Reasons to Visit
Discovering that the indigenous peoples did not take well to forced labour, the colonial Portuguese shipped thousands of Africans to Brazil to work. Upon their emancipation at the end of the 19th Century, Afro Brazilians became integrated into society, resulting in the beautifully diverse people we see today.
From the beautiful towns of Ouro Preto and Tiradentes in Minas Gerais state, Natal and Salvador in the northeast to the cobbled backstreets of Santa Teresa in Rio, there are numerous fine examples of colonial architecture in Brazil. For a different type of architecture the retro designs of Brasilia dating back from the 1950's divides opinion!
With almost 3,000 km of coastline, it isn’t surprising that Brazil has some of the best beaches in Latin America. There’s a beach for every taste, miles of deserted sand and palm trees, havens for surfers, beaches to spot whales and beaches to watch the locals parade themselves in the latest swimwear trends.
One of the world’s most famous celebrations, Brazil’s annual carnival takes place across the country preparing for the start of Lent. Most well-known for the celebrations in Rio, thousands of sequin and feather-clad dancers samba their way through the parade ground.
Football is in the veins of Brazil and seen at every turn. Brazil has given us such footballing greats as Pelé, Ronaldo and Kaka and the love and passion shown by the children passing balls in the street leave little doubt that more stars will follow.
The Amazon rainforest is a haven for wildlife and a must for both nature lovers and those who are simply curious. It covers a vast area of Brazil and can be explored from a number of simple lodges or boats, most of which are easily accessible from the tropical city of Manaus.
For wildlife viewing, there are few better places in the world than the Pantanal between April and September. The animals and birds found here are similar to those found in the nearby Amazon, but they are much easier to spot in the Pantanal. Animals seen here include capybara, caiman, anteater, armadillo, otter, marmoset and even jaguar and puma.
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Pousada Picinguaba is the perfect hideaway destination. Located in a sleepy fishing village just south of Paraty, it is surrounded by stunning beaches and verdant rainforest.
The delightful Pousada Picinguaba is situated about half an hour’s drive south of Paraty on a calm and peaceful bay with a sandy beach. It rests at the heart of a tropical coastal forest running between Rio and São Paulo.
The pousada offers ten spacious rooms, and the food is excellent and carefully prepared using the best local ingredients. There is no TV or telephone as the owners of Picinguaba want you to simply relax and enjoy the gorgeous natural surroundings.
A long stretch of virtually deserted beach is about a 30 minute walk (or 30 minute kayak trip) from the pousada.
Please note that access to and from the pousada and the village beach is approximately five minutes' walk up or down some steps. These are not even under foot and so may not be suitable for those with mobility difficulties.
A gorgeous little town, the centre of which has remained virtually unchanged for hundreds of years, Paraty today is a UNESCO recognised national monument and a fantastic place to explore.
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