Azul Brazilian Airlines runs regular flights into Presidente Itamar Franco Airport (IZA, commonly referred to as Zona da Mata Regional Airport) outside the town of Juiz de Fora. The journey from the airport to Reserva do Ibitipoca takes about two hours, with the final stretch on dirt roads. Transfers can be arranged by the lodge. There is a helicopter pad and a 2,950-foot (900-meter) landing strip on site. The lodge is also equipped with a 900-meter/2,950-foot airstrip that can accommodate small aircraft (up to nine seats).
Two of Brazil’s largest cities are within a day's (or morning’s) drive, and the capital of the state of Minas Gerais, Belo Horizonte, is a 4-hour drive north. The closest major city is Rio de Janeiro, 175 miles (280 kilometers) to the southeast. The drive via Juiz de Fora and Lima Duarte takes about 3.5 hours. The lodge be reached from Saõ Paulo in about 7 hours—a 310-mile/500-kilometer drive route that passes through Caxambu and Lima Duarte.
Reserva do Ibitipoca is located in a remote area with no immediate access to a pharmacy, bank, or ATM. Guests should bring all needed prescriptions and medications as well as currency to cover incidentals. There is no cell service at the property, but a landline and Wi-fi internet are available.
Guests with limited mobility may not be able to take part in some of the hiking and horseback riding outings, but a Land Rover and driver are available to assist with transfers and some excursions.
This part of the Atlantic Forest has a high altitude tropical climate and temperatures remain mild throughout the year, with highs most often ranging from 68 to 80°F (20 to 27°C) and lows ranging from 54 to 64°F (15 to 18°C). From November through January, the region sees austral summer rains and high humidity (which helps foster the tropical plant life here). June through September are drier and cooler.
The essentials for a stay at Reserva do Ibitipoca are comfortable, lightweight clothing for excursions; good shoes for walks and hikes; a bathing suit; protection from the sun; and warmer layers for the evening.
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