alter-nativ Brazil is a Franco-Portuguese agency based in Recife, Brazil. It specializes in personalized and custom made adventure holidays, mainly off the beaten track. More than an agency, alter-nativ Brazil is a team of consultants and travel experts, specializing in each region of this huge country.
We, Yannick Ollivier and Paula Cardoso, residing in Brazil since 2001, founded the agency alter-nativ Brazil in 2005 with the idea of offering authentic and unusual itineraries for travelers who wish to avoid mass tourism and embark on an adventure safely and yet respect the environment and local people.
To do this, we built a network of local guides chosen directly in the field for their experience, specific knowledge of each geographical and cultural area and their passion for sharing these attributes with visitors. We attach particular importance to the choice of hotels, lodges and pousadas that we visit regularly to always be able to guarantee quality and offer you the accommodation that best meets your expectations.
alter-nativ Brazil is registered with the Embratur (Brazilian National Tourist Office) under No 16.022134.10.0001-8 and is a member of the Abeta (Brazilian Association for ecotourism and adventure tourism).
I was born in Lannion in Brittany, France. I have studied in the USA, worked in India and China and came to Brazil to head the Alliance Française of São Luis and later of Recife. I fell in love with this country, its culture and its people, and decided to settle here.
Hailing from the city of Porto in Portugal, I have lived many years in Asia. Since 2001, I have been charmed by this magnificent region of the Brazilian North East where Native, African and Portuguese cultures thrive side by side.