Monthly Archives: January, 2014

Where to stay in Ilhabela

There are lots of beautiful hotels in Ilhabela, however things book up pretty fast leading up to and during high season (summer) so try to plan ahead! We stayed at the Abayomi hotel (above), which is about a 3k walk to the Vila and has a nice beach area directly across the street from the main hotel with […]

Ilhabela Overview

Ilhabela (Beautiful Island) the largest island in Brazil is located 4 miles off the coast of São Paulo state which is (205km/ 127mi) from Sao Paulo city and 340km/210mi from Rio. There are a number of smaller islands that make up all of Ilhabela. How to get to Ilhabela: First off, the traffic is horrible so […]

Magnificent sunset in Catucaba

Having a wine and cheese (home made) at the top of the mountain in Catucaba was truly one of the highlights of my 2013.   If you visit Fazenda Catucaba this is something you absolutely must do!!  The views are absolutely spectacular, you really can see Rio, Minas Gerais and the city of São Paulo! […]

White water rafting in Catucaba

If you are in Catucaba or looking for a little adventure that is not too far from Sao Paulo then try white water rafting! We went through CIA de Rafting, a company that organizes white water rafting trips in 3 areas of Brazil as well as other outdoor adventure activities. We explored the river in Parque Estadual […]

Horse back riding and waterfalls in Catucaba

If you are staying at Fazenda Catucaba and want to add a little adventure into your vacation then you will love horseback riding to find waterfalls! Don’t worry the horses are very tame and calm so even if you have never ridden a horse before you will be perfectly fine.   As you ride up and […]

Gastronomic and Eco-friendly experience at Fazenda Catuçaba (awesome weekend trip!)

After an awesome 4 days in Picinguaba, we hit the road back up through the mountains to the sister property Fazenda Catuçaba. The drive is nice, you’ll see lots of lush greenery as you drive through the mountains in hill county with cows and horses dotting the hills.  The property is located 30 minutes from the historical […]

Boat trip in Ubatuba

Ubatuba has 19 beautiful islands and over 100 beaches so one of the best ways to see them is obviously by boat.  If you can arrange a boat trip while you are there it is well worth it! Our first stop was Ilha das Couves which offers some of the best snorkeling.  It is divided […]

Natural water park and beautiful beach: Prumirim

There are tons of beaches in Ubatuba, but I have to say Prumirim was my favorite because it has everything you could want for your afternoon: beautiful yellow sand beach which is aprox 1000m long, large stones you can climb around on, good points for surfing, nice restaurant kiosks, ability to take a boat over […]

Hike to Tombador waterfall in Ubatuba

If you are in the area of Ubatuba and like hiking to waterfalls, add a visit to Cachoeira Tombador to your list.  The hotel arranged for us to go with a guide which was a smart decision as it is a little tricky to find the entrance, then once you do its a windy trail through back […]

Where to stay in Picinguaba

Summer time!! Come December 15th Paulista’s tend to evacuate the city and head to the many beaches that line the coast of Sao Paulo. Though there are tons of beautiful beach towns to visit we chose to pack up the car and drive to Picinguaba (just 20mins past Ubatuba).  The ‘town’ is a very small […]