Refugio Ecologico Pedra Afiada
This agreeable Ecolodge, Pedra Afiada, is set in large forested grounds with a dramatic location at the foot of the towering cliffs of Itaimbezinho Canyon, catering for nature lovers of all ages.
The 19 guest rooms and chalets, some in a separate building, with canyon or garden view are very comfortable with air conditioning and ventilator, bathroom, and terrace or veranda with a hammock. There’s a large restaurant for generous and tasty traditional Brazilian buffet meals, a sauna and plunge pool.
The accent here is on nature and ecology, and the many guided activities reflect this: go hiking along the river bed of a steep-sided canyon, mountain-biking, quad-bike explorations, and river swimming. One the extensive property itself is a “contemplation tower” from which you can enjoy mountain views and watch birds, a well-signed nature walk around the grounds, zip line and children’s playgrounds, although there is no pool.
It caters for families, couples and groups of friends, mainly Brazilians but it is very friendly and welcoming to all. The lodge can get busy with children in school holidays (Jan-Feb, July) but is otherwise quiet.
What our clients say
Most memorable was the approach toward the Falls on impossibly built metal walkways you could not have imagined the spectacle laid out before you. Our guide who sat on the prow of the boat and the atonishment as he leaped into the water distracting a Cayman and bringing it on board tightly held The view from the top looking down on Rio from the location of the Redemmer.AC, Saffron walden
Most memorable experience: "There are too many! looking down from Christ the Redeemer at sun set in Rio, using the local buses to get about town, sitting at an outdoor cafe on Ilha Grande and swimming in the natural pool outside of Paraty."ZB, London
Most Memorable Moment?: Trip to Mount Corcovado & Sugar Loaf but many memorable moments.MB, Bishop's stortford
Too many highlights - standing at the base of Christ the Redeemer, canoeing in the Amazon rainforest and sitting at the Cococabana Palace beach club on Cococabana beach........A fantastic holiday - thank you so much for organising everything I wanted and making my 2 weeks in Brazil so memorable.AL, London
Expert help in tailoring a holiday that took in the nature of the country (the Amazon), the cities (Manaus, Rio and Salvador) and the idyllic beaches of Bahia - all in a not overly rushed two weeks.DA, West Norwood
Highlights?: Getting wet at Iguazu on the boat trip. Cooking in Stella's home on Flavours of Bahia tour.JM, Glasgow
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