Maple Leaf Ecovillage is a preservation area in the Atlantic Rain Forest in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

As neighbors to Brazil's first national park, Itatiaia National Park, bird life is very active and abundant. Home to 250 bird species and situated in a biome unique to the area.

Your EcoVilage visit includes enjoying the natural spring mountain water, the many waterfalls and adventure trails are all part of the experience. Hike the many adventure trails to see the waterfalls, swim in the many river pools or climb the rocks at the GeoPark.
Programs include Farm-to-Table, Reforestation, Brazilian cuisine/cooking or Waterfall Yoga.  Explore, learn, share and meet locals and people from all over the world.  Our food is from our own organic garden.  What you eat you re-plant for the next group.
Enjoy the peace as your listen to the waterfalls and birds or relax under the natural massage of the waterfalls.

Key Stats.

Year founded


Size of project site

271 hectares

Languages spoken

  • English
  • Portuguese

People on site

5 - 20

Dry season

June to September

Wet season

November to April

Living Conditions.


  • hammocks
  • tent camping
  • shared rooms

Omnivore Food

  • communal kitchen access
  • communally cooked meals
  • over 80% locally sourced


  • fast: streaming video

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