Follow fruits from farm to table in the Valley of Plenty
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Why is this important?
Funds from this tour are used for the preservation of protected areas and enhance local tourism.
About the Tour
Admire the life-cycle of endemic Brazilian fruits from the agro-forest to the coffee table and help maintain cultural traditions in Paraibuna.
Sample native Brazilian fruits inside of a sustainable agro-forest.
Step back in time with a visit to Paraibuna, in the historic center.
Agriculture / Economic Empowerment / Culture /
Frequency:Any day by appointment.Time:9:00 amDuration:8 hoursGood For:Family, Youth, Adult, StudentsLanguages:German, PortugueseWeather:Tour takes place rain or shine (tour itinerary might be modified in case of inclement weather)Difficulty: Easy (short walking distances, low or no physical effort) Clothing & Equipment:comfortable shoes for walking, hat, light shirt, mosquito repellent, sunscreen lotionMin Tour Participants:15Max Tour Participants:45Volunteer Opportunities:Yes
The "Native Fruit" itinerary is set in Vale da Fartura - which literally means ‘Valley of Plenty’ - in the countryside of Paraibuna (State of São Paulo), an area rich in biodiversity, historical and cultural heritage. Visit three properties: JJ Land, Sítio do Bello, and JM Place.
The first is a place of preserved springs and natural pools among the forest, where milling and traditional manufacturing of sugar cane take place. Learn about the production of brown sugar, molasses, cachaça (the most famous alcoholic drink of Brazilian origin).
Mr. do Bello will guide you along the walking paths inside his wonderful agro-forest beside a river, where endemic Brazilian fruit grow among 6,000 trees of the Atlantic forest. The youngest trees are cultivated inside do Bello’s greenhouse while the pulps of native fruit are processed for alimentary use in his homely kitchen-lab. Experience a typical rural lunch in the middle of the countryside, at JM Place. Those interested in local history will enjoy the little museum about rural life, prepared by the residents with their own family ‘relics’.
Take some time for sightseeing in the historic center of Paraibuna, a lovely town with buildings dating from the late 19th century. A range of interesting souvenirs can be found at its Municipal Market and Craftsman House. At the conclusion of our tour, try local treats (such as cheese bread, mandioc biscuits, corn cake, fruit jellies and cheese) during a traditional viola concert at Chão Caipira Coffeehouse.
Tour package: $50 per person.
The package includes guided visits, degustations and lunch.
Final price depends on local currency exchange rate at the time of transaction.
Please book at least one week in advance.
About the Org
H & H Fauser Institute partners with the Biosphere reserve to educate youth on environmental issues.
Promote sustainable development and culture, preserving both local environment and cultural heritage. Prepare young students to enter the ecologic market.
- · Young generations’ education about the Environment and Social Inclusion.
- · Native Fruit Protection Project in partnership with local universities.
- · Introduction to science for younger students.
- · Greenhouse for local school.
· Tour Start Address
From Sao Paulo International Airport it is 116 kms (1h 30m driving), by car or taxi: take BR-610 to Rodovia Ayrton Senna da Silva; follow Rodovia Ayrton Senna da Silva and Rodovia Governador Carvalho Pinto to Rodovia dos Tamoios in São José dos Campos. Take exit 96 from Rodovia Governador Carvalho Pinto and get to your destination, along Rodovia dos Tamoios.
From Rio de Janeiro International Airport it is 390 kms (4h 20m driving), by car or taxi: get on Via Expressa Presidente João Goulart/Linha Vermelha; follow BR-493, BR-116 and Rodovia Governador Carvalho Pinto to Rodovia dos Tamoios in São José dos Campos. Take exit 97B from Rodovia Governador Carvalho Pinto and follow Rodovia dos Tamoios to your destination.