The SpaceIt has a kitchen with gas cooker, wood-fired clay stove, fridge, utensils, cutlery and tableware. Cable TV is available..
A roofed area for hammocks next to the House faces a large lawn with tall maple trees and space for a bonfire. The Historic House is recommended for families, children, friends, seniors and people with special needs. Guest Access3 Chalets, 3 Suites, Historic House,
Natural Food, Gold Trail, Royal Road,
Library, Cultural Place, Art,
Sauna, Waterfalls, Lake, Pound River, Mineral Water,
Mountain Climate, Tropical Forest, Rambling, Trekking,
Rapids and Natures Reserves, Pedra da Macela,
12 Km from Cunha, 33 Km from Parati.
Acces by Paved Road. Wi-fi.
Visa / Mastercard are accepted. Interaction with GuestsPousada dos Anjos is located precisely where colonial travellers along the Old Gold Trail from the coast made their first overnight stop so it’s full of exciting history. Used as a resting-place by the Guayana Indians (guaianazes in Portuguese) when on their own forest trail, the site was a waystation for slavers, muleteers and coffee barons from the 16th to the 19th century. In the 20th century the old house was a military hospital and a federal command post during the 1932 Constitutionalist Revolution.
The hotel nestles among cool mountain peaks about half-way between the cities of São Paulo and Rio. It’s only 12 km from the small town of Cunha and 33 km from Parati by (mostly) paved road. You can also go to Parati on foot straight downhill through the forest using the Old Gold Trail: it’s a 10 km trek. We’re close to some of the most beautiful ocean beaches, coves and islands in the Americas, with practically no biting insects. The Paraibuna river runs through Pousada dos Anjos, which is easy to find and accessible directly from the main road (more details on the exact location).
The grounds of Pousada dos Anjos comprise 363,000 square metres (about 36 hectares or 89 acres) of gardens and woodlands, with a pond, stream and waterfall, country trails, open pasture and a spectacular view at the end of a fairly long uphill ramble. Recent improvements include the addition of an artesian well, solar energy, a wood-fired dry sauna with deck, and a natural swimming pool with rocks and cascade.
The centrepiece of the hotel is a spacious lounge with fireplace and clay stove, home theatre, and collections of CDs and DVDs. The nextdoor Oca is an outhouse in the style of a traditional Indian round hut with a library of books on the arts, history and the environment. It can also be used for meetings, exhibitions, courses and group activities.
We have three chalets and three suites plus the Historic House, which is self-catering. Daily rates include a generous buffet breakfast-cum-brunch with healthy organic ingredients, served from 8.30 to midday. Other meals, snacks, soups, sorbets, ice creams, fruit juices and alcoholic drinks can be ordered.
Horseback riding tours with guide can be arranged, as well as cart rides and rambles to forest waterfalls, a nearby mountain peak called Pedra da Macela, the beautiful historic seaside village of Parati and the colonial Gold Trail, among others. Pousada dos Anjos is surrounded by tropical forest. Serra do Mar State Park is next door: it’s 20 km by unmade road to the warden’s office. Serra da Bocaina National Park is also nearby, over the border between São Paulo State and Rio de Janeiro State. The NeighborhoodThe municipality of Cunha has some 25,000 inhabitants and an area of 1,410 square kilometres, almost as large as São Paulo. Most of the people live in rural areas, which include three mountain ranges: Serra do Quebra-Cangalha, Serra da Bocaina and part of Serra do Mar (see Location). The town is 950 metres above sea level. Its upland landscape affords many spectacular views of rolling hills, soaring peaks and the rugged coastline with bays and archipelagos sparkling far below in bright sunshine or shrouded in dark clouds.
In the past, Cunha played an important economic and military role in Brazilian history because of its strategic location midway between São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro. The ancient Guayana Trail (see History) passed through the region, which in colonial times served as a gateway to the Paraíba Valley and a mountain pass through the steep escarpments of Serra do Mar and Serra da Mantiqueira that made it so hard for seafarers to strike inland or gold traders to reach the coast.
Today, however, the region’s economic engine is tourism. From Cunha, the visitor can easily reach other scenic areas such as the heritage town of Parati and the unrivalled island beaches of Angra dos Reis in Rio de Janeiro State. Other resorts and sightseeing attractions are available in nearby Ubatuba, São Luis do Paraitinga, Lagoinha, Guaratinguetá, Lorena, Silveiras, Areias and São José do Barreiro in São Paulo State.
