The chalets and gazebo of the pousada

The pousada consists of five chalets, interspersed among the banana trees, coffee bushes, and large trees that make up the sítio. Connecting the chalets to each other, to the entrance and to the main trail, are a series of well-lit stone pathways. The chalets come in different sizes: The largest has two separate rooms, each with two beds, as well as a bathroom. The two medium-sized chalets have a double bed and a single bed and a bathroom, as well. The smallest two share a common bathroom located nearby, with one having a double bed and the other, two single beds. All the chalets come equipped with a workspace, plenty of light, and electrical outlets.

Included in the daily rate is a breakfast with bread, fruits, meat, cheese, coffee, juice, and, a specialty, home-made jams from various tropical fruits. Breakfast is served in a lovely gazebo with wonderful views of the vast sertão below. It's a terrific way to start the day.

Also available for purchase are homemade lasagna (if you'd like to avoid having to go into town to eat), beer, soft drinks, and water from a local spring. The pousada also offers pick-up and drop-off services, which can be arranged in advance.

Broad ridges of the Ibiapaba mountains along the winding road into the vast sertão below The view from cachoeira gavião (waterfall of the hawk) Some of the sitio's best spots

There is a short trail that leads to an incredible viewpoint, equal or better than any in the national park proper, on the edge of the sítio. From here you can see the broad ridges of the Ibiapaba mountains, Araticum and various other small towns, and an enormous expanse of sertão that extends all the way to the horizon. During the rainy season, clouds form over the sertão in the afternoon and it's possible to literally watch the making of a spectacular thunderstorm. (Just get back to your chalet before you get wet!) Walking along this short trail, it's common to encounter monkeys, frogs, and other fauna, as well.

Sete Cidades ("seven cities") National Park
The Pousada also offers day trips to several locations in the surrounding area: the Sete Cidades National Park, 130 km away (and much hotter and drier), famous for its unique rock formations and prehistoric paintings. Another particular favorite is the Cachoeira do Frade, a series of waterfalls 30 km from the sítio that many consider the most beautiful locale in the Ubajara area. There, depending on the season, you can swim, or, if you prefer, explore the lowest waterfall, to arrive at which involves using vines and sturdy tree roots to rapel down a small cliff!
The upper waterfalls of cachoeira do frade during the drier season
Upper part of the Cachoeira do Frade Lower waterfall at the Cachoeira do Frade, wet season
The same waterfall as above, drier season