About this listing
Named for the Vinacea parrot which is native to this Mata Atlantica sub-tropical temperate region of São Paulo state, Brazil, adjacent to Lymington Foundation ecological preserve, site of international ecological studies and projects.
Vinacea is an entire house available, surrounded by protected environment, with capacity to host up to four guests.
It is part of a complex of three available houses, neighboring the Lymington Foundation, offering flexibility to host up to 12 guests. The other two houses are listed at Air bnb under "Chalet" in Juquitiba, and later in 2016 under "João de Barro" in Juquitiba.
This complex faces a lake and river system, the culmination of three valleys. For longer stays and/or larger groups, Vinacea shares common areas with laundry facilities, covered gazebo with barbecue and brick pizza oven and porch with abundant seating areas and hammock hooks.
The distance between the houses are close enough for easy access of common areas but far enough for guests preferring independence and privacy.
Property is gated, which offers privacy and control of access to projects and research area associated with the foundation. Access will be coordinated once guest estimated time of arrival is established.
Located one hour from São Paulo as the crow flies. However roads and traffic common to this city mean transit time of 2 hours or more. If traveling directly from international locations and landing at Guarulhos International Airport, a rental car is advisable and have some local currency for toll roads. The last 6km (20 minutes) to the property is dirt road.
Interaction with guests
Vinacea, with its complex, is part of an active projects and research area. Depending on season and projects cycle, there may be guests in the adjacent houses associated with researchers, academics, government and Non Governmental Organizations, and eco-tourists passing through on their way to other parts of Brazil.
Therefore Vinacea is offered primarily for autonomous and independent stays including meals, entertainment, logistics and medical support, but the groups mentioned above are always great people and enjoyable interaction and a civilized cocktail hour at sunset may be available depending on calendar, at guests discretion.
This area of Brazil is unique for two primary reasons: it is the one of the last and the largest contiguous piece of Atlantic coastal cloud rainforest remaining and thus serves as primary watershed for São Paulo. The second characteristic is this watersheds' proximity to the third largest and very cosmopolitan and business-active cities in the world. The contrasts of these two environments is valued by travelers visiting Sâo Paulo.
Juquitiba 30-35 minutes away is the nearest town with supermarkets, pharmacy, dentist, and service stations on the way.
One hour toward São Paulo is the historical colonial town of Embu das Artes notable for arts, crafts, authentic indigenous crafts from the Amazon and Mato Grosso and minerals/semi-precious stones from Minas Gerais. Embu also has excellent restaurants and even a biergarten from local german tradition.
Other things to note
Cell phone coverage is weak or unavailable in certain areas. Internet service not available except through own provision (mifi).
Prefer at least 2 days advance notice for booking to enable local hosts to help in planning needs of the guests.
Please avoid evening or late arrivals. Reception hosts most likely up before sunrise.
Vinacea stay is enhanced for guests already experienced in traveling to unique places with reduced levels of support, amenities.
Outside areas are habitat to wildlife, nesting territory, ongoing research. Small dogs are permitted. Due to wildlife, leashes or well behaved pets preferred when outdoors.
Having grown up in Sao Paulo Brazil, I value its people, beauty and unspoiled nature as well as its position and importance to our world, therefore we have preserved the connections established in my early years and wish to maintain that sphere of influence for the long term. The property, Vinacea, listed in Air bnb, is an integral part of maintaining those connections with that beautiful country along with the mission of the neiboring Lymington Foundation to preserve, protect and restore parts of the environment so impacted by development.
Included in this endeavor is my brother Wallace and his wife Claudia. We list three houses, "Vinacea", the "Chalet" in Juquitiba, and later in 2016 "Joao de Barro", neighbor to the Lymington Foundation property and preserve. These three properties together form a system of enclosed valleys with rivers, lakes and original rainforest. It is a laboratory setting for universities, foundations and scientists to study the tropical rainforest environment and specific species. The properties have hosted research teams, phD candidates and guests from around the world for its protected, unique environment.
We are excited to make these properties available for guests interested in environmental wonders in a pristine setting, value such contrast with urban environments or enjoy such locations in this part of the world.
Guests are offered the entire property. The area is very much alive with activity behind the scenes. In other words, guests will have complete peace and privacy but they will not be alone.