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Sao Paulo Historic Farms

This 8-day guided circuit will take you to the countryside of Sao Paulo state, in the south-east of Brazil. Visit centenary old historic farms, scattered in the green valleys, surrounded by the beautiful Atlantic Forest. Enjoy authentic organic gastronomy, walk along picturesque valleys of Serra da Mantiqueira, travel on the back of a horse and take polo lessons. Learn about production of coffee and cachaça, which are part of the Brazilian heritage. This itinerary gives you a chance to enjoy the rustic tranquility of Brazil, while staying at small and luxury country farms. This trip is great for culture seekers, who enjoy architecture, gastronomy and hiking. Balance off the pleasure of good food with taking hikes in the nature, while also learning about the history of Brazil. The trip can be shortened or extended according to your preference. Most of the fazendas have heated pools and spa treatments can be arranged.

08 Days – From £1,600 per person 

*equivalent in USD, EUR accepted

Itinerary: Sao Paulo, Piedade, Sao Roque, Itu, Campinas, Serra Negra, Atibaia, Guararema, Sao Paulo

  • Price is per person, based on two people sharing in a double/twin room
  • Accommodation with breakfast (more hotels HERE)
  • All the excursions mentioned in the itinerary 
  • All transfers by car on a private basis
  • Entrance & guiding fees to all the mentioned National Parks
  • All mandatory local taxes
  • Visa, where applicable
  • International Flights (See Flights to Brazil)
  • Domestic Flights 
  • Personal Expenses
  • Insurance
  • Tips & Gratuities
  • Meals not mentioned in the description.

International flights are not included in the package price. We give you the freedom to book the flights yourself, use miles and choose your preferred airline, and if you are stuck we can help you find the right connections. Return flights to Brazil start from £800 per person, depending on the connections and time of the year. Fly to Sao Paulo (GRU) or Campinas (VCP).

For families and groups (starting with 5 pax), we can book domestic flights in Brazil, during the high season, and if the trip is part of a more complex itinerary. This is to ensure a seamless travel and no complications.

Send us a message on WhatsApp or email us at brazil@boutiquetravelexperts.com to check availability, discuss your preferences and get a quote.

This is a sample itinerary and prices are correct at the time of writing. We can tailor it to suit your plans by changing the length of the trip or the order of activities. More days can be added. Other hotels can be chosen, according to your liking. You can also combine this trip with other sights in Brazil, like the cosmopolitan Rio de Janeiro, the exciting Amazon rainforest, the fascinating Pantanal or the deep canyons of the south. For more travel inspiration check our Brazil Itineraries.

Best time to visit: year round. It is best to avoid the rainy season between late January to mid March.

Coffee Harvest time: April to October.

Coffee Blooming is from November to February.

To avoid unpleasant weather surprises, we recommend to check our Brazil Weather Guide to plan your trip in the right season. Click on the month you want to travel in and see the tours which are best for each month of the year. 

Day 1 - Sao Paulo

Today discover Sao Paulo. This is by far one of the best places in Brazil for foodies. Head to the lively metropolitan market where vendors sell everything from fruits and spices to salted codfish. Try exotic fruits from all over the country, different snacks and meats. Then take a look over this bustling metropolis from its skyscrapers, such as Edificio Italia which has a lovely cocktail bar restaurant. This is an excellent place to grab a drink and marvel at the jaw-dropping huge city around you. Later, head towards Sala Sao Paulo, the largest concert hall in Latin America. The hall is functions inside a working train station. Overnight at …

Terraco Italia Cafe with a view over the city, Sao Paulo, Brazil

Day 2 - Ronco do Bugio

Today drive to Ronco do Bugio (2,5 hours), near the city of Piedade, a secluded hideaway set in the middle of the Atlantic Forest, offering tranquility and a colonial charm. On the way, stop at Embu das Artes, a colourful little village with artsy shops and little places to eat. After check-in, take a reinvigorating walk in the forest, following trails adorned with bromeliads, orchids, fruit trees, listening to birds and monkeys. The inn is named after the noises made by the bugios monkeys that inhabit the region and can be seen in the trees. Find the waterfall, on Pirapora River and take a refreshing dip. Continue till the viewpoint over the gorgeous Paranapiacaba Range. The sunset awaits you with a glass of sparkling wine. Overnight at Ronco do Bugio.

