Family friendly pousadas on the coast of São Paulo

Ilha de Toque Toque Boutique Hotel, São Sebastião, São Paulo

Q. “Dear Alison,

I am looking for pousadas in beach areas near Sao Paulo that are accessible by public transport. We are hoping to go between Christmas and Jan. 5 with our family – 2 adults & 2 kids (ages 10 & 7). Can you make any recommendations?”

K. L, Canada

 

A. Hi there,

My suggestions would be Ilha de Toque Toque Boutique hotel- a bus ride outside São Sebastião and Pousada Sambaquis on Ilha Bela (island off the coast of São Sebastião).

Hope that helps!
Um Abraço
Alison

 

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Best time to visit Pantanal, Amazon

Hidden Pousadas Brazil - Cristalino Jungle Lodge, Alta Floresta, Mato Grosso,Brazil

Q. Dear Alison,

A good friend of mine recommended your website and services to me. I wonder if I may ask a couple of questions. I’d like to visit Brazil some time between mid April and the end of September (avoiding the World Cup). I’ll be visiting my friend in Rio, but would also like to visit the Cristalino Jungle Lodge and one of the Pousadas in N. Panatal for about 3-4 days each for some birding and wildlife viewing, flying to and from Rio via Cuiaba, I presume.

Q1: What would be the best time to visit during my ‘window’ from the point of view of both bird / wildlife watching and weather? Q2: How much would such a trip cost (ballpark figure is fine)?

J.A, UK

 

A. Hi there,

Many thanks for your email, you’ve obviously done quite a bit of research already, but in answer to your 2 questions:

1. Weatherwise the Pantanal should be fine at any time between April and September, but the best time for bird and animal watching is arguably between July and September when the waters have truly receded.

 

2. You need to fly to Cuiaba (for the Pantanal) and then on to Alta Floresta for Cristalino. If you buy well in advance a return flight Rio/Cuiaba can be had for as little R$350, but more frequently around R$850; Cuiaba/Alta Floresta rtn cheapest is around R$480 (much shorter flight but no competition!) Read How to get to the Pantanal.

 

3. Re: costs all jungle and eco-lodges are expensive because packages usually include all meals and guided excursions, and there is not much reduction for singles if you are travelling alone. I am reluctant to give a figure as we ourselves don’t deal with reservations, but I would say that for these places you are likely to get at least as good a deal booking through an agent as you would booking it yourself. We recommend Brazil Adventure Tours who know the area well and can make sure all the logistics, flights and transfers work!

 

Hope that helps!

 

Abraços
Alison

 

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Pousadas in Salvador & Florianopolis over New Year

Casa do Amarelindo, Salvador, Bahia, Brazil
Q. “Hi Alison,

I want to spend a week in Rio and then possibly travel to Salvador for a week and/or Florianopolis? Please recommend your sugguestions! Arrival Dec. 28 Depart Jan 9th.”

C.T, USA

 

A. Hi there,
In Salvador we highly recommend Casa do Amarelindo if you want to be in the Pelourinho historical centre and Pousada Estrela do Mar if you want to be nearer the beach and pay less.

 

In Florianopolis our top recommendation is Pousada Natur Campeche.

 

As this is a very busy time of year I suggest you call the pousadas directly for a quick answer on prices and availability or check them out on Booking.com.

 

Um Abraço
Alison

 

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How to get to Fazenda Baia Grande

Fazenda Baía Grande, Pantanal South, Mato Grosso do Sul
Q. “Good day Alison,
I wonder if you could assist me with a query I have regarding visiting Fazenda Baia Grande in the pantanal over December this year. What is the easiest and most cost effective way of getting there from Piracicaba (Campinas area – SP)? Do you recommend any other great pousadas in the pantanal?”

S.R, São Paulo

 

A. Hi there,
The easiest way to get to Fazenda Baia Grande in the southern Pantanal is to fly Campinas/Campo Grande with Azul airlines. The flight is direct and when I checked just now I saw one for December 6th (for example)  leaving at 08.23 arriving 09.10 for R$177,00 (plus taxes of course).

