twenty native trees were planted as a result of working in collaboration with the Environmental Agency. The house itself was designed to be naturally light and cool with a passive air system to let hot air circulate out.
‘Reached only by sea, Casa Cairucu is the perfect destination for those looking to unwind, with an enchanting rainforest and mountainous backdrop. With pristine beaches where guests can involve themselves in kayaking, paddle boarding and more’
- Bay side beach house that sleeps 2-8 people
- Spectacular forested mountain views
- Pristine white sand local beaches to explore
- Delicious Brazilian dishes & organic produce
- Wild food forest foraging tours to engage in
- Yoga classes & watersport activities to enjoy
- Unique guided bird watching tours available
- On-site composting to reduce waste
- Private boatman & housekeeper/cook included
- Children welcome
- Check-in: Before 4:00pm
Minimum stay: 3 nights
Equivalent price per night: From $607 USD
Recognized as a National Historic Site since 1966, Paraty has a preserved colonial center, treating visitors to quirky views and cobbled streets blended with the natural beauty of its surrounding mountains. Guests can immerse themselves in traditional Brazilian culture, visit the local fishing communities and get involved in activities such as hiking, kayaking, paddle boarding and yoga. Places of interest nearby:
- Igreja de Santa Rita (Capela de Santa Rita) – The oldest of Paraty’s churches, 15-20 min boat ride
- Bocaina National Park – extends into both Rio de Janeiro & Sao Paulo states
- Jabaquara Mangroves, 15- 20 min boat ride
- Saco do Mamanguá –Protected area, 45 min – 1h drive (17km)
- Praia Grande – Bustling fishing municipality, 1h 15 min drive (74km)
- Graúna Mountain Region, 30 min drive (22.4km)
- Tarzan, Tobogã, Poços do Penha and Poço das Andorinhas – Natural waterfalls
- Trindade – beach town with incredible unspoiled beaches (30km)
Casa Cairucu is located in UNESCO World Heritage site Paraty, footsteps away from the serene waters of Paratay Bay, south of the lively city of Rio de Janeiro on the picturesque Brazilian coastline. The peaceful house is surrounded by an undisturbed rainforest and bordered by mountains.
- Distance to airport: Rio de Janeiro Airport, 4h drive (263km)
- Key attraction: Parque Nacional da Serra da Bocaina, 1h drive
- Nearby Restaurant: local restaurants open for lunch only in Paraty (such as Banana da Terra, Punto Divino), 15-20 min boat ride
As part of what we do here at Kiwano we advise hotels that don’t meet the criteria on how they can reach the renowned Kiwano seal of approval, sharing knowledge; working tirelessly to get more hotels inspired to join the green movement.
ArchitectureCasa Cairucu was built with the aim of minimising damage to the local environment, with only two non-native shrubs being removed during construction. And after construction, more than...
WaterAll of the house’s water derives from a nearby spring, including drinking water, which is filtered on site, bottled and stored in the fridge so that single-use plastic bottles are not necessary...Read More >>
The showers are low volume mixers with low pressure to minimise water wastage. Toilets are dual flush to use only the necessary amount of water.
EnergyThe water is heated through solar panel energy with a backup boiler only resorted to in prolonged cold weather. All of the lights in the house are environmentally friendly...Read More >>
using LED bulbs that emit less heat than normal lightbulbs.
Engage GuestsGuests are encouraged to visit Fazenda Bananal during their visit, which is a local educational farm where visitors can learn about sustainability and local history. There is also the opportunity to...Read More >>
partake in activities such as bird watching and sampling the menu at their farm to table restaurant. Guests are also encouraged to minimise their water use during their stay.
WasteTo reduce the amount of waste transported to Paraty, the kitchen composts unused food and single-use plastics are avoided as much as possible.
FoodThe kitchen sources organic produce as a priority, with the aim of improving the proportion of organic food with each shop.
ConservationThe house sits within an area of Environmental Protection (the APA Cairucu), aiming to blend in with surroundings and improve the environment.
HousekeepingAll cleaning is done using only biodegradable products that have a minimal impact on the environment. Guests are also offered biodegradable soap and shampoo combinations.
Kiwano BonusCasa Cairucu is currently working on this criteria, watch this space!
"Stylish eco-lodge in a gorgeous location "
Casa Cairucu is a stylish eco-lodge in a gorgeous location on the Bay of Paraty. It's wonderfully low key - with the only access is by boat making it a perfect place to chill out, lounge in a hammock and watch the fishing boats, turtles and incredible bird life.
Dan, Facebook Reviews
"A little touch of paradise on the edge of the bay"
We were looking for rest and relaxation and that is exactly what we found. This is a special place. The location - on the edge of the water and looking over towards the hills behind Paraty - is stunning. The facilities fantastic - we took full advantage of the kayaks and SUPs to spot Turtles.
"Most wonderful time"
The house itself is beautiful, a great outdoor space for relaxing in and has everything you could need for a comfortable stay. Adriana created tasty dinners for us and we were left to enjoy the peace and tranquillity of the house in the evenings. This place is for you if you enjoy watching hummingbirds in a flower-filled garden and relaxing - enjoy!!
Tiffany, Facebook Reviews
"A bit of paradise on Earth"
Imagine you close your eyes for a moment. When you open them, you are chilling out in a hammock, watching the pristine water of the sea right in front of you. Everything in silence, with a good caipirinha/lemonade on hand.
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