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Tucked away from the tourist radar, and an outdoor lover's paradise

The small town of Serra do Cipo and its eponymous National Park are practically unknown to international tourism.  This charming corner of Brazil, with its lush green mountains, magnificent thunderstorms and effervescent waterfalls, is instead a much loved get away for residents of nearby Belo Horizonte, and occasionally Rio de Janeiro.

Not much happens here. The town straddles a singular main road; a supermarket, a few restaurants and a tourist information office are about all that's on offer.  But, as gateways into Brazil's stunningly beautiful countryside go, it doesn't get much better than this.  Add that to the chance to veer off the traditional tourist route and you end up with a few days of peace and tranquility, interspersed here and there with the odd hike.  What more could you ask for?

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Accommodation in Serra do Cipo is mostly made up of small, family run pousadas, similar to English Bed and Breakfasts.  As this is a very popular spot for domestic tourists, it’s worth trying to avoid the weekend to make the most of the peace and quiet this beautiful location offers.

Pousada Fazenda do Engenho

Pousada Fazenda do Engenho is a large, simple property located on the border of the Serra do Cipó National Park and consists of extensive, quiet grounds to relax and enjoy the countryside air and ocassional wildlife. There is a bar and small restaurant onsite as well as two outdoor pools to enjoy. Surrounded by rolling green hills and scented with native flowers this is a spot of pure tranquility and nature. Horses are kept onsite for those who wish to explore the park trails on horse-back.

Pousada Carumbé

Situated near the Veu da Noiva waterfall is this charming boutique lodge with privileged views over the Grande Pedreira, a highlight of the nearby National Park. Rooms are tastefully decorated in keeping with different themes and feature comfortable beds and private verandas with hammock. Evening meals can be enjoyed in their candelit taverna and breakfast is served until a leisurely 11am. Mountain bikes and maps are available to all guests.

Wildlife, Gold & Beach


Take a journey through Brazil's varied landscapes and rich history with the Wildlife, Gold & Beach holiday. 

Start in the Amazon before heading to the gold rush town Ouro Preto, as well as the outdoor lovers' paradise, Serra do Cipo. Relax on Buzios beach, known as the Brazilian Riviera and explore Rio's highlights with an included tour.

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