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Solo Travel in Chapada Diamantina, Salvador & Boipeba, Brazil

Solo Travel in Chapada Diamantina, Salvador & Boipeba, Brazil

Q. ”Dear Alison, I will be in the Bahia region arriving 20 September in Salvador and flying out 10 October from Salvador. With about 19 nights in the region, I expect to enjoy 12 nights in Chapada Diamantina and the rest of my holiday in Salvador de Bahia. Ideally I would love to spend about 7 or […]

18 de August de 2014 | By | Reply More
Pousadas to stay in between Maraú & Trancoso, Brazil

Pousadas to stay in between Maraú & Trancoso, Brazil

Q. “Hi Alison, We would be interested in a trip where we would fly into Ilheus Airport and stay at Butterfly House. We would then like to visit Trancoso. Would you have any tips on places to stay between Butterfly House and Trancoso as we were thinking of hiring a driver? S.L, Belgium   A. […]

11 de August de 2014 | By | Reply More
10 reasons why Brazil is the new top destination for travel

10 reasons why Brazil is the new top destination for travel

10 reasons is not enough to describe why Brazil is probably one of the most interesting countries to visit. Up until now it has probably been one of the best kept secrets, but even with the things Brazil is famous for, the reasons I think make it special, only scratch the surface of the beauty, diversity and amazing cultural experiences on offer. By Alison McGowan ….

29 de July de 2014 | By | Reply More
7 Great new hidden pousadas to discover in Brazil

7 Great new hidden pousadas to discover in Brazil

1. Pousada Villages, Porto de Pedras – Praia de Lages, Alagoas “Friendly brand new pousada only 2 minutes from beautiful Lage beach”   2. Vila Barracuda Boutique Hotel, Itacaré, Bahia “new boutique pousada in the heart of Itacaré with great views and excellent service”   3. Pousada Vila Rica, Cunha, São Paulo   “Beautiful pousada close to the […]

17 de July de 2014 | By | Reply More
Finding the best pousadas for a honeymoon in Brazil

Finding the best pousadas for a honeymoon in Brazil

Q. “Hello Alison, We are planning our honeymoon with my husband. We are arriving in Rio and leaving from Salvador. We really are looking for “hidden” romantic places to stay ( no big building hotels) with greeneries. Could you point us to recommended pousadas? Would you recommend us to stay in Rio and go during […]

1 de July de 2014 | By | Reply More
10 of the Best Spa & Relaxation Hidden Pousadas in Brazil

10 of the Best Spa & Relaxation Hidden Pousadas in Brazil

Brazil may be best know for its vibrancy and bustling beaches, but it’s the tranquil corners of paradise off the beaten track which make the country doubly amazing. For travellers seeking a truly relaxing  getaway, here are 10 beautiful hidden pousadas which offer spa treatments, holistic therapies, yoga, pilates and meditation activities:   1. Vila […]

17 de June de 2014 | By | Reply More
Where to stay as a solo traveller in Pantanal, Manaus, Recife, Brazil

Where to stay as a solo traveller in Pantanal, Manaus, Recife, Brazil

  Q.” Hello Alison, I’m so happy I found your site! I am going to visit brazil and plan to be in pantanal from the 5th (arrival via brazilian air pass to campo grande), leaving on the 11th early morning to Manaus where I will stay until the 17th. My objective is to discover the […]

4 de June de 2014 | By | Reply More
TripAdvisor Excellence 2014: Best hidden pousadas in Brazil

TripAdvisor Excellence 2014: Best hidden pousadas in Brazil

We always knew we had good taste here at Hidden Posuadas Brazil but there is nothing more gratifying than seeing more than a third of our ‘special collection’ walk off with the coveted TripAdvisor award for Excellence. This prestigious award recognises businesses that consistently earn top ratings from TripAdvisor travellers. Congratulations to all the pousadas […]

2 de June de 2014 | By | Reply More
Alagoas Travels: Day 5 – Patacho beach & Pousada Patacho

Alagoas Travels: Day 5 – Patacho beach & Pousada Patacho

My last full day on the Rota Ecologica and of course it starts with torrential rain, but these days I’m confident it will pass and like every other day we’ll get glorious sunshine as well. I still think it’s a good time to visit the region (May), but you do need to pack an umbrella […]

28 de May de 2014 | By | Reply More
Alagoas Travels: Day 4 – Pousada da Amendoeira & Yandê

Alagoas Travels: Day 4 – Pousada da Amendoeira & Yandê

Breakfast at Pousada da Amendoeira is always a treat and today Tsachi has invited a British friend, Cliff, to join us . Cliff is one of the ones who discovered the Rota Ecologica years before anyone else did and now has 3 beautiful villas here! Definitely time to start Hidden Villas Brazil. We discuss plans […]

26 de May de 2014 | By | Reply More
Alagoas Travels: Day 3 Pousada Côté Sud & Pousada da Amendoeira

Alagoas Travels: Day 3 Pousada Côté Sud & Pousada da Amendoeira

I caught the weather forecast last night by accident and rather wished I hadn’t, as after a perfect day yesterday the rest of the week promises rain, rain and rain. We are not to be disappointed At 4.30am I awake to the tell tale pitter patter and a view which has changed from beautiful blue […]

23 de May de 2014 | By | Reply More
Alagoas Travels: Day 2 – Vila do Patacho

Alagoas Travels: Day 2 – Vila do Patacho

It gets light very early in the northeast of Brazil at this time of year (May) and I miss the sunrise completely even though I’m up at 5.30am. It doesn’t matter, it’s still fabulous light for taking photos and wandering along a totally deserted beach from Vila do Patacho, where I am staying ,to Pousada […]

22 de May de 2014 | By | Reply More
Alagoas Travels : Day 1- Arriving back in paradise

Alagoas Travels : Day 1- Arriving back in paradise

It’s raining hailstones in São Paulo and it’s decidedly cool in Rio so I’m quite happy to be off back on my 4th visit to the Rota Ecologica or ecological coast of Alagoas. I’m not sure how I first discovered this place in 2008- 20 kms of gorgeous white sand running south from Porto de Pedras- […]

21 de May de 2014 | By | Reply More
8 of the best pousadas along Bahia’s ‘Discovery Coast’

8 of the best pousadas along Bahia’s ‘Discovery Coast’

The ‘Costa do Descobrimento’ or Discovery Coast is located in the south of Bahia in Brazil and comprises the area between the towns of Belmonte in the north and Prado in the south. This is where Brazil was first discovered and the region is considered the birthplace of its history and culture. However,  it is also an area of […]

8 de May de 2014 | By | Reply More
Mato Grosso do Sul: Day 6&7 Pousada Galeria Artes and ESTC2014 Eco-tourism conference

Mato Grosso do Sul: Day 6&7 Pousada Galeria Artes and ESTC2014 Eco-tourism conference

DAY 6: Once again I have to travel. I would really appreciate another day in the Pantanal at Fazenda Baia Grande, especially as I’m quite enjoying spotting birds I don’t know, but instead i’ll have to get out the OUP birdbook: A fieldguide to the Birds of Brazil when I get back to Rio. There are no buses from Miranda to […]

1 de May de 2014 | By | Reply More