalia, Ilha Grande (Abraao), Rio de Janeiro
Brazil: Hidden Pousadas – Ilha de Toque Toque Boutique Hotel, São Sebastiao, São Paulo
Brazil: Hidden Pousadas – Eco-Rio Lodge, Bahia
Brazil: Hidden Pousadas – Amazon Tupana Lodge, Manaus, Amazonas
Brazil: Hidden Pousadas – Pousada Luar do Rosario, Milho Verde, Minas Gerais
Brazil: Hidden Pousadas – Pousada Chal Oasis, Galinhos, Rio Grande do Norte
Brazil: Hidden Pousadas – Pousada Beijo do Vento, Bahia
Brazil: Hidden Pousadas – Artjungle Eco Lodge & Spa, Itacare, Bahia
Brazil: Hidden Pousadas – Pousada 0031, Cumbuco, Cear
Brazil: Maguire’s Guesthouse, Manaus, Amazonas
Brazil: Hidden Pousadas – Hotel Casa do Amarelindo, Salvador, Bahia
Brazil: Hidden Pousadas – Hotel BeloAlter, Alter do Chão, Par
Brazil: Hidden Pousadas – Fazenda Santa Marina, Santana dos Montes, Minas Gerais
Brazil: Hidden Pousadas – Casarão da Amaznia, Soure, Ilha de Marajo, Par
Brazil: Hidden Pousadas – Casa Mila, nr. Ubatuba, São Paulo
Brazil: Hidden Pousadas – Casa Beleza, Santa Teresa, Rio de Janeiro
Brazil: Hidden Pousadas – Bambu Bamboo Pousada and Spa, Parati, Rio de Janeiro
Random Ramblings on the Weather in Brazil
Brazil: Hidden Pousadas – Pousada Beijamar, Bahia
Brazil: Hidden Pousadas – Hotel 7 Colinas, Pernambuco
Brazil: Hidden Pousadas – Pousada dos Quatro Cantos, Pernambuco
Brazil: Hidden Pousadas – Pousada Estrela do Mar, Bahia
Brazil: Hidden Pousadas – Pousada Vivenda, Rio de Janeiro
Brazil: Hidden Pousadas – Pousada da Terra, Minas Gerais
Brazil: Hidden Pousadas – Pousada Mirante de Pipa, Rio Grande do Norte
Brazil: Hidden Pousadas – Pousada do Caju, Alagoas
Brazil: Hidden Pousadas – Pousada da Amendoeira, Alagoas
Brazil: Hidden Pousadas – Estalagem Caiuia, Alagoas
Brazil: Hidden Pousadas – Lagoa do Cassange, Bahia
Brazil: Hidden Pousadas – Ponta do Muta, Bahia
Brazil: Hidden Pousadas – Santa Clara, Boipeba, Bahia

By Alison McGowan
March 11, 2014

Pousada Vila do Mar is one of the most traditional pousadas in all of Buzios and it occupies a prime position only moments away from Rua das Pedras – the street with all the restaurants, boutiques and bars – and the Orla Bardot promenade.

Owned by Argentina Mario Jose who arrived here in the late 70s and somehow never left, this is a tropical gem with 18 rooms of which 7 have either full or partial sea views. There’s a small pool to lounge around and an adjoining breakfast room which functions as a fondue restaurant in the evening.

I liked the place already when I visited a couple of years ago but staying here is something different. I got one of the sea view rooms with a huge high ceiling and separate sitting room, full of character to go with the comfort. And at night I got an invitation to go the Gran Cine Bardot next door the small 111 seat cult cinema which is run by the pousada and serves as the central venue for the November film festival. A hidden gem definitely worth visiting to go with the not quite so hidden pousada next door- the beautiful Pousada Vila do Mar.

About the Location
Armaão de Bzios, or Bzios as it is more commonly known, is a very special place – a hilly wooded peninsula just 3 hours drive from Rio with no fewer than 24 bays and beaches.

This is not exactly a hiddden place for Brazilians and Argentinians at least. Everyone has heard of the place and Carioca high society was already coming here way before French actress Brigitte Bardot made the place famous in the 1960s.

When I first came in the early 80s the last bit of the road from Rio between Cabo Frio and Bzios was horrendously potholed and access was difficult but Rua das Pedras- the cobbled main street was aready full of bars shops and restaurants. These days of course the place has grown tremendously and the cruise ships have started docking here in the summer. But come off season and the sleepy laid back feel there was back in the 80s returns.

This time I tried out pousadas in the centre and in other parts of the peninsula- Praia do Geriba and Praia do Manguinhos. And the verdict? Each one more beautiful than the last with incredible sea views at all. Where you go just depends on how much action you want at night and how private you want your beach. It turns out parts of Buzios still are hidden after all.

Not to be Missed
– Checking out the bars, boutiques and restaurants on the Rua das Pedras
– A stroll along the Orla Bardot promenade at dawn when only fishermen are up
– Trip over to one of the neighbouring beaches by water taxi: Praia do Armaão, Praia dos Ossos, – Praia de João Fernandes and João Fernandinho

Starpoints
* Central location only a minute from the Rua das Pedras and Orla Bardot
* Lovely small pool in leafy gardens
* Cult cinema next door: the Gran Cine Bardot

Try a Different Place If…
… you prefer to be right on a beach or if you prefer minimal design – this pousada has a lot of history!

Alison is a British writer, musician, and marketing consultant, based in Rio de Janeiro. She can be contacted on alison@hiddenpousadasbrazil.com. Visit her site at http://www.hiddenpousadasbrazil.com/.

Previous articles by Alison:

