Ride Overview - Brazil Bahia Beach Ride
A pristine coastal equestrian vacation in Brazil! During your horseback ride to Bahia, your eyes will marvel at wonderful panoramas of dramatic coastlines, you will taste delicious dishes of African influence and perhaps listen to the exciting musical rhythms of forró or salsa. Your terrain includes wide sandy beaches, mangrove forests, rainforest and cliff paths. This incredibly vibrant and energetic part of Brazil is said to awaken every one of the senses! You visit Trancoso, a village of incredible beauty and one of the earliest settlements founded by the Portuguese in Brazil (1586). This captivating village lies at the top of a grassy cliff; below it lies fantastic beaches stretching on for miles. Colorful guesthouses, bars and shops line the wide main street, which is peaceful since it is a car-free zone. At night, the trees are lit by hundreds of lanterns. Another delight during the ride is the chance to spend some time in Caraiva. Without mains electricity until recently, banks or even cars, the remote and pretty village of Caraiva has long been attracting those looking for a quiet place to relax and unwind. Only a dozen or so shops and restaurants line the sand streets, but if you want to see the village from a different perspective, then hire one of the taxi-cabs which are pulled by donkeys! The village is surrounded by mangroves and the Rio Caraiva runs parallel to the main street. You arrive at Caraiva on horseback and are taken across to Caraiva by water taxi. Your ride starts and finishes at Pousada do Outiero, which is approximately two hours drive from Porto Seguro. This hotel is part of a larger complex which incorporates a number of holiday homes as well as a golf course, clubhouse, and polo field. You will stay in comfortable guesthouses in Trancoso (1 night) and Caraiva (2 nights). Your guides have excellent knowledge of the local area and are keen to show you the delights of Bahia. RIDING IN BRAZIL
One of the best, if not the best riding holiday ever. Cantering along the beautiful, pristine, deserted beaches and swimming our horses across the river were experiences I will never forget. F.C.
Ride Itinerary - Brazil Bahia Beach Ride
Following your arrival in Sao Paulo, it is a short internal flight to Porto Seguro in Bahia. You will be met on arrival and transferred to Pousada do Outeiro (c. two-hour drive). Settle into your room and later, have a ride briefing and learn more about the region. For your nights in Caraiva the choice of alcoholic beverages is quite limited. During your briefing today, your guide will take a note of your preferred drinks so that these can be purchased/ordered in advance. Dinner and overnight at Pousada do Outeiro.
After breakfast, journey by car (approximately a 5-minute drive) to meet your horses at the polo field. You will be introduced to your horse and have a safety briefing. Before you set off on your ride, you have the chance to get acquainted with your horse. Walk, trot and canter around the beautiful polo field, which has stunning views of the ocean and beaches below you. Once you are happy with your mount, set off on a ride along Jacuma beach in the direction of Barra do Rio Frades. The ride continues as you cross through a swampy area, then along sand and forest trails in the direction of the Itaporanga Village. Stop for lunch at Bigode’s, a restaurant that serves typical Brazilian dishes. You might try rice and beans, as well as local chicken and fish dishes. After lunch, there is the opportunity to visit Elma’s Forest Wood Design workshop. Here, the owner carves a wonderful variety of benches, chairs, stools, and tables out of reclaimed wood. Many of her larger pieces line the streets of this small, friendly village. Then continue your ride to the Pataxó Indian village of Imbiriba. There is the chance to buy some crafts and souvenirs if you wish. There is usually a good array of items for sale, such as beaded jewelry, bowls, and dishes. The afternoon ride takes you back to Pousada do Outeiro along shady forest tracks and sandy pathways. On arrival back at Pousada do Outeiro, you may wish to relax in your hammock, take a swim in the hotel pool or wander down to the beach. Dinner and overnight at Pousada do Outeiro.
After a delicious breakfast of fresh fruit, tapioca, and eggs, set off from Caixa D’agua, near the pousada and wind your way through forest trails. Negotiate a small river, cross a buffalo farm and then it is on to a deserted beach for some wonderful canters along the surf. Lunch will be a picnic along the way. On arrival in Trancoso you will be shown to your guesthouse, which is close to the center of the village. If there is time, you may wish to return to the beach for a walk or relax by the pool at your guesthouse. Perhaps explore the shops and bars that line main square (or ‘Quadrado’), before dinner. Dinner is to your own account tonight. There is a good range of restaurants to choose from in Trancoso and your guide will be pleased to advise you depending on your tastes and budget. Overnight in Trancoso.
After breakfast at your guesthouse, you will retrace your steps along the beach and cross the buffalo farm. The beach is so stunning that you will not mind riding across it twice! Perhaps your guide will pause to pluck a sea urchin from the water or dig out a crab that has been hiding in the sand! Your morning ride takes you to the ranch where the horses live. There you will be received with a refreshing coconut and will have a picnic lunch (fruits and sandwiches). Shortly after, you will mount your new horse to ride again to the beach. This afternoon, you will ride along cliff paths and golden sandy beaches to Caraiva. On arrival at the Rio Caraiva, a water taxi will be waiting to paddle you to the village of Caraiva. The horses will overnight at a nearby hacienda. There are no motorized vehicles here, so your guide will take you on foot to your guesthouse. After you have settled into your room, you can explore the nearby streets. You will find many colorful houses, which gives a Caribbean feel to this little village. Dinner and overnight in Caraiva.
After breakfast, ride south in the direction of Corumbau village. After a while, leave the beach and head towards the native reserve (Indian Cultural Centre Porto do Boi on the Tapuruma Reservation). Head into the forest to follow a trail that leads you to the river bridge where a boat will meet you. Your horses will return to Caraiva with the guide. On arrival in Caraiva, you may cross the river with your horses and return by boat. The horses spend the night again at a nearby hacienda. Have a late lunch in Caraiva and have the rest of the day to relax on the beach or explore the village. Please note that crossing the river with your horses depends on your riding experience, swimming level, and the tide conditions. Dinner and overnight in Caraiva.
After breakfast, leave Caraiva behind and journey back towards Pousada do Outeiro. Perhaps you will stop in a clearing to drink refreshing coconut water. Arrive back at Pousada do Outeiro in time for lunch. Have the afternoon relaxing at your leisure. Take advantage of the lovely pool in the hotel grounds, walk along the beach to the Club House pool, or simply swing in your hammock as the welcome sea breeze glides around you. Dinner and overnight at Pousada do Outeiro.
After breakfast, say goodbye to your guides and then transfer to Porto Seguro for your flight to Sao Paulo and home or continue your adventure in Brazil.
Ride Details - Brazil Bahia Beach Ride
Dates: March 20th – 26th, May 8th – 14th, October 17th – 23rd, November 21st – 27th
Best Months to Ride: Brazil’s summer months are December – March. There is less rain from August – February. Best times to visit are September and October
Airport: Porto Seguro
Riding Days: 5
Daily Riding Hours: 3 – 5
Group Size: 2 – 8
Riding Ability: INTERMEDIATE: Confident and in control at all paces including posting trots and canters. Comfortable with descending and ascending trails.
Saddles: Australian and English
Horses: Polo and Mangalarga
Hotel/s: 3 * 4* beach hotels
2 – 4 riders $3,585 per person, double occupancy
5 – 6 riders $2,900.00 per person, double occupancy
7 – 8 riders $2,690.00 per person, double occupancy
$300.00 single supplement
*Price will fluctuate with the USD/BRL exchange rate and be fixed at final payment.
Includes: lodging, meals, horse, guide, transfers to and from Porto Seguro
Not Included: airfare
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