A great green getaway: HI Cata Vento Brazil

Life slows down immediately when entering the gates of HI Cata Vento Hostel in Brazil! Located in Alto Paraíso, “the high paradise”, that is actually among the first approved Brazilian model cities for sustainability, HI Cata Vento is a pioneer hostel for sustainable tourism. Alto Paraíso is one of the most famous touristic destinations in Brazil. Situated in the center of the country, it is 250km away from Brasilia and it takes almost 3 hours to get there by car.

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A glimpse of the common area with kitchen seen from the campsite. Picture by @elvismpinheiro

The hostel is situated on a lush, green hill providing relaxing surroundings during daytime, and magnificent star gazing view in the night time. Those pitching a tent among the many trees on the hostel’s campsite  may even get a glimpse of the rare, local birds such as the tocano or the arara.

 Food for thought

Make sure to set aside enough time to enjoy your “café da manhã” (breakfast) at HI Cata Vento! Being conscious about their carbon footprint as well as their local community, the hostel serves only vegetarian food that is either home made or from local farmers and fruit trees.

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Guests can start their day with home made bread, cakes and yoghurt, the famous “pao de queijo” and fruits, jams and juices made from the local, surrounding fruit trees. Picture by @elvismpinheiro

Ivan and Julia -the managers of the hostel- make sure to recycle all the waste that can be recycled, and it adds up to 90 per cent, leaving only toilet paper aside.

Strengthening ties with the local community

In line with Hostelling International‘s core values, HI Cata Vento collaborates closely with its neighbours and the further local community. In addition to selling local products, the hostel also provides ready made dishes from local restaurants, a win-win situation.

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HI Cata Vento Hostel invites you to lower your shoulders and enjoy life surrounded by beautiful nature. Picture by @elvismpinheiro

Julia and Ivan have also created a WhatsApp group with their neighbours. They started this group by knocking on the neighbours’ doors and offering them to join in. Now they use it to lend each other things, invite each other to events or even fixing things such as street lights when needed. They also have used the group to quickly mobilize enough manpower to extinguish a local forest fire.

Wishing for solar panels and bio toilets 

As Ivan and Julia are the temporary managers, not owners of the hostel, they unfortunately had to let down some sustainable ideas that they would like to implement. If they were to continue to run the hostel, their first investments would be solar panels and bio toilets. But even without these investments, HI Cata Vento Hostel is still a sustainable paradise for those who want to discover the “greenest” Brazil!

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The garden trees of HI Cata Vento Hostel provide part of the fruit used for the breakfast. Picture by @elvismpinheiro

A paradise for nature lovers

Staying at HI Cata Vento also provides you with the opportunity to explore many of its surrounding waterfalls. The excursions range from 2km – 40km and you can find information on all of them displayed in the reception area, the staff are also more than happy to help tourists to a unique experience of the beautiful waterfalls.

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Cachoeira dos Cristais (Glass Waterfall) is just 8km away from HI Catavento and it is easily accesible by walk. Picture by Os Rúpias

Article written by Kaja Knutsdotter Fjørtoft and Michael Aune Øseth

One thought on “A great green getaway: HI Cata Vento Brazil

  1. Speachless! Hard to say anything after all this beautiful words. Thank you so much for that and for the days you had spend with us at Catavento Hostel. You will be always welcome to your home in Brazil. Big hug for you with a lot of love included. ❤

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