 

Once in Campo Grande you can get the Fazenda to organise you a taxi transfer direct from the airport to the pousada, or you can get a bus to Miranda (there’s one at 10.30 with Andorinha which gets in at 13.40, cost R$44,90) and then a taxi from there to the Fazenda, which if I recall rightly is around 45 minutes.

 

Fazenda Baia Grande is the only pousada we are now recommending in the southern Pantanal, and it is definitely the best! The Fazenda usually closes over the Christmas period so do contact them in advance to check avaialbility.

 

Um Abraço
Alison

 

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Planning a pousada trip to Salvador and Rio, Brazil in December

Salvador, Bahia, Brazil

Salvador, Bahia, Brazil

Q. “Hi Alison, My sister and I are traveling to Brazil from December 23-30.  We will be in Salvador de Bahia from the 23rd-26th (3 nights) and Rio from the 26th-30th (4 nights).  We would like to stay in a Pousada or a private room in a hostel in each location. In Rio, we were advised to stay in Leblon, Ipanema, or Copacabana if possible.  It looks like a lot of places are already booked.  Any suggestions/availabilities? Obrigada!”

E.H, UK

 

A. Hi there,
I don’t think you’ll find that big a problem in Salvador. I would recommend, Pousada Estrela do Mar great location near the beach in Barra and affordable. If you want a hostel you can see what is available on Booking.com here.

 

The difficulty is really with your stay in Rio as it runs into New Year time when most places have a minimum 5 day package at greatly increased prices (2-5 times the normal). Have you tried the pousadas we recommend in Rio? You can get an easy response from them if you just call them up using the number on the individual pousada page.

 

Regarding the advice to stay in Leblon, Ipanema or Copacabana- those are the beach areas with most hotels. However there are very few pousadas in these areas and to find what you are looking for you may need to go to Santa Teresa, a hilly cobbled historic area closer to the centre of Rio. If in doubt about any accommodation please feel free to contact me again.

 

I hope that helps.

 

Um Abraço
Alison

 

 

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Best pousadas in Trancoso & Arraial dÁjuda for early December trip

Pousada Capim Santo, Trancoso, Bahia, Brazil

Q. “Dear Alison,

I live in London and will be in Trancoso from 2-7 December and I wanted to stay at the Pousada Capim Santo but there does not appear to be any availability.  I liked the location as it’s so close to the quadrado.

I wondered if you could recommend somewhere else in the same locality. Also, do you know if there is transport from the airport at Porto Seguro to Trancoso?”

J.S, UK

 

A. Hi there,

I’m wondering how you tried to do your booking, there may still be room in the pousada and sometimes it is best to call them on +55 73 36681122.  You can check pousada details and reviews of Pousada Capim Santo here.

If that doesn’t work out you could maybe spend the first night or two in Arraial dÁjuda, in between Porto Seguro and Trancoso where I recommend the Casarão Alto Mucugê. You can find this and other options in Find Pousadas/Pousadas in Arraial dÁjuda.

Regarding getting there, there isn’t any public transport that I know of directly from Porto Seguro airport, so you have 3 options:

1) Get the pousada you’re staying at to arrange a private pick up there

2) Pickup a taxi on arrival at the airport

3) Get a taxi to the balsa (ferry) over to Arrraial dÁjuda and pick up a van at the other end for Trancoso. They usually run quite often during the day.

Let me know if you need any further help.

Um Abraço

Alison

 

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A beautiful place to visit and stay not too far from Rio

Ilha Grande, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Ilha Grande, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Q. Hi Alison,

Can you suggest a 2/3 night beauty spot close to Rio – I’ve already seen Paraty and Buzios! I would like to take my daughter and husband there around 13th January 2014. Many thanks!

S.K, UK

 

A. Hi there,
I would suggest Ilha Grande if you haven’t been there yet. Beautiful traffic free island and the choice of 3 great pousadas- the more boutique chic pousada Vila Pedra Mar on Praia Vermelha beach, or Pousada Aratinga Inn and Pousada Naturalia both of which are in the main town of Abraão.
Any other questions just let me know! For how to get to Ilha Grande see our blogpost here

 

Um Abraço
Alison

 

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