NAME: pousada do Paturi
WHERE: Caburé, Maranhão
IN ENGLISH: no
PRICES ON THE WEBSITE: yes
LOCATION: between the river Preguiças and the Atlantic ocean.
THE BUILDING: two rows of chalets around a central patio and the dining room. The pousada is surrounded by sand in all directions, and during the windy season the staff of the pousada spends the day cleaning the sand from the patio.
THE ROOMS: bare and simple, with an electric fan and a bathroom (no hot water).
PRICES IN JUNE 2006: We paid R$75 the room, it was low season.
BREAKFAST: included in the price. Acceptable, given the extreme conditions and isolation of Caburé.
FOOD: the pousada has a restaurant where abundant food is prepared. Considering the limitations imposed by the lack of fresh vegetables, the restaurant provides an excellent chance to feast on freshly caught fish.
RECEPTION: very friendly. After a few days, we were treated as if we were part of the family.
OUR OPINION: those looking for luxury and comfort should not get anywhere near Caburé. For those after a remote place, far away from the world, where there are no computers, mobile phones or cars (only the pousadas’s 4-wheel drive), Caburé is an unbeatable place. The rooms are very simple and provide just the basics for a quiet rest. The luxury of Caburé is its location and landscapes. Nature at its purest. Paturi, the owner of the pousada, is a remarkable character, whose reputation is known throught the state of Maranhão.