Reserva do Ibitipoca

Sample Itinerary—Brazilian Riches

Curated exclusively for National Geographic

Retreat to a historic haven in Brazil’s Minas Gerais region, where the Atlantic Forest converges with a fascinating quartzite landscape of caverns and canyons. Explore this hidden gem on foot or by horseback, bicycle, or 4x4; and venture off the property to discover traditional villages and the spectacular Ibitipoca State Park.

Your experience at the lodge will be tailored to your interests. The sample itinerary below was designed for National Geographic travelers and can be customized as you wish.

Highlights

  • Take a private tour of the sustainable farm and gardens, including a cheese-making demonstration and a nature walk, and cap your experience off with a private meal in a beautiful spot (National Geographic Exclusive).
  • Pop into the lodge kitchen to watch the chef prepare French-Brazilian fusion cuisine over a wood-fired stove, and then savor her incredible creations in the intimate dining room.
  • Take a tour of the outdoor art tucked into the woods and along the trails of the lodge’s idyllic grounds.
  • After an exhilarating day of hiking through a wonderland of tropical forests, waterfalls, and quartzite formations, unwind with a massage on the river’s edge.

Day 1—Arrive Minas Gerais, Brazil

Upon arrival, settle into your suite in the lodge’s restored 18th-century farmhouse. This afternoon, join a local guide on a walking tour of the outdoor art installations scattered across the property’s bucolic grounds. Then relax in the open-air hot tub and wood-heated sauna, enjoying panoramic views of the surrounding mountains. For dinner, savor the French-trained chef’s regional specialties fired up on the lodge’s wood-burning stove.

Day 2—Hawk Stone Hike

Greet the day with breakfast and yoga. Then head into the forest for a steep climb along a stone trail to the top of neighboring mount Pedra do Gavião—or Hawk Stone—which reaches skyward nearly 5,000 feet. From here, enjoy incredible views of Ibitipoca State Park. Descend via the Garden of Bromeliads, the Cave of the Rising Sun, and the Tree of the Seven Cowboys, where you can step inside a massive hollow trunk. Back at the lodge, refresh your body with a luxurious spa treatment in a centuries-old barn, followed by a soak in the outdoor heated stone hydro-massage bath. Sit down to a gourmet meal in the intimate dining room, or arrange for an unforgettable dinner in a secluded spot on the reserve.

Day 3—Farm to Table

After breakfast, set off on a farm-to-table tour, exclusively available to National Geographic travelers. Visit the lodge garden and farm with a guide to learn about sustainable agricultural methods, get a lesson in making local cheese, and even milk a goat or cow if you wish. Find out about the lodge’s holistic approach to agroforestry on a nature walk, and cap off the tour with a private catered meal in a special place. Later, venture into the Gruta das Andorinhas, or Swallow Cave—a 100-foot-long grotto illuminated by a large skylight that leads to a dazzling waterfall. Depart this afternoon.

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