Alternative São Paulo

THE DESTINATION

As a point of reference, Grajaú is located south of the capital of São Paulo, on the banks of the Billings dam. With almost 400 thousand inhabitants, it is the largest district in the city. Despite its 176 favelas, the region has shown strong socio-cultural development, based on social innovation, sustainability through ecotourism, organic agriculture, art (graffiti), and the great commitment of residents who are working to change their reality and that of their surroundings.

THE EXPERIENCE

A good reason to travel is to challenge our perceptions that we have of certain places. Different from the most well-known attractions in São Paulo, the trip to Grajaú / Bororé is not an experience on the red carpet. The tour puts you in contact with social projects that reinforce leisure and culture in the periphery. We will make a crossing by ferry between the gigantic city of São Paulo with beautiful buildings to a rural São Paulo that takes the responsibility for opening their doors to a world with people of all ages, with different emotional baggage, while being confident in the future.

Principais destinos da Vivejar

Highlights

  • Local art
  • Gastronomy
  • History
  • Rural communities
  • Social projects
  • Casa Ecoativa

Itinerary

1 Day Trip Description

Meet with the Vivejar host by 8am at the ticket gate of the Santo Amaro Station of CPTM (Companhia Paulista de Trens Metropolitanos), from where we will continue (approximately 1 hour) to the district of Grajaú. Upon arriving at the destination, we will meet with the local leaders and board the vehicle that will drive us around throughout the day.

We will arrive at the edge of the Billings Dam – one of the largest and most important water reservoirs in the São Paulo metropolitan region. We will be welcomed with a delicious breakfast, prepared with organic products grown on Bororé Island. Next up we pay a visit to the famous “Mural do Enivo”, a local artist with international fame. Take the opportunity to learn about the history of the neighborhood, curiosities and the work by other local artists.

We will walk to the headquarters of the Billings Meninos project to learn no about its various initiatives and how they are using the dam to transform the reality of young people in the region. We will also put our hands to use by helping with any specific task that the project requires on the date of the visit.

With only a 10 minutes crossing, we will get on a boat and embark towards a remote region of São Paulo, where the residents overcame the difficulty of accessing formal work opportunities by starting local agriculture initiatives, which promote income generation and strengthen the local community.

These efforts made them the largest producer and supplier of organic food to the capital, being a national reference in this type of agriculture. We will enjoy a lunch and later we will visit the collective of Casa Ecoativa, a participative environmental management program that has articulated and built socio-eco-cultural proposals and activities since 1998. With the focus on rescuing the culture of the community, valuing the artists of the region and actions aimed at preserving the environment.

After lunch, we will go for a walk through the historical part of Bororé, passing by points such as Mural da Vila, Capela and Armazém do Edinho. The next stop will be Sítio Paiquerê, one of the main organic food producers in São Paulo. We will get to know both the plantations and the modernist architecture of the place, in addition to the Ninhal das Garças – a tourist spot in the neighborhood, due to the migration of these birds and the setting up of their nests for reproduction.

We take a moment to get to know even more about the origin of this community and understand what made this development of such unique artistic initiatives and expressions possible. An opportunity to ask questions and give feedback and suggestions for the community.

We will return to Grajaú station and catch the train back to the center of the capital. After such a different experience in the middle of the metropolis, the return trip is a great time to reflect on the experience throughout the day.

Important Information

INCLUDED IN THE PACKAGE

  • Local guide
  • Vivejar Host
  • Workshops
  • Exclusive vehicle
  • Breakfast and lunch
  • Ferry tickets to and from the Island of Bororé
  • Train tickets between Santo Amaro – Grajaú – Santo Amaro
  • Health Insurance

NOT INCLUDED IN THE PACKAGE

  • Airline tickets
  • Accommodation
  • Personal expenses
  • Industrialized drinks
  • Other meals and items not mentioned as included

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