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Country Life In Chãos: 2-Day Trip Of The Portuguese Countryside Near Lisbon

How about living like a shepherd for a day, and learning the art of beekeeping? Explore the mysterious caves and mountainous landscapes around Chãos on the back of big-eared friend! Duration: 2 Days (approx.)
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Spend two unforgettable days in close contact with nature in the small mountain village of Chãos near Rio Maior in the Natural Park of Serras de Aire and Candeeiros. Indulge in the pleasures of living in the countryside and take full advantage of its fragrances, flavors and the beauty of the surrounding landscape.

You will start the day with an interpretive walk through Chãos, where you will discover the village’s secrets and its vast rural heritage. After, you will get to enjoy an authentic delicious lunch at the “Terra Chã” restaurant. The afternoon is dedicated to living the experience of being a shepherd for a few hours and taking care of a herd of goats alongside shepherd Raul.

In this activity, the participants will accompany the community herd of the “Terra Chã” Cooperative and its shepherd in all the tasks, leading the goats through their pastures, listening to the shepherd’s explanations and exchanging experiences with him.

Later on, there will still be enough time for a visit to Alcobertas cave, where you’ll learn about the cave’s historic and hydro-geological importance, the speleothems and their formation, as well as the history of human occupation all the way from the Upper Paleolithic until the present time. At the end of the day, enjoy a strengthening dinner at the restaurant “Terra Chã” and before taking your well-deserved rest to recover all the energy you’ll need for the next day.

The second day will also be dedicated to the life on the field and to helping to carry out the tasks of the people that spend their lives here. During the morning, you’ll get to prove yourself as a beekeeper, identifying the region’s honey flora and unraveling the bees’ secrets by observing a beehive from the inside. You will be able to make the crest, extract the honey, pack it and take it with you. Lunch will take place at the restaurant “Terra Chã” before your trip will conclude with an adventurous tour on the back of a friendly donkey, at which you will explore the endless routes and discover the biodiversity of Serra dos Candeeiros.

- What Will You Do

Day 1:

10:00 am | Arrival at Chãos – Accommodation in “Terra Chã”
10:30 am | Walking tour around the village of Chãos (cisterns, gutters, troughs, traditional construction and bread oven, etc.)
12:30 pm | Lunch at the restaurant “Terra Chã”
01:30 pm | Shepherds routes, with the community herd of mountain goats (a herd with the function of habitat management and prevention of rural fires)
04:30 pm | Interpretive visit to the Alcobertas cave.
08:00 pm | Dinner at the restaurant “Terra Chã” + free evening

Day 2:

09:00 am | Breakfast
09:30 am | Be a beekeeper for a day (identification of the honey flora of the region and unveiling the secret of the bees)
12:30 pm | Lunch at the restaurant “Terra Chã”
01:30 pm | Ride on a donkey’s back
05:30 pm | End of activity

- What To Expect

- Two incredible days, full of tradition and great experiences.
- Explore a region even unknown to the Portuguese, get in touch with ancient traditions and professions, explore nature, taste delicious traditional food.
- Get in touch with the locals and experience the days they live.
- A unique experience, with a different way of doing tourism!

- What Is Included

- Accommodation
- All meals described in the program
- Professionals and local guides for the activities
- Materials for all the experiences
- Insurance

- What Is Not Included

- Transport to Chãos
- Extras

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Price per person:
- From 1 to 2 persons: 150.00  /person.
- From 3 to 5 persons: 140.00  /person.
- From 5 to 8 persons: 130.00  /person.

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- Duration: 2 days
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Meeting Point

Rio Maior
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