Canyons & Waterfalls, Brazil

6 NightsIntermediate to AdvancedFrom $1,981 USD?Tour costs $1,981 USD which is approximately $2,807 AUD

One of the world’s most captivating places, Brazil is a country of powdery white sand beaches, verdant rainforests and wild, rhythm-filled metropolises.

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.

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

Fast Facts

  • Horse Breed:A variety of farm horses.
  • Pace:The pace can vary from a walk right through to a gallop.
  • Weight Limit:Maximum of 100kg/220lbs.
  • Type of tack:A mixture of McClellan, English and traditional Brazilian saddles.
  • Seasons:All year round.
  • Group size:A minimum of 2 and a maximum of 8 guests.
  • Time in Saddle:On average between 5 to 6 hours daily.
  • Riding Ability:Suitable for intermediate to advanced riders.
  • Accommodation:Lodge accomodation shared between traditional family-owned Pousada and Fazenda.
  • Ride Length:7 days, 6 nights with 5 riding days.
  • Inclusions:The price includes accommodation (twin share for 6 nights), transfers to and from Porto Alegre, riding, meals, one welcome drink every day before dinner (local liqueur made with cachaca), soft drinks and water.
  • Exclusions:The price does not include international flights, travel insurance (compulsory) or tips.

 

DEPARTURE DATES & RATES

WHAT IS INCLUDED IN THE RIDE PRICE?

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

WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED IN THE RIDE PRICE?

The price does not include international flights, travel insurance (compulsory) or tips.

Accepted payment is by credit or debit card only. There is a 2% surcharge on all card payments.

Why is the price quoted in USD?
With our riding destinations, the currency is dictated by our ride partner in that country. Therefore due to fluctuating exchange rates we have to quote in the same currency.

Itinerary

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*Please note, this is a suggested itinerary only and subject to change at the discretion of your guides due to weather and other influencing factors.

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  • Day 1

    You’ll be greeted at Porto Alegre airport by your guide and transferred (approximately four to five hours) to the highest point of Rio Grande do Sul the state at 1400 metres. Here you’ll spend your first night in the southern lands of Brazil at a property with exceptional hospitality, brilliant regional food alongside the Brazilian gauchos. Night at Pousada Fazenda Monte Negro.

  • Day 2

    After breakfast you’ll start riding passing through the peak of Monte Negro, where at its highest point is 1,403 metres. You’ll be surrounded by gob- smacking beauty where the landscape consists of dramatic canyons and mountain ranges. You’ll return to the Pousada for lunch and after saddle- up again to continue riding through canyons, along cliffs and cantering through green fields. Today is approximately five hours in the saddle. Night at Pousada Fazenda Monte Negro.

  • Day 3

    After a hearty breakfast you’ll start riding along the high altitude trails towards Lopes Family Ranch, a typical fazenda surrounded by beautiful forest. With plenty of opportunities to trot and canter, you’ll experience fantastic panoramic views of the landscape as you go up and down the hills. You’ll stop for a picnic lunch and after about 5 hours on horseback, arrive at the ranch with the warm Gaucho atmosphere. After some time spent at this ranch and a taste of the famous cheese they produce, you’ll say goodbye to your horses and first guide and drive (1hr 30mins) to Fazenda Sao Goncalo, a traditional cattle fazenda, where a delicious Gaucho BBQ awaits.

  • Day 4

    Today astride new horses and with a new Gaucho guide, Alencar who is a cattle rancher, you’ll continue your journey along the escarpments of the Aparados da Serra where the marvels of nature almost overwhelm the actual riding. You’ll ride to the famous Seven Mulheres Waterfall where you’ll have the chance to dip into the pool of the cascade, before returning to the Fazenda for lunch. After a short siesta you’ll enjoy another afternoon ride through forests of rare beauty. Overnight again at Pousada Fazenda Sao Goncalo.

  • Day 5

    You’ll continue your ride, traversing breathtaking canyons, fields and forests. You’ll stop for a picnic lunch beside a waterfall and afterwards cross the river and visit a small village. You’ll continue riding along trails with spectacular views and passing through forests of Araucaria, until you reach the Pousada. Today is approximately six hours in the saddle.

  • Day 6

    After breakfast you’ll leave the Fazenda and ride through canyons and tip-toe along cliffs, or as the locals call ‘Peirais of the Aparados’. You’ll be in Alencar’s, your Gaucho guide’s neighbourhood and may have the chance to help the Gaucho’s round- up the cattle on horseback. At the end of the day you’ll arrive at our guide Alencar’s property, say farewell to the horses and guide and drive (45 minutes) to the Pousada Fazenda Baio Ruano There will be a special farewell dinner at a restaurant in the small village of Cambara do Sul. Today is approximately six hours in the saddle.

  • Day 7

    Departure after breakfast with a three hour drive to the Porto Alegre airport. N.B – departing flights should be booked after 1pm.

  • Transfer Information

    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.

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