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Fazenda Catuçaba is managed by Emmanuel, the Owner.
R$350 - R$3250/night
Suitable for 2-4 people

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Fazenda Catuçaba main building - Fazenda Catuçaba, in São Paulo, Brazil
— Emmanuel: “I would say, if there is a word to define what we do and what we want to do, it wouldn’t be sustainability, it would be simplicity. Let’s get simple. Let’s simplify people’s life.”
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— Tell us a bit about Fazenda Catuçaba please.

Emmanuel: “Fazenda Catuçaba has opened in December 2010. I actually never had the plan to do a second hotel after Pousada Picinguaba. It just happened, just like the first one. I was looking for a place to cultivate vegetables for the restaurant, because we couldn’t find a good quality by the beach. Nothing really grows there because of the heat and the humidity.

So I went to look for a small garden up in the mountains and then I found this incredible fazenda with over 500 acres. I absolutely fell in love with the place. It is actually exactly half way between São Paulo and Picinguaba and it’s a totally different thing. You know, it’s an hour and a half from Picinguaba, but it’s up in the mountains. It’s much cooler there and you have horses and a coffee plantation, so it’s another type of Brazil.”
Fazenda Catuçaba main building - Fazenda Catuçaba, in São Paulo, Brazil
— Fazenda Catuçaba main building

— What’s the philosophy of Fazenda Catuçaba?

Emmanuel: “I think somehow values are timeless, they have always existed and always will. The only difference is that we invent names for them that did not exist before, like sustainability. It seems like it did not exist years ago and now everybody is talking about it. You know, I have been raised with sustainability. I have always been eating chicken from the neighbour in the countryside. I have always had organic food in my childhood, because my mom knew it was better than processed food. And I have always been taking care of the environment and treated people fairly. And that is what we are doing at Picinguaba and here at Fazenda Catuçaba, with the difference that before we were sort of radical and now we are fashionable. We don’t try to do those things to catch an audience. We do these things because it is our personality.”
 - Fazenda Catuçaba, in São Paulo, Brazil

— What is so special about the farm, the fazenda?

Emmanuel: “Fazenda Catuçaba is completely self-sufficient. It produces its own energy and the drinking water is from a delicious spring on the property. Everything you eat is produced organically on the property. We have fresh milk from the cows for breakfast, cheese and fruits from the garden, and obviously the coffee. So all the meals and drinks are freshly prepared by our 6 employees who live on the land. Some of them have lived there for 25 years. So they really know their way around. There is the main house with one big suite and 3 annexes with additional 7 bedrooms and 2 suites. And we have 10 horses of all levels.”
Fazenda Catuçaba interior - Fazenda Catuçaba, in São Paulo, Brazil
— Fazenda Catuçaba interior

— And you also integrate the local community?

Emmanuel: “Yes, we train and employ people from the village because it makes sense. Most people won’t do that in Brazil because they think people can’t be trained. I would say, if there is a word to define what we do and what we want to do, it wouldn’t be sustainability, it would be simplicity. Let’s get simple. Let’s simplify people’s lives. We are already living this concept at Picinguaba and now we are incorporating it into Fazenda Catuçaba.”
Fazenda Catuçaba bedroom - Fazenda Catuçaba, in São Paulo, Brazil
— Fazenda Catuçaba bedroom
 
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