If you are going to Brazil, there are so many possibilities of where to stay but it’s hard to find small intimate accommodations. That’s where Hidden Pousadas Brazil comes in. Hidden Pousadas runs a website dedicated to helping you find boutique hotels, bed and breakfasts, guesthouses and inns all over Brazil. What is a pousada? It means a “place to stay”, but Hidden Pousadas make a selection and lists only accommodations that have a unique character, and are small scale, individually run and managed.
The listed accommodations range from luxurious oceanside retreats such as the Pousada Picinguaba in Ubatuba to Amazon jungle hideaways such as the Amazon Tupana Lodge in Manaus. If you prefer the cities, they profile pousadas in the Santa Teresa district of Rio de Janeiro, for example, Casa Beleza, a historic mansion with lush gardens (below).
What I also like about the Hidden Pousadas website is that in addition to categorizing the hotels by state and city, they organize the listings according to the type of location: Amazon and Pantanal, Beach, Eco Friendly Pousadas, Historic Brazil, Rural Retreats. When I go to Brazil (hopefully soon), I will definitely use Hidden Pousadas to find a memorable place to stay.
UPDATE (9 November 2010): They have launched a new website which provides a larger selection of pousadas. The new site is Pousada Hotel Brazil.