The SpaceThank you for visiting my listing. Casa Tlalli ("Earth" in Nahuatl, an ancient Mexican language) is a 48 hectare farm situated in a beautiful hill overlooking Morro da Prata (Silver Mountain) in the Vale da Prata near the border of Minas Gerais and Rio de Janeiro.
Tlalli is an on-going personal project. I am from Mexico, but having lived and worked in US for more than 2 decades, decided to buy the farm in order to get closer to the "earth". At Tlalli, I am looking to pay homage to the landscape and art.
The house. It is a large 3 bedroom home, flooded with light. One of the bedrooms has a long table to write and draw as well as a projector for viewing films in the evening.
The walls and nooks are adorned with modern and indigenous Brazilian and African art; complemented by a library with titles in English/French/Spanish/German and even Chinese (love Mandarin). There is an ofuro, not square like the traditional Japanese style, but rounded, where you can sit in hot water overlooking the mountain. The house has been recently repainted and renovated
We have a small garden that produces some condiments, lemongrass and my favourite, basil. We have some citrus and other fruit bearing trees (Kaki) and even a one lonesome grapevine that tends to yield quite acidic grapes, but some are good and they are natural, which is the best. Guest AccessTotal access to house and facilities. Interaction with GuestsI will probably not be in the house when you are there, BUT, there is a house manager to host you. The NeighborhoodThe surrounding area. The area is magic and a large reason as to why anyone comes here.
The house is located across the valley of famed Brazilian artist, Rubens Gerchman's studio, which survives today as a gallery tended by his former spouse.
We are in the Serra da Mantiqueira, known for its overflowing fresh water streams (you can learn more about the history and importance of the region searching for “Caminhos da Mantiqueira" – a documentary on the area). The land is 5km away from Mirantao, a small charming typical village of the interior of Brazil. You can take wood-carving lessons here, or just enjoy wonderful crepes from Leila's restaurant – Minheiro Maneiro (also the spouse of the housekeeper). 15kms you can also find Maringa, a surprisingly chic small village full of quaint restaurants & shops and quite a few artists. There is so much to enjoy, a good hike up Pedra Selada, spas nearby and even a Budhist temple – Dorje Chokhor Ling. Getting AroundTransport. We are situated halfway between Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo, next to the first National Park in Brazil – Itatiaia, along one of Brazil's main highways - Dutra. You have to then go over the mountains to Visconde de Maua and then another 45min to the land. Other Things to NoteTruth be told, the location is not for everyone. We are 5 hrs from SP and/or 4.5hours from Rio. I, for one, find it amazing that with such proximity to the city you can still find tantalizing pristine beauty. Tis wonderfully isolated so you can hear yourself, your dreams, enjoy the brightness of a full moon or the clarity of an immense starred sky, where the Milky Way is so ever apparent and not some distant concept in an astronomy book.
Once booked, we will be sending you by email a booklet with the instructions on how to get there, description etc.