Brazil: Hidden Pousadas – Sossego do Cantinho, Lencois Maranhenses (Barreirinhas), Maranhao
Brazil: Hidden Pousadas – Casa Zulu, Icaraizinho de Amontada, Ceara
Brazil: Hidden Pousadas – Pousada Dona Zilha, São Paulo
Brazil: Hidden Pousadas – Pousada Fim da Trilha, Ilha do Mel (Encantadas), Parana
Brazil: Hidden Pousadas – Pousada Caminho do Rei, Praia do Rosa, Santa Catarina
Brazil: Hidden Pousadas – Pousada Sagi Iti, Praia do Sagi, Baia Formosa, Rio Grande do Norte
Brazil: Hidden Pousadas – Casarao Alto Mucuge, Arraial d’Ajuda, Bahia
Brazil: Hidden Pousadas – Pousada Capim Santo, Trancoso, Bahia
Brazil: Hidden Pousadas – Guesthouse Bianca, Santa Teresa, Rio de Janeiro
Brazil: Hidden Pousadas – Aratinga Inn, Ilha Grande (Abraao), Rio de Janeiro
Five Exceptional Beach Destinations in Brazil
Brazil: Hidden Pousadas – Casa Taruma, Conceicao de Jacarei, Rio de Janeiro
Brazil: Hidden Pousadas – Pousada Encanto da Lua, Marau, Bahia
Brazil: Hidden Pousadas – Fazenda Baia Grande, South Pantanal (Miranda), Mato Grosso do Sul
Brazil: Hidden Pousadas – Palafitas Lodge, Rondonia
Brazil: Hidden Pousadas – Pousada Mangueira, Boipeba (Morere), Bahia
Brazil: Hidden Pousadas – Pousada Cote Sud, Porto da Rua, Alagoas
Brazil: Hidden Pousadas – Hotel Spa Casinha Branca, Bananal, nr. Paraty, Rio de Janeiro
Brazil: Hidden Pousadas – Castelinho 38, Rio de Janeiro
Brazil: Hidden Pousadas – Pousada do Capao, Serro, Minas Gerais
Brazil: Hidden Pousadas – Pousada d’Oleo de Guignard, Tiradentes, Minas Gerais
Brazil: Hidden Pousadas – Pousada Bela Vista, Novo Airão, Amazonas
Brazil: Hidden Pousadas – Pousada Agua de Coco, Ceara
Brazil: Hidden Pousadas – Alcino Estalagem, Lenois, Bahia
Brazil: Hidden Pousadas – Pousada 0031, Cumbuco, Cear
Brazil: Maguire’s Guesthouse, Manaus, Amazonas
Brazil: Hidden Pousadas – Hotel Casa do Amarelindo, Salvador, Bahia
Brazil: Hidden Pousadas – Hotel BeloAlter, Alter do Chão, Par
Brazil: Hidden Pousadas – Fazenda Santa Marina, Santana dos Montes, Minas Gerais
Brazil: Hidden Pousadas – Casarão da Amaznia, Soure, Ilha de Marajo, Par
Brazil: Hidden Pousadas – Casa Mila, nr. Ubatuba, São Paulo
Brazil: Hidden Pousadas – Casa Beleza, Santa Teresa, Rio de Janeiro
Brazil: Hidden Pousadas – Bambu Bamboo Pousada and Spa, Parati, Rio de Janeiro
Random Ramblings on the Weather in Brazil
Brazil: Hidden Pousadas – Pousada Beijamar, Bahia
Brazil: Hidden Pousadas – Hotel 7 Colinas, Pernambuco
Brazil: Hidden Pousadas – Pousada dos Quatro Cantos, Pernambuco
Brazil: Hidden Pousadas – Pousada Estrela do Mar, Bahia
Brazil: Hidden Pousadas – Pousada Vivenda, Rio de Janeiro
Brazil: Hidden Pousadas – Pousada da Terra, Minas Gerais
Brazil: Hidden Pousadas – Pousada Mirante de Pipa, Rio Grande do Norte
Brazil: Hidden Pousadas – Pousada do Caju, Alagoas
Brazil: Hidden Pousadas – Pousada da Amendoeira, Alagoas
Brazil: Hidden Pousadas – Estalagem Caiuia, Alagoas
Brazil: Hidden Pousadas – Lagoa do Cassange, Bahia
Brazil: Hidden Pousadas – Ponta do Muta, Bahia
Brazil: Hidden Pousadas – Santa Clara, Boipeba, Bahia

By Alan B Williams
February 18, 2014

So, my fellow Americans; you want to go to World Cup in Brazil this coming June? You think you have enough money, time, moxie, streets smarts and your high school Spanish will get you by. Think again, Gringo. Here is my primer and a warning.

1) Airfare: I hope your significant other is a travel agent; because you are going to need all the help you can get booking a flight under $2000.00 each. The best way to get to Brazil is out of Miami or Atlanta, direct to Brasilia or Manaus. From there you can get shorter flights to the Northeast or other FIFA World Cup sites. Flying to São Paulo is 10 -12 hours or more. Then if you are heading back up North, add another four hours or more. From Brasilia, Fortaleza is a two hour flight, for example. Of course, if you are heading down South, then Rio is you best bet.

2) Language: Yes, English is the second language for Brazilians, but in my five trips there, only a few people actually spoke any, and one was my wife (and she was an English teacher in Brazil for 16 years!) So bone up on the Portuguese, dudes. You are going to need it for basic everyday survival. And to have great chats over who is going to be in the finals.

3) Drinking: Think you can handle your alcohol? Forget about it! I have served five years as a St. Patrick’s day bartender, six years at the LA County Wine Pavilion, five trips to Europe, nearly 1000 conventions in the USA and I have drank with everyone from the Star Wars and Lost in Space actors to the Swedish Wrestling team, and I am but a talented amateur compared to the Brazilians. The average party in Brazil is a 24 hour deal, with many lasting 3 days. My advice, get a stint at the local Renaissance Faire and practice all night debauchery. For six weeks. That might get you in shape. Maybe.

4) Public Toilets: Good lord, they are awful. I thought French toilets were the worst (and they have those in Brazil, too) but stop at any Petrobras gas station and you will experience the true horror of filth, degradation, germs and yuck. Bring TP everywhere, and Toilet seat covers, and hand sanitizer. Or hold it until you get to a private home. Or do it in the woods, but watch out for snakes.

5) Driving in the city: Don’t even think about it. Brazilians are the best drivers in the World, and the craziest. And the pedestrians all have a death wish. They walk out in front of traffic without a care, and it is up to you to avoid them. Take a taxi, bus, tour bus or train. The busses are packed to the gills, but they run constantly and there is safety in numbers.

6) Currency Exchange: Use a credit card whenever possible. My last trip this winter, I got 2.36 Brazilian Reals to the dollars with Master Card. When I exchanged cash, I got a maximum of 2.15 Reals. I pissed away over 200 Reals this way, and I am still pissed about it.

7) Shopping: The same word in English and Portuguese, and the same prices as well. Check out the downtown markets, and older businesses for gifts, clothing, souvenirs, artifacts, pottery, art and cachaca, coffee and preserves. Avoid the Shopping Malls, as you will experience sticker shock. I do not know for the life of me how Brazilians can afford the clothing and electronics at the mall, except through the payment plans.

8) Hotels: Good luck finding any within the FIFA host cities. You best bet is to stay at a Beach resort and drive the two hours you need to get to a game. That way, win or loose, when you get back to the hotel, you can chill out with a nice drink, some crab, and the calming sound of the Atlantic Ocean to rest your frazzled nerves. Or stay with a host family in Brazil.

9) Night Life: Best in the World. All night dance parties – Forro, that are very affordable, and tons of fun. Pagode at the local clubs is superb; Bossa Nova on Tuesday night at the local bar will put your mind in the clouds. Many upscale restaurants have live music, jazz or traditional sounds. Get out and get your groove on.

10) Luggage: For goodness sake, do not tell anyone in Brazil that you are coming, or be prepared to be a pack mule. Tommy Hilfiger, electronics, whiskey, Ralph Lauren & Play stations are in high demand. On the other hand, if you bring these items to sell, you may be able to pay for your trip.

