A holiday to Brazil in 2005 ignited Rebecca's interest in all things Brazilian - art, music, food and culture. It also re-ignited her interest in all things Latin American, having studied Spanish at school. Rebecca was working in the city at this point, but when an opportunity to escape the UK arose in October 2005, it didn't take long for her to get back out there for a year of adventure in Central and South America. Since returning home and joining Audley, she has returned to Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands, Peru, Brazil and Venezuela to experience many of the excursions and hotels we use.
I'll never forget when…
Despite its name, Pousada Picinguaba is a magical destination for many reasons.
Firstly you are driven there along a winding coastal road, from where you get start to get glimpses of white sand beaches and stands of ''Mata Atlantica'' in Picinguaba National Park, one of the last remaining areas of primary rainforest South of Rio. As you arrive, sleepy from the drive, your bag is whisked away and you can follow gently up the path from the village, adjusting to the balmy heat.
The whole place is such an incredible experience - old fishermen mending their nets beside their weather-worn lean to, lithe youngsters playing football on the sand, colorful boats and smart schooners at anchor in the little bay, the odd local propping up Picinbar, the art gallery and tiny church... and you will likely be one of only a few foreigners there. Everything is relaxed and welcoming.
After I had lunched by the pool and done my hotel inspection, the pousada ''bodyguard'', a wonderful black dog, showed me the way to my kayak for a gentle paddle to a mile long beach of pristine white sand, where I sunbathed and slept for a couple of hours of precious solitude.