Brazilian Travel – The Art of the Pousada

The inlet at Aguas Belos.

The inlet at Aguas Belos.

Being that I came back from my trip to Brazil ages ago; I would say that this story was long overdue!

So what is a pousada? A pousada is basically an inn or a bed and breakfast. A privately owned small hotel. The interesting thing about Brazil is that regulations are pretty lax so if you have some money and a good location then you can quickly find yourself as a owner.

If you are traveling in the northeast and you want to venture beyond the major cities, staying in a pousada is your only choice. Hiltons and Holiday Inns do not exist beyond the major cities. So to experience the stress free towns with beautiful beaches; one must roll the dice and find accommodations.

As one can imagine, your experiences will vary. I have stayed in some that were top notch while others were hampered by poor management or poor decision making. Some had great food options and some seemed to be under construction while we were guests. Nothing beats hearing the sounds of hammers while you are trying to relax.

My last trip to Brazil, I believe I stumbled upon two of the best in Ceara. They were in two opposite ends of the state of Ceara and they were complete opposites in scale. Yet, the two owners shared a lot in common.

Both firmly understood presentation. Both were owned by artistic individuals. The smaller pousada was filled with handcrafted items and the walls were adorned with vibrant colors. The vibe was very casual and you felt at ease on the property. The larger pousada was owned by an artist from Spain. He turned his property into a mini gallery and the property was adorned with fine works of art.

The second thing that both set of owners understood was that they are in the hospitality business. So they worked hard to ensure that the guests felt comfortable and cared for. The owners of Encontro das Aguas frequently chatted with us and one night they decided to drive to the neighboring town. So they invited us out and drove us into town to eat pizza with them. So we not only stayed with them…we made a new set of friends who we will visit again for sure!

To the South!

Aguas Belos is a small coastal town south of Fortaleza. This is the home of Pousada Encontro das Aguas. The pousada is located right in one of the town squares so there always are groups of the residents sitting at tables talking and enjoying a beer or two.

Across the street is a beautiful inlet and beyond that is the scenic beach. We fished for a while and enjoyed the natural beauty. The area also has the more common things to do in Ceara such as taking a tour on the dune buggies. To be honest, I enjoy sitting with a few local fishermen compared to driving around the dunes but riding in the buggies is very popular in the northeast. The locals were friendly and one guy helped us undue the mess in our handline rig.

If you are looking to visit an area in which you will not be hounded by vendors and that offers a peaceful stay then this town is what you are looking for.

This is Encontro das Aguas:


The path along the bungalows.


The pool!

The breakfast dining area.

The breakfast dining area.

More than just owners! ...Friends!

More than just owners! …Friends!

To the North!

Ahhhhhhhhhh Lagoinha! Being a surfer, I am more partial to the northern beaches such as Paracuru and Lagoinha. This town offers the same hassle free beaches and relaxation along with fun surf spots and kiteboarding.

Pousada do Sol is a grand pousada and even has a very large resort styled restaurant and pool bar in the front area. But it is the house itself that makes the difference.

The building is adorned with artistic creations from the owner and the inside is almost like an art gallery. His creations are A+ and I felt tinges of jealousy looking at how he incorporated artwork into his landscaping. His pencil idea was a huge hit to me.

Here is Pousada do Sol:



Pousada do Sol!

Pousada do Sol

The art work

The art work

Dining area

Dining area

The pencils! Great idea!

The pencils! Great idea!

Contact Information

For Pousada Encontro das Aguas:

Or visit there Facebook page!

For Pousada do Sol:

If you visit Ceara state…Check them out!


About 1stpeaksteve

Welcome to The Side Wedge! The Side Wedge is a product of the journey through life of Steve Zima. Former professional surfer, a writer, surf coach, and hospitality manager. This is a collection of travel tips, motivation, and stories from my past. Finally, I offer surf coaching through The Side Wedge. Please feel free to contact me with questions if you want to improve your performance today! Thanks for reading!
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