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Brazil - Canyons and waterfalls

Imagine a huge Canyon covered in lush vegetation, cascading waterfalls and thriving biodiversity. Nestled along the southern Atlantic coasts of Rio Grande do Sul among Brazil's most expansive canyons is the 28,000 hectares conservation area and National Park. The area is comprised of two parks; Aparados da Serra and Serra Geral. 

You will ride along these steep mountains and canyons, stay in authentic fazenda accommodations, eat typical home cooked meals and ride with Gaucho guides an intelligent Criollo horse, with lots of stamina and  agility. Staying on traditional ranches, you will have the pleasure of sampling typical southern Brazil gaucho culture, including some of the region’s famous culinary delights, like the Gaucho barbecue. 

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Program

Preliminary program.

1st day – reception at Porto Alegre airport and transfer (4 to 5 hours) to the Ranch in Sao Jose dos Ausentes. Imagine arriving in the southern lands of Brazil, and be welcomed in a typical Fazenda (ranch) with the hospitality and good food of the Gauchos. After taste a local drink (made with cachaca and fruits) you will be introduced to your guide throughout the ride. After a delicious dinner, join the group at the bar of the Fazenda to listen your guide’s instructions for the next day. Dinner and night at Fazenda Potreirinhos, a traditional farm in the municipality of São José dos Ausentes.

2nd day – after breakfast you will ride to visit Cachoeirão, which is wide series of falls, very impressive. Then you go to the “rivers gap”, an interesting and curious situation in which you are in the middle of two rivers that flow at different levels. Then you continue with the landscape of undulating fields, which stretch as far as the eye can see. Dinner and night at Fazenda Potreirinhos.
Day with about 5 hours on horseback

3rd day - you leave after breakfast for the longest day of riding. You will ride through a region of rare beauty, in typical scenarios of Campos de Cima da Serra, which highlight the grandeur of the Araucarias Forest, until you arrive at the Lopes family farm that produces the most famous mountain cheese in southern Brazil. Produced by the family for 3 generations and nationally recognized. Then continue the ride until Tio Tonho farm, where you are going to spend the next nights.
Day with about 6 hours on horseback

4th day – after breakfast you start to ride for a special moment, the passage through the Pico do Monte Negro, which at 1,403 ms is the highest point in Rio Grande do Sul. At this height, with a horizon of majestic landscapes, you can't help but be taken by a unique feeling of freedom. Lunch weather permitting, a barbecue in the countryside with a spectacular view.
Day with 4 to 5 hours on horseback

5th day – you leave after breakfast, riding through the canyons, fields and forests of the region, suddenly interrupted by impressive rocky walls that are up to 1000 meters deep and form a corridor of rocks from the northeast of the state to Santa Catarina. Your lunch will be at a typical farm in the region.
Day with about 4 hours on horseback. 

6th day – after a delicious breakfast you meet your horses and start your ride on rolling hills (coxilhas), reaching some of the impressive canyons of the área, traversing fields and forests.  After your picnic lunch, you continue the ride covering an area of outstanding beauty, in typical scenarios of Campos de Cima da Serra

7th day – after breakfast Transfer ( 5 hours) to Porto Alegre

Note - The itinerary can be changed due to weather conditions and availability on the ranches.

 

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Travel Information

Ability description: Trail ride, level 2-3

Included in the price: 6 nights, 5 days riding, full board (excl. beverages), transfer to from airport at set times.

Not included: Flights, drinks, personal insurance and extras not mentioned. 

Travel: Fly to Porto Alegre. You will be met at 13.00 in the arrivals. Book a flight that depart after 15.00 on departure day. 

Optional arrival/departure: You can choose another arrival and departure day, just mail us on info@horsexplore.com

Accomodation: The accommodation on this ride is a mixture of rural farm-stays and authentic guesthouses. In double rooms ensuite.

Group size: Minimum 2. Max. 10

Dates and prices

DateDaysName of tripPrice from
28/03/20237Brazil - Canyons and waterfallsEUR 2,415Book on request
19/04/20237Brazil - Canyons and waterfallsEUR 2,415Book on request
09/05/20237Brazil - Canyons and waterfallsEUR 2,415Book on request
30/05/20237Brazil - Canyons and waterfallsEUR 2,415Book on request
20/06/20237Brazil - Canyons and waterfallsEUR 2,415Book on request
04/07/20237Brazil - Canyons and waterfallsEUR 2,415Book on request
25/07/20237Brazil - Canyons and waterfallsEUR 2,415Book on request
19/09/20237Brazil - Canyons and waterfallsEUR 2,415Book on request
24/10/20237Brazil - Canyons and waterfallsEUR 2,415Book on request
07/11/20237Brazil - Canyons and waterfallsEUR 2,415Book on request
28/11/20237Brazil - Canyons and waterfallsEUR 2,415Book on request
26/12/20237Brazil - Canyons and waterfallsEUR 2,415Book on request
03/01/20247Brazil - Canyons and waterfallsEUR 2,415Book on request
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