11) Insects: Heed my warning, the most important item is Bug Spray. Two trips now the airlines lost my luggage and both times my bug spray was lost. This resulted in 100’s of bug bites. Now, I had enough booze in me to ward off the pain, and the mosquitoes probably died after ingesting my blood but the aftermath made me feel pretty damn miserable. And then there was my run in with the Formiga – red fire ants that burn like sulphuric acid. The pain still lingers, emotionally anyway.

12) Food: My favorite is Tapioca, dried and rolled into a breakfast burrito filled with egg and chicken. All the seafood in Brazil is outstanding, and the portions are large enough to split three or four ways. The Churrascuria BBQ’s are great as well, though I have filled my quota of meat intake for the rest of the year. Eat at the Brazilian cafeterias in the malls and avoid fast food like the plague, because with the possible exception of Habib’s, it is bland at best, and you can eat it when you get back to the states. Avoid hamburgers, pizza and sushi as well.

13) Love: Do not fall in love with a Brazilian unless you are prepared to go all the way. And I don’t mean sex. I mean moving there. They are like the Borg; resistance is futile and you will be absorbed. I know because it is happening to me.

Boa Sorte.

By Hoover Serres
February 18, 2014

I am a Belgian national living in Brazil for 5 years, working for a big international enterprise and currently living in the southern city of Curitiba. Prior to this, I lived in Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo, Belem, Brasilia and Salvador, and had the opportunity to visit all the state capitals except Vitoria (ES), Cuiaba (MT) and the northern ones. My article is centered on my amazing experience living in Curitiba, a marvelous city where I intend to spend many years more.

Since I arrived at the airport, I could perceive that I was entering a somewhat different concept of culture, different from what I had already seen throughout this country. The cleanliness of the terminal, the fine and sober decoration and the politeness of the staff were impressive, and no more than 10 minutes were needed to claim my luggage and take a comfortable bus, which costed me 5 dollars and left me in front of my downtown hotel. I was just discovering that there was a decent public transportation somewhere in this country.

For an European, it can be disappointing to visit a Brazilian town where the thermometers fall below 10 degrees very often, thanks to the altitude of almost 1000m from sea level. But for me, an expatriate personnel who shares the real life with residents, it was a welcoming relief to feel the cold breeze and to be far away from the stove-like temperatures of this entire nation. There’s no necessity to have an air-conditioning set here. Even the hotter days rarely go above 30C, and when they do so, do not last for more than two days. Curitibans like to complain about the weather, specially because it rains a lot (there’s no dry season), but for a Belgian it is pretty fine.

So I was getting used to the city life. It was entirely different from what I had lived before. Public transport, although not perfect, is much better than any Brazilian city, and one can go anywhere with only one fare (about 1 dollar), in a variety of safe and clean buses. Cleanliness, in my is opinion something that distinguishes Curitiba most, it seems to be an obsession between residents, you can walk for many blocks without seeing even a used napkin. It is certainly cleaner than London or Brussels, not the better examples of tidyness, but remeber, we are in Latin America.

This is precisely what I was forgetting as my life was going on. I barely remembered I was in Brazil and within two hours of flight from the enchantment but also mishmash of Rio or Salvador. Walking in clean streets, using public transportation, living in a mild climate and dealing with punctual and respectful people, I had the perfect sensation I was living in some European city. Besides, the variety of parks, more than thirty, are an invitation to practice some sport (I have chosen to be a cyclist). The cultural life is thriving and there’s quality museums and theatres, as well as cinemas and restaurants. These last ones are among Brazil’s best.

What I most like in Curitiba, in spite of my lovel of so many aspects of this place, is the possibility for a typical european like me to blend in among the inhabitants to the point I am not perceived as a foreigner. It is probabily due to the great amount of European immigrants who chose this area to settle in a century ago, which makes Curitiba a melting pot of cultures. Blonde and light skinned people are everywhere and I do not draw attention at all, unless if I talk. My second favourite thing is the custom of talking less and in a lower volume, something that disturbs me in Rio. People here act with great discretion, which again makes me feel more at home.

I did not pretend, with these words, to advocate Curitiba is not Brazil. It does share some problems with its Brazilian counterparts such as poverty and violence. It does have some shantytowns in the fringe areas, as well as places where people should not go at night. The cost of living, significantly lower than in Rio or SP, is rising steadily. Services like telecommunications and water supply, works fairly, but are far from European standards. Indeed, it is Brazil with all the delights and complications, I only want to express my opinion that problems from lack of development tend to be less perceived in this part of the country.

I am having a great experience over here and feeling that i found my place on Earth in this dynamic city, socially and economically well above what many could expect from the absolutely fascinating Brazil.

By Alison McGowan
February 18, 2014

Kite Brazil was definitely a surprise. A very pleasant surprise but a surprise nonetheless. First of all TripAdvisor has it down as the no 1 hotel in Jericoacoara, a completely different town 12 kms away, and secondly it is classified as a hotel when this is very much a pousada with individual bungalows, communal breakfasts and laid back friendly vibe. What Austrian/Italian hosts Hacky and Dani have done here is to create a kitesurfers’ paradise and at the same time a place where anyone who appreciates nature and tranquility can chill out in total peace.

There are 6 spacious wooden bungalows at Kite Brazil, all beautifully appointed with excellent shower rooms all designed to make the most of local materials and artesanato. Colourful throws on the beds and shelves made out of old kite boards mix with polished concrete floors and inlaid old Portuguese tiling to give a totally unique eclectic feel to the living space which is completed with wrap around veranda, recliner and (of course) a hammock for those long siestas.

There’s no air-conditioning here, no TV and your phone won’t work, but you’ve got a great pool with loads of sun loungers, the beach on your doorstep and high speed wi-fi internet if you really can’t do without your fix. I rather wish they hadn’t had the latter so I could have had an excuse to chill out just listening to the sound of the waves. But either way this place is totally special – a real hidden paradise!

About the Location
Praia do Pre is 294kms from Fortaleza in one direction and around 12kms (or a 20 minute buggy ride) from Jericoacoara in the other and light years away from both in terms of landscape and feel. A few houses, a couple of small shops, a few pousadas, a few beach bars and a kite school are all that exist here apart from a beach which just seems to go on forever. Transport here is normally by buggy, quadbike or 4×4 truck and nearly all the “roads” are pure sand, including the “main road” to Jericoacoara seen in the picture here. A great place to chill out and do nothing, and an even better place if you are into kite surfing.

Not to be Missed
– Kitesurfing lessons with Hacky on Pre beach
– Side trip to Jericoacoara for restaurants and nightlife
– Chilling on the beach with a plate of shrimps and a cool beer
– A trip to the lagoons, Pedra Furada and the lazy tree (Arvore da Preguia)

Starpoints
* Wonderful hosts – Hacky and Dani
* Spacious well designed bungalows
*Choice of pool or beach for chilling
* High speed wi-fi internet

Try a Different Place if…
… you don’t like dogs, or want any kind of choice of restaurants/nightlife on the doorstep. This place is quiet!

