Nestled along the southern Atlantic coasts of Santa Catarina and Rio Grande do Sul lie 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 travel along steep mountain ranges, through world-famous canyons and tiptoe along 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 region’s 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.
- Horse Breed:Purebred Criollo horses.
- Pace:The pace can vary from a walk right through to a gallop, depending on the terrain.
- Weight Limit:A maximum of 100kg / 220lbs.
- Type of tack:Traditional gaucho saddles with sheepskins. They are composed of multiple layers of blankets and pieces of leather, placed on the horse’s back in a particular order. The last layer of sheepskin serves as a seat for the rider, making it very comfortable to ride in.
- Seasons:All year round.
- Group size:A minimum of 2 and a maximum of 10 guests.
- Time in Saddle:On average, 5 to 6 hours in the saddle per day.
- 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
|14th Mar 2020||20th Mar 2020|
|22nd May 2020||28th May 2020|
|25th Sep 2020||1st Oct 2020|
|27th Nov 2020||3rd Dec 2020|
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.
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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.
You’ll be greeted at Porto Alegre Airport by your guide and transferred (approximately five hours) to Pousada Fazenda Monte Negro, a typical Fazenza (ranch) in the mountainous state of Rio Grande do Sul. Here you’ll spend your first night in the southern lands of Brazil getting to know your guide and enjoying exceptional hospitality and regional food alongside the Brazilian gauchos.
After breakfast you’ll ride your Criollo steed along the escarpments of the Aparados da Serra, immersing yourself in the gobsmacking beauty of the dramatic canyons and mountain ranges. You’ll enjoy a picnic lunch, then continue riding through fertile rainforests, along enormous rocky cliffs, and through rich green fields. You might even see the mysterious viracão (fogs) drifting in! After approximately five hours in the saddle you’ll return to Pousada Fazenda Monte Negro for another delightful evening.
Today you’ll ride to the peak of Monte Negro, the highest point of the ride at 1,403 metres above sea level. Once you’ve alsorbed the phenomenal view from the top, you’ll return to the ranch for lunch and a short siesta. In the afternoon you’ll ride out again to continue exploring the highlands. Afterwards, if there’s sufficient time, you’ll be driven to the Lopes Family Ranch, a typical old-style fazenda. Here you’ll enjoy a taste of the famous Serrano cheese that they produce and learn first-hand about the traditional gaucho way of life. Then it’s back to the ranch for a delicious dinner and a good night’s sleep.
Your journey continues along the escarpments of the Aparados da Serra, where the marvels of nature almost overwhelm the actual riding. You’ll ride past glistening waterfalls and stop for lunch on the riverbank before travelling through the tiny village of Silveiras and entering the ranch where your Criollo horses were bred. Finally, you’ll ride into Fazenda Potreirinho, another typical fazenda where you’ll enjoy warm gaucho hospitality.
After a filling breakfast, you’ll mount up and ride through an ancient forest and along a river to reach the rapids of a beautiful waterfall, where you can relax and take a dip. Then it’s on to the region’s biggest waterfall, Cachoeirão, before trotting and cantering over endless rolling hills. After five hours’ riding you’ll return to the fazenda for a late lunch, then be transferred to Fazenda Santana, where you’ll settle into your huts and bungalows and have another beautiful meal.
This morning you’ll ride new horses across the dramatically different landscapes surrounding Fazenda Santana. Two spectacular waterfalls await, and there will be plenty of time to take photos and swim in the cascade pool when you stop for a picnic lunch. The afternoon ride will include plenty of cantering, and maybe even a chance to help the gauchos round up some cattle! Arriving back at the Estancia, you’ll say goodbye to your guide and take a short transfer to the town of Cambara do Sul. After settling into your accommodation, you and your fellow globetrotters will head out for a special farewell dinner.
Today you’ll enjoy one last delicious breakfast before taking a three-hour transfer to Porto Alegre Airport.
N.B – departing flights should be booked after 2pm.
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 2pm onwards on the final day.