It's a toss-up for whether coffee or cachaça is Brazil's national drink. This museum just west of Fortaleza offers tastings of the latter after you tour the plant and learn about the history of this liquor made from sugarcane juice that has been fermented and distilled; most notably, cachaça is the primary ingredient for the caipirinha, widely considered as Brazil's national cocktail. In the tavern you can see a 98,736-gallon wooden barrel, the largest in the
world. The museum is located inside the I-Park, which has a variety of fun activities, from paddleboats to a climbing wall.
Turn left off CE 65 just before small town of Maranguape, Fortaleza, 61940-000, Brazil
Mar 18, 2011
Be prepared for a 2 hour car journey from Fortaleza, but beautiful scenery! Breathtaking nature; interesting for people who like old mechanics (old refinery machines); Interesting tour of the ancient owners-house [tour only in Portuguese]; the tasting afterwards (2 tasting glasses included) a nice experience, in 'old tavern' style. Tractor ride to higher grounds of estate great for kids also; after 15 minute ride through beautiful nature, there's
a lake with opportunities for 'the active' (great for sporty teenagers; bring swim-gear/dry clothes). At main grounds there's also a lake with water-bikes, great for the family (costs extra). TIP: bring your own food (picnic benches plenty available) as everything is cheap, apart from food at restaurants!! A great destination for all ages and interests. Do drive back before 4PM, as it is still day-light! As some of the holes in the roads back to Fortaleza will leave your car stranded. Day-light required to avoid hitting one.