Minas Gerais

Comuna do Ibitipoca


An inspiring project

Set in a 5000-hectare private reserve three hours inland from Rio, Ibitopoca is an inspiring project where sustainability, conservation, rewilding, luxury, culture and art all meet.

The Fazenda do Engenho sits at its heart, the original farmhouse dating back to 1715 that was restored using exclusively reclaimed materials and furnishings, maintaining the property’s original character. The eight rooms are individually designed and are decorated with local handicrafts. Sink into a Victorian-style claw-foot bath or wash away the tension in a relaxing rain shower. There are also restored village houses dotted around the estate.

Settle in at Comuna do Ibitipoca for delicious meals prepared in the traditional kitchen. Most of the staff come from local villages, and you can be assured of a warm welcome and fresh ingredients.

Outside, explore the property and you’ll discover a sculpture garden of huge steel figures created by Californian artist Karen Cusolito. Marvel at them as you enjoy freshly-squeezed juices and snacks. There are also thundering waterfalls and swimming holes to cool off in in the surrounding hills.

There are many wildlife species to discover in the reserve's restored Atlantic woodland, including the critically endangered Muriqui monkey currently being introduced into the area with help from the project, alongside dozens of other enigmatic mammal and bird species.


At a glance

  • Eight suites in a converted 18th century farmhouse and private houses

  • Locally sourced fresh cuisine

  • Spa and Gym

  • Outdoor dining experiences

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    Horse-riding, jeep tours and electric bikes

    Some of the optional activities (which are charged for separately) include riding Mangalarga horses, going on jeep tours of the region, or exploring on electric bikes.

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    Guided walks

    Head out with a guide to discover some of the stunning waterfalls, caves and natural pools in the reserve.

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    Cooking classes

    In addition to enjoying the delicious dishes served in the restaurant, sign up for a class to learn how to create wonderful meals using the freshest local ingredients.

Community & Culture

Comuna do Ibitipoca is a holistic project that has people very much at its heart. A goal is to spread knowledge, values ​​and purpose with employees, guests, neighbours and the wider community, so that everyone can become allies for a more sustainable and conscious future. It leads by example, showing the community the value of preserving local culture and habitat, and sharing its benefits. As much produce is sourced from neighbouring communities as possible, as are most of the staff. Local culture is celebrated and tourism activities here, such as homestays and an dining experiences, are all interwoven with the region's traditions.


Ibitipoca places a heavy emphasis on conservation, sustainability and social projects. Surrounded by 4,000 hectares of conservation area, Comunda do Ibitipoca is helping to regenerate the area by reintroducing several species. The aim is for sustainable activities to prosper and for people to thrive alongside the environment. One of the goals is to get technology and modern life to exist alongside local cultures and traditions.


By preserving the local culture and a self-sustaining habitat, the hotel is leading by example. They produce their own food within the reserve, preserve biodiversity and are redeveloping the forest. Through all of this they aim to raise awareness of global environmental issues like climate change and the importance of reducing your carbon foorprint.

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