These rides take place in Coxilha Rica, a high plateau in the interior of the Southern state of Santa Catarina, a beautiful, diverse landscape and the heart of gaucho territory. The rides follow routes riding from fazenda (ranch) to fazenda and you are welcomed by friendly, music loving gauchos and their agile criollo horses. Rolling hills of open grassland and forested valleys stretch for miles and miles and the sense of vastness is inspiring. The hospitality of the region is exceptional and delicious barbecues and caipirinhas await you at every stop.

Rides are run from set dates or for private groups on request between September and April.

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Riding: 5-7 hours a day

Horses: Criollo, Criollo crosses, ‘Manga Larga’

Pace: moderate, with good opportunities to canter

Riding ability: confident intermediate to experienced riders

Weight limit: up to 120 kgs (18 ½ stone) but please contact us just to check that a suitable horse / horses are available if you are over 95kg

Accommodation: simple fazendas, private farm houses

Group size: maximum 15

Season: September to April

Price: 7 night trail from USD 2980 (approx £2485) per person


Horses: The horses are local criollo, criollo crosses or ‘manga larga’ (another Brazilan breed). Most have been bred on the farms and are well schooled and used to cattle work so a responsive ride. An unusual addition to the herd are some "curly haired" horses. These horses are hypoallergenic meaning that they cause very little reaction / irritation to people who are usually allergic to horses. Saddles are South American style (very comfortable with big sheepskins). The horses are ridden in pelham bits with a loose rein and light hands. Saddle bags are provided as well as rainproof ponchos.

Hours: The riding is usually 4 to 7 hours a day, mostly full day rides with lunch on the way. On a couple of days a morning or afternoon ride takes you to the next fazenda and you may either ride out or relax at the fazenda for the rest of the day.

Pace and experience required: To take part in these rides you need to be a reasonably experienced rider. You should be comfortable, secure and in control on a well schooled horse at the walk, trot and canter and used to riding in open country and over varied terrain. You should have a reasonably good level of general and riding fitness.


Accommodation is in authentic working 'fazendas' (ranches) and some are beautiful colonial buildings with tiled roofs and stone courtyards. Rooms are simple, mostly twin / double, but some of the fazendas have 4 beds to a room and there are usually 2 or 3 bathrooms which are shared between the group.


Rates 2024

Gaucho do Brasil Ride USD 2980
Rates assume a minimum of 5 people
Small group supplement for 4 riders 650 per person
Small group supplement for 3 riders 800 per person

No single supplement is charged on the ride but please note that single rooms cannot be guaranteed.

Rates include - 7 nights twin accommodation, all riding, guiding, equipment, meals, and transfers from / to Florianopolis.

Rates exclude - international flights to Florianopolis, personal medical insurance (compulsory), any visa fees, your bar bill and any tips you wish to leave.

Prices are quoted in USD. Payments to us can of course be made in pounds sterling if you wish and we can give you a sterling rate at the time of booking.

 Dates 2024

12th to 19th October 2024
9th to 16th November 2024

Other dates on request for groups - please enquire

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Itinerary in brief - Gaucho do Brasil Ride

Day 1 Arrive Florianopolis airport. Met around midday and driven to a Fazenda near the town of Lages, about 3 hours drive. Dinner and night Fazenda da Chapada.
Day 2
Breakfast and meet the horses. A long day riding as you set off through forest and open rugged country of the Coxilha Rica. Stop for lunch at Fazenda Ferradura and after a siesta ride on another 3 hours to Fazenda Rodeio Bonito where a delicious dinner awaits.
Day 3
Breakfast and set off riding to Fazenda Dona Vera where caipirinhas and lunch are waiting for you. After a siesta ride back to Rodeio Bonito by a different route..
Day 4
A longer day today with about a 3 hour ride stopping for a picnic lunch. In the afternoon continue for another 3 hours across rivers and through forested valley and open pasture to Fazenda Lua Cheia for dinner and night
Day 5
The morning may be helping the gauchos to round up sheep or cattle. Then after lunch set off riding to the beautiful Fazenda Sao Joao for dinner and night
Day 6
Breakfast and set off riding again, perhaps meeting gauchos who are at work in the countryside. There is some good open country with opportunities for long canters. Arrive at Fazenda Ferradura in time for dinner and the night. 
Day 7
Breakfast and the last days ride back to Fazenda Chapada. A farewell dinner accompanied by gaucho music and perhaps even dancing. Night Fazenda Chapada.
Day 8
Breakfast and drive back to Florianopolis to arrive around midday for your onward journey.
  Contact us at or on tel (+44) (0)1837-82544 / 825440 for further information, detailed itineraries, dates and answers to questions.

The meeting place for the safaris is Florianopolis. There are direct flights from London to São Paulo with British Airways and TAM Brazilian airlines and from there onward flights to Florianopolis with TAM (or GOL, another Brazilian airline). Several other airlines such as Iberia have flights via Europe to São Paulo. For an economy return flight from London budget around £750 to £950.

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