Probably the highlight of this trip was getting to stay at Furnas Lake Villas and meet the wonderful family that owns and runs it. The incredible property has been in Manuel's family for several generations and together with his wife and two daughters, they have created an eco oasis on the property with several Japanese cedar villas and a house. They serve incredible local food, they have bee hives for their own honey, fruit trees for jam, chickens for eggs and horses for riding. In the morning you can either have an enormous and delicious meal delivered to your villa or head to the main lodge for some espresso and your favourite breakfast foods. That evening they created a tasty fish cozido - a meal cooked inside the ground with geothermal heat!The second day Manuel took us in his old Land Rover (my all-time favourite vehicle) to the top of the nearby mountain on his land for views of the caldera the lake at Furnas and out to the ocean. Of course this worked up an appetite and we ate local cheese with local wine and fresh bread for our afternoon snack. I can't say enough about this property and Manuel's family and I suspect I'll be back to visit before too long :)
I also photographed this property for the travel blog the Perfect Hideaway and you can see more from that shoot HERE.