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Treat yourself with on-site Shiatsu or Californian-style massages and rejuvenate your body with daily yoga classes. This retreat will also let you experience horse riding in South America, galloping across incredibly panoramic beaches and alongside pristine lagoons or quieter walks through wild and peaceful bushland. Immerse yourself in a luxurious accommodation in an environment that demonstrates sustainability and respect for nature.
This luxury ecolodge is unique in the area, built with natural wood materials and straw carnauba typical of the Ceara region in Brazil and designed with both sustainability and comfort in mind. The calm, serene environment with large, airy common areas, eco-pool, and green spaces provides the perfect atmosphere to relax and unwind, practice yoga, and enjoy delicious home-cooked meals while still being affordable.
The location in Parajuru is ideal, being close to one of the best kitesurfing beaches in Brazil and the kitesurfing school. Housekeeping is provided daily. Castelo Vendom can provide beach towels as well. The ecolodge can accommodate up to 12 guests at a time.
Each room is 20 square meters with large dressing room, spacious bathroom, mosquito net, and fan. Housekeeping and towels are provided. On this retreat, you will stay at Amazonia room. Wi-Fi is available for free in and around the house. You will find a very spacious private bathroom with toilets.
On this retreat, you will get two hours of daily yoga training. This training includes Vinyasa flow yoga, Ashtanga, or Restorative you with Karine Tibau, with 13 years experience of yoga teaching in Monaco and over the world. She also speaks French, English, Italian, and Spanish.
Not only yoga, you will get two to three hours of horse riding on the beaches and bush and you will stop in a barraca on the beach to drink fresh drinks. Transfer to the fazenda is also included.
You may be used to a stud or a riding center in Europe, but here in Brazil, riding is more like the early twentieth century in the United States. Here, it is the vaqueros (Brazilian cowboys) who ensure the safety of rides and not instructors. Coaching is required before mounting the saddle, Delphine will coach you and follow your rides. The horses are out, prepared and washed before each ride. In case of last minute cancellation by a rider, no refund will be possible.
There is no equipment provided; bombs, boots, and protective gear are at your discretion. You can perfectly do without if you want. Castelo Vendom recommends wearing a brimmed hat, sunglasses, heavy canvas pants, ankle boots, and exercise shirt to protect you from the sun and straps. A slight gourd that can attach to the saddle of the horse will be welcome. Australian-style stool with a handle at the front or English-style for the more experienced. Hackamores or mores following horses hooves or without shackles.
Quarter Mile race (Quarto Milha, in Portuguese) were the first horses to be introduced in North America in 1600, brought from Arabia and Turkey by Spanish explorers and traders. The selected stallions were then bred with English mares in 1611. The mixture produces compact horses with strong and functional muscles for short distances, faster than any other race. Back then, the horses were specialized in working with livestock.
On weekends, the settlers had fun racing in the streets near the plantations, a distance of a quarter mile (402 meters), which gave the name of the horse. In 1955, Swift-King Ranch (SKR) imported six horses in the United States in Brazil, from its US parent, the famous King Ranch in Texas, the largest US farm. Like many Brazilian farmers, bankers and businessmen had the opportunity to know the Quarto Mile. The Quarter Horse then spread to Brazil in particular as a sports horse for racing and vaquejades.
It is a robust horse chestnut generally dress, bay or gray, to wither height from 1.70 to 1.75 meters, performance for jumping, dressage, and eventing. Quiet and attentive to his rider, he is not deceitful and easily directed.
The rides are from two hours to three hours depending on your endurance level. They are punctuated by a refreshment break, swim, or lunch following the organization of each ride.
Several possible routes between bush, beaches, marshes, or dunes are available, depending on the season and your abilities. Groups are organized with different levels so that beginners are safe. That said, Castelo Vendom prefers groups with the same level so that the walks are of regular rhythm.
Parajuru is a small fishing village where peace and tranquility reign. The beaches are absolutely majestic, they are formed of lagoons where the water is shallow and warm, perfect for swimming and kitesurfing. The ecolodge is located five minutes' walk to the beach through the sand slopes typical of Brazil.
On the beach, you can find "barracas", small huts serving local food and drinks. The nearby kitesurfing school is a great spot to indulge in European food in a very sporty atmosphere. For those who like nightlife, the village hosts some local bars and a nightclub, as well as small general stores for everyday supplies.
At dinner with half board, you will enjoy the favorable rates and menus such as an aperitif caipirinha, a meal, a sorbet, water at will. While for breakfast, there will be French breakfast with fruits, french homemade bread, and marmalades, tea, coffee or milk, french butter, honey, and some surprises. Eggs, ham, fruit juices in sup.
Please book your flight to arrive at Pinto Martins – Fortaleza International Airport (FOR). Transfer from and to the airport is included. Castelo Vendom will pick you up from the airport.
There are frequent buses leaving from Fortaleza to Parajuru every day, which leave from the Central Station in Fortaleza, called Rodoviária de Fortaleza or sometimes also called Rodoviária São Tomé. If you are arriving to Fortaleza from the airport, you will need to take a taxi to the bus station.
The bus takes around two and a half to three hours to reach Parajuru. Castelo Vendom recommends that you take a sweater as buses in Brazil tend to have strong air conditioning. The bus company is called Sao Benedito, and tickets can be purchased at their counter inside the bus station.
You will need to let the driver know when boarding that you are getting off at Parajuru. Castelo Vendom also recommends that you ask other passengers to let you know when you have reached Parajuru as there is no name written on the bus station in Parajuru, and the bus does not stop in all villages. Castelo Vendom will come pick you up from the bus station, please let Castelo Vendom know the time of your bus departure.