Annaliese Martindale was the lucky winner of the Brazil Holiday Promotion competition back in September last year. She, and her fellow traveller, Clare Everleigh, have recently returned from their holiday and had a wonderful time at the REGUA lodge, as an extract from her email confirms:
"My favourite place was definitely REGUA Lodge. We had it all to ourselves and were spoiled rotten from the moment we arrived. The views from our room overlooking the mountains and the Atlantic rainforest were honestly to die for. We kept pinching ourselves that it was for real. Nicholas Locke, and our guide Adilei, made sure that our days were filled with fun and variety. We went through the forest on horseback, we hiked the trails to a beautiful waterfall and we spotted numerous birds, a snake, puma tracks and a sloth – which made my day. When we were too tired to walk, we went out in the jeep for an exciting experience spotting birds and wildlife along the way. We had the most gorgeous home cooked food and, with large jugs of the local tipple: Caipirinha (made with hand picked limes) – we slept like babies. We would definitely recommend the Lodge as a fantastic place to stay and also the travel company who provided the best service we've ever had.
We have both come home inspired by Nicholas and the wonderful work being done by REGUA. We now know that it is possible to make a difference to the world and especially the rainforest, and we will definitely return to South America for more adventures and are considering voluntary work."