That Brazil is immense and beautiful everyone already knows. But that the countryside of Espírito Santo is wonderful, maybe it will be a surprise for you. After all, when talking about a Brazilian state bathed by the Atlantic Ocean, it is assumed that the beaches are the highlight. But do you want to know the truth? The city of Domingos Martins, where the State Parks of Pedra Azul and Forno Grande are located, is the big star with its natural pools, in addition to having an ultra romantic route called “Rota do Lagarto” that will leave you totally in love.
So let’s take it in parts. The first step is to choose a hotel as special as the region. And here’s a powerful tip. You know a place that exudes love everywhere? Flowery. Full of color. Illuminated. Elegant. Surrounded by greenery. Sophisticated. And at the foot of the immense monolith of Pedra Azul that can almost be touched from the balconies. This is the Pousada Rabo do Lagarto. For you to have a more accurate idea of what I’m talking about, let’s just say that it is considered one of the best inns in Brazil. It has only 17 suites. Each one with its own unique decoration. But, all of them super whimsical. I chose the Zermatt Suite for my 4-day stay and I recommend it. It has a fireplace for the coldest days (after all it is in the mountains, at over a thousand meters of altitude), a hot tub to relax after doing the many must-see trails in the region and a lacy canopy bed. Cozier than this? impossible!
Another fundamental point for this pandemic moment, which requires care and isolation, is that the inn follows the Safe & Clean protocols developed by the Circuito Elegante hotel team. This gives a lot of tranquility during the lodging. Havaianas sandals are kindly provided for you to leave your shoes outside; after guests enter the accommodation, no one else enters, there is no daily cleaning service (fantastic for this phase that will pass!); the buffet breakfast was replaced by a Happy Box, which comes sealed, and can be served at any time the guest wants. And so on. Very nice!
In terms of location, it couldn’t be more perfect. Pousada Rabo do Lagarto is located 100 kilometers from Vitória, at the entrance of the Romantic Route, a 7 km stretch full of craft shops, cafes and restaurants, which you can walk from the hotel. Without a car you can easily reach Marietta Delicatessen, Tuia Gastronomia e Arte, Taruira Food Truck, the Da Tutte Mani store … Walking a little further are the Alecrim and Dom Due restaurants. Very good!
If you do the trail, I recommend the Pedra Azul, with a 6 km extension (round trip) with a beautiful dip in the natural pools, and the Forno Grande, 3 km (round trip) with two waterfalls along the way, gazebo and natural pools. From the Gods!!!
Now I’m going to ask you a favor, don’t spread this secret.
XoXo and take care of yourselves. Avoid crowds. All this will soon pass!