Lagoa do Peixe National Park riding holiday in Brazil - Far and Ride
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Lagoa do Peixe National Park, Brazil





Horses



Type of horses:

Lusitano

Nature of horses:

Calm, sure-footed, good temperament, well schooled.

Height of horses:

c. 15 - 16hh

Weight limit:

120kgs

Tack type:

Traditional Brazilian gaucho saddles with sheepskins over the top for comfort. Simple bridles, often without nosebands but with long-shanked bits.

 

Weather



 

Ride Description

Lagoa do Peixe national park (literally translated as Fish Lake) is 34,400 hectares of salt marsh, coastal dunes, arboreal habitat, lagoons and marine habitat in the southern region of Brazil. The area is an important feeding ground for many birds and the number of different habitats within the park have resulted in some unique environmental qualities and features. The park is considered a "Wetland of Significant Importance", is part of Brazil's Mata Atlantica Biosphere Reserve and is considered an important shallow water source for birds by Birdlife International. Two of the species found within the park - the leatherback turtle and Brazilian guitarfish are critically endangered according to the IUCN and twelve other species are on the national list of endangered species.

Lagoa dos Peixe national park is mostly composed of 'restinga' - a term referring to the recent sedimentary depositions of marine origin. Restinga formation is the result of at least four cycles of rising and falling sea level caused by an alternation of glacial and interglacial periods. The park contains marine environments, lakes, lagoons, mobile and stationary dunes, arboreal, shrubby and herbaceous restingas, swamps and flooded forests. There is also a stretch of sandy beach along the sea edge and vast dunes which are constantly altered by wind.

The physical-chemical and structural features of the lagoon, such as its shallowness, salinity, temperature and closeness to the sea, make it an important migratory habitat for several species of bird. The presence of rich invertebrate fauna and fish in the lagoon make it a preferred feeding ground for many birds migrating between the USA and Patagonia. In particular the park is an important reproductive and moulting area for black-necked swans and Coscoroba swans (the peak month is March).

The area is also a great place from which to observe flamingoes, spoonbills, fur seals, sea-lions and even whales.

The greater Lagoa dos Patos restinga is actually a series of coastal lakes and lagoons shaped like a string of rosaries. In the northern portion there are two freshwater lakes (Lagoa Veiana and Pai Joao). Lagoa dos Patos (Duck Lake) is the largest lagoon in Brazil and is seperated from the Atlantic Ocean by a sandbar of 5 miles wide. You will be able to see why the locals say that this place is the only place on earth where the sun both rises and sets in the sea.

This inhospitable area is best explored on horseback and the beautiful Lusitano is the perfect companion. Your hosts have c. 60 Lusitano's at their stud farm and run trail rides as an aside to their usual jobs.

See Programmes.

 

Food & Accommodation

You stay at the Stud Farm where more than 60 Lusitano horses are bred and raised.

Accommodation is in en-suite rooms in a lodge next to the main house. Meals are taken in the main house.

The food in Brazil is always fresh and tasty. There are plenty of fresh salads and fresh fruit on offer at all meals and vegetarians can be catered for with advance notice.

There is good meat on offer as cattle farming is big business here, and it is likely that you will experience at least one gaucho barbecue.

The closeness to the ocean also means that fish could well be on the menu.

Most meals are taken at the main house of the stud farm, but you may have lunch out on the trail, with the back-up car meeting riders with the food.

 

Activities

The emphasis is on riding and all abilities can be catered for, so even novices can explore the national park. The best way to cover the various terrains of the park, is on horseback and so everyone is encouraged to ride.

There are opportunities to swim in the lagoons or ocean for those who wish.

If staying for a longer period of time (c. 6 nights) then it is possible to view the Lusitano stallions doing a demonstration of dressage on the beach, but on shorter itineraries (c. 3 nights) the focus is on riding as much as possible.

 

Further Details

Languages: English, Portugese

Health requirements: General good health

Age limit: 8 years or older

Tuition: No

Included: Accommodation, meals, riding, airport transfers

Not included: Flights, insurance

 

Travel Information

There are no direct flights from the UK to Porto Alegre and so you will transfer through another hub city - most likely Sao Paulo or Rio de Janeiro. Some flights will also have a second stop over in Europe, so you may fly from the UK to Madrid, then onto Rio de Janeiro and then to Porto Alegre. However, there are flights with just one stop - LATAM and British Airways both offer routes from London Heathrow to Rio de Janeiro and onwards to Porto Alegre.

On arrival at Porto Alegre, you are transferred to your accommodation. There is no riding scheduled on the arrival or departure days to allow some flexibility in flight timings, but bear in mind that your road transfer time is c. 3-4 hours and so late arrivals and early departures should be avoided.

