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Bahia Beach

Overview

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 e…

Highlights

  • Ride on stunning deserted beaches with crystal waters
  • Enjoy beautiful warm weather and sunshine in paradise
  • Drink fresh coconut water straight from the fruit!
  • Spot unique wildlife seen in very few places globally
  • Taste delicious locally caught sea fish

Essential Facts

  • 1 itinerary available
  • Max 8 riders per group
  • Average of 3 - 4 hours riding per day
  • Weight limit: 100kgs / 220 lbs / 15st 10lbs

Description

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.

Horses & Riding

Tack

Saddles may be English leather type or Mclellan trail saddles depending on the horse you are riding. The polo ponies tend to be ridden in English saddles as this is what they are used to, whereas the Mangalarga horses are more commonly ridden in trail saddles. Bridles are also English style, but with western style shank or pelham bit.

Horses

The horses are a mixture of polo ponies, Criollo and Mangalarga cross. There is a popular polo field in this area and the polo ponies are beautifully schooled and a pleasure to ride - forward going and willing but with good brakes. The Mangalarga horses are gaited and sturdy, making them incredibly comfortable to ride, especially when spending long hours in the saddle.

Riding

There is 1 itinerary:

  • Bahia Beach Trail is a trail ride

Ages

8 years or older

Health

General good health.

Weight

100kgs / 220 lbs / 15st 10lbs

Food & Accommodation

Food

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.

Accommodation

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/

Itineraries

Bahia Beach Trail Standard accommodation.

Other Activities

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.

Travel

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.

Itinerary & Pricing

Day 1

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.

Day 2

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.

Day 3

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

Day 4

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.

Day 5

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.

Day 6

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.

Day 7

Riding: No riding.

After breakfast at 8am, you are transferred to the airport for your flight home.

Experience Intermediate / Experienced

Intermediate to experienced riders will get on best on this trail. Riders should be comfortable and confident at all paces as each day offers the opportunity for long canters.

Minimum group size 2
Maximum group size 8
Departure windows

At any time during: Aug. 1, 2021 - Dec. 15, 2021  (Flexible departure dates possible for a minimum of 2 guests - please enquire)

Oct. 17, 2021 - Oct. 23, 2021

Nov. 27, 2021 - Dec. 3, 2021

Pricing

2021
7-8 riders in the group; Sharing
£2030 $2825 €2380
2021
5-6 riders in the group; Sharing
£2110 $2935 €2475
2021
2-4 riders in the group; Sharing
£2595 $3610 €3045
Included 6 nights accommodation in shared rooms, 5 days riding, all meals from dinner on arrival day to breakfast on departure day, soft drinks, beer and water at mealtimes, return Porto Seguro airport transfers.
Not included Flights, personal travel insurance, drinks outside of mealtimes (such as in the local bars), tips and personal expenses.

Extras

2021 - Single Supplement £250 $350 €295
Paid to Far and Ride
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.