Riding: No riding.
You will be collected from Porto Seguro airport and transferred to the Pousada do Outeiro (c. 2 hour drive). Here you will be introduced to the team and will have a chance to discuss your itinerary for the week as well as to learn more about the region. Dinner and overnight will be at the Pousada.
Riding: 3 - 4 hours
A leisurely start to the morning with breakfast and a short car journey of approx. 10 min to the polo field where you meet your horses for the first time. There is an informal riding assessment when you will be able to familiarise yourself with your horse 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 native Pataxó 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 where you will have some free time before another delicious dinner is served.
Riding: 4 - 5 hours
After breakfast you set off from Caixa D'agua, crossing the Outeiro on your way to Trancoso, 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 to your own account and will be taken at a restaurant of your choosing in Trancoso. The cost of dinner at one of the more expensive restaurants in the village is roughly £18-£28 (GBP) per person
Riding: 5 hours
A slightly earlier start today with a planned departure at 9 am for a morning ride along the beach and back across the buffalo farm. This stretch of beach is so beautiful that you won't mind riding along it again as you retrace your steps back to Pousada do Outerio. You guide may choose to stop in one or two places so that you pluck sea urchins from the rock pools or dig crabs from their hiding space under the sand.
On your return to the Pousada you will be welcomed with a refreshing drink of coconut water and will enjoy a light picnic lunch of fruit and sandwiches. After lunch you are paired with a different horse and will 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.
Riding: 3 hours
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.
Riding: 1 - 3 hours
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 on the way back to enjoy a refreshing drink of coconut water or to admire the bright yellow cashew flowers which grow in this area. Your guide can teach you some interesting facts about these tropical plants and species, before finally you reach the polo stables again. Lunch is taken at the Pousada do Outeiro and the afternoon is free to enjoy time beside the pool or on the beach.
Riding: No riding.
After breakfast at 8am, you are transferred to the airport for your flight home.
Note: All programmes and itineraries are weather dependent; in the face of adverse, or unexpected, weather conditions reasonable attempts will be made to provide equivalent riding. All programmes are accurate at the time of writing. However, the team may adapt or modify details, whilst aiming to provide a similar experience.