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Take part in a horse riding holiday amidst the lush tropical nature! This holiday can offer you what you need; peace and quiet, fun, enjoyment, or adventure, whether you’re traveling alone, as a couple, with friends or with the whole family. The location of this holiday is known all over Brazil for its beautiful landscapes with rainforests, mountains, vast lagoons, and endless fine and clean sandy beaches.
Hotel Fazenda Sítio Nosso Paraíso offers 10 spacious and cozy guestrooms as single, double, or family rooms. Each room has its own shower room, minibar, ceiling fans, and direct access to the covered veranda with a pool table. Hotel Fazenda Sítio Nosso Paraíso also has a lounge, library, and TV room with DVD player. A swimming pool with bar, a separate kids’ pool, and a sauna are also available for the guests.
On the 10 hectares of organic farmland, there is a botanical garden with a variety of flowers, bushes, and tropical trees, including fruit trees like coconut, mango, citrus fruit, avocado, and banana plants. Here, you’ll find sunny and covered verandas, a comfortable seating area, and hammocks amidst the lush vegetation, a lake with an island, and a viewpoint overlooking the sea. The hotel also has 10 horses, a dog, cats, two tortoises, two pigs, a few ducks, geese, and hens. However, the animals cannot access the guest area. The grounds are also home to small monkeys, colorful butterflies, many singing birds, and hummingbirds.
You can choose from a variety of different horse rides and tours, one per day. Thus, you can compose your individual itinerary according to your preferences. Beginners, advanced riders, and also their non-riding partners are welcome. Program changes according to weather, riding skills, and interests of the participants reserved. At public holidays like Christmas, New Year, Carnaval, etc., Hotel Fazenda Sítio Nosso Paraíso might not offer whole day rides or excursions because of intense traffic. Instead of this, they do organize tours to the fireworks at the beach or visits to parades and processions.
You will tour around the farm hotel, meeting the horses of the Mangalarga Marchador breed. There will be an introduction to the gait Marcha, similar to Tölt. After that, it's time to relax by the pool or in the hammock.
You will ride to an idyllic stream in the rainforest (one and a half hours in the saddle). In the afternoon, there will be a tour to the endless white sandy beaches of Saquarema (by car).
You will ride on sandy paths to the lagoon of Saquarema. There will be a lunch break at a cozy bar / restaurant on the shore where you can observe many bird species and enjoy the view (four to six hours).
This is a whole day ride to the sea through the sandy paths close to the lagoon which lead to the town of Saquarema. You will pass a quiet residential area and reach the beach. You will then break by the sea with a possibility of swimming and picnic. In the afternoon, you will ride back to the hotel (six to seven hours).
This ride can also be organized as an extended two-day tour. In this case, the horses stay overnight at a friends place near the beach while the riders are taken to the hotel and continue their ride the next day after breakfast. This leaves more time for the beach or a bath with the horses in the lagoon (three to four hours).
You will enjoy a long ride through hilly terrain, passing through the rainforest, plantations, small farms, and cattle pastures with a wonderful view and break for drinks / snacks at a bar (three to four hours). In the evening trip to Saquarema, you can enjoy a spectacular sunset at the viewpoint above the lagoon.
This is an adventurous ride uphill through rainforest and plantations with fantastic views of the tropical landscape, at the horizon lagoon and sea (two and a half hours). In the evening, there will be a Brazilian barbecue (Churrasco) at the patio.
You will have a horseback ride to the "zoo" of Saquarema, a small ranch holds different species of Brazilian and other animals. You can also arrange a guided tour (by arrangement with the owner). On the ride back, you will climb a viewpoint with an impressive panoramic view over Saquarema (three to five hours).
You will visit the weekly market in Bacaxá with fresh tropical fruits, vegetables, and handicrafts from the region. In the afternoon, there will be a ride to the small town center of Rio Seco with a break in a bar. You can enjoy the view over the green hills, various orchards, horse, and cattle pastures (two hours).
You will have a ride on the paths that the naturalist Darwin chose on his voyages of discovery almost 200 years ago. You will ride through the vast valley of Rio Mole to a mountain range (650 meters) and stop at a picturesque waterfall with a possibility for a bath. In the evening, there will be a return transport of the riders to the hotel. The next day, the trail continues through the foothills of the Mata Atlantica to the small town of Sampaio. After a refreshment, it continues from there between farms and pastures near the lagoon back to the hotel (four hours). This ride is dependent on weather conditions.
Hotel Fazenda Sítio Nosso Paraíso has nine Campolino and Mangalarga-Marchador horses (a Brazilian breed), known for their gentle “marcha” (comfortable trot, similar to the Tölt), as well as for their good-tempered and patient disposition. The animals are raised at the 10-hectare farmland. The horses have free rein on the vast meadow areas and they come to feed in the sheltered area twice a day. There is a round pan for longing and training horses, a tack room, as well as a grooming and washing area.
In addition to the horse rides, there will also be excursions by car you can choose during this holiday.
You will have a boat tour in the natural reserve Arraial do Cabo and Blue Grotto and bathing in the turquoise blue water on secluded beaches, floating restaurant, or large water with turtles, many colorful fishes and sometimes even dolphins or penguins (75 kilometers).
Cabo Frio is a popular seaside resort with dune landscape, fine white sandy beach, a viewpoint with small fort on the sea, historic quarter, small monastery, and cupel un a hill with a view over the city, a large pedestrian area with good shopping possibilities, and "bikini mile" (70 kilometers).