Alison is a British writer, musician, and marketing consultant, based in Rio de Janeiro. She can be contacted on alison@hiddenpousadasbrazil.com. Visit her site at http://www.hiddenpousadasbrazil.com/.

Previous articles by Alison:

Brazil: Hidden Pousadas – Fazendinha Buzios, Buzios, Rio de Janeiro
Brazil: Hidden Pousadas – Dreamland Bungalows, Marau Peninsula, Bahia
Brazil: Hidden Pousadas – Pousada Natur Campeche, Florianópolis, Santa Catarina
Brazil: Hidden Pousadas – Ponta da Piteira Boutique Hotel, Praia do Rosa, Santa Catarina
Brazil: Hidden Pousadas – Vila do Patacho, Praia do Patacho, Alagoas
Brazil: Hidden Pousadas – Praiagogi Boutique Pousada, Maragogi, Alagoas
Brazil: Hidden Pousadas – Pousada Calypso, Trancoso, Bahia
Brazil: Hidden Pousadas – Pousada Maris, Paraty, Rio de Janeiro
Brazil: Hidden Pousadas – Casa Cool Beans, Rio de Janeiro
Brazil: Hidden Pousadas – Pousada Chez les Rois, Manaus, Amazonas
Brazil: Relaxation and Rejuvenation in Bahia’s Eco-paradises
Brazil: Hidden Pousadas – Pousada Tanara, Itacare, Bahia
Brazil: Hidden Pousadas – Vila dos Orixas Boutique Hotel, Bahia
Brazil: Hidden Pousadas – Casa da Carmen e do Fernando, Rio de Janeiro
Brazil: Hidden Pousadas – Pousada Lagoa das Cores, Chapada Diamantina, Bahia
Brazil: Hidden Pousadas – Pousada Naturalia, Ilha Grande (Abraao), Rio de Janeiro
Brazil: Hidden Pousadas – Ilha de Toque Toque Boutique Hotel, São Sebastiao, São Paulo
Brazil: Hidden Pousadas – Eco-Rio Lodge, Bahia
Brazil: Hidden Pousadas – Amazon Tupana Lodge, Manaus, Amazonas
Brazil: Hidden Pousadas – Pousada Luar do Rosario, Milho Verde, Minas Gerais
Brazil: Hidden Pousadas – Pousada Chal Oasis, Galinhos, Rio Grande do Norte
Brazil: Hidden Pousadas – Pousada Beijo do Vento, Bahia
Brazil: Hidden Pousadas – Artjungle Eco Lodge & Spa, Itacare, Bahia
Brazil: Hidden Pousadas – Pousada 0031, Cumbuco, Cear
Brazil: Maguire’s Guesthouse, Manaus, Amazonas
Brazil: Hidden Pousadas – Hotel Casa do Amarelindo, Salvador, Bahia
Brazil: Hidden Pousadas – Hotel BeloAlter, Alter do Chão, Par
Brazil: Hidden Pousadas – Fazenda Santa Marina, Santana dos Montes, Minas Gerais
Brazil: Hidden Pousadas – Casarão da Amaznia, Soure, Ilha de Marajo, Par
Brazil: Hidden Pousadas – Casa Mila, nr. Ubatuba, São Paulo
Brazil: Hidden Pousadas – Casa Beleza, Santa Teresa, Rio de Janeiro
Brazil: Hidden Pousadas – Bambu Bamboo Pousada and Spa, Parati, Rio de Janeiro
Random Ramblings on the Weather in Brazil
Brazil: Hidden Pousadas – Pousada Beijamar, Bahia
Brazil: Hidden Pousadas – Hotel 7 Colinas, Pernambuco
Brazil: Hidden Pousadas – Pousada dos Quatro Cantos, Pernambuco
Brazil: Hidden Pousadas – Pousada Estrela do Mar, Bahia
Brazil: Hidden Pousadas – Pousada Vivenda, Rio de Janeiro
Brazil: Hidden Pousadas – Pousada da Terra, Minas Gerais
Brazil: Hidden Pousadas – Pousada Mirante de Pipa, Rio Grande do Norte
Brazil: Hidden Pousadas – Pousada do Caju, Alagoas
Brazil: Hidden Pousadas – Pousada da Amendoeira, Alagoas
Brazil: Hidden Pousadas – Estalagem Caiuia, Alagoas
Brazil: Hidden Pousadas – Lagoa do Cassange, Bahia
Brazil: Hidden Pousadas – Ponta do Muta, Bahia
Brazil: Hidden Pousadas – Santa Clara, Boipeba, Bahia

By Alison McGowan
January 26, 2014

This morning I woke up in yet another gorgeous hidden paradise – the wonderful Pousada Sossego do Cantinho. Set on the banks of the River Preguias on the opposite side to Barreirinhas, gateway to the Lenois Maranhenses, this place has all the advantages of peace and tranquility off the beaten track whilst only being half an hour from bars restaurants shops and tourist agencies for those who need to be in civilisation now and again!

There are only 4 bungalows here, all super-spacious and light with rustic tiled floors, large beds and big bathrooms. Locally hand crafted buriti artesenato gives an authentic feel to the design, and the comfort is completed by split air-conditioning and fans plus mosquito nets, mini fridge and cable TV for those who can’t do without news from home!

There’s no pool here but you’re right on the river so a quick dip is easy and there are sun loungers around near the small beach and a hammock on your terrace for relaxing. Walk across the gardens and there is a small restaurant serving light lunches and dinners in addition to breakfast, where the wi-fi actually works!

Sossego do Cantinho came highly recommended by 2 lots of friends so I had high expectations already but the reality was even better. This is a place where the only noise is the rustle of the leaves and the birds singing, where you really can relax in peace. A truly hidden gem.

About the Location
Barreirinhas is a fairly non-descript and sprawling town on the banks of the River Preguias. It is nevertheless a good place to start your trip to Lenois Maranhenses not least because the 7am van from your pousada in São Luis will get you to your new pousada for midday, just in time for lunch before the “sunset trip” to the dunes which leaves at 2pm. Tell Michael at Sossego do Cantinho which van you are taking and get the van to drop you off at the Restaurante Terral where he will be waiting to take you the 5 minutes across the river. Time to grab a bite to eat, change into swimming gear, not forgetting hat, sunscreen and insect repellent, before heading off for the dunes. They’ll pick you up at the pousada.

Want to go into Barreirinhas in the evening? No problem. Just walk along the sandy track outside the pousada for 10 minutes and there’s a foot ferry running constantly over the river 24 hours a day. It costs nothing and you’ll be right in the town centre in 15 minutes total.

