Canyons and Waterfalls

Rio Grande do Sul Brazil: (IT-BRRT10)
URL: http://www.hiddentrails.com/tour/brazil_aparados_canyons.aspx

Introduction
Rio Grande do Sul Brazil
The spectacular mountain scenery, huge canyons and bottomless waterfalls of this region will take your breath away. Imagine the Grand Canyon covered in lush vegetation, cascading waterfalls and thriving biodiversity. Nestled along the southern coast of Santa Catarina and Rio Grande do Sul, among Brazil's most impressive canyons, the 28,000 nature conservation area where this adventure occurs. This area is renowned for its gigantic canyons, sheltering a type of geological step dug into the mountain by the tectonic movement and by the work of rivers throughout the eras. Different from most canyons in the world, like the Grand Canyon of Arizona or the Fish River Canyon of Namibia, Brazil's canyon country is in a lush green area of rich grassland and huge Araucaria forests.

Imagine the Grand Canyon covered in lush vegetation, cascading waterfalls and thriving biodiversity. Over the next few days you will ride along these steep mountains and canyons and the Atlantic coastline. Staying on traditional ranches, you will have the pleasure of sampling typical southern Brazil gaucho culture, including some of the region’s famous culinary delights. In the afternoon you may see the mysterious fogs drift in.

During the ride you will encounter several ecosystems of rare beauty and important biodiversity. The Mata Atlantica runs along the lower portion of the canyons, while fields spread across the plateaus, interspersed in the damp areas by peat bogs, that are rich in moss, lichen and bamboo. Vegetation such as ferns, lilies and bromeliads, sprouts from the slopes. And a curious species the ‘Bigsting Nettle’, with its enormous leaves measuring up to 1.5 meters, attaches itself to the rocks along the slopes.
The whole area was formed from intense volcanic activity that happened millions of years ago. Successive lava hemorrhages created the Planalto Sulbrasileiro, covered by clean fields, forests of araucarias and countless of crystalline rivers.

There are many canyons distributed throughout the region, some of them are very impressive, prevailing where enormous rocky cliffs outline the undulating landscape of the sloping foothills (coxilhas) giving the feeling of surprise and fascination when approaching their edge

The sharp vertical hillsides of basalt, present a coloration of resultants tones of the liquens and of vegetation of herbs and small bushes that alter with the nude rock.
The regional fauna is also varied and includes some rare species such as the lobo-guará (Chrysocyon brachyurus), the suçuarana or puma (Felis concolor), the graxaim-bush and the rural deer- (Ozotocerus bezoarticus). Foxes, skunks, armadillos, wildcats, woodpeckers, hawks and bugio monkeys also make up part of the local fauna.

Canyons and Waterfalls – a surprising Brazil with a cold weather accent and the legitimate gauchos’ traditions; an expedition for peaceful adventurers and an opportunity to live a unique experience.

Accomodation

Our lodging are in a  fazenda (ranch style) accommodation and resort All these lodgings have been visited and pre-approved.

Meals
The program includes three meals a day. Please note that some days lunch is a picnic, or pre-packed, lunch. We always include typical Brazilian food in the menu. We can accommodate vegetarian and other dietary needs.

This trip includes and can accommodate special dietary requests.

Riding

Itinerary

Sample Itinerary


Day 1:
Reception at Porto Alegre airport and transfer (4 to 5 hours) to the Ranch in Sao Jose dos Ausentes. Imagine arriving in the southern lands of Brazil, and be welcomed in a typical Fazenda (ranch) with the hospitality and good food of the Gauchos. After taste a local drink (made with cachaca and fruits) you will be introduced to the Gaucho who will guide you throughout the ride.
After a delicious dinner, join the group at the bar of the Fazenda to listen your guide’s instructions for the next day. Night at Pousada Fazenda Potreirinho

