Reserva do Ibitipoca
Ibitipoca Reserve is an inspiring, ambitious 4000 hectare private preservation and sustainability initiative, aimed at the reforestation of native flora species and wildlife corridors.
The centrepiece is Fazenda do Engenho, one of Brazil’s finest small hotels. Dating from 1715, the traditional farmhouse was rebuilt from 2006 and has 8 sumptuous guest rooms, restaurant, Spa, sauna and hydro-massage pool. The stable has Mangalarga and Anglo-Arabian horses and guests set off on horseback, foot or 4 x 4 vehicle to explore the extraordinary natural surroundings of waterfalls and mountains.
Travel into authentic Brazilian history, disconnect, relax and indulge with rare levels of comfort, personal service, and delicious regional food. Ibitipoca is located 3½ hours north-west of Rio in Minas Gerais, also 2½ hours from Petropolis and São João del Rei and some 4 hours from Belo Horizonte.
The following other houses on the property are also available: Carlinhos (with the best 3 suites on the Reserve, 100m from main house – perfect for families / small groups of friends) and 2 Casas das Montanhas (Benjamin & Zico, higher up on the mountain side 2km from main house and 200m apart, offering even more privacy. These are small and simple mountain cottages with 2 suites, powered solely by alternative energy). There are no TV’s in rooms.
Traditional recipes prepared with organic ingredients served, from produce grown on the property. Depending on the occasion meals can be served in different areas of the reserve.
Daily activities include a morning yoga class and guided excursions on foot to explore the Reserve’s waterfalls, caves, and natural pools. Charged options include excellent riding and use of state-of-the-art electric bikes.
9th February 2017
New electric buggies.
Reserva do Ibitipoca is the proud owner of two brand new Polaris electric buggies. One takes two people and the other can accommodate four. They are being offered to guests to get around the reserva, with different prices for a short tour with a guide, or for all day use.
The Art Circuit.
The secret that Reserva do Ibitipoca has an awesome art and sculpture collection is out! Now Ibitipoca is proud to announce a new free art circuit walking excursion, conducted by a local guide. The open-air works of art are spread across the reserva, but are all within walking distance of the main fazenda. The tour takes 2 hours and the walking is of medium difficulty. The art tour can also be taken by jeep or on horseback for an extra charge.