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About Us

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The origins of the Tumbira community go back to the Seu Garrido shipyard, which was one of the main figures in our region. Seu Garrido, a man of vision, already knew that education was the only path to development. As there were no schools, he hired private tutors for his family, and most of his daughters became teachers. The community was only formed in 1986, when people living around it moved to live closer to the school, and so it became a community. Seu Garrido is considered largely responsible for spreading the art of working with wood in our region, employing and teaching many people. Seu Garrido also felt, seeing the beauties around him, that the future of the community would be tourism, and he set about building a large house, which has now been renovated and transformed into Pousada do Garrido. 

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Pousada do Garrido is managed by Nádia, his daughter, and Roberto, his son-in-law. If before the figure of Seu Garrido was the highlight, today the great leader of the community is Roberto. A former logger, Roberto is an example of the change in attitude. In the past, he felled trees out of necessity, without being aware of it, today he is an advocate of conservation. Besides, he knows the forest like no one else, and his charisma and attention to people delight everyone.

In 2008 our community became part of the newly created Rio Negro Sustainable Development Reserve. There was still no electricity here, which only arrived in 2011. A lot has happened since then, and our community has shown a vocation to receive travelers - few, it's true - but who were enchanted and spoke to other people, who ended up coming to meet . beyond the stories  counted  for Roberto, the dishes prepared with great care by Nádia and her family also became news.

 

In 2017, Bruno, I came to live in the community with my wife Raquel. I exchanged the hectic life of São Paulo for the extreme tranquility of Tumbira, with only 32 families. We were the first to come from abroad and we also saw that tourism could be more than the future, it could be the path to sustainable development in the region. We started studying community-based tourism, about working with tourism responsibly and joining forces with the community. 

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In 2019, we created Poranduba with the purpose of being a vector of sustainable development, generating income, valuing local culture and helping to keep the forest standing. All services are carried out by local residents, as well as all the income generated by your trip goes to the people involved.  

We hope to meet around here.

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Social and Ecological Impact

Poranduba seeks to make the most of local resources, generate income and deliver the best experience for you. Your visit helps to keep the forest standing and collaborates with several families that make a living from tourism. We receive few people, to receive better and with less environmental impact.

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The word "Poranduba"

PORANDUBA is an indigenous expression that means “fantastic stories”; it refers to the tales, fables, myths that make up, even today, the imagination and culture of the peoples of the Amazon. It also means “relation”, “feeling”, “listening”: it is the way we invite you to establish a deep connection with the Amazon, its peoples and its mysteries.

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