Not to be missed
– Trips to Lenois Maranhenses, the dunes and lagoons Azul and Bonita
– Trip down the River Preguias to Cabur and Atins
– Village of Madacuru and the lighthouse Farol das Preguias
– Trip down the Cardosa river returning in a rubber tube
– Local craft work made from Buriti palms
– Kayaking from the pousada

Starpoints
* Location on the banks of the Rio Preguias
* Swiss-Brazilian hosts Michael and Josiane
* Lovely chalets
* Great food

Try a Different Place if…
… you want to be right in town with all the noise, or if you don’t like sand!

Alison is a British writer, musician, and marketing consultant, based in Rio de Janeiro. She can be contacted on alison@hiddenpousadasbrazil.com. Visit her site at http://www.hiddenpousadasbrazil.com/.

Previous articles by Alison:

Brazil: Hidden Pousadas – Casa Zulu, Icaraizinho de Amontada, Ceara
Brazil: Hidden Pousadas – Pousada Dona Zilha, São Paulo
Brazil: Hidden Pousadas – Pousada Fim da Trilha, Ilha do Mel (Encantadas), Parana
Brazil: Hidden Pousadas – Pousada Caminho do Rei, Praia do Rosa, Santa Catarina
Brazil: Hidden Pousadas – Pousada Sagi Iti, Praia do Sagi, Baia Formosa, Rio Grande do Norte
Brazil: Hidden Pousadas – Casarao Alto Mucuge, Arraial d’Ajuda, Bahia
Brazil: Hidden Pousadas – Pousada Capim Santo, Trancoso, Bahia
Brazil: Hidden Pousadas – Guesthouse Bianca, Santa Teresa, Rio de Janeiro
Brazil: Hidden Pousadas – Aratinga Inn, Ilha Grande (Abraao), Rio de Janeiro
Five Exceptional Beach Destinations in Brazil
Brazil: Hidden Pousadas – Casa Taruma, Conceicao de Jacarei, Rio de Janeiro
Brazil: Hidden Pousadas – Pousada Encanto da Lua, Marau, Bahia
Brazil: Hidden Pousadas – Fazenda Baia Grande, South Pantanal (Miranda), Mato Grosso do Sul
Brazil: Hidden Pousadas – Palafitas Lodge, Rondonia
Brazil: Hidden Pousadas – Pousada Mangueira, Boipeba (Morere), Bahia
Brazil: Hidden Pousadas – Pousada Cote Sud, Porto da Rua, Alagoas
Brazil: Hidden Pousadas – Hotel Spa Casinha Branca, Bananal, nr. Paraty, Rio de Janeiro
Brazil: Hidden Pousadas – Castelinho 38, Rio de Janeiro
Brazil: Hidden Pousadas – Pousada do Capao, Serro, Minas Gerais
Brazil: Hidden Pousadas – Pousada d’Oleo de Guignard, Tiradentes, Minas Gerais
Brazil: Hidden Pousadas – Pousada Bela Vista, Novo Airão, Amazonas
Brazil: Hidden Pousadas – Pousada Agua de Coco, Ceara
Brazil: Hidden Pousadas – Alcino Estalagem, Lenois, Bahia
Brazil: Hidden Pousadas – Pousada 0031, Cumbuco, Cear
Brazil: Maguire’s Guesthouse, Manaus, Amazonas
Brazil: Hidden Pousadas – Hotel Casa do Amarelindo, Salvador, Bahia
Brazil: Hidden Pousadas – Hotel BeloAlter, Alter do Chão, Par
Brazil: Hidden Pousadas – Fazenda Santa Marina, Santana dos Montes, Minas Gerais
Brazil: Hidden Pousadas – Casarão da Amaznia, Soure, Ilha de Marajo, Par
Brazil: Hidden Pousadas – Casa Mila, nr. Ubatuba, São Paulo
Brazil: Hidden Pousadas – Casa Beleza, Santa Teresa, Rio de Janeiro
Brazil: Hidden Pousadas – Bambu Bamboo Pousada and Spa, Parati, Rio de Janeiro
Random Ramblings on the Weather in Brazil
Brazil: Hidden Pousadas – Pousada Beijamar, Bahia
Brazil: Hidden Pousadas – Hotel 7 Colinas, Pernambuco
Brazil: Hidden Pousadas – Pousada dos Quatro Cantos, Pernambuco
Brazil: Hidden Pousadas – Pousada Estrela do Mar, Bahia
Brazil: Hidden Pousadas – Pousada Vivenda, Rio de Janeiro
Brazil: Hidden Pousadas – Pousada da Terra, Minas Gerais
Brazil: Hidden Pousadas – Pousada Mirante de Pipa, Rio Grande do Norte
Brazil: Hidden Pousadas – Pousada do Caju, Alagoas
Brazil: Hidden Pousadas – Pousada da Amendoeira, Alagoas
Brazil: Hidden Pousadas – Estalagem Caiuia, Alagoas
Brazil: Hidden Pousadas – Lagoa do Cassange, Bahia
Brazil: Hidden Pousadas – Ponta do Muta, Bahia
Brazil: Hidden Pousadas – Santa Clara, Boipeba, Bahia

By Alison McGowan
January 8, 2014

Pousada Fazendinha Buzios was a wonderful find and at the same time a complete surprise – a new guesthouse where you feel as if you are in the middle of the country whilst only being a few miles from the bustle of Rua das Pedras and the innumerable beaches of Buzios. There are 6 beautiful spacious chalets to choose from here set in 30,000 sq metres of parkland, complete with fruit trees, stables and small equestrian centre. All the chalets have different colour schemes with verandas leading out to the gardens and all are equipped with excellent king sized beds, ceiling fans, air conditioning, fridge TV and telephone, En-suite shower rooms come complete with special fazendinha” amenities, fluffy white towels and bathrobes.

Bring/rent a car if you want to explore; if you don’t feel like going out though you’ll find plenty to occupy you actually in the pousada. There’s a good sized pool, massage room, large lounge with board games and cable TV plus a restaurant serving light meals and snacks to accompany the extensive wine list. Regrettably I wasn’t around long enough to take proper advantage of everything on offer, but it’s always best to leave wishing you didn’t have to. I’ll definitely be back!

Armacao de Bzios, or Bzios as it is more commonly known is not exactly a hidden place. A beautiful hilly peninsula with 23 beaches located only a few hours drive from Rio this is somewhere everyone has heard of and Carioca high society was already coming here way before French actress Brigitte Bardot made the place famous in the 1960s.

The Pousada Fazendinha Buzios is actually 10kms from the action of the main drag of Rua das Pedras and 6 kms from the famous beach of Gerib, and if this is what you are looking for there are lots of pousadas nearer by to recommend. Where this pousada wins is in offering the comfort and space of your own chalet in the tranquility of the countryside whilst still being near to all the famous beaches. Bring or rent a car and it’s a perfect combination!

