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Piauí: Day 5 Pousada visiting in Barra Grande

Piauí: Day 5 Pousada visiting in Barra Grande

Bliss! I awake to the sound of rolling waves and the realisation that I don’t have to do any travel today except walk around visiting pousadas and enjoying Barra Grande beach. I have breakfast at Terra Patris Atellier Pousada and Nathalia starts to arrange my onward trip to itaqui , Parnaiba and the Parnaiba delta. […]

21 de October de 2014 | By | Reply More
Piauí: Day 4 Teresina to Barra Grande

Piauí: Day 4 Teresina to Barra Grande

Paradise always did come with a cost and in this case it’s in the shape of an 8 hour bus trip from São Raimundo Nonato (gateway to the Serra da Capivara) to Teresina arriving in the bus station at 4.30am and then a 5 hour taxi ride*  all to avoid spending another night in a […]

20 de October de 2014 | By | Reply More
Piauí: Day 3 São Raimundo Nonato, Parque Serra da Capivara & Teresina

Piauí: Day 3 São Raimundo Nonato, Parque Serra da Capivara & Teresina

I awake in Pousada Zabele in São Raimundo Nonato to the sound of a million birds chirping and a beautiful yellow sunrise. So I hop out of bed to take a photo of same only to find that my room overlooks, one again, wasteland and faded billboards. I think I got spoilt with all these […]

16 de October de 2014 | By | Reply More
Piauí: Day 2 Petrolina to São Raimundo Nonato

Piauí: Day 2 Petrolina to São Raimundo Nonato

Today I wake up to sunshine but definitely not in paradise. Can’t work out why the Orla Boutique Guesthouse a) sells itself as a boutique hotel but also b) why there is no soap in the bathroom ,  c) why my bed faces away from the river view and d) why breakfast costs extra. Indeed […]

15 de October de 2014 | By | Reply More
Best alternative styles of pousada for solo & group travel in Brazil

Best alternative styles of pousada for solo & group travel in Brazil

  For solo or group travellers to Brazil who are looking for accommodation that is less about the service and more about the location and freedom to experience and explore independently, here are a selection of alternative style pousadas – villas, apartments, bungalows and houses with kitchen – set in some of the most beautiful […]

14 de October de 2014 | By | Reply More
Piauí: Day 1 Rio de Janeiro to Petrolina

Piauí: Day 1 Rio de Janeiro to Petrolina

  At Santos Dumont airport in Rio de Janeiro they are already announcing imminent boarding of my flight to Brasilia as I arrive at the airport over an hour before take off time. But as I suspected there would be when I woke up and saw that the fog was covering the Sugar Loaf mountains, […]

13 de October de 2014 | By | Reply More
Top 10 destinations for Amazing landscapes and wildlife in Brazil

Top 10 destinations for Amazing landscapes and wildlife in Brazil

1. Mamirauá Reserve, Amazonas The Mamiraua Reserve in Amazonas is a huge area of jungle and rivers covering 11,000 sq kilometres, nearest town Tefe. The reserve itself is said to be the largest protected flooded forests in the world, and one of its main attractions is the variety of flora and fauna and birds found here. READ […]

6 de October de 2014 | By | Reply More
Day 2: Chapada dos Veadeiros, Goias, Brazil

Day 2: Chapada dos Veadeiros, Goias, Brazil

The bed is supremely comfortable but I awake first at 3.30am  rewarded first by moonlight streaming through the windows and then again at 5.30am by a pink dawn framed by trees and lilac/pink bourganvillea. Photos  don’t do justice to a place which is simply stunning. The first thing I have to do on any pousada trip […]

24 de September de 2014 | By | Reply More
A mini trip to the Chapada dos Veadeiros, Goiás, Brazil

A mini trip to the Chapada dos Veadeiros, Goiás, Brazil

Alto Paraiso & São Jorge – 19 Sep 2014 I had been meaning to visit Alto Paraíso and São Jorge for years, ever since I first heard about them in 1980. I am not a huge fan of the starting point cities – Brasilia or Goiania and travelling by public transport to the Chapada dos […]

23 de September de 2014 | By | Reply More
Brazil Dream Trip : Santo André, Trancoso, Arraial d’ Ajuda, Bahia

Brazil Dream Trip : Santo André, Trancoso, Arraial d’ Ajuda, Bahia

  SANTO ANDRÉ Santo André is a small village of only 800 people located on the discovery coast of Bahia just 30 kms north of Porto Seguro. It has a rustic charm and lies over the João de Tiba river which you can only cross by small ferry. Not to be missed: Lunch at Pedro & […]

15 de September de 2014 | By | Reply More
10 best boutique luxury pousadas in Brazil

10 best boutique luxury pousadas in Brazil

Pousadas have been around in Brazil for some fifty years, but it is only more recently that there has been a trend towards the upmarket luxury boutique offering.  For those who appreciate exclusivity and the luxury of nature, as well as top quality service, these 10 pousadas are where you will find it: 1. Pousada Patacho, […]

2 de September de 2014 | By | Reply More
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