Paraty, Southern Coast, Brazil
At a Glance
Nestled in tropical gardens on the hillside, overlooking the jade green bay
Rooms are minimalist with simple local furnishings and basic bathrooms
There are no TVs, internet or phones in the room so guests can disconnect
Tropical coastal setting approximately 30 minutes from colonial Paraty town
Hosts and staff are friendly and warm but not all speak English
A local beach is a short walk away or for the most spectacular beaches go by kayak or boat
Best time to Visit
Good time to visit
Average time to visit
High season is generally December to April when it's warm and humid. The coastal location ensures that temperatures rarely exceed 30°C and generally do not fall below 13°C (night-time in July). Even in winter (June-September), when rates are lower, daytime temperatures usually reach 21°C. This can be a lovely time to visit as it is warm in the day, cooler at night and drier. Rainfall is a possibility throughout the year, but the peak summer months of January and February often experience heavier showers. Christmas, New Year, January, Carnival, Easter and Paraty's International Literary Festival (normally held in July) are high season and hotels will be busy.
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Pousada Picinguaba is an intimate tropical hideaway oozing rustic charm with a laid back ambience, surrounded by stunning natural surroundings in a calm and sheltered cove overlooking Brazil's fabulous coastline near the colonial town of Paraty.
Pousada Picinguaba is a traditional converted fazenda in a tiny fishing village, surrounded by tropical rainforest and mountainous peaks. The hotel is located in an area of outstanding natural beauty, within the heart of a protected national park.
Everything here is attuned to the laid back spirit of the place, with nothing to disturb nature's magic: no TVs or telephones in the rooms, no Internet or no air-conditioning (ceiling fans). Pousada Picinguaba is the ideal place to relax and unwind with just the sound of the wind in the palm trees and the sea gently lapping the shore, truly encouraging guests to connect with nature and explore!
All of the nine guest rooms, each with private balconies, have attractive views over the bay or gardens. There is also a restaurant serving homely local dishes using freshly caught fish from the bay and organic ingredients sourced from the hotel's very own farm.
Sail to deserted islands on the hotel’s 40ft schooner, picnic on secluded beaches, enjoy delicious cuisine, hike within the forest to natural pools, bathe in nearby waterfalls and visit the nearby colonial town of Paraty. Other activities include fishing, hiking, sailing, kayaking, SUP and surfing.
Pousada Picinguaba also operates a charming, beautifully decorated private house called Villa Verde which is only 10 metres from the Pousada's entrance. The house and terrace are approximately 180m2, and can accommodate between 2 and 6 guests, ideally 4. It a great option for families. Guests staying in the Villa are very welcome to use the hotel's facilities and services.
The nine rooms are simple but comfortable, leading out onto a vast garden with the sea as a backdrop. Overgrown luscious tropical flowers and plants form natural screens for the rooms, with hummingbirds as visitors. There is no TV, telephone or internet.
Nine rooms are double or twin, some with an extra bed, and there is also a honeymoon suite with huge bathtub and terrace with sea views. Each room has a private balcony with a hammock.
For more space and exclusivity, you can choose the Villa Casa Verde. Located next to the hotel, it enjoys all the pousada's services and has three rooms, of which one is a suite with private patio, a large terrace, and the option of private dining. Ideal for a family the home accommodates up to six people.
Pousada Picinguaba's charming Classic Rooms are simple but comfortable, leading out onto a vast garden with the sea as a backdrop. Overgrown luscious tropical flowers and plants form natural screens for the rooms, with hummingbirds as visitors. There is no TV, telephone or internet. Each room has a private balcony with a hammock.
Children are welcome to come and stay at Pousada Picinguaba and babysitting can be arranged upon request, but there are no specific facilities or interconnecting rooms.
Large freshwater pool fed by a natural spring, sun deck, 40ft schooner yacht anchored at the beach front to take guests to the islands, tropical gardens, sauna, bar and restaurant.
Boat trips, stand up paddle boarding, fishing, hiking, bird watching, horseback riding, kayaking, scuba diving, snorkelling, surfing and swimming.
Nikki Trailor (Staff)
Pousada Picinguaba is truly a place to disconnect - the region is stunning with forested mountains right behind the ocean and there is so much to do and explore. Having no WiFi and no TV makes you want to enjoy lazing in your hammock with a book or getting out on a paddleboard and finding a wild beach. I only had one night and a morning to enjoy the property and I left feeling like I'd been here for days.
Trying some SUP here was a huge highlight of my trip - we were lucky enough to spot dolphins as we paddled back from a secluded bay and it was one of those true 'pinch-me' moments.
The staff are also sweet and very helpful, and whilst not all of them speak English, there is always someone available in the day who does and they are happy to go above and beyond to ensure you are happy.
Food is delicious and homely, and while not sophisticated, everything is freshly grown in the hotel's own farm and is as fresh as it comes, with seafood sourced from the local fisherman. There's a real emphasis on community here and you will leave feeling a part of it. I would recommend staying for 3 or 4 nights to unwind at the end of your trip!
