Brazil beach holiday, tailor made
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Description of Brazil beach holiday, tailor made
Visit pristine beaches, snorkel in emerald seas and explore traditional villages whilst staying in a lovely pousada about three hours from Rio, on this Brazil beach holiday, tailor made.
But before you head for the beach, take some time to explore the amazing city of Rio de Janeiro. You have two full days to explore, including a full day's guided tour to see the highlights.
Your beach stay is in the Costa Verde about 3-4 hours south of Rio, and under an hour from the lovely village of Paraty.
Your small, nine room boutique hotel is the Pousada Picinguaba. It has a fabulous position on this forested coastline. The rooms overlook tropical gardens that surround the spring-fed swimming pool. This is a very relaxed 'rustic chic' hotel, and a tranquil place to recharge your batteries (there is a natural spa here, too). You could take the hotel's schooner to deserted islands and beaches, accompany a local guide through the rainforest to spectacular hidden waterfalls, visit beautiful Paraty half an hour away, dive, fish, surf, or sea kayak.
1 Reviews of Brazil beach holiday, tailor made
Reviewed on 09 Nov 2015 by Brenda Carter
1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?
Our pathetic attempt at bird watching in the rainforest was great fun....if only we'd known what we were looking at (we had a guide but.....!) stumbling onto a quiet beach at the end was fantastic....thankfully with a water taxi waiting.
2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?
Paul from the holiday provider was brilliant.....take his recommendations!
3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?
Our main accommodation was local owned and staffed. Our lack of Portuguese was a challeng a couple of times, but overall it felt like the money was going where it should.
4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?
Really relaxing in a beautiful place.
PlanetWater-saving is hugely important at the Pousada as they rely on rainwater only. This small hotel is also great at energy-saving, and they believe in helping their local community and environment too. People making this amount of effort, will certainly be making sure you have a great holiday!
For every person that travels with the company, it plants trees through The Travel Forest initiative. Depending on where they plant and the requirement of the specific area, they plant either indigenous trees or a mix of indigenous and non-native species. Planting non-native seedlings may seem counter-intuitive but doing this can often help any remaining indigenous forest from being cut down (e.g. for fuel) as some non-native trees grow much more quickly than indigenous types. They particularly aim to save ancient or older indigenous forest, through offering an alternative option for fuel requirements of local communities. In addition to this benefit, their Travel Forest initiative helps with such things as planting for water-course retention, soil erosion, shade and even food – all depending on what is planted and where. They have planted almost 100,000 trees to date in various degraded locations including the Andean mountains in Peru, northern Tanzania and Malawi. This has always been done in conjunction with the local communities who plant and then tend the seedlings. Trees are far more important to the health of this planet (and us) than many people imagine. This global Travel Forest initiative can and does make a big difference.
As part of our commitment to the environment we have a programme to plant trees in Tanzania, Malawi, Peru etc. through the company’s foundation. This was set up to help alleviate poverty, conserve endangered wildlife, and protect earth’s environmental diversity for the benefit of us all. All the projects have a link with tourism in some way, and many benefit the wider world as well as local people, through conserving areas of natural beauty. We don’t just look overseas when considering the environment, even at the office the team planted tress in the fields surrounding the buildings to celebrate the company’s 21st birthday in 2019.
As a company we think about our partners overseas carefully. The company ethos is to use properties around the globe that have a similar ethical stance to ourselves. If they can use local suppliers for their provisions, be it food or furnishings then they do, and all offer a variety of menus including vegetarian and vegan/plant-based options. Our partners support the use of solar/renewable energies, and many are looking at ways of switching their current supplies to more eco-friendly options in order to be more efficient. The use of solar, water and air are options in use or being explored, as well as grey water run offs. Energy efficient appliances and practices, card operated in room lighting, low energy bulbs, and a change in laundry practices, are all in operation, and show just a few of the initiatives used. Our partners also use local staff within their properties. Many live on-site in seasonal properties for example reducing the travel emissions of the company, many come from the local villages and communities surrounding the properties. This includes everyone from house keeping to management and the guides that are from the locale.
Due to the nature of the holidays provided by the company, it is impossible to eliminate all flights but where possible we use the minimum flight hours an itinerary can operate with. The packages we have on offer include rail portions in some areas, which keep emissions low, many walking options and shared transportation.
PeopleOur local operator in Brazil reinforces practices considered fundamental for environmental conservation and works to inform visitors, local staff and the population in general. They are one of the country leaders in ecotourism and one of the company directors is president of the Brazilian Bureau of Ecotourism. The company was founded to supply nature studies trips for students in the preserved areas of the country such as the Amazon and Pantanal. Though the company now also has an incoming tourism department there is still a very active study trips department. They strongly believe that these trips should promote the sensitivity of students towards nature preservation, present and promote models and techniques of sustainable exploration of natural resources and stimulate the sponsorship of local projects. The contact between urban students and local communities brings a possibility of development of other social and economic relations that value cultures and, at the same time, their peoples.
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