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Canyons & Waterfalls, Brazil

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Nestled along the southern Atlantic coasts of Santa Catarina and Rio Grande do Sul lies Brazil’s most expansive canyons. This seven day, six night ride takes place in a 28,000 hectare conservation area comprising of two parks, Aparados da Serra and Serra Geral.

Riding guests will traverse along steep mountain ranges, through world-famous canyons and tip-toe on the Atlantic coastline. Throughout the itinerary guests will stay in traditional ranches with the pleasure of sampling typical southern Brazilian gaucho culture which includes savouring some of the regions famous culinary delights.

During the ride guests will explore a range of diverse ecosystems of rare, untouched beauty and significant biodiversity. To paint a picture: the Mata Atlantica runs along the lower portion of the canyons, while bowling-green fields table the plateaus, interspersed by peat bogs, rich in moss, lichen and bamboo. Vegetation, such as ferns, lilies and bromeliads, grow wild and untamed from the mountains.

The region’s fauna is exotic to any tourist with rare species like the lobo-guará, the puma not to mention foxes, skunks, armadillos, wildcats, woodpeckers, hawks, bugio monkeys among others, are part of the local fauna. And for the bird enthusiasts there is an assortment of exotic birds.

In short, the Canyons & Waterfalls itinerary is the best-selling horse riding holiday of Brazilian and it comes as no surprise with its perfect blend of dramatic scenery, exotic flora and fauna and lashings of Brazilian culture.


time in saddle: 5 to 6 hours

breed of horses: criollo cross

pace: moderate to fast

riding ability: suitable for intermediate to experienced riders

weight limit: maximum of 100kg

accommodation: a combination of guest houses with ensuites.

seasons: all year round

group size: minimum of 2 riders and maximum of 10 riders.

duration: 7 days, 6 nights with 5 days riding

set departure dates for 2019: 

March 18 to 24

May 13 to 19

September 23 to 29

November 30 to December 6

*Please contact us for more departure dates.

ride prices for 2019:

2 to 4 riders                 $ 1,981 USD

5 to 6 riders                 $ 1,813 USD

7 to 8 riders                 $ 1,738 USD

Single supplement is $250 US per person.

*The price includes accommodation (*twin share /6 nights); transfers to and from Porto Alegre; meals; one welcome drink every day before dinner (local liquer made with cachaca), soft drinks and water; and riding.

*The price does not include international flights, travel insurance or tips.

*Prices may be subject to change.


Accepted payment is by credit card only. There is a 2% surcharge on all credit card payments. Since you’ll be paying in a foreign currency, in this case USD, we believe paying via credit card is the most cost effective and easiest option for you.

Why is the price quoted in US dollars?

With our overseas riding destinations (rides other than in Australia), the currency is dictated by our partner in that country. Therefore due to fluctuating exchange rates we have to quote in the same currency.


Please fly into Porto Alegre mid-morning on day one of your ride where you’ll be picked up by your guide. Departing flights can be booked from 1pm onwards on the final day.


To find out more about your guide for this adventure, read our Q&A with Paulo here.

Keen to globe-trot through other parts of Brazil? Check out our Bahia Beach Ride and Pantanal Ride.

globetrotting client belinda moore

Belinda Moore

"The ride was AMAZING. So beautiful. Paulo was excellent so happy we chose this ride. Loved learning about the culture and the horses. I wanted to take a horse home with me, thought they would be great for mustering out here."

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