The Ibitipoca Reserve is an inspiring 3000 hectare private forest preservation and sustainabilityinitiative aimed at the reforestation of native flora species and wildlife corridors.
Arriving to a property which is on a reserve of Brazil’s remaining Mata Atlantica (primary coastal forest). You can imagine in a small way what to expect when visiting a remote jungle region, but at Reserva Ibitipoca, expectations will deceive you.
Travel into authentic Brazilian history, disconnect, relax and indulge with rare levels of comfort, personal service, and delicious regional food. Where else will you find sand dunes on the mountains, surrounded by rain forest and waterfalls. This diversity is mind-blowing to say the least. Add rustic-chic style accomodations, rustic challets, horseback riding, dinner under the stars on one the sand areas, accompanied by local musicians and you will have a rare luxury experience.
Situated in the region of Minas near the Minas Gerais and Rio de Janeiro border, this area is located in a conservation area created to preserve the the native fauna and flora, water resource and geologic formations.The idea is to get immersed in close contact with nature and the local culture through the lodge’s activities. All tours are conducted with local guides from the Ibitipoca Reserve and can be done on foot or horseback.
You can choose your tours. Some of the main ones we suggest are a walk to
the Hawk Stone which is about 1500 meters in altitude where you will have a priviledged view to the Ibitipoca State Park, surrounded by watefalls. The Grotto of the Rising sun is another attraction with an area that shelters many wildlife. The Water tour is another main atraction on the “Engenho’s Farm”. This is a waterfall with natural pools formed by coca-cola color water. The reddish and transparent water is due to the decomposition of organic material of the plants and presence of iron compounds. These waterfalls are formed by waters that slip between rocks and crevices, and give rise to the Black Lake, the Engenho’s Waterfall, and to the pools – small wells perfect for swimming.
The Reserve is a long term restoration project by a local Brazilian visionary who is interested in offering a different approach to eco-travel and in rare wildlife type escapes. As said in the founder’s own words: ” This is my pet project which summarizes my life long passion for nature, conservation, community involvement with tourism, and leaving a reserve to be enjoyed by our future generations.”
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