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 October and May.
Riding: 4-7 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: October to May
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.
Gaucho do Brasil Ride USD 2610
24th to 31st October
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.|
||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.|
||Breakfast and set off riding to Fazenda Dona Vera where caipirinhas and lunch are waiting for you. After a siesta ride on to the beautiful colonial Fazenda São João where the next 2 nights will be spent.|
||A full day based at Fazenda São João. You may help with some cattle work or ride out to the higher plateau for wonderful views of the Coxilha Rica. Lunch, dinner and the night at Fazenda São João.|
||A longer day today with about a 3 hour ride to Fazenda do Zago where you stop for a barbecue 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|
||A relaxing morning, perhaps helping out with some cattle work or a short ride out. Then set off riding back to Fazenda Rodeio Bonito where the back up team will be waiting with tea, cakes and caipirinhas. Dinner and overnight at the fazenda.|
||Breakfast and a morning ride to Fazenda Ferradura. The afternoon to relax, or perhaps ride out again, returning for a farewell dinner accompanied by gaucho music and perhaps even dancing.|
||Breakfast and drive back to Florianopolis to arrive around midday for your onward journey.|
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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.