Day 2:
After a good breakfast we mount our Criollos and start riding on the high altitude trails towards Lopes family Ranch, a typical fazenda surrounded by a beautiful forest. Our first sight will be Cachoeirão, the biggest Waterfall of this area. It is impressive and we will have chance to take good photos. Next we will continue our ride going up and down many hills, opportunity of fantastic panoramic views of the landscape on top of the hills. We will trot, canter, and feel the sense of freedom on that great outdoors. We may stop to eat something under a tree and after around 5 hours on horseback we arrive to a typical ranch with the warm Gaucho atmosphere. Lopes family will be waiting the group with a delicious brunch and taste of their famous cheese. They produce a very famous and special cheese. This Gaucho family work and live the same way as more than 100 years ago. Gauchos, cattle and horses all together, an integration difficult to imagine today. After rest a while we ride one more hour to the traditional Fazenda Monte Negro where a delicious dinner will be waiting for us. Overnight at Fazenda Monte Negro.
 ~5 hours on horseback

Day 3:
After breakfast start riding to the peak of Monte Negro, with its 1,403 meters is the highest point of our ride, with a horizon of majestic landscapes. There is no way not to be taken by a unique feeling of freedom. We return to the Ranch for lunch. After a short siesta we continue riding by Canyons, cliffs and fields in the afternoon.
The whole area was formed from intense volcanic activity that happened millions of years ago. Successive lava hemorrhages created the Planalto Sulbrasileiro, covered by clean fields, forests of araucarias and countless of crystalline rivers. There are many canyons distributed throughout the region, some of them are very impressive, prevailing where enormous rocky cliffs outline the undulating landscape of the sloping foothills giving the feeling of surprise and fascination when approaching their edge. The sharp vertical hillsides of basalt, present a coloration of resultants tones of the lichens and of vegetation of herbs and small bushes that alter with the nude rock. Night at Pousada Fazenda Monte Negro.
 ~5 hours on horseback

Day 4:
We continue our journey along the escarpments of the Aparados da Serra, where the marvels of nature almost overwhelm the actual riding. We stop at a beautiful Waterfall, with awe-inspiring cascade. After a photo stop and perhaps a dip in the pool of the cascade, we stop on the field for lunch. After a short siesta rest we start our afternoon ride on trails with majestic landscapes passing through some forests of rare beauty and important biodiversity. Some slopes will invite us to canter with our Criollo horses. Overnight at Pousada Fazenda Monte Negro.
~5-6 hours on horseback

Day 5:
After breakfast we leave by car to Alan’s Ranch (1 ½ hours). He is the son of Alencar, our new Gaucho guide. He is a cattle rancher and has a lot of experience. During the next days we will have the chance to see how a real Gaucho works on his daily job. With new horses, we start our ride traversing canyons, fields, and forests. During this day we will see some very beautiful waterfalls and have a picnic lunch on the banks of a river while our horses rest in the shade of a forest nearby. After our picnic lunch, we continue our ride covering an area of outstanding beauty, in typical scenarios of Campos de Cima da Serra, highlighting the greatness of the Atlantic rain forest in the lower part of Canyons, fields stretching across the plateau, and ferns lilies and bromeliads that sprout in rich slopes.
In the afternoon we may see the mysterious fogs (called viracão by the locals), drift in. On our afternoon ride we will pass by many Araucaria trees and cross a few pristine rivers. At the end of the day we arrive at Alencar’s Fazenda Santana and his newly built Huts and bungalows. Another delicious dinner and overnight.
 ~5-6 hours on horseback

Day 6:
After a good breakfast we leave with our horses to see more canyons, cliffs or as the locals call “the peirais of the Aparados” and beautiful waterfalls. The Mata Atlantica runs along the lower portion of the canyons, while fields spread across the plateaus, interspersed in the damp areas by peat bogs, that are rich in moss, lichen and bamboo. Vegetation such as ferns, lilies and bromeliads, sprouts from the slopes, and a curious species the ‘Bigsting Nettle’, with its enormous leaves measuring up to 1.5 meters, attaches itself to the rocks along the slopes. We will be in Alencar’s, our Gaucho guide neighborhood and may have a chance to help the Gauchos rounding-up the cattle on horseback. We will be able to feel how our horses are happy to do some good canters.
At the end of the day we arrive at a river bank where our minibus will be waiting, say goodbye to our horses and guide and drive (45 minutes) to the Pousada Fazenda Baio Ruano. Our special farewell special dinner will be in a typical restaurant in the small village of Cambara do Sul.
~5 hours on horseback

Day 7:
Departure after breakfast with the destination of Porto Alegre airport (3 hours transfer)

Note - The itinerary can be changed due to weather conditions and availability on the ranches.


