"This is where Festa do Peão Cowboy Festival) takes place..."  

Barretos is located to the north of the State of São Paulo, having as main access road the Highway Brigadeiro Faria Lima. To arrive in Barretos coming from São Paulo, take Rodovia dos Bandeirantes (Bandeirantes Highway)(SP-348) or Rodovia Anhanguera (Anhanguera Highway)(SP-330), towards Campinas. Folow in Rodovia Anhanguera (SP-330) towards the interior and, soon after the toll of Limeira, in Km 153, take Rodovia Washington Luiz (Washington Luiz Highway)(SP-310), towards Rio Claro, São Carlos, Araraquara and Matão. 

"... a mega event."  

Ranchos Festivos (Festival Ranchs)   - Private properties located inside of Paruqe do Peão (Cowboy Park), they present original architectural projects and that reproduce characteristics of constructions of the local area. They are used during the whole year for several types of events. 

Ponto de Pouso das Comitivas (Queima do Alho) (Rest Point of the Corteges - Garlic Burn)   - It reproduces with accuracy the atmosphere of when the cowboys would stop for some rest and stay overnight, presenting rustic constructions that recreate the country mood and they mark the best moments of the long trips done by the corteges, in other words, the moment of the meals, of the music and of the stories of the interiors. In Cortege Resting Point the lunch is served, having as menu, Queima do Alho (Garlic Burning), a typical cowboy dish constituted of bean, (enriched with pig belongings), "carreteiro" rice, crusher made farofa, sautéed green vegetable, pepper and other garrisons that sustained the cowboys in work. 

"Uh, that might hurt! "  

Sociedade Hípica "Os Independentes" (Equine society "The Independent")   - Area reserved  for the practice of functional competition, as team roping, calf bow, three drums and bulldog. Visits to the stall, ration room, room of saddles and equipments, besides saddles and equipments, besides bleachers and bar. It offers stay service and training of horses the whole year. 

Estádio de Rodeio (Rodeo Stadium)   - Larger symbol of the Cowboy Park, projected by Oscar Niemeyer, with 35 thousand seating people of capacity. It is the stage for the accomplishment of the rodeo circuits and of Barretos International Rodeo, besides hosting the megashows accomplished during the Cowboy Festival. Still in the stadium it is programmed a visit to skybox number 1, where the great personalities of the artistic, cultural, political and business world stay, when they visit Barretos during the Rodeo. 

"It's kind of a country town."  

Memorial do Peão (Cowboy Memorial)  - Spaces especially drifted to host events related to the country culture, used for country  parties during the whole year and mainly in August. During the visit there is the projection of a documentary on the last Cowboy Festivals, giving the exact dimension of the emotion and magnificence of the Brazil's most traditional country event. 

Fazendinha   - A part of the Cowboy Park that reproduces with authenticity the characteristics of a farm of the area, with lines of Minas Gerais culture as a corral for manual milking  and a mill moved by animal traction, producing the sugar cane broth (that will be transformed in garapa, melado and cahaça). Opportunity for tasting and purchase of regional tidbits: cheese bread, corn bread, raw brown sugar, cookie of manioc flour and cashew. 

Passeio histórico pela cidade. (City historical walk)  - Guided walk by Barretos downtown, visiting Praça Francisco Barreto (Francisco Barreto Square (that has the name of the founder of the city) and, surrounding it, the Ruy Menezes Museum (artistic and folkloric collection), Catedral do Divino Espírito Santo (Holy Spirit Cathedral)(patron of the city) and Museu Histórico e Folclórico do Peão de Boiadeiro (Cowboy's Historical and Folkloric Museum) (historical-cultural patrimony of the city). Following, a visit to Paulo de Lima Corrêa building (first place to host the Cowboy Festival) and the Lakes area (place for the sports practice, encounters and city parties). 

Tocada de Boiada (passeio interativo) (Herd leading - interactive)   - One of the high points of the weekend country. This walk is constituted of a herd (approximately 70 cattle) between two rural properties. The herd is driven by a cortege of authentic cowboys, together with the tourists, all riding horses. In the course of the cowboy road, the tourist will have the opportunity to appreciate several plantation types as sugar cane , coffee, corn, rubber trees and pastures. In the end of the course, a typical country coffee is served, a plentiful meal composed by several typical local dishes: maize flour cake, cheese bread, donuts, cookies, cheese cream, home-made bread, butter, jellies, juices, milk and coffee; all produced with high quality ingredientsy. 

"See ya!"  

Rancho (Ranch) Nossa Senhora de Guadalupe (Haras Texano - Texan Stud Farm)   - Quarto de Milha horses raising property. Totally built following the patterns of the Texan country architecture. Visits to the offices, stalls, chapel. 

Centro de Treinamento em Montaria e Rodeio "Rodeios Pousada" (Horse Riding Training Center "Rodeios Pousada")   - Rustic property, with arena and "bretes", where in the weekends, professional and applicant cowboys develop their mounting techniques in bulls and horses. The tourist will have opportunity to attend well closely the practice of the several mount modalities, knowing and talking with authentic peasants and living the reality of this sporting practice already traditional in Brazil. 

Nightlife in a Country Nightclub   - Moment of welcomes and of confraternization of the tourists' group. In the nightclubs of the social clubs of the city, especially adapted, the night happens to the sound of a lot of music country, country and forró. 

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1. The best time to visit the city is at the end of August, when the Cowboy Festival happens. It is a mega event, being considered the largest country event of the world.  

2. Make reservations with plenty of antecedence, because the city fills up in this time. 

3. The city is full of street radars, so drive peacefully to not get fined. 

4. The Cowboy Park is like a small country town, with a huge infrastructure, with many restaurants, clothing stores, bars etc... 

5. The country culture "gets inside" of all visitors, where who is not cowboy dressed looks diferent.

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