The Desempenho Farm and Riding School is at Estrada Antônio José, km 5, Faraó in Cachoeiras de Macacu
The entrance to the Estrada Antônio José is at km 32 of the RJ 116 (Itaboraí – Nova Friburgo). There is a large sign at the turn-off
Follow the sign Desempenho
From Rio de Janeiro there are two routes (our location is marked on Google Maps):
1. Via Ponte Rio - Niterói
Rio – Niterói– Itaboraí – Cachoeiras de Macacu (RJ 116). You turn off at km 32,(before reaching Cachoeiras de Macacu) There is a big sign. Continue for 5 km, where you will see a sign at the entrance and turn left.
This is the shortest route (98 km), but also the busiest route, so it is not always faster.
2. Via Linha Vermelha
Rio – Duque de Caxias – saida direção Teresópolis (BR493 e BR116) leaving the highway at Parada Modelo (RJ122). At the end of the RJ 122 turning right onto the RJ 116 (direction Itaborai). At km 32 do RJ 116 (after the bridge over the Macucu river), turn left. There is a sign with Desempenho. Continue for 5 km km, turning left at the entrance sign.
This route is longer (115 km), but it is a beautiful drive with beautiful views of the Serra do Mar and traffic is much better.
The Serra do Mar with the Pedra do Garrafão seen from RJ-122 (photo Ariane Janér)