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Farm in Paraty Opens Its Front Gate to the Public Following Restoration and Reforestation Period

02/23/2018 - 11h14

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FLÁVIA G. PINHO
FROM PARATY

One of the oldest farms in Paraty, which was founded in the end of the 17th century, has just been reopened to the public. Formerly known as the Murycana, the Fazenda Bananal changed hands, underwent restoration and was transformed into an eco-agricultural tourist complex.

The main house was renovated over the course of the past three years under the supervision of the National Historical And Artistic Heritage Institute (Iphan). In order to change some of the wooden beams, the pylon walls were wrapped in steel straps and raised using hydraulic jacks.

The house, which features its original kitchen with its wood stove, and a water wheel, has been transformed into a museum.

Quem quiser conhecer a fazenda mais a fundo pode optar por um passeio guiado. O mais básico
custa R$ 50 por pessoa (meia-entrada a R$ 25) e dura cerca de uma hora e o mais completo R$ 100 por pessoa.

"The permanent exhibition tells the story of colonial Brazil and agriculture in both the country and the farm itself, which was a gold warehouse that produced coffee, cachaça, sugar and manioc flour", said proprietor Roberto Pinheiro.

The entrance fee is R$ 20 (roughly US$ 6) for adults and R$ 10 (US$ 3) for children and elders. Guests can visit the house and walk around the gardens which now include plant species found in Brazil's Atlantic Forest.

Those who wish to have a more in-depth experience can opt for a tour guide. Prices start at R$ 50/R$ 25 per person (US$ 15/US$ 7.50) and the tour lasts approximately one hour. The complete tour costs R$ 100 (US$ 30) per person.

Translated by THOMAS MATHEWSON

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The main house was renovated over the course of the past three years under the supervision of the National Historical And Artistic Heritage Institute (Iphan)
The main house was renovated over the course of the past three years under the supervision of the National Historical And Artistic Heritage Institute (Iphan)

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