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Wonderfully peaceful destination perfect for honeymooners and families alike
Excellent programme of activities exploring the nearby natural and cultural wonders
Experience the life and workings of an authentic Brazilian coffee fazenda
Superb cuisine, much of which is grown organically on the farm
Truly hospitable service
Year-round destination. The climate of Sao Paulo State remains mild to warm all year round, the lowest temperatures of around 12°C being experienced during July and the maximum of around 27°C being enjoyed during the hottest month of February.
A charming and sensitively re-designed colonial-era property set in a beautiful coffee-estate fringed by Atlantic rainforest, Fazenda Catucaba offers an almost unmatched sense of peace and plenty of immersive experiences, both natural and cultural.
A little under three hours drive from Sao Paulo, Fazenda Catuçaba is a unique 1000-acre coffee estate set among fragile Atlantic rainforest and a sister property to Pousada Picinguaba. This charming environmentally aware property offers a window into experiencing the fazenda lifestyle, with all the atmosphere of a family home - authentic, characterful and elegant, with delicious, healthy food from its organic farm. Staying here is a genuine Brazilian experience.
The traditional 1850s main house is the estate’s centrepiece, charmingly filled with original wooden floors and fireplaces, antique gramophones, white sash windows framing stunning views of the lush countryside. Dotted around the fazenda are the rooms, suites and villa which set in stone outhouse buildings and they are all designed with sensibility and style.
There are no TVs or internet in the rooms, as you come to Fazenda Catucaba to immerse yourself in nature through the excellent range of experiences. The region around Catuçaba is one of the most beautiful and least-known parts of Brazil. Whether you feel adventurous or lazy, there is something for everyone in this extraordinarily rich natural habitat including horseback tours, guided nature walks, birding, river rafting, wild swimming under rainforest waterfalls, and engaging with the rich local culture in beautiful little towns such as Sao Luis do Paraitinga.
For all the creature comforts, experiencing the farm is what counts. Coffee, cachaça, vegetables, meats, and cheeses are all produced on the land organically, and are used generously in the home-prepared dishes. In the evening, enjoy a local organic caipirinha round the fireplace, before tucking into a mouthwatering picanha, the local barbecue cut of beef.
An stay at Fazenda Catucaba is a great break for couples and families alike, and can easily be paired with a stay in Rio, Sao Paulo or the coastal town of Paraty.
There are eight deluxe rooms, two suites, two master villas and two rustic villas, all just a short walk from the main fazenda. Deluxe rooms are spacious, individually decorated and contain queen size beds. Beds are made up with Egyptian cotton, and bathrooms have powerful showers and robes to roam about in. The suites are larger, and have king size beds, fireplaces and a tub in the bathroom.
The Master villas (sleeping six), give you exclusive use of the three bedrooms (one suite and two double/twin rooms) as well as a terrace with wonderful views.
Fazenda Catucaba is a great place for the family, and the staff go out of their way to make the experience fun for children. Children aged 5 years and under stay free of charge and there are baby cots and extra beds. For children aged 6 years and over, there is a small additional charge. The suites can include an extra rollaway bed or baby cot, and the villa is ideal for larger families. Free babysitting is also available on request.
Gardens, a reading room and a guest lounge to relax in, plus a cinema room. There is also a swimming lake.
Activities include a programme of guided activities like horse riding, hiking, treks to waterfalls, rafting, birding and more, plus a cinema room with a DVD library, and books. There is also a sculpture trail in the hills above, and art displayed in the fazenda, much of it for sale.
Depart and arrive back into Angra dos Reis, a 2-day sail takes you to deserted coves for sundowners, the jaw-droppingly beautiful beach of Lopez Mendez on Ilha Grande, with the chance to get back to nature snorkelling, surfing, meditating and star gazing!
Get your adrenaline pumping with a choice of exhilarating activities, perfect for thrill seekers! Suspend yourself from the forest canopy, abseil granite cliffs or speed along zip lines through invigorating waterfalls.
If you wish to enjoy a spot of independent exploration there are plenty of activities specifically designed to keep the kids busy. Enjoy a combination of creative ventures or rural excursions that can be enjoyed as a family too!
Delve into the heart of rural Brazil with a full day tour from Fazenda Catucaba, exploring the natural delights of the 450-acre grounds and the wealth of highlights beyond.
450 hectares of remote trails, gentle streams, secluded waterfalls and rolling hills provide the backdrop for a guided tour around the grounds of Fazenda Catucaba.
Dotted with waterfalls and thriving with wildlife, Serra do Mar State Park is just 45-minutes away from Fazenda Catucaba and is crying out to be explored. Embark on a hike through the impressive Atlantic Forest in the company of an expert, local guide.
The smaller villages which can be found a short drive from the Fazenda are a great way to glean an insight into the authentic heart of rural Brazil. Enjoy tours of Catuçaba, São Luiz do Paraitinga or Cunha with a focus on the region's history.
Whether you're an experienced rider or an absolute beginner, the countryside surrounding Fazenda Catucaba is best explored by horseback, and the expert guides will have you confident before you know it.
Reward yourself with breathtaking views of the bay and surrounding Atlantic Forest as you reach the peak of Pico do Corcovado, the highest in the region and an absolute must for experienced climbers.
The acres of rolling, hillside scenery that surround Fazenda Catucaba are rife with opportunities for exploration. Head out with your walking boots, maps and a sense of adventure and enjoy the breathtaking views over the verdant valleys.
Marvel at the panoramic views from the summit of the highest hill in Fazenda Catucaba's expansive grounds and bask in the glorious sunset; a chilled glass of wine in hand to complement a variety of delicious, locally produced cheeses.
An 11-hour flight from London to Sao Paulo, followed by a 2-hour 30-minute transfer. The fazenda is 1-hour 30-minutes from Paraty and 5-hours 30-minutes from Rio de Janeiro.
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