1. Alcino Estalagem, Lençóis, Chapada Diamantina, Bahia “beautiful colonial-style inn in Lençois with great atmosphere + best breakfast in Brazil” Read more … 2. Pousada Santa Clara, Boipeba, Bahia “the guesthouse where Hidden Pousadas Brazil began: total paradise!” Read more … 3. Pousada Estrela do Mar, Salvador, Bahia “simple, charming and convenient […]
To get to the hidden paradise of Alter do Chão (photo above) from Belem or Manaus one way or another you’re going to have to go through Santarém, which is located 38kms to the north where the Tapajós river joins the Amazon. To SANTARÉM: There are only 2 options to get to SANTARÉM – fly or […]
Famous for its sandy beaches which only appear during the dry season, Alter do Chão is a relaxed, laid-back destination which combines jungle, history and beach experiences into one charming package. You can read more about Alter do Chão here.
Marajó is an island located at the mouth of the Amazon River in Brazil, in the state of Pará. It’s a 3 and a half hour boat ride from Belém, has a population of around 250,000 and is the largest fluvial island in the world. Here’s how to get to Ilha de Marajó. And here are some […]
The island of Marajó is an extraordinary place: the size of Switzerland with a population of only 250,000 (only 210,000 more than it had in the 16th century!) It has 4 ecosystems and buffalos outnumber people several times over, used for transport, policing, leather goods and food. What do I like particularly about the place? The fact […]
Hidden Pousadas Brazil has just had its 7th birthday and over the years I’ve travelled far and wide and way off the beaten path to find the best places to stay before they get known and are discovered by package-type tourists. In the process I’ve become a dab hand at packing for Brazil in every season/weather […]
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 ….
1. Dates for this year’s Brazil’s carnival cover the period of 27th February – 5th March 2014 with carnival pousada packages normally running for 5 nights starting from 28th February). Many people take the whole week off and only go back to work on March 10th! 2. Hottest city carnivals: Rio de Janeiro – street parades (blocos) all over […]
Updated Aug 20 2015 ‘Global confusion’ is effecting Brazil as well as the rest of the world and one thing you can no longer rely on is getting perfect blue skies and heat at the right times or in all parts of the country. Travellers always ask: When is the best time to visit Brazil […]
Read: Hidden Pousadas’ updated insider’s guide to visiting Christ the Redeemer / Corcovado I don’t often write about how to get to tourist attractions as it tends to be obvious. You go there, you buy a ticket you get there. Right? Wrong? Or maybe right again? When Cristo Redentor (Christ the Redeemer) became one of the […]
Planning a visit to Brazil? Here are 10 travel tips to help: 1) If planning to come for major festivals like New Year in Rio, or Carnival in Salvador, Rio or Olinda or the FLIP literary festival in Paraty in July book well in advance, particularly if you want to stay in a specific place. The best […]