Fazenda Holandesa

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If you want to stay with us for a long weekend horse riding, bird watching, fishing or collecting your own fruits and vegetables to make great food straight from nature, this is the place to be. We have staying arrangements from 150 Brazilian reais per person per night, including breakfast and simple meals from local produce. Interested?

Mail us at robdelaet@yahoo.com and we will be welcoming you!


Surrounded by forests, the Fazenda Holandesa is a beautiful, two kilometer long green valley in the mountains west of Salvador de Bahia, secluded from the outside world. It is located 6 km north of the small rural city of Ubaira. After a small pass-over you have a view of this valley which is one farm, completely private, with only the sounds of birds accompanying you. It feels like a small kingdom (and is indeed, with 185 hectares) about the size of Monaco. The valley consists of eighty hectares of native tropical forest (mata atlantica), hundred hectares of pasture, four hectares of cacao plantations and a central lake of about one hectare. Cows, horses and mules roam the valley, as do turkeys, peacocks, geese, ducks and chickens together with an abundance of native birdlife. At an average altitude of 720 meters (ranging from 650 to 850 meters), the climate is temperate tropical with maximum temperatures in summer of 28 degrees and minimum nighttime temperatures in winter of around 12 degrees.  The yearly rainfall is about 2000mm and the valley has twelve natural springs and a rivulet that give an abundance of water to the valley. Even during the great Bahian drought of 2011 and 2012 (the worst recorded), most springs kept on producing water.

I bought the fazenda in 2008 from an architect who could no longer keep up the property because of health reasons. The day he showed me this beautiful farm, I fell in love and have been ever since.


Slowly I improved its dirt road, the two houses on it, the fences and the coral. I cleaned up its pastures and found a new team of friendly staff who are keeping up the place. The foundations of a new, large house were laid and I introduced electricity, telephone and internet to the farm. With the sale of cacao and livestock the farm about breaks even, but I invested a lot in upgrading the place.


 In order to give nature more space, I reintroduced wild areas around the rivulet to give small wildlife more chance. Night time poaching has been stopped and the animal variety is increasing quickly, including small mammals like armadillo’s, opposums, marmosets and agoutis. Rumor has it that the jungle between the farm and Amargosa in the north, still has a pair of jaguars roaming around. The birdlife in the valley is amazingly abundant with humming birds, parrots and parakeets, hawks, vultures and tucans amongst its most beautiful species. I came across boa constrictors two times and one time I saw a tegu (lizard) of about a meter long. We are constantly improving the valley and have planted hundreds of trees and local plants.


It goes without saying that the place is full of small frogs and toads as well as butterflies and of course insects that can be a pest, like termites. But luckily there a very few mosquitos except near the lake.

© Rob de Laet,  een+1 = 3