In and AROUND EcoRanch
Itacaré is a fantastic place and there are many other activities that we can organise for you during your stay with us. You will not be charged for the reservation of activities as long as you are hosted at EcoRanch. If you have no rental car, we shall take you there at a predetermined transportation fare or we shall arrange a taxi for you. We can inform the tariff of the activity upon demand as it may vary over the time. Behind the list below you will find people who are eco-conscious and share with us the principles of rural and receptive tourism.
JUNGLE TOUR BY WALK
For those who are looking for adrenaline, the ideal destination is Taboquinhas and the famous rapids of Rio de Contas river of class 3 and 4, approximately 20km before the river reaches its estuary in Itacaré. We can recomend one company that offers the best safety conditions. Once you are finished with the rapids, they will propose you the crossing of the river in the air suspended to a zipline. A lot of fun and big memories...
The farm is not only a horse ranch. We grow more than 20 different type of fruits and always try to bring them on your table. Main productions are coconuts and a fruit originated from Amazonia called cupuaçu that makes excellent smoothies. We shall be happy to show you current activities on the farm. Cost : no charge
Note: Best hours for BIRD WATCHING are sunrise and sunset.
If you are interested in the modern cocoa culture, understand how cocoa is grown and chocolate made, we can recomend a good place also located in Taboquinhas.
If what moves you is the ancient culture around cocoa and the fights for ground acquisition described in the famous books of Jorge Amado, we highly recomend you to spend one day in Ilhéus to visit the house where he wrote his first book at the age of 19 and the Bataclan where "colonels" used to go when they were taking some vacation from their fazenda to spend money in the town. Main books related to this theme can be borrowed from the ranch library.
Some areas of the ranch jungle are so steep that horses cannot get there. There are the most preserved ones where big endemic trees and unexpected forms of flora and fauna can be seen. The trail ends on the shore of the Burundanga river. Good shoes, closed clothing, and repellent are required for this 1h30 trip. Cost : R$50 . A more radical version with amphibian character may be organised upon demand.
Only 3km from the ranch is Engenhoca Beach where most surfing schools of Itacaré give their lessons all over the year. Reachable by walk or by bus. Non-surfers will love the seafront trail that connects Engenhoca to Hawaizinho and Gamboa, a very beautiful and isolated beach.