All writers know that solitude can be hard to come by. Sometimes the rarest and most difficult task in the world is simply finding a bit of peace and a quiet space to focus. Here in Serrinha, I found that in spades.
Coming from Los Angeles to work on a movie script, the discovery of this tranquil abode (quite literally tucked in the jungle like an enchanted painting) has been unspeakably good to me. There isn't a lot to do in Serrinha besides hike, swim in the waterfalls, see nature, read and write...but if you're anything like me, you're probably thinking that sounds like heaven. It is at least a good slice of it. I had the pleasure of staying at George's other Airbnb in Barre de Guaratiba, which was marvelous, but when he told me about this rural cottage I felt summoned to it. There's a special stillness in the forests at night — full moon and stars lighting up the trees with a mystical glow. It's a place to think, to dream, to breath deep and enjoy the taste of thick, pure oxygen. The smell of the forest after a light rain is almost emotional here: earthy, sweet, and (for me) too healing to be soon forgotten.
Would recommend for both short or long stays. Fits 4-5 people comfortably.
Note for Westerners: there's a gem of a gentleman named Carlos who works on the land and speaks great English. He was very gracious and accommodating.