About Us

Alison-McGowan-Casa-Florence-Hidden-Pousadas-BrazilHidden Pousadas Brazil evolved out of a passion for travelling and exploring Brazil off the beaten track. As I began stumbling across more and more uniquely beautiful inns, eco-lodges, guesthouses, b&bs and boutique hotels on my travels, I knew I had to share these hidden gems with other like-minded travellers, so they could also experience the beauty of Brazil away from mass tourism.

Pousada literally means 'place to stay' and there are thousands all over Brazil, ranging from the very simple to the extremely sophisticated and luxurious. 

With so many to choose from, we seek out the very best- the ones which meet our criteria of comfort, quality, personal service, charm, value for money and responsible tourism. All of the "Alison's Top Picks" that are here on Hidden Pousadas Brazil are places we have handpicked and personally visited, reviewed and photographed so you know you can both trust them and ask me anything about them. The ‘highly recommended’ and ‘recommended’ pousadas have a minimum respectively of 4.5 and 4 points out of 5 on TripAdvisor. 

We are always looking for interesting new places to stay, so please send us your recommendations. In the meantime I hope you enjoy the pleasures of pousada surfing as much as we do!

Um abraço,




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The team
Alison McGowan - CEO 

Alison is a travel writer and marketing professional with a particular interest in Brazilian history, culture and music. Responsible for researching and personally reviewing every pousada in the highly recommended special collection she is the guiding force behind the guide, and the person to talk to for any advice on where and when to go to Brazil.

Fola Odumosu - Marketing Director

Fola is a PR and communications expert based in London, with a shared passion for Brazil, culture, dance, travel writing and all things uniquely beautiful. She is responsible for communications and marketing for Hidden Pousadas Brazil and for spreading the word about all the wonderful places to stay on offer to travellers to Brazil.

Rosane Assef - Director Operations

Rosane is the power behind the throne- the person who ensures the office runs smoothly and manages all Alison's travel plans and visits to pousadas. Fluent in English, Spanish and Portuguese with a background in PR, Rosane brings efficiency, professionalism and an easy going good humour to the Hidden Pousadas team.
Angela Karlsson - Director

Angela is a photographer and individual travel consultant. Based in Spain she shares a passion and enthusiasm for Brazil and has been involved in the Hidden Pousadas project since the beginning. She has joined Alison on many of her expeditions using her life long knowledge of the travel business to make valuable contributions to the Hidden Pousadas Brazil experience.
Our philosophy and marketing
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At Hidden Pousadas Brazil we believe profoundly that the future lies not only in Brazil as an extraordinarily diverse and attractive destination, but in supporting the sustainable development of pousada businesses and tourism in Brazil. Sharing our knowledge of beautiful places to stay with international travellers, and promoting a more authentic Brazil alongside the better known clichês of sun, football, carnival and samba is important to us. To achieve this we believe in working collaboratively with like minded people and organisations, both governmental and non governmental; indeed all those who appreciate the true beauty of Brazil off the beaten track.



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Hidden Pousadas Brazil 

Email: alison@hiddenpousadasbrazil.com
Tel.: +55 21 981222000
Skype ID: florencerio

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