Saco do Mamanguá, off the coast of Paraty, in Brazil is a unique geographical wonder. The only fjord of the Brazilian coast, the area is so secluded that it allows the visitor the rare chance to remain uncontacted for days – in a sort of paradisaical social media detox.
was curious to visit Saco do Mamanguá – an area of unique culture and pristine nature in Brazil. Due to its remote disposition and limited access – only reachable by boat from Paraty – the area is still relatively unknown to most travelers. Drawn to its seclusion I was prepared to be off the grid for 5 days.
My host, Paulo Nogara, a marine biologist and environmental hero of the region would pick me up at the nearest beach in Paraty Mirim – a former unofficial gold trading port in colonial times. As I waited under the tropical sun, with my backpack, alone in a tiny little beach I could see already there would be very little connection with the outside world during my stay.
The journey would take me through beautiful coastline until the moment I could have a first glimpse of the fjord – one’s alertness becomes fully connected in its magnificence.
Refúgio Mamanguá – an eco-lodge – would be my home for the next 5 days. Its 10 bohemian suites and spaces were deeply inspired by the local materials and the Caiçara culture in a nod to Paulo’s sustainable working ethos. The rooms are beautiful in their simplicity, with all affording views of the immense mountains and shores across the beach. Food is sourced locally and meals are full of exotic, flavorsome fruits, seafood and fresh fish – dinners are candlelight and are an experience apart.
The region is unique in its biodiversity – its shallow milky waters the canvas for luminescent zooplankton on new moon nights – an otherworldly experience that only happens in a few places around the world. My days were spent exploring the fjord, canoeing into the mangroves, meeting local people, swimming in warm waters under the rain and sharing stories. No beeps, no inbox messages, no phone calls…
It kept me thinking: often times almost everything will work again if you unplug it for a while. So it might just be the case with us – to disconnect from all of the virtual reality that surrounds us, to unplug… and reset back to our own nature.
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CREATED IN EXCLUSIVITY FOR TRAVEL DOSE BY FRANÇOIS CORREIA. PHOTOGRAPHY BY PAULO NOGARA
THIS STAY WAS MADE POSSIBLE THANKS TO REFÚGIO DO MAMANGUÁ.