South America’s first digital nomad village will open in Brazil

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South America’s First-Ever Digital Nomad Village Is About to Open in Brazil, where remote workers can relocate to explore one of the most exciting and culturally diverse countries on the continent. However, if you think that tourist clichés like Rio or Sao Paulo have been selected as host cities, you are in for a big surprise.

Pipa in northeastern Brazil, South America

After spending two and a half years isolated from the rest of the world, Brazil now wants to boost tourism and be one step ahead of the latest travel trends. One of them is digital nomadism, a way of life that is exploding in popularity in the post-Covid world, and which the nation is banking on to boost its economy.

After recently announcing its own Digital Nomad visa, it looks like South America’s largest nation is gearing up to become a major nomadic hotspot:

First, why Brazil

Aerial view of tropical beach in northeast Brazil, South America

The Nomad Village Brazil is a project led by the Portuguese startup Nomad X, which has identified the country, with which the European nation has close historical ties, as the ideal place to build a digital worker hub. Sure, the kinship between Portugal and Brazil is not the only reason for this favouritism:

Europe may have outstripped other markets by opening up to nomadism much earlier, Croatia being one of the first in the world to launch a specific visa for this category, but unlike Brazil, where the the sun shines all year round, the Old Continent normally turns cold and gray during the long winter months. Yes, even in the Mediterranean.

Young woman with her arms wide open as she enjoys a sunny day at the beach in a tropical location

Even in low season, the coastal states of Brazil, especially in the North, still record temperatures well above 30 degrees, making it a great place for long term travelers looking for a warmer place to linger a bit longer. Interestingly, NomadX did not choose “The Wonderful City”, namely Rio, to welcome the guests.

Instead, they set up the village in the unheard-of Pipa, a small coastal town in northeast Brazil where some of the most breathtaking beautiful beaches are located. Calling it an “escape” from the harsh Northern Hemisphere winter, the company chose Pipa’s Morada dos Ventos guesthouse to accommodate participants.

A Cozy and Scenic Retreat Nestled in Northeast Brazil

Small town of Pipa in the northeast of Brazil, South America

The picturesque property is located in a natural setting just 800 meters from the beautiful beach of Amor, and 13 minutes walk from the famous beach of Pipa, the main attraction of the area. It has 3 swimming pools, tropical gardens adorned with towering coconut palms and bungalow-style apartments with different levels of comfort. In sum, just the perfect nomadic hideaway.

The guest house will be used for this purpose from November 1, 2022 to April 23, 2023, including the Brazilian summer and some of the hottest months of the calendar year. Pre-registration is also open and nomads can already secure their slots via the official Nomad Village Brazil website, where more information can be found.

Pousada Morada dos Ventos in Pipa, northeast Brazil, South America
Image: Pousada Morada dos Ventos

Other benefits include:

  • A Brazilian-style breakfast every morning
  • free WIFI
  • A bar
  • A poolside restaurant serving food throughout the day and evening
  • Airport shuttles available

How can nomads get to Pipa?

Young female traveler smiling as she checks her phone in an airport

The nearest airport to the place is Sao Gonçalo do Amarante International, serving the city of Natal, some 62 miles. Currently, the only international flights arriving in Natal are from Lisbon, Portugal, meaning there are no direct connections from North America. Still, Americans can easily reach it via short layovers.

The main points of entry into Brazil are located in Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo, both only 3h10 or 3h20 from Natal by plane. Yes, it’s a little more difficult to access, but once there, trust us, you will never want to leave. As you may have understood, it is quite an unusual place to set up a nomadic village, far from the bustling urban centers of Brazil and the traditional tourist route.

Young man watching the Twin Brothers Rock Formation in Fernando de Noronha, Pernambuco, Brazil

On the other hand, Brazil’s northeast is also home to the country’s most scenic coastline, lined with up-and-coming tourist spots like Jericoacoara and Canoa Quebrada. Pipa itself is famous for its vibrant nightlife and bohemian vibe, known to attract thousands of tourists every year, from neighboring municipalities and from abroad.

In fact, his relative remoteness This is precisely what makes it an attractive destination: without being in a large, sprawling city where making meaningful connections can be more difficult, guests will be able to interactand exchange experiences, much more easily, in addition to being surrounded by the magnificent Brazilian nature in a quieter setting.

What are the requirements to apply to live in Brazil as a digital nomad?

Panoramic view of the old colonial historic town of Ouro Preto, Minas Gerais, Brazil

Anyone who meets all of the conditions below can apply to live in Brazil for up to two years as a digital nomad:

  • have income of more than $1,500 per monthwhether as entrepreneurs or employees of a foreign company
  • A passport valid for their entire stay in Brazil
  • Valid health insurance covering the planned stay

*Note Citizens of Mercosur and Mercosur Associated Countriessuch as Argentina, Uruguay, Paraguay, Chile, Colombia and others, already benefit freedom of movement in Brazil and do not need to apply for a visa to work in the country

Aerial view of Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Although the Digital Nomad Village has an end date, as of now, it may well be extended in the future should it prove successful. Naturally, visitors wishing to stay longer can make their own private reservations for dates beyond April 2023, or relocate elsewhere in the country (these 4 off-the-beaten-path Brazilian cities might be a good place to start).

Read more about entry requirements to Brazil and the latest Covid requirements here.

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