Day 1 - Arrival in São Paulo – Transfer to Fazenda da Roseta
Riding: No riding.
Pick up at the International airport of Guarulhos in São Paulo and transfer (c.3hrs drive) to Fazenda da Roseta which is located in the countryside outside the town of Baependi in the state of Minas Gerais. The impressive Fazenda da Roseta was build by Baron Maciel in the year 1738. You will be offered a welcome drink and the chance to meet your guides and the assistance team for your trail. Check in to your rooms will be followed by a visit to the stables to meet the horses you will ride during the trail.
Dinner & overnight at the farm.
Day 2 - Fazenda da Roseta – Caixambú – Fazenda da Roseta
Riding: 25 kilometres
After a typical Minas Gerais breakfast, you will begin your first riding day by taking the old Baron bridlepath towards the city of Caxambú. The settlement is well known for its natural mineral waters and you will have a chance to visit a local park that has the largest number of different types of mineral waters in Brazil. Caixambú is also home some very high quality horse breeding stables of the Mangalarga Marchador horses. You will visit one of these breeders, where you will have the opportunity to see some of the best specimens of the breed. In the afternoon, you will return through the beautiful countryside back to Fazenda da Roseta.
Dinner & overnight at Fazenda da Roseta.
Day 3 - Fazenda da Roseta – Fazenda São Sebastião
Riding: 23 kilometres
Another delicious breakfast today will see you ready to set off towards the cradle of the Mangalarga Marchador horse; Cruzília. You will ride along the Estrada Real (the Royal Road), over mountains and through beautiful valleys. In the afternoon you will pay a visit to the National Museum of the Mangalarga Marchador horse. After this interesting and educational stop, you will stop to have a taste some the county’s best cheeses, at the Cruzilia cheese factory. Eventually, you will reach the beautiful colonial farm of São Sebastião, where you will be welcomed by host Dona Maria Isabel. There will be some free time in the afternoon to take a dive in the swimming pool, enjoy a drink before dinner & overnight at the Fazenda São Sebastião.
Day 4 - Fazenda São Sebastião – Fazenda Morro Grande – Fazenda São Sebastião
Riding: 18 kilometres
You will have an early start to the day and set off riding through some fantastic countryside, following ancient parts of the Estrada Real. You will pick up the old bridle paths which will take you to Fazenda Morro Grande, home to several of the top stallions registered in the elite studbook of the Mangalarga horse. The genetics of the horses at this farm are present at many of the main breeding farms of Mangalarga horses throughout Brazil. The grooms of the farm will exhibit their exceptional horses and talk about the breeding and history of the horses. If you want to, you may also have an opportunity to ride one of these beautiful horses!
You will return to São Sebastião via a different trail, with spectacular views of the mountains of Minas Gerais and its coffee plantations. On arrival back at the farm, you can enjoy an aperitif and a swim before dinner and overnight at the farm.
Day 5 - Fazenda São Sebastião – Fazenda São Pedro
Riding: 15 kilometres
Waving a fond farewell to Dona Isabel, you will set off today for another splendid location; Fazenda Sáo Pedro. The ride today will take you along some ancient trails and parts of the Royal Roads too. You will appreciate the stunning country side of southern Minas Gerais while enjoy the smooth ride of your gaited horses. After a great riding day, you will arrive at your destination, Fazenda São Pedro. The colonial farm has been transformed into a splendid and comfortable pousada, whilst remaining in the same family for centuries. What a privilege to be received by Dona Neuza and her daughter Fabíola. Relax, enjoy a drink and take a swim, before dinner and overnight at Fazenda São Pedro.
Day 6 - Fazenda São Pedro – Fazenda Angaí
Riding: 20 kilometres
Leaving Fazenda São Pedro behind you this morning, you will ride through breathtaking countryside to finally arrive at one of the most important breeding farms of the Mangalarga horse in the country. The 300 year old Fazenda Angaí - where you will be spending the night - is the location of the first Mangalarga Marchador horse that had been registered in the books of the association. Today will be a very informative day, with discussions on culture and a lot of prose around the horses. You will spend the night at this very important colonial farm.
Day 7 - Fazenda Angaí – Fazenda Norremose
Riding: 15 kilometres
Departing from Fazenda Angaí this morning, you and your horses will set off through the mountains, following ancient bridle paths and dirt roads which cross farms where the history of the Mangalarga Marchador horse is still present today. You will reach your destination for today, at another very important stud farm in the region, called Fazenda Haras Norremose.
Day 8 - Fazenda Norremose - Fazenda Traituba - Fazenda Favacho
Riding: 15 kilometres
After breakfast this morning, you will look forward to enjoying a very special day of riding! Mounted on your purebred Mangalarga Marchador horses, you will travel along stretches of the Estrada Real and continue experiencing the history and culture of Minas Gerais. You will ride towards the Traituba farm, which was built especially to receive the Emperor of Brazil at the time.
After a visit of the imperial farm you will continue the ride until you arrive at the beautiful colonial farm Fazenda Favacho, which was built in 1761. Enjoy an aperitif and farewell dinner at the farm - a last night sleeping in a historic fazenda on the Royal Road.
Day 9 - Fazenda Favacho – Airport São Paulo
Riding: No riding.
After breakfast today, you will say goodbye and depart to the airport of Guarulhos in São Paulo.
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.