Guesthouses, Lodges, B&Bs, and Pousadas in Brazil


Besides our general Accommodation & Camping in Brazil page, I’d like to share a number of accommodations in Brazil with you. Pousadas is the word Brazilians use for guesthouses, and apart from that we have some great eco-lodges, B&Bs, and fazendas to share with you.

Some of these accommodations we stumbled upon during our journey, checked it out and were enthusiastic. Other stays were a result of an invitation from the owner(s) who wanted to share a part of their lives with us.

A Variety of Accommodations

At Salto das Nuvens we lunched and admired the waterfall, at the Floresta Amazônica Hotel we camped in the parking lot. Coen recuperated from his dengue (read about it here) at the Pakaas Jungle Lodge, and the owners of BossHouse in São Paulo are good friends of ours.

During our last trip in northeast Brazil, we have made some remarkable friends who happened to have guesthouses and who invited us to stay with them: Pousada Portal do Vento in Tatajuba (where we had our kitesurfing adventure, read about it here). Not far from there we stayed at two guesthouses with the name Pousada Vila Bela Vista.

Travel Guides for Brazil

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Insight Guides – Brazil

Lonely Planet Phrasebook & Dictionary – Brazilian Portuguese

Lonely Planet – Brazil

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Need for a Time Out

Sometimes it’s good to take a time-out when being on the road for so long. Whether because you are ill, or because it feels good to splurge every once in a while, and so I thought about sharing these stays with you. They’re all worthwhile places when in need of a break in the journey.

Are you looking for genuine tourism? Check out Cristalino Jungle Lodge in the heart of the Amazon, or Sebuí’s Ecolodge in one of the few remaining Atlantic Rainforests. In northeastern Brazil you can explore farm life and unusual rock formations at Hotel Pai Mateus.

The Pakaas Jungle Lodge and the Floresta Amazônica Hotel are top destinations for bird watching in the Amazon rainforest. The Pantanal offers a wide range of accommodations, but few are located so deep in the wetlands as Fazenda 4 Cantos.

Let’s take a closer look.

Our Recommended B&Bs, Lodges, & Pousadas in Brazil

#1 – BossHouse B & B in São Paul0

A family-run guesthouse with a spacious room with kitchenette, and facilities such as Wifi and safe parking space. Milena, Marcos, and Boss speak English.

A good place from which to explore downtown São Paulo.


#2 – Ecolodge of Sebuí in the State of Paraná

A 45-minute boat trip takes you to the Ecological Reserve of Sebuí.

This reserve is a great place for hiking to waterfalls, canoeing through the mangrove, watching wildlife, and staying in an ecolodge.


#3 – Ecolodge Spazenda in National Park Chapada dos Veadeiros

In the heart of Goiás, Janet and Xavier offer a choice between a stay in a restored fazenda (farm) and a modern ecolodge.

Both places have comfort and space (great for kids) and Spazenda has a sauna.


#4 – Pousada Vila Bela Vista in Jericoacoara

Patricia and Marcio were among the first to start a pousada in the now-popular beach town of Jericoacoara, and are scoring high on Tripadvisor.

They offer outdoor activities among which horseback riding in the dunes. Patricia and Marcio have a second guesthouse in Préa (see #12).

Pousada Vila Bela Vista in Jericoacoara
Pousada Vila Bela Vista

#5 – Hotel Fazenda Lajedo de Pai Mateus in Paraíba

This inviting cattle ranch has extensive tourist facilities with guided tours to rock paintings and the otherworldly collection of smooth boulders: ‘The Place of Many Stones’.

#6 – Floresta Amazônica Hotel in Alta Floresta

A comfortable hotel with basic as well as luxurious rooms, and forest trails to, among other things, a Harpy Eagle nest.

It is a good place from where to organize your trip to the Cristalino Jungle Lodge – see #7.

Floresta Amazonica Hotel – Curl Crested Aracari (©Rudimar Cipriani)

#7 – Cristalino Jungle Lodge in Alta Floresta

The Cristalino Jungle Lodge is a top location for ecotourism and bird watching. The lodge can be reached only by boat.

Experienced guides take you on hikes to spot wildlife and to watch the sunrise from a 50-meter-high watchtower.

Cristalino Jungle Lodge

#8 – Hotel Salto das Nuvens in Tangara da Serra

Salto das Nuvens is also the name of the adjacent waterfalls in the Sepatuba River, and is a good base to go diving, snorkeling, boating or fishing.

Salto Nuvens

#9 – Fazenda 4 Cantos in the Pantanal

This off-the-grid farm is an eco-tourist venture in the heart of the world’s largest wetland.

Fazenda 4 Cantos is a good place to recharge your energies, to fish for piranha, to observe wildlife, and to go horseback riding.

Fazenda 4 Cantos

#10 – The Pakaas Jungle Lodge in Rondônia

Constructed on 8-meter-high stilts, the Pakaas Jungle Lodge offers fabulous views of the black-water Pakaas River and the white-water Marmoré River.

This is a perfect place for bird watching, wildlife viewing, and boat trips to Amerindian villages.

Pakaas Jungle Lodge in Rondônia

#11 – Pousada Portal do Vento, Tatajuba

Situated on the Kitesurfers’ Beach of Tatajuba, this remote yet comfortable Portal do Vento Guesthouse is the place for kitesurfers to relax and eat well.

For non-kitesurfing travelers, there is enough to explore in the surrounding dunes, lakes, and mangroves (such as watching seahorses).

Pousada Portal do Vento, Tatajuba
Portal do Vento

#12 – Preá: Pousada Vila Bela Vista

Patricia and Marcio (see #4) recently built a second guesthouse (also called Pousada Vila Bela Vista) far away from the crowds, right on the kitesurfing beach of Preá.

Both are recommended pousadas in northeastern Brazil.

Pousada Bela Vila in Préa, Brazil
Pousada Bela Vila

Originally published in 2013 / Updated in 2018

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3 thoughts on “Guesthouses, Lodges, B&Bs, and Pousadas in Brazil”

  1. Have you been to TocaTerê in Teresópolis, Rio de Janeiro? It is set in the forest very near the the Serra dos Órgão National Park. I can’t believe it is only 90 minutes from Rio, yet so lush, peaceful and full of wildlife. The town is charming too, with artisanal goat cheese, a local brewery and many places with handmade chocolates and sweets.

    Love your site! It is super informative for a more conscience type of travel. Cheers!

  2. Great list of lovely places to stay when you are a little tired of the Landcruiser. Is there anyway you can share with me the GPS coordinates of these places in some sort of a downloadable file? Thanks!

    • Heya Curt, we don’t have downloadable files with coordinates I’m afraid. We do have a page full of useful overnight locations in Brazil, if you are looking for those? [You can find them here]


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