Type of horses:
Polo ponies, Criollo or Mangalarga crosses.
Nature of horses:
Responsive and forward going with a calm attitude
Height of horses:
95kgs / 210 lbs
English or Brazilian or McLellan saddles
Bahia is one of the 26 states of Brazil and is located in the north-east of the country. The turquoise Atlantic ocean laps at its sandy shores, whilst palm trees dot the horizon. This beautiful land of beaches and quaint fishing villages is just waiting for be explored on horseback.
One of the earliest settlements founded by the Portugese in 1586, is the beautiful village of Trancoso. With its year round warm climate and exotic location, it is the perfect escape for those seeking the best beaches in Brazil.
The village of Caraiva is also a delight - with no motorised vehicles, you arrive on horseback and water taxi, before meandering through the sandy streets on foot. This quaint fishing village is a brightly coloured gem amongst the mangroves and offers spectacular seafood and fresh fish.
There are unspoiled white sandy beaches to canter along, trails through preserved rainforest and beautiful cliff-top paths with which to view the landscape and ocean.
The horses are a mixture of polo ponies, Criollo and Mangalarga crosses. There is a beautiful polo field in this area and the polo ponies are beautifully schooled and a pleasure to ride - forward going, willing but with good brakes. The gaited Mangalarga horses are also a pleasure to ride.
You stay in a mixture of high quality hotels and charming guesthouses.
You spend three nights at Pousada do Outeiro - a charming hotel close to the sea: http://www.pousadaouteirodasbrisas.com.br
You stay for one night at a local guesthouse in the centre of Trancoso - there are two possibilities depending on the number in your group, but both are charming and comfortable.
You spend two nights at Pousada Cores do Mar in Caraiva, in cosy rooms within colourful apartments right beside the beach: http://pousadacoresdomarcaraiva.com.br/
Brazilian food is a colourful mix of Portugese, African and native foods. There are always plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables on offer, plus lots of stunning fish and seafood.
Vegetarians are easily accommodated on this ride, particularly if you also eat fish.
This riding holiday includes plenty of time for relaxing as well as riding. You can explore the beaches or simply chill out beside the pool. The beautiful villages are also worth strolling through.
Languages: English, Portugese
Health requirements: General good health.
Age limit: 8 years or older
Included: Accommodation; riding; meals; soft drinks, beer and water at mealtimes; airport transfers
Not included: Flights; insurance; drinks outside of mealtimes (such as in the local bars)
There are no direct flights from the UK to Porto Seguro and so you will transfer through another hub city - most likely Sao Paulo. Some flights will also have a second stop over in Europe, so you may fly from the UK to Madrid, then onto Sao Paulo and then to Porto Seguro. However, there are flights with just one stop - LATAM offer some of the best routes from London Heathrow to Sao Paulo and onwards to Porto Seguro. British Airways also fly direct to Sao Paulo but you'd need to change airlines for the internal flight. Watch out for flights which require a change of airport in Sao Paulo - it's easier to look for flights which connect through Sao Paulo Guarulhos (GRU) rather than having to cross the city to Sao Paulo Congonhas (CGH). It is also possible to connect through Rio de Janeiro (GIG).
On arrival at Porto Seguro, you are transferred to your accommodation. There is no riding scheduled on the arrival or departure days to allow some flexibility in flight timings.
Airport: Porto Seguro
Discover the marvellous beaches, preserved rainforests and small Indian and local communities whilst riding through this beautiful part of Brazil. One of the earliest Portugese settlements in Brazil is the beautiful village of Trancoso (1586), which offers the perfect escape with some of the best beaches in Brazil. Ride past natural pools, along cliff edges and along many kilometres of white sandy beaches. Each day offers the opportunity for good, long canters.
You will be collected from Porto Seguro airport and transferred to the Pousada do Outeiro. Here you will be introduced to the team and your itinerary for the week. An evening meal is provided at the pousada.
