Meet your professional guide upon hotel pickup by private vehicle, and head to Capoava Farm – an approximate 55-mile (90-km) drive from São Paulo. Located just outside of Itu, where 17th- and 18th-century homes remain intact, this traditional farm – whose name means “fertile” in the Tupi language – just might be one of the most charming you’ll find in Brazil!
When you reach the farm, step out and enjoy the breathtaking scenery and enchanting setting of the estate (also a hotel). Situated in a valley surrounded by striking landscapes, Capoava Farm boasts more than 200 years of history in harmony with its natural environment.
As you stroll the grounds with your guide, take in the serene atmosphere; admire the lakeside Atlantic rainforest that borders the farm to one side and the granite boulders at its opposite end – vestiges of volcanic activity dating back 600 million years. You have the option to explore the grounds on your own through different hiking trails.
If you’d like, choose from a variety of optional activities (each at an additional fee). Hop on a mountain bike, rent a kayak for a paddle across the lake, or ride on horseback across the fields.
For lunch (own expense), your private guide will accompany you to the farm’s restaurant and help you choose from a selection of typical Brazilian dishes – many prepared on the antique stove. Feel free to settle in for a drink at the coach house, with views of the woods and the small monkeys that inhabit them.
You may wish to view an exhibit of original and replica objects from the farm’s 18th-century sugarcane production, and the coffee cultivation of the 19th and 20th centuries that led to the contemporary cattle ranch. You can also feed a variety of animals kept on the farm – such as toucans, monkeys, snakes and owls – and learn about them from onsite biologists.
However you choose to spend your time at Capoava Farm, you’ll return to São Paulo refreshed and renewed.