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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.
You will normally ride three sets of horses.
You should be confident on a horse at all paces and have a good head for heights.
Accommodation is a mixture of rural fazendas and guesthouses. Your overnight stops are quite simple, but with a good dose of Brazilian character.
The first three nights are spent at Fazenda Monte Negro, a guesthouse located on a typical working farm. There are six en-suite guest rooms and a separate cottage.
The fourth night is at Fazenda Potreirinho, a traditional working farm with six en-suite rooms and a two-bedroom cottage.
Your fifth night is at Fazenda Santana, near the famous Fortaleza and Itaimbézinho canyons. Here, you stay in rustic bungalows with wood-burning stoves.
The final night is at Fazenda Baio Ruano, near the small town of Cambara do Sul. You stay in simple rooms with en-suite bathrooms.
Set departures are listed below. Additional dates may be possible for groups of two or more from March to June and from August to mid-December. Please contact us for details.
|Holiday||Experience LevelExp Lvl||Arrive - DepartArr - Dep||Price||Itinerary||Availability|
|Canyons and Waterfalls||9 Aug 2022 - 15 Aug 2022||6 nights 6 ngts||$2,112.50||Book|
|Canyons and Waterfalls||19 Aug 2022 - 25 Aug 2022||6 nights 6 ngts||$2,112.50||Book|
|Canyons and Waterfalls||11 Sep 2022 - 17 Sep 2022||6 nights 6 ngts||$2,112.50||Book|
|Canyons and Waterfalls||9 Oct 2022 - 15 Oct 2022||6 nights 6 ngts||$2,112.50||Book|
|Canyons and Waterfalls||13 Nov 2022 - 19 Nov 2022||6 nights 6 ngts||$2,112.50||Book|
|Canyons and Waterfalls||11 Dec 2022 - 17 Dec 2022||6 nights 6 ngts||$2,112.50||Book|
INCLUDES Accommodation; full board; riding; soft drinks and water with lunch and dinner; return transfers from Porto Alegre at set times.
SINGLE SUPPLEMENT $288.89 if you are in a single room. This is refunded if you are willing to share and we find you a sharer.
PAYABLE LOCALLY Other drinks; tips.
NEAREST AIRPORT Porto Alegre.
TRANSFERS Included at set times from Porto Alegre.
Group transfers from Porto Alegre are included at set times.
On the first day, your flight should arrive in Porto Alegre by 14:00 or before.
On departure day your flight should leave Porto Alegre after 14:00.
A ride in Brazil's southernmost state Rio Grande do Sul.
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.
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.
Take clothes that you can layer on. Even in winter days will be pleasantly warm, but it can feel cold at night.