A leisurely start to the morning with breakfast at 8am and ready to depart at 9.30am. There is a short 5 min transfer to the polo field where you meet your horses for the first time. There is a short riding assessment and familiarisation to ensure everyone is happy before setting off for Jacuma beach and "Barra do Rio dos Frades". Along the way you may stop in a clearing for a refreshing drink of fresh coconut water before crossing a swampy area and following sandy tracks and forest trails. Stop for lunch at a typical local restaurant - Bigode's in the village of Itaporanga.
After lunch there may be time to visit the Elmas Forest Wood Design Project and the Indian Native Village of Imbiriba where you can view the handicrafts and perhaps do some shopping. Return to the pousada along a mixture of sand and forest trails for another delicious dinner.
After breakfast you set off from Caixa D'agua, crossing the Outeiro on your way to Trancoso village, which is a charming village on the coast of Bahia, with dazzling beaches, seashore cliffs, rivers and lagoons.
Your journey to Trancoso sees you crossing a small river before riding through the buffalo farm and onto the beach. Your ride along the beach offers the chance for some lovely canters through the surf. Lunch is a picnic on the beach before you continue your ride to the village. Your guesthouse is located just a few metres from the Quadrado, which is the hub of the village with shops and bars to explore. There is time this afternoon to relax on the beach or explore the village, or chill out beside the pool.
Dinner this evening is in one of the many good restaurants in Trancoso.
A slightly earlier start today with a planned departure at 9am. The beach is so beautiful that you won't mind riding along it again as you retrace your steps back to Pousada do Outerio. After a quick lunch you are paired with a different horse and set off riding along the cliff paths and golden sandy beaches in the direction of Caraiva village (11kms away). There are more opportunities for glorious canters along the beach. Your arrival in Caraiva is breathtaking, with the Caraiva river meeting the Atlantic ocean. Your horses stay at a farm whilst you cross the river by boat to lodge at Pousada Cores do Mar. Caraiva is an old fishing village comprised of a series of small, coloured houses shadowed by large trees and coconut trees, alongside the large, turbulent river bordered by mangroves. There are no motorised vehicles allowed and you can calmly walk the sand covered streets to your guesthouse.
After breakfast you start riding south on the beach. After a couple of kilometres you leave the beach and head to the Indian Cultural Centre Porto do Boi - Reservation Tapuruma which is next to the bridge over the river. Here you will have the opportunity to watch their cooking and dancing (only for groups of 3+ riders). Afterwards you ride through the forest and onto a trail which leads to the bridge. Here you journey on a boat down the river to Caraiva, and the horses are led by your guides. On arrival at the village you are reunited with your horses who will spend the night at a farm. There is a late lunch and then the rest of the day is free to relax on the beach or explore the village.
Your final day of riding takes you back from Caraiva to Outeiro with plenty of good canters along the beach and waters edge. You may stop at a coconut plantation so your guide can teach you some interesting facts about this tropical plant before ending your ride back at the polo stables. Lunch is taken at the Pousada do Outeiro and the afternoon is free beside the pool or on the beach.
After breakfast at 8am, you are transferred to the airport for your flight home.
Please note that the exact itinerary may vary depending on local conditions, such as tide times and you may ride earlier/later to coincide with the best beach conditions.
|Minimum group size:||2|
|Maximum group size:||8|
|Ability description:||Intermediate to experienced riders who are comfortable cantering outdoors - each day offers good, long canters.|
|Type of ride:||Trail ride|
|Total riding time:||7 days / 6 nights (5 days of riding)|
12-18 March (FULL), 9-15 May, 27 October-2 November
Additional departures are possible from March to November - please enquire.
The price varies depending on the number of riders confirmed:
2 riders: £3067 per person sharing
3-4 riders: £2678 per person sharing
5-6 riders: £2191 per person sharing
7-8 riders: £2093 per person sharing
Single supplement: £261