Rates and Dates for Canyons and Waterfalls

Rates include:

Accommodations in lodges and resort, all meals, one welcome drink every day before dinner, soft drinks, 5 riding days, transfers, English speaking guide.

Packages and Options



  • SeasonYearDescription US$
    A
    20197 day trip, AP$1935

* prices are per person based on double/twin occupancy

Transfer and Other Charges:



 DescriptionUS$
2019 Transfer from/to Porto Alegre are included at set times $0
2019 Small group (2-4 people) supplement, per person $180
2019 Group (7 - 8 people) discount, per person $-80
2019 Single supplement $335

Season Tour Dates  Min / MaxReserve
A 2019 09/23 - 09/29 7d / 6n 7 day trip, AP 5 /10 Expired
A 2019 11/30 - 12/06 7d / 6n 7 day trip, AP 5 /10 Reserve

Dates Note:
This ride is available any date between March and June and between August and November ( we need the booking at least 1 month before the date of the ride)

Other Info
Meeting: Salgado Filho International Airport (POA) in Porto Alegre
Airport: Salgado Filho International Airport (POA) in Porto Alegre
Transfer: Salgado Filho International Airport (POA) in Porto Alegre

Climate:
                                            Porto Alegre area


Month

Jan

Feb

Mar

Apr

May

Jun

Jul

Aug

Sep

Oct

Nov

Dec

Average High Temperature (°F)

88

88

85

80

73

69

69

72

74

78

82

86

Average Low Temperature (°F)

69

70

67

62

56

51

51

53

55

60

63

67

Average High Temperature (°C)

31

31

29

27

23

21

20

22

23

26

28

30

Average Low Temperature (°C)

21

21

19

16

13

11

10

12

13

16

17

19

Average Precipitation (days of rain)

7

6

6

6

6

7

8

8

7

6

6

6

Source: NOAA


Seasons
The climate in the area is moderate and always a little humid. The annual average temperature is around 16ºC; with the maximum temperature usually ranging between 24ºC and 27ºC. Lows are usually between 9ºC and 15ºC.
The warmest month is January and the coldest months are June and July.

The fog (typical of this region) is known by the name of “Nothing”.  It appears all of a sudden and, very quickly, makes everything disappear - sometimes making it impossible to see even a step away. The fog turns deep valleys invisible, and then (sometimes very quickly) back to visible again. The worst month for fog is October and parts of September and November - but you will find the fog disappears as quickly as it comes in.

The best months for horse trekking are March to June. July and August are still good trekking months, but it can be quite cool during this time.

What To Bring:
It is recommended to put your luggage in travel bag instead of a hard suitcase. 10 bags are easier to get in the backup vehicle than 10 suitcases.

Travel documents and Voucher
Flight tickets
Passport
Visa (check with your consulate)
Travel Insurance
Pocket money (you can change money on arrival at the airport)

Riding pants or Jodhpurs (used if possible!) - as they are not too hot, and they dry out quickly if they get wet.
Riding boots (short) or hard-soled shoes + Minichaps or Longchaps
Riding helmet - please bring your own. NOTE – It's not mandatory in Brazil.
Riding gloves
Hat (with chin strip) for sun protection
Lightweight Rain coat
Tall boot socks to prevent chaffing
4 to 5 Long-sleeved shirts for protection sun
Water canteen
This list is only a general guideline for you from Ride in Brazil
Jacket or sweater for cool evenings
Comfortable T-Shirts/Shirts
Jeans
Shorts
Underwear and socks
Pyjama
Bag for dirty clothes
Trekking boots/ comfortable shoes
Swimsuit / Bathing suit

Personal Toiletries
Insect Repellent
Personal medications (please consult with your G.P. for health advise)
Sewing kit
Handkerchiefs
Adapter for electric appliances
Small Camera/Phone with Camera and batteries
Belt pack
Sunglasses
Sunscreen (spf-30 or higher) and Lip Balm with sunscreen
One towel
Torch / Flashlight