There are 3 double en suite rooms that face the sea (beds for 6 - 8 people total), and a further single room on the other side of the house with a bathroom next door.
A fully equipped kitchen, a small library of CDs, DVDs and books, a selection of board games, snorkelling equipment (for 2), 2 double kayaks and 2 fishing rods.
During your stay guests can have their own boat and boatman / guide (English speaking) who’ll show you the best spots and beaches, take you to and show you around beautiful Paraty, and also organise shopping as and when you need.
The fridge is stocked on arrival with essentials. Energy in the house is provided by solar panels, with a diesel generator and battery bank in a separate building to the main house, and water is heated by solar panels.
For those that need to be connected, mobile phones do get a signal at the house, and there is wireless internet (though slow) via a 3G modem and router.
How to get to Cairucu
UK airport to Brazil – you can fly to either Rio de Janeiro or Sao Paulo airports. Paraty is in the state of Rio, 3 ½ hours from the city or 4 ½ from Sao Paulo. You can take a private transfer or bus from the central Rio bus terminal. Arriving in Paraty, your guide will meet you and then take a 10-15 minute boat journey from Paraty harbour to the house.
Things to do
• Private boat trips to explore the amazing Paraty bay, its beaches such as Praia Vermelho and Praia da Lula, snorkelling spots like Ilha do Mantimento, Ilha Comprida and Ilha dos Cocos, and favourite waterside restaurants Catimbau and Cheiro de Camarao.
• Paraty with its profusion of old colonial churches, boutiques, bars and restaurants - is on your door step and within 10-15 minutes you can be whisked there at any time of day. At night separate boat transfers must be organised at extra cost.
• You can swim from the house. The water is lovely and warm and often crystal clear. There are a lot of fish amongst the rocks right in front of the house, and if you are lucky you will also see starfish and even turtles and dolphins. There are 2 sets of snorkelling equipment in the house but if you love swimming/snorkelling we recommend you bring your own.
• The house is also wonderful for relaxing. Deckchairs and hammocks, a library of books and DVD’s. You’re located equal distance between charming Paraty and its stunning beaches.
• The kayaks (2 doubles incl large / medium life jackets) are great fun, another way to explore.
• There is a small path at the back of the house that a few locals use. You can walk to Praia do Baré - an excellent swimming beach for children – in 5 mins, the lovely Praia Vermelha is about a 40 minute walk in the other direction.
• Cachacaria Maria Izabel – straight across the bay Maria Izabel produces her award winning cachaca (sugar cane rum), visits and short tours can be arranged. http://www.mariaizabel.com.br/
• Other excursions from Paraty can be organised at extra cost. For example to visit nearby distillery’s (cachacarias) or a profusion of wonderful waterfalls (such as Tobogan) and beaches (Trindade, Camburi, Picinguaba, Fazenda, Felix to name but a few).
Full equipped kitchen, a small library of CDs, DVDs and books, board games, snorkelling equipment (for 2), 2 fishing rods, 2 double kayaks, hammocks.
When to go
Paraty is a year round destination with water temperatures ranging between 23 to 28 degrees Celsius.
• The ‘summer’ is the rainy season and also the hottest and busiest time of year. Between December and March it often rains at the end of the afternoon, freshening up the air. It’s rare to rain all day and for consecutive days. Paraty is cooler than the big cities due to its sea breezes and forests, and Casa Cairucu in turn is fresher than Paraty. Average temperatures 23-29 degrees.
• Sept to Nov is the mild season, where there are few people, warm weather and not too hot, rain possible as always in the Tropics.
• April - June is in many ways the best season with lovely weather, statistically very little rain, not so hot (22-28 degrees), and clear skies. Rain probability is at the lowest. Cool at night.
• July to August is so called winter, a bit cooler still, quite dry, and you need often a jumper at night. This is a good time for elderly people (that don’t like heat) but it is also a peak season for European families and honeymooners.
Remember this is a rainforest region - very green and beautiful - rain is part of the system.
New Year and Carnival are the busiest and most expensive time of the year in Brazil. Bookings well in advance are highly recommended.