Not to be Missed
– Night out in Rua das Pedras
– A tour around the 23 Buzios beaches
– Side trip to Arraial do Cabo including Ilha do Farol
– Golfing at the Buzios Golf Club
– Lounging around the pousada pool

Starpoints
* Peace and tranquility of the location
* Proximity to beaches with as much or little action as you want
* Wonderful chalet accommodation

Try a Different Place if…
… you don’t have your own transport. This place is off the beaten path!

Alison is a British writer, musician, and marketing consultant, based in Rio de Janeiro. She can be contacted on alison@hiddenpousadasbrazil.com. Visit her site at http://www.hiddenpousadasbrazil.com/.

Previous articles by Alison:

Brazil: Hidden Pousadas – Dreamland Bungalows, Marau Peninsula, Bahia
Brazil: Hidden Pousadas – Pousada Natur Campeche, Florianópolis, Santa Catarina
Brazil: Hidden Pousadas – Ponta da Piteira Boutique Hotel, Praia do Rosa, Santa Catarina
Brazil: Hidden Pousadas – Vila do Patacho, Praia do Patacho, Alagoas
Brazil: Hidden Pousadas – Praiagogi Boutique Pousada, Maragogi, Alagoas
Brazil: Hidden Pousadas – Pousada Calypso, Trancoso, Bahia
Brazil: Hidden Pousadas – Pousada Maris, Paraty, Rio de Janeiro
Brazil: Hidden Pousadas – Casa Cool Beans, Rio de Janeiro
Brazil: Hidden Pousadas – Pousada Chez les Rois, Manaus, Amazonas
Brazil: Relaxation and Rejuvenation in Bahia’s Eco-paradises
Brazil: Hidden Pousadas – Pousada Tanara, Itacare, Bahia
Brazil: Hidden Pousadas – Vila dos Orixas Boutique Hotel, Bahia
Brazil: Hidden Pousadas – Casa da Carmen e do Fernando, Rio de Janeiro
Brazil: Hidden Pousadas – Pousada Lagoa das Cores, Chapada Diamantina, Bahia
Brazil: Hidden Pousadas – Pousada Naturalia, Ilha Grande (Abraao), Rio de Janeiro
Brazil: Hidden Pousadas – Ilha de Toque Toque Boutique Hotel, São Sebastiao, São Paulo
Brazil: Hidden Pousadas – Eco-Rio Lodge, Bahia
Brazil: Hidden Pousadas – Amazon Tupana Lodge, Manaus, Amazonas
Brazil: Hidden Pousadas – Pousada Luar do Rosario, Milho Verde, Minas Gerais
Brazil: Hidden Pousadas – Pousada Chal Oasis, Galinhos, Rio Grande do Norte
Brazil: Hidden Pousadas – Pousada Beijo do Vento, Bahia
Brazil: Hidden Pousadas – Artjungle Eco Lodge & Spa, Itacare, Bahia
Brazil: Hidden Pousadas – Pousada 0031, Cumbuco, Cear
Brazil: Maguire’s Guesthouse, Manaus, Amazonas
Brazil: Hidden Pousadas – Hotel Casa do Amarelindo, Salvador, Bahia
Brazil: Hidden Pousadas – Hotel BeloAlter, Alter do Chão, Par
Brazil: Hidden Pousadas – Fazenda Santa Marina, Santana dos Montes, Minas Gerais
Brazil: Hidden Pousadas – Casarão da Amaznia, Soure, Ilha de Marajo, Par
Brazil: Hidden Pousadas – Casa Mila, nr. Ubatuba, São Paulo
Brazil: Hidden Pousadas – Casa Beleza, Santa Teresa, Rio de Janeiro
Brazil: Hidden Pousadas – Bambu Bamboo Pousada and Spa, Parati, Rio de Janeiro
Random Ramblings on the Weather in Brazil
Brazil: Hidden Pousadas – Pousada Beijamar, Bahia
Brazil: Hidden Pousadas – Hotel 7 Colinas, Pernambuco
Brazil: Hidden Pousadas – Pousada dos Quatro Cantos, Pernambuco
Brazil: Hidden Pousadas – Pousada Estrela do Mar, Bahia
Brazil: Hidden Pousadas – Pousada Vivenda, Rio de Janeiro
Brazil: Hidden Pousadas – Pousada da Terra, Minas Gerais
Brazil: Hidden Pousadas – Pousada Mirante de Pipa, Rio Grande do Norte
Brazil: Hidden Pousadas – Pousada do Caju, Alagoas
Brazil: Hidden Pousadas – Pousada da Amendoeira, Alagoas
Brazil: Hidden Pousadas – Estalagem Caiuia, Alagoas
Brazil: Hidden Pousadas – Lagoa do Cassange, Bahia
Brazil: Hidden Pousadas – Ponta do Muta, Bahia
Brazil: Hidden Pousadas – Santa Clara, Boipeba, Bahia

By Alison McGowan
December 3, 2013

Casa Zulu was a wonderful surprise. It already came highly recommended by kiting friends, but for some reason I just wasn&#145t expecting to find a beautiful beachfront pousada right near the centre of the small village of Icaraizinho de Amontada (which is so hidden it doesn&#145t even appear on the map). South African /French run, Pousada Casa Zulu has 6 suites in total comprising two floor octagonal chalets and garden rooms, and all are set amongst the leafy tropical gardens. They&#145re very comfortable too; all have airconditioning, flatscreen TV, large box spring beds and excellent power showers in the bathrooms. But what I loved best was having the beach on my doorstep, a lovely swimming pool to lounge around, and the beautiful double height thatched club room.

Pousada Casa Zulu has plenty of competition these days from other pousadas in Icaraizinho. Where it wins hands down from others is in its central location right in the village, in its friendly international atmosphere and in its superb value for money which makes it perfect for solos, kite surfers and families alike. I only got to stay one night at Casa Zulu, which was definitely not enough. I&#145ll be back for sure next year!

Starpoints
* Location near village but also right on the beach
* Personal attention from hosts Roxanne and Edouard
* Beautiful bungalows in leafy gardens

Try a Different Place if…
… you want nightlife or more upmarket luxury

Alison is a British writer, musician, and marketing consultant, based in Rio de Janeiro. She can be contacted on alison@hiddenpousadasbrazil.com. Visit her site at http://www.hiddenpousadasbrazil.com/.

