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Sugar is considered as an integral part of the human diet and found, depending on the region, in many staple foods. It is processed in almost every food category.
Until the XV century, sugar was a rare spice that few had access to. With the colonization and first experiments with the plant, took only 50 years (1424 to 1475) to became the biggest European supplier.
My dedication, knowledge and pride in my roots gave me the tools to design a tour where you will understand the role my ancestors had to the borders we have today.
Sugar was disputed, traded, originated conflicts, took nations to richness and poverty and people to greed and gluttony. If you think about sugarcane, it is a plant that suffers a lot. Chopped, crushed, ground, squeezed, beaten, pressurised, no matter what, it will always provide a sweet outcome and if you simply leave for a couple of days, it will ferment and if you distill it, magic will happen. Mix that magic with lemon/orange and honey and you have Poncha.
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This tour can be extended 1 or 2 hours without any extra cost.
If you are a solo traveller or travelling with another person, please ask for a special quote.
This tour will cover mainly the East part of the island where one of the highlights will be visiting a living museum, the last steam distillery producing some of the best and most awarded Madeiran Agricole Rhums where you can taste some of their products. -Starting in Santa Cruz, we will then head to Santo da Serra, Portela, Porto da Cruz with the Sugar Cane factory visit, Faial, Caniçal and Machico, driving in some old (and fun) roads and paths, visiting our ancient forest is also a possibility if you wish for. It is a tour with a mindblowing diversity in landscapes going from lush greens to burnt colors and blue, a lot of blues! What are you waiting for? This tour has the Satisfaction Guaranteed stamp! -The itinerary can be customised according to your preferences, please inquire