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Costa Verde 25 February 2006

Posted by Paul Cronk in Hotels, Uncategorized.
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We flew south to Rio Map of Rioand then a four hour transfer down the coast to a small fishing village called Picinguaba. 

It´s a really beautiful coast where some of the last remaining parts of the Mata Atalantica – the Atlantic rain forest – follow the coast on high, and map of paratistrangely-shaped mountains covered in swirls of cloud. The uplands look across bays of islands and long beaches.  Much of it is very beautiful and reminds me of pictures of green-covered coastal mountains of Hawaii or the South Pacific.

We´ve gone to a small boutique hotel called Pousada Picinguaba.  Herbert Ypma – who came up with the whole hip hotels thing – has it as one of his favourites in South America and there´s a feature on it oin this month´s Vogue (OK, the Brazilian edition).Picinguaba beach

It has a wonderful setting, with a view over this bay.  Still a small and genuine fishing village, it´s hemmed in by one of the protected parts of the rain forest so it cannot get bigger. 

 

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Quatro Cantos 20 February 2006

Posted by Paul Cronk in Hotels.
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We spotted the hotel on the last visit.  our room in olindaIt´s an old villa of high ceilings, wood and antiques.  Some of rooms are basic and windowless (and cheap) but we´ve got the suite; a remnant of when we were going to bring a friend with us.  There are two rooms, two bathrooms and a huge balcony with a hammock for GBP80.

Olinda styles itself as an art town with seemingly half the houses occupied by painters.  The hotel is strewn with the stuff.