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Reserva do Ibitipoca
Why we like it
- A converted 18th century farmhouse with just a handful of rooms and suites
- Set on a 3,000ha private reserve a few hours north of Rio de Janeiro
- The reserve has its own stable of so you can explore on horseback
- Personalised Havaianas, L’Occitane toiletries – little touches add luxury
- The restaurant offers simple, fresh and organic gourmet Mineira cuisine
- Electric mountain bikes give you a change to get off the beaten track
The daily morning yoga classes are the perfect way to start the day in this paradise location.
Melissa very quickly worked out our likes and dislikes and came up with the perfect itinerary for us. She had maximized the tour in the short time to include as much as possible without making it an ordeal!
- RT, Peterborough
Reserva do Ibitipoca is simply stunning, and by staying at the reserve’s gorgeous farmhouse you can explore the 3,000ha estate on horseback (the estate has a stable of native Mangalarga and Anglo-Arab horses), by mountain bike or joining in with a guided tour – there are two a day. Botanists will enjoy the incredible native forest species and stunning wild orchids and bromeliads, and or a touch of luxury you can relax in the spa with a massage or Ayurvedic treatment (there’s also yoga and stretching classes to keep you supple). The eight spacious suites in the main house are uniquely decorated with a touch of rustic charm and have lovely views – some even from the bathtub. Set away from the main house are a handful of private houses perfect for independent honeymooners or groups. Staying at Ibitipoca is also an adventure in authentic Brazilian cuisine – all meals are included, from the breakfast spread of warm corn bread and cakes, fruit platters and cheeses, to dinners that make use of the restaurant’s traditional wood burning stove. There’s a café at the stables and even a bar by a nearby waterfall – we recommend the caipirinha. When in Brazil…
Best time to be there
Before you visit Brazil decide what you want to see: Brazil is a continental country, with large temperature variations from north to south. Visit the Pantanal from July to December, the Amazon Jungle from March to August, Rio de Janeiro from September to May and the Northeast year round.
Sao Paulo or Rio de Janeiro (British Airways)
14 hours 15 minutes
GMT -3 hours
Not required for UK passport holders
Yellow Fever certificate if arriving from an infected area
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