Having recently returned from my holiday to Brazil, I wanted to share the new places I discovered and the amazing whale sightings.

Having flown into Sao Paulo, we were transferred the 2 and a half hours to Fazenda Catucaba. This is an old building dating from the 1850’s that was formerly a coffee farm and has been converted into a comfortable boutique property. There are 5 villas spread out around the Fazenda, the property includes an organic farm, swimming pool, fantastic horse riding, rivers, lakes and rolling hills covered with Atlantic Rainforest. Fazenda Catucaba offers relaxation, outdoor adventure and great service, located close to the coast and a few hours from both Rio and Sao Paulo.

We then flew south to Florianopolis and drove just over an hour to Praia do Rosa (pink beach). This area offers stunning beaches, great surfing and during the season whale watching. The southern right whales travel along the coast, often with their calves, between July and November where you are almost guaranteed to see these huge cetaceans that reach up to 17 meters in length.

Finally I flew up to Rio de Janeiro, passing Maracana football stadium where they will be holding the 2014 world football cup and seeing where they will be building the 2016 Olympic Stadium. We headed to the Private Reserve of Ibitipoca, where they have an ambitious programme of reforestation of native flora and planting a wildlife corridor.

The centre piece is the Fazenda do Engenho, dating from 1715, the traditional farmhouse has been rebuilt creating 8 sumptuous guest rooms. Fazenda do Engenho offers a choice of relaxing or adventurous activities including; horse riding on Anglo-Arabian horses, 4×4 trips, explore on foot the natural waterfalls and mountains or relax and enjoy the spa, sauna and hydro-massage pool.

I visited such a tiny part of Brazil, the fifth largest country in the world, that offers so many sights and sounds – I must return soon as I only scrapped the service of this amazing country.

For more information about planning your own holiday to Brazil, contact the Latin America team, who specialise in tailor made holidays to Brazil, on 01285 885 333.