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Comuna do Ibitipoca, Brazil | Plan South America

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Comuna do Ibitipoca is one of the world’s great hideaways. Located in a remote corner of Minas Gerais, it offers tranquility, adventure and hearty Brazilian hospitality in equal measures. 

What we love about Comuna do Ibitipoca

  • The main property, an 18th-century colonial farmhouse, lies at the heart of a 4,000-hectare private reserve in the Mantiqueira Mountains
  • The focus on conservation and sustainability runs through every element of the Ibitipoca experience
  • The Minas Gerais countryside is spectacular.  Every fruit and flower grows in profusion. 
  • All 12 en-suite rooms are large, bright and airy with roll top baths and views across the reserve.
  • The house has a library and a shady gallery with hammocks for afternoon snoozing.
  • Hallways and public spaces are adorned with antiques and modern Brazilian pieces, including old maps and watercolours of indigenous flora.
  • Carlinhos boasts the three best suites on the reserve; only 100 meters from the main house, it is perfect for small groups and families.
  • The organic Mineira kitchen is one of the reserve’s biggest attractions. Juices are squeezed, and coffee is freshly ground.
  • Hearty meals are prepared on a wood-burning stove using ingredients from the garden. Don’t leave before trying the suckling pig or the polenta. All meals are included.
  • The spa offering Ayurvedic massages, daily yoga, local treatments and a wood-heated sauna is housed in an old wooden granary.
  • There is no swimming pool, but there is a heavenly natural pool and waterfall within easy reach of the property.
  • The reserve boasts some 350 species of birds. Local guides will help you spot everything from Green-billed Toucans to Brazilian tanagers.

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What to do at Comuna do Ibitipoca?

There are an array of walks or rides available. At 1,500m, Hawk’s Rock is the highest point on the reserve – a challenging hike, but the sunset view from the top is unforgettable.

Botanists will enjoy wild orchids and bromeliads, as well as native forest species.

Don’t miss a ride or trek to the village of Mogol.  The journey offers stunning mountain views and a chance to cool off in the clear waters of Engenho’s Waterfall.

There is abundant wildlife, including Muriqui monkeys, wild boar, jaguars and ocelots, puma and wolves. Those interested in joining in conservation efforts are welcome to do so.

With less than 900 Muriqui in the world, the reserve works closely with biologists and researchers to study and protect the Ibitipoca troop.

Those looking to disconnect can take Viradouro, a charming farmhouse with the comforts of the main hotel. Powered solely by sustainable energy, Viradouro uses solar thermal and the wood burning stove to heat water. Walking distance from natural pools, visitors can take an early morning dip before breakfast.

Map & location

It’s a 3-hour drive north from Rio through the plump green hills of Minas Gerais to Comuna do Ibitipoca.  There is also the option of travelling by helicopter, which takes under an hour from Rio de Janeiro

When to Travel

Minas Gerais can be visited year-round. The driest months are April through October. January, February, March, November and December see the highest rainfall. Let us know when you hope to travel and our Brazil experts will guide you accordingly.

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