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Brazil Gaucho Trail, Brazil

The ultimate trail blaze for riders looking for a truly exciting experience living the gaucho way of life and riding gaucho style.

Overview

Brazil offers a landscape diverse and beautiful as a backdrop, and the chance to sample the real gaucho world, and make no mistake, this is for real! The hardened gauchos and their agile beloved “Criollo” steeds make a formidable combination in the environment of their work.

The “Gaucho do Brasil,” the legendary South American cowboy, refuses to break with tradition which makes for; Dixit UNESCO: the gaucho way of life the liveliest equestrian culture in the world. The Brazilian Gaucho lives in the southern states of Santa Catarina, and Rio Grande do Sul, and all have roots in Europe due to the large numbers of immigrants who arrived in the 18th & 19th centuries.

Duration

8 Days - 7 Nights

Riding days

6 Days

Group Size

06 - 15 Riders

Riding level

Medium

From:

$2685,00

trip highlights:

  • On average, we will be 6 to 7 hours per day in the saddle, make our way across rolling grasslands, riding through Araucaria forests, crossing pristine rivers, and, in general, off the beaten track of southern Brazil.

  • The “Criollo” horse is just as legendary, an intelligent animal with unequaled stamina as well as being fast and highly maneuverable and a joy to ride.

  • Here we find the well-preserved colonial Tropeiro Route. This 250 years old tropeiro route was the route of cattle and mules between the Rio Grande do Sul and Argentina to Sao Paulo.

  • Every evening means a different Fazenda, colonial Fazendas where time has stood still with rooms filled with antique furniture and large country kitchens, a perfect atmosphere to sample the local brew Chimarão (maté, a sort of tea) and Pinga (local rum). 

 
 

itinerary

day 1: Fazenda da Chapada

day 2 : Fazenda da Chapada - Fazenda Rodeio Bonito

day 3 : Fazenda Rodeio Bonito 

day 4 : Fazenda Rodeio Bonito - Fazenda Lua Cheia

day 5 : Fazenda Luca Cheia - Fazenda Sâo Joâo Rancho   

day 6 : Fazenda Sâo Joâo - Fazenda Ferradura 

day 7 : Fazenda Ferradura - Fazenda da Chapada

day 8 : Fazenda da Chapada - Florianopolis

Download the full program in PDF, by clicking here

Although we do our very best to adhere to the schedule listed above, this itinerary is subject to change for numerous reasons beyond our control including weather and terrain conditions. The final route is always left up to the discretion of the trip leader in the field.

 

Prices & dates 2022:

08 days / 07 nights / 06 days riding
Price 2.610 USD p.p.**

when you book with us

First, you just must to...

Click on the date more convenient for you, and fill the form (that will appear) with all the information that we required.

Then, we are going to...

Check the availability, and send you a Budget with all the details about your trip, and the process to do the payment. 

Once we receive your payment...

We will send you an invoice to confirm your booking.

** Prices are linked to the Brazilian Real, in case of strong exchange rate fluctuations, the price can be adjusted up to 3 weeks before departure.

** Are you alone? do not worry, you can individually register/book and join in a group with other riders.

Included:

  • Accommodation: nights in authentic, rustic, and comfortable farm rooms in different fazendas. Based on double-rooms, some fazendas have 3 & 4 bedded rooms.

  • Meals: from the first-day dinner to last day breakfast.

  • Open Bar - All you can drink

  • Guides: fluency in several languages by the leader guides of the group between the languages are: English, Spanish, French, and Portuguese.  Furthermore, you will be accompanied by local gauchos. The guides-gauchos are equipped with cell phones and walky-talky radios.  

  • Backup Vehicle: brings your personal luggage to the daily overnight place. 

  • Horses & tack, including saddlebags and raincoat.

  • Transfer: from the Airport of Florianopolis (FLN) to the Fazenda and vice-versa.

not included:

  • Travel Insurance and Trip Cancellation Insurance are Mandatory: ask your local insurance company or travel agent about it. You will not be allowed to participate in this riding holiday without having both of these personal travel insurance. 

  • Flight: international and local flights are not included. Gateway is Florianopolis (FLN)​​  

  • Single Supplement: only possible if we have a single room available and in case we have a single room is not extra charged.

  • Personal expenses 

  • Tips: (optional)

  • Booking Sales Tax: USD 33,00 per person per payment

 

travel information

 Essential Trip Information provides a detailed itinerary, visa info, how to get to your hotel, what's included - pretty much everything you need to know about this adventure and more.

travel documentation

  • International Passport:  Required for most foreigners (still 6 months valid)

  • Visa:  most European and Latin American citizens do not need a visa to travel to Brazil. Contact the Brazilian Embassy in your country for more information. All North American Citizens, (USA - CAN - MEX) require a visa to travel to Brazil.

  • Travel Insurance is mandatory.

  • Trip Cancelation Insurance, mandatory.

  • International and local flights tickets. FLORIANOPOLIS (FLN).

  • Vaccinations: not mandatory but recommended (consult your physician)

  • Luggage: the maximum allowable weight of your luggage depends from airline to airline. Check with the airline or travel agent how many kilograms and pieces of luggage you can take. Your personal luggage is transported during the trek to the various stopovers.

general information, country

  • Currency: The Brazilian currency is REAL. = R$

  • Health: Southern Brazil is a safe region in terms of health. You can easily eat and drink anything without beeing stomach bothered. Eating raw vegetables, salads and icecreams is no problem. There are no vaccinations required and there is no malaria in this part of Brazil. In case of illness or an accident, there are good hospitals and doctors nearby

  • Language: Portuguese is the official language. Many Brazilians are monolingual, those who master a second language speak mostly Italian or German (especially in the South) because of their origins. More and more Brazilians now learn Spanish or English.

  • Safety: Brazil has not always the best reputation for safety and crime. This is primarily and almost exclusively in large cities such as São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, and Recife. The state of Santa Catarina and its capital city Florianópolis is quiet and completely safe. Our ride passes through the region of Coxilha Rica where there is no need to worry at all!.

  • The Electricity and plugs: https://www.power-plugs-sockets.com/ar/brazil/ 

  • General information: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brazil

  • Time: http://www.worldtimeserver.com/ 

riding, general information

  • Horses: Brazilian criollos (Crioulo in Portuguese)

  • The riding: 08 day trip of with 6 days on horseback, trail riding from one place to the other, an average of 6 to 7 hours per day in the saddle.

  • Saddles: comfortable Gaucho-saddles.

  • Guides: professional and multilingual guides.

  • Comfort: clean and comfortable ranch rooms.

  • Riding level: Suitable for intermediate to experienced riders. You should be confident on a horse at all paces. 

  • Group Size: Minimum 6 participants and Maximum  15 riders

  • Riders weight limit: 120 Kg

travel gear

  • A warm sweater 

  • A warm jacket 

  • Waterproof poncho or overall

  • 4 or 5 T-shirts and a minimum of 2 shirts with long sleeves.

  • Jodhpurs or jeans to ride with 

  • Riding shoes or boots/riding shoes with mini-chaps or long chaps

  • The second pair of shoes for the evening

  • Comfortable clothing + a Hat to protect you from the sun

  • One towel

  • Swimsuit 

  • Toiletries

  • Sun Cream

  • Water canteen 

  • Camera…

* we have raincoats and saddlebags available for you.

* It is recommended to put your luggage in a travel bag instead of a hard suitcase. 10 bags are easier to get in the backup vehicle than 10 suitcases. (thanks!)

Booking Conditions & Cancellation Policies

Download the Booking Conditions & Cancellation Policies, by clicking here

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