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7 de April de 2016 0

:: (a) Brasil | *Beach | *Urban | Adventure | Art & Architecture | By Matueté | Hospitality | Insider | Matueté on the road

Planning a trip to Brazil isn’t an easy task, right?

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Dealing with seasonality is tricky, being a large country there are many different cultures, ecosystems and destinations that offer amazing nature and beach landscapes, but how to choose among so many options?

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That’s why we are launching a brand new section to our website. :)

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Answer a few quick questions and the website will  give you many different sample itineraries based on your replies.

This can be a fun and practical tool for a next trip in the country or to recommend to friends and family.

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Follow the link, explore our travel suggestions and get the inspiration you need to organize your visit to Brazil.

*Images by Matueté
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17 de September de 2015 0

:: (a) Brasil | Adventure | Brazil - Central-west Region | Insider | Matueté on the road | Nature

Today we have a special guest appearance in our social medias.

Elder Key Tateishi is part of our Operations team and a real expert when it comes to exploring Chapada dos Veadeiros, one of our country’s most amazing landscapes!

Thanks Key, we loved your destination tips. :)

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“It’s not a secret that Brazil has rich biodiversity, unexplored caves, surreal waterfalls… but can you imagine reaching them all in the same place?

Trust us: at Chapada dos Veadeiros everything is possible!

Very close to the Brazilian capital (Brasília), the picturesque village of São Jorge is the gateway to the Chapada dos Veadeiros National Park.

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The natural beauty of the place is already worth the visit in itsel, but combined with the instantaneous sense of well being, lots of inspiration and a twist of mysticism, makes the atmosphere even more  interesting.

The scenery is so breathtaking that you’ll find yourself in the middle of a savannah or even stepping into a rocky formation that looks exactly like the ground of the Moon.

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With over 80 catalogued waterfalls in the region, there are many trail options, allowing people of all ages and physical conditions to enjoy it.

And the best part is that Matueté offers an unique experience over there: the possibility of staying in a beautiful Villla with all the perks and privacy, as well as full activities program, such as yoga classes, massage, meditation and many more adventures.”

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To have all the details and access to Key’s coolest tips in Chapada dos Veadeiros, just contact us.

*Images by Ion David – Matueté
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21 de August de 2015 0

:: Insider | Matueté on the road

Last week, part of our team was in Las Vegas, checking out the the Virtuoso Travel Week, a traditional fair of the luxury tourism with the participation of key industry suppliers, in addition to several cool events and an amazing atmosphere!

It was the eighth edition of the event in which Matueté makes presence and our crew came back with lots of awards and fresh news from there …

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Among many highlights, its worth to mention the new technology tools to enhance the traveler experience and the focus on the Olympic Games in Rio next year.

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1472 appointments in 4 days; a real marathon, but the fair is so dynamic that you don’t even feel it! And the best part was to see almost all of our team being well rewarded in the sweepstakes held throughout the event, ensuring nice benefits for future adventures. Congratulations guys!

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We’ll keep all the pleasant memories, the new contacts, partnerships and cannot wait for the next edition! :)

 

 

 

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28 de June de 2012 0

:: Brazil - North Region | Culture & History | Matueté on the road | Nature

It is now exactly two years since I first accompanied guests to the Xingu Indian lands – an oasis of natural and cultural preservation of the Amazon – fulfilling a personal objective and dream.   See some of the pictures in the gallery to try to get a glimpse of what I was privileged to see!

The Xingu National Park, created 50 years ago by the pioneering efforts of the Villas Boas Brothers, is the home of around six thousand Indians of over thirty different tribes, who in varyingdegrees, still lead a culturally preserved way of life.   Matueté has formed a relationship with one of the most interesting of these tribes – the Kamayurá – and are now experimentally taking guests for a night or two with the Indians.

When I first visited, I was incredibly lucky to be there for one of the most beautiful of all their Ceremonies – the Jawari – or War Games.   In this incredible twelve hour party – two tribes ‘play-fight’ each other in various different games.  At the end of the Ceremony the men of one tribe dance with the women of the other tribe and then switch around, to make sure there are no hard feelings between them.   I can safely say that it was one of the most beautiful and moving rituals I have ever seen.

Taking people to visit culturally preserved tribes is a controversial topic in tourism.  Many argue that they should be left intact.   And we believe that those that still have not been contacted (and there are around 50 or so tribes like this in Brazil) should remain like this – and thankfully this the official government policy too.    But the Xingu peoples, have had regular contact with the white man for over 50 years.  And the temptations to abandon tribal life and move to the cities are almost irresistible, especially for the younger people.  How to prevent this is a foremost thought on any Xinguan Chief’s mind.  There are many demands from the members of the tribe for the Chief to provide them with some measure of modern comforts such as diesel for their motor-boats, radios, etc.

Our partnership with the Kamayurá tribe, aims to provide an important source of income (their other sources are selling jewellery or relying on donations) to the Indians to buy whatever cannot beproduced locally and they see as important for the tribe.     We are especially hopeful that this partnership will be successful and provide an interesting model for others, since the Chief of the Kamayurás understands well that Cultural preservation is possibly their most valuable asset.  Providing a revenue stream to reward this seems a good idea from everyone’s perspective.

Visitation fees are kept high, and go straight to the Indians, so as to bring a reasonable income from a very limited number of visitors.

If you would like to know more about the Xingu, don’t hesitate to contact me.

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26 de June de 2012 0

:: Culture & History | Matueté on the road | Nature | Uncategorized

The São José Mountain, around the historical site of Tiradentes, in Minas Gerais is a great place for those who love escaping the big city and immerse on nature.  Pedro Treacher, one of our team members recently discovered this paradise full of history on his last travel around Minas Gerais. He walked up hill on stone paths from the 18th century, when the region was one of the most important of the country due to the gold rush.  Take a look at some of the great pictures he took from the beautiful preserved nature around him!

If you want to know more about our tours in Minas Gerais take a look at our website: http://matuete.com/wpmatuete/places-to-visit/tiradentes

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