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Brazil - The Coffee Trail
Setting off from Fazenda Nova, travel on horseback through Sao Paulo state’s coffee highlands. Ride through meadows, along woodland paths and pass by banana trees and sugar cane fields.
Since the mid-19th century some of the finest coffee in all of Brazil has come from this region. The combination of altitude (800-1,300 metres), dry winters, rainy summers and fertile soil provide perfect coffee growing conditions. During the ride you will learn about each fazenda’s unique coffee growing and blending techniques.
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 giant Jequitiba tree, which can grow to over 40 metres tall and 11 metres in circumference. The oldest known specimen is estimated to be around 3,000 years old.
Our Coffee Trail begins and ends 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. Horses have been bred and trained here for seven generations.
The pace on the Coffee Trail is normally at a walk, with some trots and canters where the terrain allows. You can expect to ride for up to six hours a day.
The horses are mainly Arab and Mangalarga Marchador crosses standing between 14.2hh and 15.3hh. They are well-mannered, easy to handle and can be ridden in either English or Western saddles.
Your horse will be prepared for you, but you may assist with tacking up or un-tacking your horse if you wish.
There is also the Fazenda Nova itinerary, a centre based option aimed at beginners or those who have not ridden for a long time. You ride for around four hours a day and can choose out-rides in the area surrounding the farm, instruction, or a mixture of both. We recommend a stay of at least three nights.
Accommodation on the trail ranges from comfortable rooms in the main plantation houses, to more basic guestrooms at Fazenda Nova.
The first two nights are spent at Fazenda Nova, where there are a mixture of double and twin rooms, each with their own en-suite shower room. The guest rooms are simple (they were formerly where the slaves slept) but with their antique furniture and tiled floors, have a great deal of charm.
Next you stay two nights at Fazenda Serra de Santa Monica, a coffee plantation that is being restored.
The final two nights are spent at Fazenda Santo Antonio. Here some of the rooms have shared bathroom facilities.
The Coffee Trail and the centre-based ride at Fazenda Nova are possible throughout the year, except Christmas, New Year and Carnival (February/March).
There are two set dates for the Coffee Trail, but additional dates may be possible. For Fazenda Nova there are no set dates so please enquire for availability.
The Coffee Trail will needs a minimum of two, but Fazenda Nova will confirm for one guest.
INCLUDES Accommodation; all meals; riding.
SMALL GROUP SUPPLEMENTS apply which depend on the total number of people booked:
Coffee Trail 2-4 riders in group: £314.14
Coffee Trail 5-6 riders in group: £104.71
Coffee Trail:£153.58 (refunded if we find you a sharer).
Fazenda Nova (3 nights) £565.45
PAYABLE LOCALLY Drinks; tips.
NEAREST AIRPORT Sao Paulo.
TRANSFERS Included from Sao Paulo (on 6 night Coffee Trail) for a minimum of 2 pax. For stays at Fazenda Nova return transfers from Sao Paulo cost £264.53 (per vehicle for up to 3 passengers).
Sao Paulo state lies to the south east of Brazil.
Day time temperatures in March and April (Autumn) and September to October (Spring) are usually in the late 20's °C. The weather at this time is generally pleasant with warm sunny days and clear skies. It is still warm during the day in the winter months (May to August), but is cooler at night.
The horse riding instructor was amazing and very experienced and the land that we rode on was beautiful and relaxing. Can't improve Overall one of the highlights of my whole trip to Brazil and a trip I will never forget. The hosts in particular were warm, welcoming and a pleasure to meet. I would recommend this trip to anyone
A short journey from the metropolis of Sao Paulo, you'll find a warm welcome, great riding and beautiful rural landscapes to explore.
Many of the plantations have small shops selling their produce. The coffee, preserves and honey make for great gifts or serve as a nice reminder of your time in Brazil.