This is as off-the-beaten-track as it gets on this coastal tract between Rio and Sao Paulo. The pousada is reached via a winding path from the beach and surrounded by Atlantic rainforest. The only distractions are the sounds of the sea, the patter of rain on banana leaves (if you're unlucky with the weather), tiny blue birds flitting from flower to flower, and Fazenda Beach, a 3.5km stretch of empty white sand about 20 minutes' walk from the hotel.
The hotel can also arrange trips to outlying islands in its schooner or guided walks to waterfalls, but the region's biggest draw is Paraty, a Unesco-protected colonial town, 25 minutes' drive away. Each year, Paraty hosts an international literary festival, and the hotel often hosts many of the authors chilling out pre- or post-event.
The pousada's 10 rooms are rustic yet stylish, with white walls, painted woodwork, woven lampshades, Brazilian paintings and hammock-strewn private terraces. If you're looking for luxury, be warned that the en-suite showers aren't very powerful. Fortunately, the shabby-chic ethos doesn't stretch to the beds, which have good mattresses and linen. For something more decadent, there is a honeymoon suite, complete with a Jacuzzi.
Kindness is what counts here. The hotel's friendly manager, Priscila, and her staff do all they can to make sure that guests enjoy themselves. Much care is spent on small details, such as providing interesting books in each room or hurrying out with an umbrella if it starts to rain.
1 night & 2 day Sailing Expedition - Angra to Angra
Depart and arrive back into Angra dos Reis, a 2-day sail takes you to deserted coves for sundowners, the jaw-droppingly beautiful beach of Lopez Mendez on Ilha Grande, with the chance to get back to nature snorkelling, surfing, meditating and star gazing!
Birdwatching at Pousada Picinguaba
Over 400 species of bird can be found around Paraty making this an ideal spot for both budding twitchers, as well as photographers! Immerse yourself in the Atlantic Forest with a knowledgeable guide who can show you the best spots for birdwatching.
Discover Paraty - Historical Walking Tour
Paraty is a charming town on Brazil's Emerald Coast, the centre of which has remained virtually unchanged since its heyday as a port for gold passing through from the mines of Minas Gerais. Enjoy a fascinating walking tour of this world heritage site.
Kayak in Picinguaba Bay
Deserted beaches and gentle waves set the scene for a spot of Kayaking around Pousada Picinguaba. Enjoy a choice of two different routes as you paddle around this pristine coastline; keep your eyes peeled for sea turtles and rays!
Local fishing experience at Pousada Picinguaba
Embark on a fishing adventure in one of the colourful boats found in Picinguaba Bay, joined by local fishermen who will teach you the tricks of the trade. Return to the Pousada and enjoy a delicious meal made fresh from your catch.
Mata Atlantica Hike
The Mata Atlantica, or Atlantic Forest, stretches along Brazil's southern coast and is a vast wilderness, thriving with flora and fauna and exhilarating when explored on foot. Venture with a local guide who will bring to life the meandering trails.
Paraty's Gold Trail at Pousada Picinguaba
Delve deep into 18th Century Paraty as you journey along The Gold Trail, constructed by African slaves in the 18th Century to transport gold from the Brazilian countryside to Paraty's port, from where it would then be shipped to Portugal.
Ponta Negra Hike
Get off the beaten path with a hike to the beautiful Ponta Negra beach. This rugged stretch of sand can only be reached on foot after traversing through thick forest, and is the ideal reward after what can be a challenging walk.
Schooner cruise at Pousada Picinguaba
Relax and unwind on a day-long schooner cruise, exploring the crystal-clear waters that lap the shores surrounding Pousada Picinguaba, and even indulge in a spot of snorkelling.
Stand-up paddleboarding at Pousada Picinguaba
Put your balance to the test and head out on the waters of Picinguaba Bay, stand-up paddleboard in tow. A little more stable than a surfboard, paddleboarding is a great introduction to the world of water sports and a relaxing way to explore the coast.
Sunset schooner with wine at Pousada Picinguaba
Sparkling seas, a glowing sunset and a chilled glass of wine all go perfectly hand-in-hand. Complete the experience with a trip out on Pousada Picinguaba's schooner and enjoy the calm waters around the deserted Praia da Fazenda; simply magical.
With surfing an essential part of the Brazilian culture, what better way to learn than to take to the waves with a local instructor. Whether an absolute beginner or a more advanced surfer there is a section of coastline to suit your level of comfort.
Brazil Emerald Coast Escape
Rio de Janeiro, Paraty, Ubatuba
from £3700 pp inc flights & transfers for 10 nights
- An easy simple itinerary that combines Rio, the beautiful Emerald Coast and colonial Paraty without any internal flights
- Take a morning stroll through the stunning botanical gardens in Rio
- Explore colonial Paraty on foot - no cars are allowed
Location & directions
Paraty, Southern Coast, Brazil
Pousada Picinguaba is located in the small fishing village of Picinguaba, which is halfway between Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo - a 4-5 hour car journey from either. Nestled in a sheltered cove, near the colonial town of Parati.
How to get there
11-hour 30-minute international flight to Rio's Galeão International Airport or São Paulo's Guarulhos International Airport. From either airport it's a 4-5 hour transfer to the hotel. Alternatively helicopter transfers from Rio can be arranged.
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