Sunday, April 5, 2009

Touring Florianopolis

By Roy Heale
Although the Island of Florianopolis is relatively small it soon becomes apparent that there is a multitude of outdoor activities to enjoy here. From surfing to sailing, hiking, swimming in freshwater lagoons, cycling or fishing, there is never a dull moment here. With over 42 beaches---some say as many as one hundred---and mountains plus small fishing villages, exploring this island needs expert local advice to maximise your vacation.
Marta and Lesley from Brazil Ecojourneys are ready to assist you in planning the perfect visit which suits your own personal preferences for a vacation full of outdoor activities. For just over five years they have been helping travellers to plan the perfect time on their island paradise. From local Pousada accommodations to trekking in the mountains they know their island.
Their tours have included hiking in the Serra Geral mountain range, whale watching at Praia do Rosa, trekking, biking and rafting tours, train rides with a rainforest expedition and of course exploring the beaches and fishing villages not accessible by roads. But most importantly they will customise a tour to suit your own ideas for what makes the perfect holiday.
They are very knowledgeable and speak fluent English and Portugese which makes your Florianopolis adventure a guaranteed well-organised experience without any hassles or unpleasant surprises.
Head to Brazil and enjoy a vacation in the sun with spectacular sights and memories to take home.

Friday, April 3, 2009

A Writer's Dream

By Roy Heale
Imagine a week on the Brazilian coast at Florianopolis on Santa Catarina Island staying 100 yards from the beach, close to exquisite seafood restaurants, in a pousada with a swimming pool and amenities and all you have to do is write stories. Well that is all well and good until you are sitting in front of a blank screen on your laptop and it's time to work. The playing is easy but the work not so!
But the Pousada Natur Campeche is the ultimate place to escape from the frenzied world and enjoy a few days of total relaxation. With beautiful rooms, a multitude of choices and prices to suit any vacation budget, this truly is like running away to paradise.
The Pousada is so close to the beach that you can actually hear the waves at night time and see the stars and the moon from your patio. If you ever dreamed of paradise then this is it!
The island of Florianopolis has much to offer but Campeche is one of the most picturesqe places to sit on the beach, to enjoy Brazilian hospitality and great seafood. Until the recent International Surfing Championship events Campeche was relatively unknown, but this global recognition has not spoiled the natural scenery and friendliness of this small village.
At the gay-friendly Pousada Natur Campeche you will be welcomed by English speaking, helpful staff who will make your stay a perfect get-away from the hassles of everyday life. Nothing is too much trouble and they are experts on Florianopolis life.
The pousada offers many different styles of rooms, theme rooms, a swimming pool, spa and much more. Daily Buffet breakfasts are included and the masseur at the spa is highly recommended.
Whatever your reason may be for needing to escape the daily routines of a fast paced life, this is the place to be!
I even found time to write a few stories while I was enjoying the Santa Catarina and Campeche laid-back lifestyle.