Airport: Porto Alegre

 

Programmes


National Park 5 day itinerary



This short itinerary is the perfect addition to the Canyons and Waterfalls ride. Spend three days riding through the national park, discovering it's dunes, beaches and lagoons whilst observing the multitude of birdlife. Return to the comfort of the farm each night and stay for as many nights as you wish.

Day One:

You will be transferred from Porto Alegre airport, 225kms south to the coastal region of Rio Grande do Sul state. Your accommodation is a few kilometres past Tavares, close to the National Park of Lagoa dos Peixes. If you arrive in time then there is a welcome lunch and a chance to meet the horses but today is flexible depending on your flight timings.

Day Two:

After breakfast you set off on your first trail ride into the national park, stopping for lunch on the edge of Patos Lagoon. After lunch, ride through the deserted beaches of the lagoon and after about 13km, stop on the edge of the 10m high dunes which offer a fantastic view of the immensity of the area. Continue riding back towards the farm, with hopefully a spectacular sunset whilst you are still on the beach.

There may also be the opportunity to swim in the lagoon, either before or after lunch.

Day Three:

After breakfast head out riding towards the ocean, crossing the national park. In the afternoon, ride along the deserted beaches. Leave the horses in a field and return to the farm by vehicle.

Day Four:

After breakfast, head back to the horses and then ride across the northern side of the park, between Lagoa dos Peixes and the dunes. Stop for lunch in an open field before continuing back to the farm where you have a celebratory final dinner.

Day Five:

Transfer to the airport after breakfast.

Please note that the itinerary may vary depending on local conditions but always with your best interests at heart.



Minimum group size: 1
Maximum group size: 8
Ability description: All abilities are welcomed.
Type of ride: Centre based with trails
Total riding time: 5 days / 4 nights / 3 days of riding (4-6 hours per day)
Departure dates: 2017: Open all year - you can arrive/depart on any day and stay as long as you like (minimum 3 nights, except over Christmas/New Year when the minimum stay is 5 nights).
 
Pricing: 2017:

£1249 per person sharing

No single supplement.



National Park 7 day itinerary



Ride through the beautiful sand dunes and lagoons of the national park on Lusitano horses and watch the local gauchos at work and a dressage demonstration from the stud's stallions. This ride connects well with the Canyon's and Waterfall's trail ride and is flexible so you can stay for as long as you like.

Day One:

You will be transferred from Porto Alegre airport, 225kms south to the coastal region of Rio Grande do Sul state. Your accommodation is a few kilometres past Tavares, close to the National Park of Lagoa dos

Peixes. If you arrive in time then there is a welcome lunch and a chance to meet the horses but today is flexible depending on your flight timings.

Day Two:

After breakfast you set off on your first trail ride into the national park, stopping for lunch on the edge of Patos Lagoon. After lunch, ride through the deserted beaches of the lagoon and after about 13km, stop on the edge of the 10m high dunes which offer a fantastic view of the immensity of the area. Continue riding back towards the farm, with hopefully a spectacular sunset whilst you are still on the beach.There may also be the opportunity to swim in the lagoon, either before or after lunch.

Day Three:

After breakfast head out riding towards the ocean, crossing the national park. After a few hours of riding you reach the ocean and have a snack lunch at the beach. In the afternoon, ride along the deserted beaches and after crossing the south sand bar you arrive at Lima field which is within the dunes. Leave

the horses in this field and return to the farm by vehicle.

Day Four:

After breakfast, head back to the horses in Lima field. Start riding across the Fish Pond Bar to the northern side where there is usually a greater concentration of birdlfe. Continue riding along the beach, skirting Lagoa dos Peixes (Fish Lagoon) and stopping for a snack lunch along the way. Return the horses to Lima field before transferring back to the farm.

Day Five:

Return to the horses again this morning. Set off riding across 3km of dunes until arriving at the ocean. Stop for lunch and those who wish to can take a swim in the sea. Remount and ride back to the farm through preserved native bush.

Day Six:

Today you may help the gauchos with their work with the cattle if you wish. A special barbecue lunch is arranged under a large Fig Tree. Late afternoon you are transferred to the beach of Lagoa dos Patos where you can watch the stud's dressage stallions doing a demonstration. This is a great opportunity for photos, and some riders may wish to mount one of the stallions for their own photo on the beach! You can also bathe in the lagoon as the sun sets before returning to the farm for dinner.

Day Seven:

After breakfast you will be transferred to the airport for your flight.

Please note that the itinerary may vary depending on local conditions or the wishes of the group, but always with your best interests at heart.



Minimum group size: 1
Maximum group size: 8
Ability description: All abilities welcomed.
Type of ride: Centre based with daily trails
Total riding time: 7 days / 6 nights / 5 days of riding (4-6 hours riding each day)
Departure dates: 2017: Open all year - you can arrive/depart on any day and stay as long as you like (minimum 3 nights, except over Christmas/New Year when the minimum stay is 5 nights).
 
Pricing: 2017:

£1650 per person

No single supplement.