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Santa Catarina: Lagoa de Ibiriquera and Praia do Rosa, Day 5

Santa Catarina: Lagoa de Ibiriquera and Praia do Rosa, Day 5

Well they told me that at Ponta da Piteira Boutique Hotel you go to bed looking out at the moon and wake up with the sun, but who could ever believe it would be as magical as this, and best  still you get this view from everywhere in the pousada- from the pool, from the […]

12 de February de 2015 | By | Reply More
Santa Catarina: Florianópolis to Lagoa de Ibiraquera, Day 4

Santa Catarina: Florianópolis to Lagoa de Ibiraquera, Day 4

It’s Sunday and a lazy day with my friends in Rio Tavares, Florianópolis and it turns out I have a bit more time than expected as I’ve been offered a lift to my next stop Ponta da Piteira Boutique Hotel in Lagoa de Ibiraquera, near the better known Praia do Rosa 70kms to the south. I […]

11 de February de 2015 | By | Reply More
Florianópolis, Santa Catarina: Day 3

Florianópolis, Santa Catarina: Day 3

It’s Saturday today in Florianópolis (or to give my location its exact name the Ilha de Santa Catarina) so I’m giving pousadas a break and exploring the east of the island and a few of those wonderful 42 beaches they talk about. Fortunately the weather is collaborating this time. It’s not the blistering heat that […]

10 de February de 2015 | By | Reply More
Florianópolis, Santa Catarina: Day 2

Florianópolis, Santa Catarina: Day 2

I wake up from a wonderful night’s sleep at Janela de Marcia Bed and Breakfast to an absolute downpour of rain. Drat! Not what I like when I’m visiting new pousadas. Fortunately it doesn’t last and by the time I venture over to breakfast round the long communal table the sun is well out. I […]

9 de February de 2015 | By | Reply More
Florianópolis, Santa Catarina: Day 1

Florianópolis, Santa Catarina: Day 1

February is not a month I usually travel in Brazil. For starters it’s high season when all prices rise considerably. Then there’s the weather which can be rainy or muggy practically everywhere in Brazil. And lastly the fact that availability in the best pousadas is usually scarce. However this year I have an invitation to […]

6 de February de 2015 | By | Reply More
Same sex couples & LGBT in pousadas in Brazil

Same sex couples & LGBT in pousadas in Brazil

Q. Hi Alison, “I am looking for a nice getaway when I come to Brazil in May. I love the idea of staying in a place that is not your typical hotel or resort and getting to take in the amazing scenery while staying secluded. I wanted to see if you had any advice for […]

3 de February de 2015 | By | 1 Reply More
What is the definition of high and low season in Brazil?

What is the definition of high and low season in Brazil?

Q. “I just “discovered” your web site?! Very recently started researching a possible trip. Can you tell me how your “low and high seasons” are defined in Brazil? Thank you!” Corrine, USA   A. Hi there, Generally speaking high season covers January, February and July during school holidays, although you may find high season prices at […]

27 de January de 2015 | By | Reply More
10 Best hill top pousadas with wonderful views

10 Best hill top pousadas with wonderful views

Walking back from the beach in Rio this Sunday the thermal sensation was 45oC and all I could think of was opening the fridge door and covering myself in ice-cubes. But I live here permanently and practically on the beach. There are other alternatives for anyone visiting Brazil who prefers cooler temperatures along with lower […]

19 de January de 2015 | By | Reply More
How to get to Barra Grande, Piauí

How to get to Barra Grande, Piauí

From Teresina: By bus (part 1) : Teresina- Parnaiba Get the Guanabara Line (www.expressoguanabara.com.br) to Parnaiba which leaves at  06.00/08.00/10.00/12.30/14.15/16.00/18.30/21.07/23.45. Journey time is 6hours, cost R$60,00 one-way and it is advisable to buy ticklets in advance as often the bus is full. By bus (part 2)Parnaiba- Barra Grande Damasceno company runs buses at 10.00/14.00/16.00 which […]

8 de January de 2015 | By | Reply More
10 wonderful surprises about Barra Grande, Piaui

10 wonderful surprises about Barra Grande, Piaui

1. Barra Grande is still a beautifully unspoilt fishing village with a range of pousadas at different price levels and sophistication- from basic to luxury. 2. It’s one of the best places for kitesurfing in Brazil, particularly between July and January 3. Despite not appearing on most maps (including Google Maps) it’s not difficult to […]

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