Plantation Ride

Rio/Sao Paulo Brazil: (IT-BRRT14)
URL: http://www.hiddentrails.com/tour/brazil_sao_paulo_plantation_ride.aspx

Introduction
Rio/Sao Paulo Brazil
São Paulo may be the economic, industrial and financial powerhouse of Brazil, and indeed of South America, but it also offers some of the finest rural experiences of the region. Thanks to its cultural diversity and its vast and multifaceted territory, the interior of São Paulo State includes some interesting riding experiences.

Riding in the coffee highlands takes you through the coffee-growing region of the northeast of the State of Sao Paulo, visiting some of the great historic plantation homes, and passing through the surprisingly well-preserved natural wealth of the region. The diversified terrain takes you from plains to mountains; up and down escarpments and on plateaus that offer an ever-changing scenery punctuated by springs and waterfalls. This variety also accounts for the wealth of arts and crafts that are produced in the region: in leather, ceramics, embroidery, jams and other preserves, honey, coffee, cheese and of course the local firewater, cachaça.

Since the mid-nineteenth century some of the finest coffee in all of Brazil has come from this region. The altitude (800-1,300 metres), the dry winters, rainy summers and fertile soil make for perfect coffee growing conditions. Visit some of the great historic plantation homes, pass through rolling meadows, along woodland paths and splash through clear streams.

But there are still areas of Sao Paulo state that have not given way to coffee growing. In these pockets of land the Atlantic Rainforest still remains and here you can often find the Jequitiba tree, a giant of the forest, this species can grow to over 40 meters tall and 3 meters in diameter. The oldest known specimen is estimated at around 3,000 years old.

Our ride begins at Fazenda Nova which is close to the city of Mococa. The homestead is one of the oldest plantation homes in the region and the ranch used to be twenty times the size it is today before it was shared amongst family members over the years. Horses have been bred and trained here for seven generations.

Accomodation

The overnights and meals are at several historic fazendas (farms/ranches) and coffee plantations.

This trip includes and can accommodate special dietary requests.

Riding

Horses
The horses are bred and trained at Fazenda Nova. They are mainly Arab and Mangalarga crosses. All are very comfortable, well mannered and easy to handle, standing between 14.2hh and 15.3hh, they are happy in either English or Western saddles. Your horse will be tacked up for you, but you may assist with tacking up and un-tacking your horse if you wish.

Guide

Your guides is Laura. Laura trained for her British Horse Society Assistant Instructors examination in England and is also an FEI judge and steward. She teaches dressage and jumping at Fazenda Nova and also gives clinics at other riding centers all over the country. She has encyclopedic knowledge of the entire farm and knows the surrounding area, neighboring fazendas and local families very well.

Pace

The pace on the Coffee Trail is normally at a walk, with some trots and canters. Private groups of mixed ability may be accepted on the trail.

Stationary Option

A centre based option is also possible for more novice riders. Ride for approximately four hours a day in and around Fazenda Nova. You may choose to have lessons if you wish. We recommend a stay of at least three nights

Itinerary

Sample Itinerary- Progressive Option (subject to changes)
 
Day 1
Transfer to Fazenda Nova and ride within the farm to get to know the horses. Fazenda Nova (New Farm - so called because the Old one burned down in 1830) is a 200-hectare property with 50 hectares of primal forest, 60 hectares of reforestation, and the remainder of pastures and sugar cane. The horses are currently on their seventh generation at this farm, choosing the best foals with desirable traits and temperament for future breedings. Riders will become familiar with their horse and riding equipment. Typical Paulista dinner (including a tasting of Mogiana coffees-among the best gourmet coffees in Brazil) and overnight at the Fazenda Nova.
 
Day 2
The owners train their own horses and will guide you on this journey. Simple old fashioned accommodations, plenty of homemade goodies, and good conversation make you feel at home.
After breakfast we will have the first contact with the Atlantic Rain Forest in the 120-acre forest preserve of the Fazenda. During this day we ride through sugar cane fields, pastures with beef and dairy cattle, and coffee plantations in the higher areas. We will stop for lunch at Fazenda Belo Monte, which has a well preserved-house from the beginning of the 20th century. Horses sleep in a ranch specializing in Team Penning events while riders come to sleep at Fazenda Nova.
 
Day 3
We ride through irrigated coffee plantations and arrive at Fazenda Bocaina for lunch. We continue riding for 12 km through hilly terrain with a reforestation project containing native species. We reach Fazenda Fortaleza, which produces organic coffee exported throughout the world. The owners will be proud to show the organic vegetable garden and after a trail in the woods that take us to a thousand year old jequitiba tree. This area is a great opportunity for bird watching. We enjoy a delicious organic dinner and we spend the night at their cozy house. Overnight at Fazenda Fortaleza
 
Day 4
It is not very far from Fazenda Fortaleza to Fazenda Santo Antonio, but there is a lot to see on the way. We cross Fortaleza and then the small village of Igaraí. Lunch can be at Fazenda São Bento, a posh Victorian house, or at Fazenda Morro Azul, which produces a very special cachaça, the famous Brazilian drink. Fazenda Santo Antonio, where we will sleep, has a beautiful house and swimming pool. The owners plant coffee in a natural way that will be explained by the owner. We will drink coffee grown in the shade of the rainforest.
 