Cunha has been a government-approved health resort (Estância Climática) since 1948 thanks to its relatively dry climate without extremes of temperature (see Location). It’s also a headwater protection area in recognition of the abundant forest cover and water sources, with mountain streams, waterfalls and rivers. The Paraibuna and Paraitinga rivers rise in the hills around Cunha, rushing down the mountainside in countless waterfalls and merging with other tributaries to form the mighty Paraíba do Sul, which is 1,120 kilometres long and flows into the sea near Campos in the north of Rio de Janeiro State. The source of the Paraibuna is near Pousada dos Anjos, in fact: its headwaters meander through the property, running on to form fine waterfalls, some of which are accessible, while others remain unexplored to this day.
The people of Cunha have preserved the muleteering tradition that forms such an important part of their rich cultural heritage. Trade with coastal settlements has been vital to the community throughout its history, joined more recently by subsistence farming and dairy production. The inhabitants’ outstanding hospitality and solidarity expresses a tradition of welcoming travellers who need a place to rest, eat and revictual. The community has been doing this in Cunha since the 16th century. Their religious practices are a blend of Catholicism with Amerindian, African and Sebastianist myths. They may seem reserved at first but soon open up, disclosing all the finery of their rural culture and ingenuous charm to the visitor who has sufficient patience to explore this unique and unspoiled microcosm, a time warp tucked away among mountains, mysteries and sagacity.
The various rural districts, including Aparição where Pousada dos Anjos is located, display a vibrant and surprisingly well-preserved popular culture. Depending on the time of year, the visitor can enjoy presentations of song and instrumental music by Folia de Reis players culminating at Epiphany (in January), traditional church processions, Afro-Brazilian dance and other festivities in honour of St Joseph (March) and St Benedict the Moor (April), Judas burning at Easter, Corpus Christi infiorata flower carpets and processions, the Holy Ghost Festival (July), rodeos at Festa do Peão Valente (August), and the festivities in honour of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception, Cunha’s patron saint (December). Many Afro-Brazilian social and religious dances can be seen at these festivals, including congada, moçambique and jongo, as well as cavalcades, novenas and other prayer rituals, often accompanied by accordions, Brazilian ten-string guitars (violas), tambourines, snare drums and tap dancing. Men, women and children wear colourful costumes with ribbons and sleigh bells on their ankles, waving flags and beating sticks like Morris dancers.
Cunha also has a Winter Festival (Festival de Inverno) in July with presentations of Brazilian popular music and jazz, and booths selling local dishes in the church square; a ceremony is held in July to commemorate the 1932 Constitutionalist Revolution ; and Carnival animates the streets in February. Other Things to NoteThe total area of the property is 89 acres (about 36 hectares). It has 3,000 metres of unpaved roads and paths starting from the weir beside the pond, small areas of secondary forest, fields and fine views from the highest spot at an altitude of about 1,400 metres. An orchard, chicken coop, apiary and kitchen garden help assure excellent cuisine.
All the water used by Pousada dos Anjos is mineral water from the Cubatão aquifer, drawn from a 186-metre well drilled into granite bedrock. Water quality is certified by Hidrolabor. The chalet on stilts (Palafita) is supplied by water from a conventional well. An old water wheel pumps water from the pond to irrigate the gardens and pasture. The highest building has a lightning conductor.
All chalets and suites have solar water heaters and heat insulation. Some have cable TV with DVD player. The mountain air is always cool and there is no need for air conditioning.
The electricity supply is 110V, three-phase, with new internal wiring and circuit breakers of first-class material. All chalets and suites have one 220V outlet.
There is no antenna coverage for conventional cellular phones but the hotel has a fixed cellular system (Ruralcel) for emergencies. Internal communications are via two-way radio (walkie-talkie).
The hotel has its own laundry, carpentry shop and computer system for routine services, with technical assistance provided by outside specialists for planning and appliance maintenance.
A small analogue photographic darkroom is available to develop and print black-and-white photographs. The hotel has a good digital workstation for internal use.
There is a compost heap for organic waste, which is mixed with cattle dung and processed by California redworm (Eisenia foetida). The compost is used as manure for the orchard and gardens. Night soil is treated by ecological septic tanks, enabling water reuse without environmental damage.