Previous articles by Alison:

Brazil: Hidden Pousadas – Dreamland Bungalows, Marau Peninsula, Bahia
Brazil: Hidden Pousadas – Pousada Dona Zilha, São Paulo
Brazil: Hidden Pousadas – Pousada Natur Campeche, Florianpolis, Santa Catarina
Brazil: Hidden Pousadas – Pousada Fim da Trilha, Ilha do Mel (Encantadas), Parana
Brazil: Hidden Pousadas – Ponta da Piteira Boutique Hotel, Praia do Rosa, Santa Catarina
Brazil: Hidden Pousadas – Pousada Caminho do Rei, Praia do Rosa, Santa Catarina
Brazil: Hidden Pousadas – Vila do Patacho, Praia do Patacho, Alagoas
Brazil: Hidden Pousadas – Pousada Sagi Iti, Praia do Sagi, Baia Formosa, Rio Grande do Norte
Brazil: Hidden Pousadas – Praiagogi Boutique Pousada, Maragogi, Alagoas
Brazil: Hidden Pousadas – Casarao Alto Mucuge, Arraial d&#145Ajuda, Bahia
Brazil: Hidden Pousadas – Pousada Calypso, Trancoso, Bahia
Brazil: Hidden Pousadas – Pousada Capim Santo, Trancoso, Bahia
Brazil: Hidden Pousadas – Pousada Maris, Paraty, Rio de Janeiro
Brazil: Hidden Pousadas – Guesthouse Bianca, Santa Teresa, Rio de Janeiro
Brazil: Hidden Pousadas – Casa Cool Beans, Rio de Janeiro
Brazil: Hidden Pousadas – Aratinga Inn, Ilha Grande (Abraao), Rio de Janeiro
Brazil: Hidden Pousadas – Pousada Chez les Rois, Manaus, Amazonas
Five Exceptional Beach Destinations in Brazil
Brazil: Relaxation and Rejuvenation in Bahia’s Eco-paradises
Brazil: Hidden Pousadas – Casa Taruma, Conceicao de Jacarei, Rio de Janeiro
Brazil: Hidden Pousadas – Pousada Tanara, Itacare, Bahia
Brazil: Hidden Pousadas – Pousada Encanto da Lua, Marau, Bahia
Brazil: Hidden Pousadas – Vila dos Orixas Boutique Hotel, Bahia
Brazil: Hidden Pousadas – Fazenda Baia Grande, South Pantanal (Miranda), Mato Grosso do Sul
Brazil: Hidden Pousadas – Casa da Carmen e do Fernando, Rio de Janeiro
Brazil: Hidden Pousadas – Palafitas Lodge, Rondonia
Brazil: Hidden Pousadas – Pousada Lagoa das Cores, Chapada Diamantina, Bahia
Brazil: Hidden Pousadas – Pousada Mangueira, Boipeba (Morere), Bahia
Brazil: Hidden Pousadas – Pousada Naturalia, Ilha Grande (Abraao), Rio de Janeiro
Brazil: Hidden Pousadas – Pousada Cote Sud, Porto da Rua, Alagoas
Brazil: Hidden Pousadas – Ilha de Toque Toque Boutique Hotel, So Sebastiao, São Paulo
Brazil: Hidden Pousadas – Hotel Spa Casinha Branca, Bananal, nr. Paraty, Rio de Janeiro
Brazil: Hidden Pousadas – Eco-Rio Lodge, Bahia
Brazil: Hidden Pousadas – Castelinho 38, Rio de Janeiro
Brazil: Hidden Pousadas – Amazon Tupana Lodge, Manaus, Amazonas
Brazil: Hidden Pousadas – Pousada do Capao, Serro, Minas Gerais
Brazil: Hidden Pousadas – Pousada Luar do Rosario, Milho Verde, Minas Gerais
Brazil: Hidden Pousadas – Pousada d&#145Oleo de Guignard, Tiradentes, Minas Gerais
Brazil: Hidden Pousadas – Pousada Chal Oasis, Galinhos, Rio Grande do Norte
Brazil: Hidden Pousadas – Pousada Bela Vista, Novo Airo, Amazonas
Brazil: Hidden Pousadas – Pousada Beijo do Vento, Bahia
Brazil: Hidden Pousadas – Pousada Agua de Coco, Ceara
Brazil: Hidden Pousadas – Artjungle Eco Lodge & Spa, Itacare, Bahia
Brazil: Hidden Pousadas – Alcino Estalagem, Lenois, Bahia
Brazil: Hidden Pousadas – Pousada 0031, Cumbuco, Cear
Brazil: Maguire’s Guesthouse, Manaus, Amazonas
Brazil: Hidden Pousadas – Hotel Casa do Amarelindo, Salvador, Bahia
Brazil: Hidden Pousadas – Hotel BeloAlter, Alter do Cho, Par
Brazil: Hidden Pousadas – Fazenda Santa Marina, Santana dos Montes, Minas Gerais
Brazil: Hidden Pousadas – Casaro da Amaznia, Soure, Ilha de Marajo, Par
Brazil: Hidden Pousadas – Casa Mila, nr. Ubatuba, São Paulo
Brazil: Hidden Pousadas – Casa Beleza, Santa Teresa, Rio de Janeiro
Brazil: Hidden Pousadas – Bambu Bamboo Pousada and Spa, Parati, Rio de Janeiro
Random Ramblings on the Weather in Brazil
Brazil: Hidden Pousadas – Pousada Beijamar, Bahia
Brazil: Hidden Pousadas – Hotel 7 Colinas, Pernambuco
Brazil: Hidden Pousadas – Pousada dos Quatro Cantos, Pernambuco
Brazil: Hidden Pousadas – Pousada Estrela do Mar, Bahia
Brazil: Hidden Pousadas – Pousada Vivenda, Rio de Janeiro
Brazil: Hidden Pousadas – Pousada da Terra, Minas Gerais
Brazil: Hidden Pousadas – Pousada Mirante de Pipa, Rio Grande do Norte
Brazil: Hidden Pousadas – Pousada do Caju, Alagoas
Brazil: Hidden Pousadas – Pousada da Amendoeira, Alagoas
Brazil: Hidden Pousadas – Estalagem Caiuia, Alagoas
Brazil: Hidden Pousadas – Lagoa do Cassange, Bahia
Brazil: Hidden Pousadas – Ponta do Muta, Bahia
Brazil: Hidden Pousadas – Santa Clara, Boipeba, Bahia

By Alison McGowan
October 22, 2013

From the moment you walk into Dreamland Bungalows you feel the magic in all your senses. It’s not just the amazing sea views and the sound of the waves, but it’s the whole style of the place coupled with the warmth of Norwegian/Brazilian hosts, Jan and Lyana.

There are 10 suites, curiously in 2 story villas rather than in bungalows as the name might suggest, and all have varandas, hammocks and writing tables where you can chill out or write looking out to sea or over the palm groves. Attention to detail is everywhere: from the wood and eucalypto craftwork, which create a rustic Brazilian charm to the beautiful bed linen, which ensure you have those sweet dreams. And if you find you&#145ve forgotten your insect repellent or suntan lotion that’s not a problem. You&#145ll find replacements at the small shop in reception.

In the rest of the pousada there is a restaurant which serves food until 8pm after which the local pizza place (which apparently is very good) runs a delivery service. However, the pice de resistance is the beach bar, also open to passing beach lovers, offering wonderfully iced beer, as well as caipirinhas and snacks all to the sound of reggae and Latin music.

The day we arrived the local village transformer blew up and the power was off for 24 hours. So no wi-fi internet to add to the lack of any mobile phone coverage. Dreamland fortunately has its own generator, so once that came on we were back to normal. But actually, you know, you can do without it! Sitting in that bar watching the waves roll in, and the moon rise in good company for me is paradise.

