Brazil - Canyons and Waterfalls

Experience Level
  • Open Mar, May, Sep, Nov
  • Set arrivals
  • 6 nights / 5 days of riding | 5 to 6 hours riding per day | Nearest airport:Porto Alegre
  • Weight limit: 17st 3lbs (110 kg) (241 pounds)
  • Usual maximum: 8

This trail ride is a journey over the high plateau of Rio Grande do Sul, a lush area of rich grassland and araucaria forest. The rolling uplands are interrupted by canyons up to 700 metres deep, from here you can see for miles, almost all the way to the coast. The land is crisscrossed with rivers, which sometimes turn into rapids and then disappear off the cliffs in  waterfalls.

This is the land of the gaúcho, where cattle and horse rearing is the norm and locals still go about in traditional dress. Your local guides are colourful characters who will greet you in the morning with their “chimarrão”, a gourd of hot maté tea.

As well as being scenic, the south is responsible for Brazil’s fine wines and also takes great pride in producing most of the country’s beef.

The pace is varied to include walk, jog (sitting trot) and canter.

The riding is Western style with a relaxed seat and forgiving rein contact. You ride in trail or Western type saddles, often with sheepskin over the top. Bridles are also Western-style, with curb bits.

The horses are Brazilian Criollo and Criollo crosses, which are forward going and fit. These are the traditional horses of  the gauchos and are famed for their steady characters and sure-footedness. They stand around 14.3-15hh, so not tall, but they are strong and sturdy.

Criollo horses are typically agile and courageous, meaning they offer quick reactions and obedience in equal measure. This makes them ideal for a number of disciplines such as cattle work, roping and team penning, as well as making them excellent trail horses.

Usually there are two different sets of horses during the trip.

You should be confident on a horse at all paces and have a good head for heights.

The accommodation on this ride is a mixture of rural farm-stays and authentic guesthouses. The accommodation is simple, but authentic to the area and full of Brazilian charm.

Your first night is spent at Fazenda Potreirinho, a traditional working farm with six en-suite rooms and a two-bedroom cottage.

For the next two nights you stay at Fazenda Monte Negro, a guesthouse located on a typical working farm. There are six en-suite guest rooms and a separate cottage.

Your next two nights are at Fazenda Santana. Stay in one of eight recently built en-suite cabanas with wonderful views of the farm below.

For your final night you stay at Fazenda Baio Ruano near Cambara do Sul. Baio Ruano is a former working farm with eight en-suite guest rooms.


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Upcoming Dates

Set departures are listed below, but additional dates may be possible for groups of two or more from March to June and from August to November. Please contact us for details.

Holiday Experience LevelExp Lvl Arrive - DepartArr - Dep   Price Itinerary Availability
Canyons and Waterfalls
18 Mar 2019 - 24 Mar 2019 6 nights 6 ngts £1,374.97 View (.pdf) Book
Canyons and Waterfalls
13 May 2019 - 19 May 2019 6 nights 6 ngts £1,374.97 View (.pdf) Book
Canyons and Waterfalls
29 Sep 2019 - 5 Oct 2019 6 nights 6 ngts £1,374.97 View (.pdf) Book
Canyons and Waterfalls
30 Nov 2019 - 6 Dec 2019 6 nights 6 ngts £1,374.97 View (.pdf) Book


INCLUDES Accommodation; full board; riding; soft drinks and water with lunch and dinner; return transfers from Porto Alegre at set times.

SMALL GROUP SUPPLEMENTS apply which depend on the total number of people booked:
2-4 riders in group: £192.89
5-6 riders in group: £59.35

SINGLE SUPPLEMENT £219.82 (refunded if we find you a sharer)

PAYABLE LOCALLY Other drinks; tips.


TRANSFERS Included at set times from Porto Alegre.


Special Offer: Brazilian Odyssey: 22 September-5 October

This year we are organising a Brazilian Odyssey, giving you the chance to combine riding in the Atlantic Rainforests of Rio de Janeiro state with the incredible scenery of Rio Grande do Sul.

22-28 September: Our brand new Darwin’s Trail is an exciting ride taking you from the exuberant rainforests of the Serra do Mar, to the lovely beaches of Buzios. As you traverse the route, you may spot birds and reptiles, as well as orchids and bromeliads along the way. You ride lovely pure-bred Peruvian Paso horses, famed for their additional gait and smooth ride.

29 September-5 October: On our Canyons and Waterfalls ride you will explore Brazil’s southernmost state, Rio Grande do Sul. Here you will discover some of the most spectacular scenery of any riding holiday anywhere in the world. Experience far-reaching views, sparkling rapids and magical waterfalls. This is the land of the gaucho, where cattle and horse rearing is the norm and locals still go about in traditional dress.

Please call Abbie on +44 1299 272 997 for more information or email

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A ride in Brazil's southernmost state Rio Grande do Sul.

Weather & Climate

This area has four distinct seasons including a winter between June and August, when daytime temperatures can drop to single figures, (a novelty for Brazilians which is when they love to come to the canyons).

The best time to see the spectacular canyons is March to May, but they are stunning at other times of the year too.

Temperatures are notably warmer from November to March, when daytime temperatures can reach into the mid to late 20’s °C.

If swimming in the rivers appeals, then visit in March or November when the water is not too cold.

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Guest Review

Great fun ,and great company. Happy with the horses chosen. The guides did an excellent job and the scenery was incredible.

Flo ,Cambridgeshire

5 star rating Overall rating: 5/5

Canyons and Waterfalls Riding Specialist

Abigail says

This ride has some of the most spectacular scenery of any riding holiday. You will spend your day saying "wow" and "amazing" and hopefully return home with some great photographs taken along the way.

My Top Tip

Take clothes that you can layer on. Even in winter days will be pleasantly warm, but it can feel cold at night.


Abigail Wood
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