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A Window to the Past: Pirenópolis, Brazil, Joins the whl.travel Network

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  • 3 October 2012

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The colonial mining centre of Pirenópolis is found in the shadow of the Pireneus Mountains at the centre of the Brazilian state of Goiás. A well-preserved 18th-century architectural gem, the historical town offers travellers unique insight into Brazil’s days of yore, with quartzite-stone cobbled streets, picturesque churches, old colonial mansions and museums to provide all the essential back story.

Horsemen in Pirenopolis, Brazil, wearing medieval costumes representing Moors and Christians

The traditional celebration of Festa do Divino Espírito Santo (Divine Spirit Festival) is famous worldwide. It occurs 45 days after Easter and attracts thousands of visitors keen to celebrate the medieval victory of Iberian Christian knights over the Moors. The Cavalhadas, one part of the festival, is a grand recreation of a battle fought by Charlemagne. Horsemen in medieval costumes representing Moors and Christians put on a great three-day show.

Whether in festival high season or slower times of year, Pirenópolis has plenty with which to keep travellers busy, not the least of which are its tranquil surroundings, which include well-known and stunning waterfalls and the Almas River that cuts through the region’s dramatic mountain scenery. Along the banks of the river as well as throughout the Cerrado – a tropical savannah that is one of the oldest biomes on the planet – nature enthusiasts will find a marvel of biodiversity.

Back in Pirenópolis, which is registered on Brazil’s National Heritage list, a host of nooks and crannies beg for exploration. Much more plain for all to see are the town’s lively events, like the Cavalhadas, a ritual and celebratory reenactment of a battle between the Moors and the Christians under Charlemagne.

A restaurant in Pirenópolis, Brazil

In and around Pirenópolis are a number of fine restaurants, coffee shops and bars serving local and international dining options for all types of budgets

There are also plenty of Pirenópolis hotels, from charming traditional posadas to more sophisticated lodgings. Like the Pousada Arvoredo, which utilises solar energy and has a system for recycling and waste management in place, many of these establishments are taking measures to improve the sustainability of this emerging city. Guests are more than welcome to take part in any of these processes.

As the newest addition to the whl.travel network in Brazil, www.pirenopolis.com brings the Pirenópolis Reservation Center to the world. Camilla Lelis, General Manager, describes the team’s sentiments about joining the network as follows: “We are happy to work with whl.travel, for the constant assistance provided by the staff and the possibility of reaching international audiences. We were in need of an international initiative related to online reservations, and now we are managing to successfully share the site with more travelers. We appreciate the partnership!”

The Pirenópolis Web portal brings to travellers the great Brazilian state of Goiás.

A butterfly typical of the nature around Pirenópolis, Brazil

After escaping into the beautiful nature surrounding Pirenópolis, guests can get up close and personal with the local fauna

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Uma janela para o passado: A cidade de Pirenópolis se associa à rede whl.travel

O centro da mineração colonial de Pirenópolis é encontrado na sombra das montanhas dos Pireneus, no centro do estado de Goiás. Uma bem preservada jóia arquitetônica do século 18, a cidade histórica oferece aos viajantes uma visão única sobre os dias do Brasil de outrora, com ruas de pedra, igrejas pitorescas, antigas mansões coloniais e museus para contar toda a sua história.

Travellers enjoy a dip at a waterfall near Pirenópolis, Brazil.

Travellers can enjoy a refreshing dip in one of the many waterfalls surrounding Pirenópolis. Here in Brazil’s heart, guests can be a part of the environment and enjoy white, sandy beaches with pristine water in complete comfort and safety.

Seja na época das festas e festivais ou na baixa temporada do ano, Pirenópolis tem muitas opções para manter os visitantes ocupados, não menos do que seu ambiente tranquilo, que inclue cachoeiras deslumbrantes e o conhecido Rio das Almas, que corta a paisagem montanhosa da região. Ao longo das margens do rio, bem como em todo o Cerrado – a savana tropical, que é um dos mais antigos biomas do planeta – os entusiastas da natureza encontrarão a maravilha da biodiversidade.

Pirenópolis, que está registrada como um Património Nacional, tem uma série de cantos e recantos pedindo para serem explorados pelos visitantes. Há também vários eventos que animam a cidade, como a Cavalhada, um ritual de celebração e encenação de uma batalha entre mouros e cristãos.

Há vários tipos de acomodações em Pirenópolis, de tradicionais e encantadoras posadas até hotéis mais sofisticados. Como a Pousada Arvoredo, que utiliza energia solar e tem um sistema de reciclagem e gestão de resíduos. Muitos destes hotéis e pousadas tomam medidas para contribuir com a sustentabilidade desta pequena cidade. Os hóspedes são mais do que bem-vindos para participar de qualquer um desses processos.

Como a mais nova adição à rede whl.travel no Brasil, www.pirenopolis.com traz a Central de Reservas Pirenópolis para o mundo. Camilla Lelis, administradora do website, descreve sentimentos da equipe sobre a adesão à rede da seguinte forma: “Estamos felizes em trabalhar com whl.travel, para a assistência constante fornecida pelo pessoal e a possibilidade de alcançar o público internacional. Estávamos precisando de uma iniciativa internacional relacionada com reservas on-line, e agora estamos conseguindo com sucesso compartilhar o site com mais viajantes. Agradecemos a parceria!”

O portal de Pirenópolis leva aos viajantes o grande brasileiro de Goiás.

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