You will drive to the fine sandy beaches of Saquarema, stroll around the city, visit the church on a rock by the sea (9 kilometers).
You will enjoy a spectacular Jeep tour in the mountains of Sampaio Correia, the starting point for kite pilots and paragliders. You can enjoy the view over the entire environment. Tandem flights with experienced flight instructors is possible (currently 100 EUR). Afterward, there will be a little hike to the hidden waterfalls in the rainforest (12 kilometers).
The hike will be three to four hours (450-meter altitude difference) through the rainforest around the hotel and the banana plantations with a great view over Saquarema, lagoon, and sea. Afterward, there will be an excursion with shopping opportunity of cheap Brazilian Western riding accessories as well as other souvenirs.
You will enjoy a day trip to Rio de Janeiro, guided tour to Copacabana, and a tour through the old town center. Alternatively, you can visit Sugar Loaf Mountain, Corcovado, the botanical garden, or the artists' district of Santa Theresa (100 kilometers).
You will have a tour into the mountains to the former summer residence of the Portuguese royal family, city tour to a cathedral, Castle Museum, Crystal Palace, and home of the aircraft manufacturer Santos Dumont (160 kilometers).
You will enjoy a visit to the picturesque town on a peninsula that became famous after a visit by Brigitte Bardot. You will enjoy the views over the peninsula, discover dream beaches, and stroll through the old town (boulevard with many boutiques, bars, and restaurants) (100 kilometers).
This is an excursion to the hidden waterfalls in the jungle and a visit to a natural "outdoor swimming pool" in the beautiful landscape, a small complex with natural pool and bar with drinks and local dishes (10 kilometers).
Claudia is the horse guide and will accompany you or your rides. She started horse riding at the age of 10 and had her first own horse when she turned 12. She loves her horses and will help you to chose the best one for you. As an engineer of agriculture, she has a profound knowledge of plants and will be happy to tell you about the tropical surrounding on the trails.
Reinhard is Claudias husband, they moved to Brazil in 2006 and since got two handsome kids, Laro and Jon. Reinhard also is a horse lover and -guide. As well, he will guide your excursions and recommend the best spots according to your individual interests.
The farm hotel is nestled amidst lush tropical vegetation, just 80 kilometers from Rio de Janeiro and 8 kilometers from the beaches of Saquarema, Brazil. The 10-hectare grounds, set at the foot of the mountains, offer a beautiful view of the surrounding areas; rainforests, fruit plantations, and pastures.
In Saquarema and Bacaxá, the small cities nearby, there are many shopping options including boutiques, supermarkets, and a weekly market, as well as clinics, banks, a post office, restaurants, and bars. There’s a vibrant nightlife scene, an artisans’ market at the weekends, discos, and live music. There is a bus stop just 200 meters from the hotel with connections to the center of Rio de Janeiro (90 minutes) every half-hour, as well as regular services to Saquarema (20 minutes) and Bacaxá (12 minutes).
The coastal resort of Saquarema has many beaches that cater for all tastes and offers ideal conditions for surfing. All along the fine, sandy beaches are small and cozy beach restaurants. The town of Saquarema is dominated by the old Portuguese church “Nossa Senhora de Nazareth”, built in 1630 on top of a rock overlooking the sea. You can get to the beach by taking a public bus that passes quite often or a cheap taxi. Transfers leaving the hotel are also offered. Further destinations with lovely beaches are the popular seaside resorts of Cabo Frio and Búzios (55 and 70 kilometers away respectively).
This holiday includes full-board meals. In the whole-day trips, you will be served a half-board meals. Hotel Fazenda Sítio Nosso Paraíso's chefs make delicious local and international dishes that will delight your taste buds. Come taste high-quality Brazilian meats, fresh fish, and seafood accompanied by a selection of vegetables, side dishes, and salad followed by coffee, and in the evening, dessert. Hotel Fazenda Sítio Nosso Paraíso is happy to cook the way you like it; vegan, for example.
An abundant buffet breakfast, lunch, and dinner are served on the covered terrace with a view over the tropical flora. You can enjoy your meal with Hotel Fazenda Sítio Nosso Paraíso at the large table or privately by yourself in peace, it’s up to you. As well as soft drinks, mineral water, and beer, the bar also serves fresh fruit juices, high-quality wines, and cocktails.
Rio de Janeiro–Galeão International Airport
The main means of transport in Brazil is the bus with a public network matching European standards. From Rio de Janeiro-Galeão International Airport (GIG), you can get a taxi or a regular airport bus (provided by “REAL”) to the main bus station “Rodoviaria Novo Rio”. Regular buses provided by “1001” go to Bacaxá, the journey takes about 90 minutes. Or take the ferry to Niterói from Praca 15 in Rio's city center. The Niterói bus station is located just beside the ferries. Buses provided by “1001” go to Bacaxá. Please note that if the bus takes the road RJ 106 (Rodovia Amaral Peixoto, passing Maricá - Bacaxá - Araruama), you can leave at kilometer 62, between Sampaio Correia and Bacaxá. After 200 meters on a gravel road, you will reach the hotel. If the bus takes the route “Via Lagos”, leave in Bacaxá and take another bus (“Rio Lagos”) or a taxi to the hotel (Distance of 8 kilometers).
Taking a taxi is easy and cheap. Rental cars can be hired in Rio de Janeiro or in Cabo Frio. Daily rates vary between 45 and 70 EUR (on 2006). You need your passport and a valid driving license.
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