Reserva do Ibitipoca
There was, and still is, a commitment to conserving and extending Brazil’s Ibitipoca State Park, famous for its landscape full of waterfalls, peaks, springs, caves and rare wildlife. Today, there’s an unmistakable, quiet luxury born of simplicity, in the former headquarters of the Engenho Farm.
Tucked away on a secluded private reserve filled with diverse biomes, natural landscapes and forests, Reserva do Ibitipoca spans over 5,000 hectares, over 12,000 acres, near Brazil’s Ibitipoca State Park.
With a rich biodiversity, Ibitipoca has an ambitious sustainable mission to reintroduce native fauna, flora, and reforestation to the region over the past 40 years. In the area, there 350 species of birds and 266 species of plants-184 of these are flowers and 32 are orchids.
The main house of the eighteenth century fazenda, a Brazilian farmhouse, offers eight (8) sumptuous guest rooms in the main guesthouse each designed for couples and nature enthusiasts, in addition to a three (3) bedroom home designed for families and small groups. Each suite features a unique décor with local artisanal and colonial touches, king-size bed, Egyptian cotton sheets, and bathrooms with warming floor and a deep-soaking marble bathtub. Although there are no televisions, there are quaint shuttered-windows that bring the elements of nature inside.
Restored in 2013, the Carlinhos House boasts three well-appointed suites with the largest, approximately 70 meters, faces the breathtaking Hawk’s Rock. Just 100 meters away from the main house, each suite accommodates one rollaway bed and Wi-Fi is available in all the houses.
Decorated with mineiro art, the home includes a full-kitchen, living room, balcony and outdoor bathtub and designed for families or small groups who seek more privacy. Carlinhos House is designated for families with children younger than ten (10) years old.
Featuring an all-inclusive savory farm-to-table concept and an evolving menu based on traditional Brazilian cuisine, home-made recipes, and the seasonality of the freshest produce up to 60% that is grown on the reserve. Breakfast at Ibitipoca highlights the simplicity of Brazilian cuisine from warm corn bread, cheese bread, homemade cakes, donuts, cookies, farm eggs, strong coffee, fresh milk from local cows and goats. Lunch is served from a wood burning stove while dinner can be arranged at Engenho’s restaurant or in a private place, underneath a century-old Jabuticabeira tree, or throughout the estate. Plates brim with warm corn bread, roast suckling pig, jerk chicken, lemon mousse and regional fruit salads.
The essence of Reserva do Ibitipoca is to connect guests with nature and the simplicities of life. There are ten waterfalls and five caves tucked away on the property. Days are spent visiting the community of Mogol, trekking around the state park, venturing into Swallow Canyon, sliding down the rocks to the Golden Spoon Waterfall, bird-watching, taking cooking classes, visiting quaint colonial towns in Minas Gerais and more.
Additional activities include:
- Horseback riding with a stable onsite
- Private guided tour by foot, 4x4, or bike
- Visiting sculptures throughout the property
- Excursions to Inhotim Foundation-the largest outdoor contemporary art museum (a 3-hour drive or a private helicopter can be arranged)
- Visit the community of Mogol
- Visit to Boa Vista Farm with catered lunch
- Hiking to the Swallow Canyon and the Golden Spoon Waterfall
- Visit the Muriqui Sanctuary in Caratinga
- A two-day long trek around the Ibitipoca State Park
- Visit to the Ibitipoca State Park and the Village of Conceição do Ibitipoca
The spa is a place of tranquility connecting guests with nature and harmony located in a converted barn spanning 2690 sq. ft. Guests can indulge in a variety of relaxing massages combining Eastern and Western techniques using customized essential vegetable oils made from herbs, plants and essences that are harvested on the reserve. Yoga and meditation sessions are offered with views overlooking the vista of lush forests and Hawk mountain.
Ibitipoca is deeply rooted in social activism in addition to environmental sustainability. Its team are natives to the region while providing continuing education to over 200 people in nearby villages from English to Computer courses while participating in a number of community councils, NGOs and advocating for the community.
Reserva do Ibitipoca
Fazenda do Engenho S/N|Conceição do Ibitipoca
Lima Duarte – MG
Tel: +55 32 99840-3200