Nova Friburgo, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Day 3 - Sao Roque Wineries

Today go on a wine tour in São Roque (1 hour away). Drive along the famous Wine Road which passed by 15 artisanal wineries, offering wine tasting with cheese, sausages, sweets and antipasti. Visit Bella Aurora Vinicola, Terra do Vinho Winery, Frank Wines, Canguera Winery and Quinta do Olivardo Winery. After lunch, continue to Confraria Colonial (30 min), which is located in Mairinque, just 40 minutes from São Paulo and 20 minutes from the center of Itu. A piece of the exquisite baroque from the 18th century, set in a beautiful forest, the inn is the right place for those looking for tranquility and fun. For greater contact with nature enjoy a trail in the middle of the Atlantic Forest. Overnight at Confraria Colonial.

Brazilian Wine region, Serra Gaucha

Day 4 - Itu

Today travel to Fazenda Capoava, set in the middle of the Atlantic Forest. This farm maintains its roots in caboclo and regional history since the time of the bandeirantes. The mansion dates from 1750 and has a chapel attached to the porch. The city of Itu was an important sugarcane production site and Fazenda Capoava was one of the mills. During the coffee cycle the farmhouse produced coffee. In 1888 with the abolition of slavery, free workers and immigrants arrived, mainly from Italy. Later on visit Fazenda Cana Verde (30 min away). Here you can take polo lessons on the back of a horse. Overnight at Confraria Colonial.

Hotel do Cafe, small boutique hotel in Rio das Flores, Brazil

Day 5 - Campinas Coffee Farms

Today, transfer to Fazenda Tozan, a beautiful historic coffee farm, dating back to 1798, located in the outskirts of Campinas (1hour). This preserved farm has a fertile land and produces coffee even today. Enjoy a guided cultural discovery of the farm. In the afternoon, have a delicious afternoon picnic in the midst of nature. Energies replenished, continue to Fazenda Villa Gade in Morungaba (1 hour). This preserved historic farm was part of the Brazilian coffee cycle, located in the beautiful landscapes. The chapel, dating from 1925, with its original brick floor, is located on top of a hill overlooking the granary and coffee yard. Enjoy a delicious feijoada as well as other dishes from the region, outdoors overlooking the lake in the midst of nature. Overnight at Fazenda Dona Carolina.

Brazilian coffee grains

Day 6 - Serra Negra

Today continue north to Fazenda Águas Claras (2 hours), located at the border with the state of Minas Gerais. This old coffee farm extends between the Atlantic Forest and Cerradão. There are several mineral water springs with excellent characteristics nearby. Imperial palms and jasmine adorn the gardens. In the 80s, 300,000 seedlings of the Coffea Arabica species were planted, seeking to improve coffee production, which remains active and renewed to this day. On the menu there are homemade dishes such as oven-roasted lamb with mint, crackling piglet, tutu mineira style, pumpkin with dried meat, free-range chicken in straw, the traditional pizza and barbecue. In addition to locally produced coffee, the cheeses, pastries and breads are handcrafted with ingredients from the farm itself. Explore the grounds by walk, by bike or on the back of a horse. Overnight at Fazenda Aguas Claras.

Roasted Coffee, Brazil

Day 7 -  Atibaia

Today return to Fazenda Dona Carolina in Itatiba (2 hours), a fabulous centennial farm that breathes history, set within breathtaking scenery. Discover the fauna and flora of Serra da Mantiqueira, listen to the birdsong, ride a horse along the impressive trails, feel the aroma of the farm. Learn about coffee production from plantation to tasting, and about cachaça from planting to aging in oak barrels. Contemplate the exuberant nature of the farm. If you are in the area on a weekend, continue south and visit Fazenda Paraíso (1 hour). Take a trip back in time, with more than a century of memories. The farm dates back to 1860 and was producing coffee, sugarcane and later cachaça. There is also an interesting cachaça workshop with a tasting session. Overnight at Fazenda Dona Carolina.

Coffee Plantation in Brazil

Day 8 - Return to Sao Paulo

Today, return to Sao Paulo (2 hours). Time permitting, transfer to from the charming and preserved village of Guararema (1 hour) and take a ride on Maria Fumaça steam locomotive to Luís Carlos station, just 80 km to the east of São Paulo. The return train journey takes 2 hours. This nice town has several interesting points including the lookout of Mirante Prefeito Gerbásio Marcelino with beautiful view of the city. Return to Sao Paulo in the afternoon. Transfer to the airport for your onward flight in the evening. We also recommend discovering the picturesque coffee farms in Vale do Cafe, in the state of Rio de Janeiro.

the historic Maria Fumaca steam train running between the colonial town of Tiradentes and Sao Joao del Rei in Brazil

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