Day 5
We ride across the largest coffee plantation in Brazil (more than 1 million coffee trees) and stop for a picnic in Minas Gerais State. Lunch is at a bakery while horses graze on the square in front. We proceed to Fazenda Santa Rita, with a nice house and pool, and its own church dedicated to the same saint.
 
Day 6
We cross the little village of Canoas and then fazenda Limeira, where the cows are milked in an old train station. Through hills and around lakes we arrive in the city of Mococa, which the experienced horses are used to cross. We arrive in Fazenda Nova for a late lunch.
 
Day 7

Breakfast at Fazenda Nova and transfer to São Pauloto catch onward flights.


Stationary Ride
A centre based option is also possible for novice or rusty riders. Ride for approximately four hours a day in and around Fazenda Nova. You may choose to have lessons if you wish.

If you don't have the time for the trail or would rather stay in one place every night, then you can book a centre based stay at Fazenda Nova. Suitable for all abilities and single riders as well as groups, this is the perfect ride for those wanting to discover the Coffee growing regions of Brazil on horseback. Follow trails through the rainforest, up and down hills and through coffee plantations and sugar cane plantations, returning each night to your comfortable accommodation. There may even be an opportunity to try your hand at working cattle on one day. Sample the delicious coffee of the region and meet local people and learn about how coffee is produced. There are c. 30 coffee farms in this area and so the itinerary is varied and flexible to include as much or as little riding as you wish.
You can arrive/depart on any day and stay for as long as you like, so this itinerary fits neatly before/after any of our other Brazilian rides to extend your riding holiday in Brazil.
All abilities can be accommodated and rides are tailored to suit you.
Arrive/depart on any day and stay as long as you like. Open all year.


Rates and Dates for Plantation Ride

Rates include:

Accommodations, meals, 5.5 riding days, English speaking guide

Packages and Options



  • SeasonYearDescription US$
    A
    20197 day trip, AP- Progressive Option$1590
    • Single supplement$220
      Small group (2-4 people) supplement, per person$270
      Group (7 - 8 people) discount, per person($130)
  • B
    20197 day trip, AP- Center-Based Option$1440
    • Small group (1-2 people) supplement, per person$240
      No single supplement fee$0

Rates Note:

Minimum 3-night stay for centre-based option.

* prices are per person based on double/twin occupancy

Rates Note:

Minimum 3-night stay for centre-based option.


Transfer and Other Charges:



 DescriptionUS$
2019 Transfers from/to Sao Paulo (3 pax), return, per vehicle
This is a "Group Rate" - to be paid locally
$300

Season Seasons  Min / MaxReserve
A 2019 01/01 - 12/31 7d / 6n 7 day trip, AP- Progressive ... 1 /10 Reserve
B 2019 01/01 - 12/31 7d / 6n 7 day trip, AP- Center-Based... 1 /10 Reserve

Dates Note:
Additional dates are available on request all year.
A centre based option is also possible for more novice riders.

Rates do not include:

Local drinks, Gratuities and transfers

Other Info
Meeting: Sao Paulo
Airport: Sao Paulo
Transfer: Sao Paulo

Climate:
                                            Poços de Caldas area


Month

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Sep

Oct

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Average High Temperature (°F)

73

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72

Average Low Temperature (°F)

59

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53

46

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59

Average High Temperature (°C)

23

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19

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22

Average Low Temperature (°C)

15

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11

8

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15

Average Precipitation (days of rain)

17

13

13

7

5

3

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6

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12

16

Source: NOAA


Seasons

The seasons are the reverse of the North America.

Summer (November/December to February)
This is the hottest time of the year and also the rainy season.

Autumn (March to April)
Weather is pleasant with less and less rain and warm temperatures.

Winter (May to August)
It is still hot during the day due to clear skies but can get chilly at night.

Spring (September to October/November)
The weather at this time is generally pleasant with warm sunny days and clear skies.

What To Bring:
It is recommended to put your luggage in travel bag instead of a hard suitcase. 10 bags are easier to get in the backup vehicle than 10 suitcases.

Travel documents and Voucher
Flight tickets
Passport
Visa (check with your consulate)
Travel Insurance
Pocket money (you can change money on arrival at the airport)

Riding pants or Jodhpurs (used if possible!) - as they are not too hot, and they dry out quickly if they get wet.
Riding boots (short) or hard-soled shoes + Minichaps or Longchaps
Riding helmet - please bring your own. NOTE – It's not mandatory in Brazil.
Riding gloves
Hat (with chin strip) for sun protection
Lightweight Rain coat
Tall boot socks to prevent chaffing
4 to 5 Long-sleeved shirts for protection sun
Water canteen
This list is only a general guideline for you from Ride in Brazil
Jacket or sweater for cool evenings
Comfortable T-Shirts/Shirts
Jeans
Shorts
Underwear and socks
Pyjama
Bag for dirty clothes
Trekking boots/ comfortable shoes
Swimsuit / Bathing suit

Personal Toiletries
Insect Repellent
Personal medications (please consult with your G.P. for health advise)
Sewing kit
Handkerchiefs
Adapter for electric appliances
Small Camera/Phone with Camera and batteries
Belt pack
Sunglasses
Sunscreen (spf-30 or higher) and Lip Balm with sunscreen
One towel
Torch / Flashlight