Not to be Missed
– Pousada Starpoints
– Beachfront location
– Rustic charm and comfort
– Hospitality of Jan, Lyana and staff

Try a Different Place if…
… you are worried about time or potholes or picking up your emails

Alison is a British writer, musician, and marketing consultant, based in Rio de Janeiro. She can be contacted on alison@hiddenpousadasbrazil.com. Visit her site at http://www.hiddenpousadasbrazil.com/.

Previous articles by Alison:

Brazil: Hidden Pousadas – Pousada Dona Zilha, São Paulo
Brazil: Hidden Pousadas – Pousada Natur Campeche, Florianpolis, Santa Catarina
Brazil: Hidden Pousadas – Pousada Fim da Trilha, Ilha do Mel (Encantadas), Parana
Brazil: Hidden Pousadas – Ponta da Piteira Boutique Hotel, Praia do Rosa, Santa Catarina
Brazil: Hidden Pousadas – Pousada Caminho do Rei, Praia do Rosa, Santa Catarina
Brazil: Hidden Pousadas – Vila do Patacho, Praia do Patacho, Alagoas
Brazil: Hidden Pousadas – Pousada Sagi Iti, Praia do Sagi, Baia Formosa, Rio Grande do Norte
Brazil: Hidden Pousadas – Praiagogi Boutique Pousada, Maragogi, Alagoas
Brazil: Hidden Pousadas – Casarao Alto Mucuge, Arraial d&#145Ajuda, Bahia
Brazil: Hidden Pousadas – Pousada Calypso, Trancoso, Bahia
Brazil: Hidden Pousadas – Pousada Capim Santo, Trancoso, Bahia
Brazil: Hidden Pousadas – Pousada Maris, Paraty, Rio de Janeiro
Brazil: Hidden Pousadas – Guesthouse Bianca, Santa Teresa, Rio de Janeiro
Brazil: Hidden Pousadas – Casa Cool Beans, Rio de Janeiro
Brazil: Hidden Pousadas – Aratinga Inn, Ilha Grande (Abraao), Rio de Janeiro
Brazil: Hidden Pousadas – Pousada Chez les Rois, Manaus, Amazonas
Five Exceptional Beach Destinations in Brazil
Brazil: Relaxation and Rejuvenation in Bahia’s Eco-paradises
Brazil: Hidden Pousadas – Casa Taruma, Conceicao de Jacarei, Rio de Janeiro
Brazil: Hidden Pousadas – Pousada Tanara, Itacare, Bahia
Brazil: Hidden Pousadas – Pousada Encanto da Lua, Marau, Bahia
Brazil: Hidden Pousadas – Vila dos Orixas Boutique Hotel, Bahia
Brazil: Hidden Pousadas – Fazenda Baia Grande, South Pantanal (Miranda), Mato Grosso do Sul
Brazil: Hidden Pousadas – Casa da Carmen e do Fernando, Rio de Janeiro
Brazil: Hidden Pousadas – Palafitas Lodge, Rondonia
Brazil: Hidden Pousadas – Pousada Lagoa das Cores, Chapada Diamantina, Bahia
Brazil: Hidden Pousadas – Pousada Mangueira, Boipeba (Morere), Bahia
Brazil: Hidden Pousadas – Pousada Naturalia, Ilha Grande (Abraao), Rio de Janeiro
Brazil: Hidden Pousadas – Pousada Cote Sud, Porto da Rua, Alagoas
Brazil: Hidden Pousadas – Ilha de Toque Toque Boutique Hotel, So Sebastiao, São Paulo
Brazil: Hidden Pousadas – Hotel Spa Casinha Branca, Bananal, nr. Paraty, Rio de Janeiro
Brazil: Hidden Pousadas – Eco-Rio Lodge, Bahia
Brazil: Hidden Pousadas – Castelinho 38, Rio de Janeiro
Brazil: Hidden Pousadas – Amazon Tupana Lodge, Manaus, Amazonas
Brazil: Hidden Pousadas – Pousada do Capao, Serro, Minas Gerais
Brazil: Hidden Pousadas – Pousada Luar do Rosario, Milho Verde, Minas Gerais
Brazil: Hidden Pousadas – Pousada d&#145Oleo de Guignard, Tiradentes, Minas Gerais
Brazil: Hidden Pousadas – Pousada Chal Oasis, Galinhos, Rio Grande do Norte
Brazil: Hidden Pousadas – Pousada Bela Vista, Novo Airo, Amazonas
Brazil: Hidden Pousadas – Pousada Beijo do Vento, Bahia
Brazil: Hidden Pousadas – Pousada Agua de Coco, Ceara
Brazil: Hidden Pousadas – Artjungle Eco Lodge & Spa, Itacare, Bahia
Brazil: Hidden Pousadas – Alcino Estalagem, Lenois, Bahia
Brazil: Hidden Pousadas – Pousada 0031, Cumbuco, Cear
Brazil: Maguire’s Guesthouse, Manaus, Amazonas
Brazil: Hidden Pousadas – Hotel Casa do Amarelindo, Salvador, Bahia
Brazil: Hidden Pousadas – Hotel BeloAlter, Alter do Cho, Par
Brazil: Hidden Pousadas – Fazenda Santa Marina, Santana dos Montes, Minas Gerais
Brazil: Hidden Pousadas – Casaro da Amaznia, Soure, Ilha de Marajo, Par
Brazil: Hidden Pousadas – Casa Mila, nr. Ubatuba, São Paulo
Brazil: Hidden Pousadas – Casa Beleza, Santa Teresa, Rio de Janeiro
Brazil: Hidden Pousadas – Bambu Bamboo Pousada and Spa, Parati, Rio de Janeiro
Random Ramblings on the Weather in Brazil
Brazil: Hidden Pousadas – Pousada Beijamar, Bahia
Brazil: Hidden Pousadas – Hotel 7 Colinas, Pernambuco
Brazil: Hidden Pousadas – Pousada dos Quatro Cantos, Pernambuco
Brazil: Hidden Pousadas – Pousada Estrela do Mar, Bahia
Brazil: Hidden Pousadas – Pousada Vivenda, Rio de Janeiro
Brazil: Hidden Pousadas – Pousada da Terra, Minas Gerais
Brazil: Hidden Pousadas – Pousada Mirante de Pipa, Rio Grande do Norte
Brazil: Hidden Pousadas – Pousada do Caju, Alagoas
Brazil: Hidden Pousadas – Pousada da Amendoeira, Alagoas
Brazil: Hidden Pousadas – Estalagem Caiuia, Alagoas
Brazil: Hidden Pousadas – Lagoa do Cassange, Bahia
Brazil: Hidden Pousadas – Ponta do Muta, Bahia
Brazil: Hidden Pousadas – Santa Clara, Boipeba, Bahia