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Brazil - Bahia Beach Ride
This tropical trail ride starts and finishes at Pousada do Outiero, a beach resort on the Atlantic coast. From here, explore on horseback the pretty coastline and quiet villages of Bahia. A variety of terrain awaits, from beaches and mangroves, to cliff-top paths and rainforest.
From Pousada do Outiero head north to Trancoso, set a-top cliffs and one of the earliest Portuguese settlements in Brazil. Colourful guesthouses, bars and shops line the wide main street which is a car-free zone. At night the trees are lit by hundreds of lanterns.
There is also time to explore Caraiva, a tiny village surrounded by mangroves. Having only recently acquired mains electricity, Caraiva has long been attracting visitors looking for a quiet place to relax and unwind.
You ride at a walk, trot and canter. The pace of the ride varies from walk on the narrow forest trails and in the deeper sand to a faster pace where the terrain and footing allow.
The riding is Western style with a relaxed seat and a loose rein. The horses mostly go in trail saddles and bridles with curb bits. There are some English saddles, but they may not fit every horse.
You should be a competent rider capable at all paces and confident enough to try a slightly different riding style.
The horses are a mixture of polo ponies, Criollos and Mangalarga Marchador crosses. They are well-mannered, sure footed and obedient.
Accommodation during the ride is comprised of two guesthouses and a hotel.
Spend the first two and the final night at Pousada do Outeiro, a hotel situated on the cliffs above Espelho Beach. The guestrooms have en-suite shower-rooms, a mini-bar and seating area. The main hotel area has a dining room, bar and lounge area with chairs and hammocks. Outside there is swimming pool and decking area with sun-loungers.
Your third night is spent in Trancoso, at either Pousada Mar a Vista or Pousada do Bosque. Both are comfortable guesthouses very close to the main street.
The fourth and fifth nights are at Cores do Mar in Caraiva, a colourful beach-front guesthouse set in pretty gardens. The bedrooms have en-suite facilities and some of the rooms have a deck with a hammock.
Additional dates may be possible for groups of two or more between March and November. It is not possible to schedule rides over Christmas or New Year. Please enquire for further details.
|Holiday||Experience LevelExp Lvl||Arrive - DepartArr - Dep||Price||Itinerary||Availability|
|Bahia Beach Ride||
||24 Nov 2019 - 30 Nov 2019||6 nights 6 ngts||£2,251.34||Book|
INCLUDES Accommodation; meals (except dinner in Trancoso); riding; soft drinks and water with lunch & dinner; transfers from Porto Seguro at set time.
SMALL GROUP SUPPLEMENTS apply which depend on the total number of people booked
2-4 riders in group: £628.28
5-6 riders in group: £104.71
SINGLE SUPPLEMENT £311.81 (refunded if we find you a sharer).
PAYABLE LOCALLY Other drinks; tips.
NEAREST AIRPORT Porto Seguro.
TRANSFERS Included from Porto Seguro at set times.
Bahia is located in the north-east of Brazil on the Atlantic Coast.
Bahia has a tropical climate, with temperatures usually between 26ºC and 30ºC.
The state’s Atlantic Coast usually stays hot all year long, but on the Southern Coast where our ride is located, it can get cooler during the winter months (June-September) with temperatures dropping to around 18ºC.
No matter how hot the days may get, there is usually a sea breeze to cool things down.
I rode the most fantastic horse I have ever ridden! Pantaneira! What a dream! Excellent job done with the local guide, Paulo, who looked after us with great care and attention!
Cantering along the water's edge with the sun on your back, watching your horse swimming across an estuary, stopping in a clearing to drink coconut water and relaxing in your hammock after a day in the saddle - all can be experienced on the Bahia Beach ride.
Try some of the local specialties like pastels moqueca (fish stew) and cheese bread during your stay.