Jill Siegel Honored with CN Traveler – Top Travel Specialist for 16th Year!

I am honored to be included on the Conde Nast Traveler Top Travel Specialists List for the 16th consecutive year in the Brazil Travel Specialist category! This prestigious affiliation represents the highest standard in the travel industry and I share this honor with all of my partners and associates in Brazil, Argentina, Peru, Chile and Uruguay who have contributed to the success of South American Escapes throughout the years!

Discover Brazil Itinerary

Discover the rich cultural heritage of Brazil in a month long journey

I had the great pleasure of creating a month long magical journey this past holiday season. Ina and Sarantos wanted to focus on Brazil’s rich cultural heritage, art and architecture, as well as experience the great Amazon Rainforest.  The Discover Brazil Itinerary, was the natural outcome.   This in depth exploration of Brazil’s iconic destinations also includes the Colonial Towns of Minas Gerais–one of the countries most culturally rich regions.   This 24 day cultural adventure offers travelers a comprehensive and enchanting experience through Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paulo, Manaus, The Amazon Rainforest, Salvador da Bahia, Trancoso, Inhotim Art Park, Minas Gerais Colonial Towns – Ouro Preto, Congonhas, Tiradentes, Reserva do Ibitipoca, and Rio de Janeiro. Click here or on the image below and explore the possibilities.

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“Ina and I are so happy from this wonderful journey you had prepared for us, that I cannot stop thinking about it.” – Sarantos

Discover Brazil Itinerary

Best of Brazil – A New Year’s Journey

Best of Brazil

Best of Brazil Itinerary – A New Year’s Journey

Itinerary Details:  Suggested length – 12 to 15 Days
Itinerary Highlights: Manaus, The Amazon, Salvador da Bahia, Trancoso, Rio de Janeiro.

Your journey will be a private, customized travel experience, based on your individual schedule,
interests and budget.  
Now is the time to start planning your trip to ring in the year 2018!

Contact Jill and begin planning your journey: Click Here

Villas de Trancoso – Bahia, Brazil








Overlooking one of the most beautiful beaches in all of Brazil, Villas de Trancoso offers guests superb private luxury accommodations that are sophisticated, exquisite and perfectly idyllic.  Look no further for a perfect honeymoon or relaxed week long retreat, Villas de Trancoso succeeds on every level.

Each of the 5 one and two bedroom luxury villas is surrounded by lush gardens with access to a white marble pool, alfresco dining restaurant, and pristine beach area with shaded palms, showers and lots of comfortable furnishings and cushions.








Each Villa has its own private deck or outdoor lounge and spacious bedrooms as well as  bathrooms furnished with rare and exotic Brazilian hardwoods.  Other amenities include beds draped in mosquito nets, Direct TV, DVD, CD players, cordless phones, refrigerators, safes and of course air conditioning.


Villa Sky is a dramatic two story villa with dining and entertainment on the first level and the master suite on the second level.  In the center of the home is an atrium that rises to a glass skylight on the second level. From the master bedroom one can gaze into a star filled sky throughout the night.
Water sports, boating, fishing, diving, hiking to secluded beaches, horse back riding and access to Trancoso’s world class Terra Vista Golf Course are just some of the many activities available.  There is also a health and fitness centre, personal trainers, cycling, kayaking, body surfing and massage.

Villas de Trancoso has one of the areas best restaurants.  Chef Sidnei’s dishes coupled with his caring and attentive staff make dining under the stars and around the pool an unforgettable experience.

According to owner Galen Briggs – “The great thing about being small is we can do exactly what the guest requests.  Our starry nights are amazing!  We have even had guests that asked to sleep under the stars on the beach.  A starry night combined with the soft crashing of waves is a most amazing experience!”

Airport:  Porto Seguro

Facilities: Swimming pool,  golf, horse back riding, health and fitness centre, personal trainers, cycling,  kayaking, body surfing, massages.

Weather: All year round destination

 Reservations: Contact Jill

Exclusive Hideaway Beach Villa – Trancoso, Bahia – Brazil


With a privileged location on a bluff overlooking the sea, this spectacular private villa was designed by Robert Novogratz  to reflect Trancoso’s laid back atmosphere and lifestyle.  Secluded and private, the large interior spaces all open to the breathtaking natural landscape that surrounds the villa.

Sip caipirinha’s poolside, horseback ride on the beach or walk to Trancoso’s famous Quadrado to enjoy the hip boutiques, restaurants and impromptu musical performances and parties.  You will never want to leave this place.

villa-trancosoThis hideaway sleeps 12 guests comfortably and is ideal for a large family.
Includes: 4 air conditioned Bedrooms with private decks, large living and dining rooms, flat screen TV / DVD room with A/C, modern kitchen, poolside bar, swimming pool, CD player, 6 bathrooms, 5 showers and English Speaking Housekeeper.




villa-poolPlease contact Jill for availability and prices. (Daily, weekly and Christmas rates available)

Closest Airport: Porto Seguro


Etnia Pousada – Trancoso, Bahia – Brazil

etnia-maroccos-suite etnia-overviewLike stepping into an exotic edition of Architectural Digest, each of Etnia’s five bungalows will transport you to a different far off land.  Step into the Arabian Nights in the Maroccos Suite or lose yourself in the African inspired Tribal Suite.  If you prefer the local Brazilian flavor, the Trancoso Suite’s rustic style will feel like home.

Surrounded by banana, mango and Pau Brasil trees, Etnia Pousada enjoys a unique location.  Close enough to Trancoso’s Quadrado to enjoy festive Brazilian nights and close enough to the ocean for an early morning dip before breakfast.
etnia-poolA modern swimming pool surrounded by a wooden sun deck is the perfect place to enjoy your afternoon snack or a light meal.  Take a yoga class in the afternoon or luxuriate with a relaxing massage in the Etnia Therapy Center.

Services: Restaurant, pool and bar, antique boutique shop

Activities: ocean or pool swimming, horse back riding, eco-tourism, boating
etnia-chair-detailRates: Please contact Jill for current rates.

Closest Airport: Porto Seguro