H&H Fauser: Paraibuna Eco Tour: Experience Sao Paulo's Countryside

Paraibuna Eco Tour: Experience Sao Paulo's Countryside

Paraibuna, Brazil

H&H Fauser

Non-profit organization

8 hours
From$62 USDPer person

100% of host revenue is invested back into the local community

H & H Fauser Institute partners with the Biosphere reserve to educate youth on environmental issues.

Tour Highlights

  • 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.

Funds from this tour are used for the preservation of protected areas and enhance local tourism.

Tour Details

  • Frequency

    Any day by appointment

  • Start Time

    9 am

  • Duration

    8 hours

  • Good For

    Adults, Families, Students

  • Languages

    German, Portuguese

  • Difficulty

    Easy (short walking distances, low or no physical effort)

  • Clothing & Equipment

    Comfortable shoes for walking, Hat, Light shirt, Mosquito repellent, Sunscreen lotion

  • Tour Participants

    15 to 45

  • Volunteer Opportunities

    Yes

Tour Description

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.

2 Visitor Reviews

  • June 28, 2016

    Adorei e adoro o trabalho de vocês. Todas as vezes em que estive aí acompanhando grupo vocês foram de uma delicadeza maravilhosa. Só tenho elogios e coisas boas para falar de vocês. Obrigado Suzy, Eliane, Diana, Lucas, Belo, Messias, Suzana, Jotinha e tantos outros que fazem de Paraibuna um destino imperdível.

  • August 25, 2015

    Wonderful… We had an unforgettable welcome and experience!

How To Get There

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.

More About H&H Fauser

Mission

Promote sustainable development and culture, preserving both local environment and cultural heritage. Prepare young students to enter the ecologic market.

Main Programs

  • 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.