Bahia Beach Ride

Bahia Brazil: (IT-BRRT11)
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Introduction
Bahia Brazil
Bahia Beach Ride – Trancoso/Caraiva

A ride through marvelous beaches, Indian and small fishing communities and preserved rainforest.

While Brazil is known throughout the world for Rio de Janeiro, its lively beaches and the excitement of Carnival, native Brazilians hold on to their best kept secret: the golden sands and emerald seas of Trancoso in Bahia. This area was home to one of the earliest Portuguese settlements in Brazil (1586); Trancoso is a village of incredible natural beauty.

Unbeknownst to tourists, it boasts an ideal year round climate coupled with the intimacy and privacy of a small village and offers the perfect escape for those seeking exotic locations and beautiful beaches in Brazil. Below the cliffs of the village sprawl vast beaches and to the north and the south are tremendous rivers that flow to the sea. In Trancoso, one finds natural pools, preserved dense rainforest, and miles and miles of unspoiled white sand beaches - the perfect places to the enjoy those freeing canters by the water.

Accomodation


Accommodations
This is a progressive ride where nights are spent in 3 different locations.

Description
WiFi is available at most accommodations and laundry can be done for a small fee in all pousadas.

Accommodation Itinerary - subject to changes based on availability
Night 1 & 2: Pousada do Outeiro in Curuipe
Night 3: Guesthouse in Trancoso
Night 4 & 5: Fazenda in Caraiva
Night 6: Pousada do Outeiro

Pousada do Outeiro in Curuipe
Pousada do Outeiro is located in between Outeiro Beach, one of the most exclusive of the Bahia coast and Praia do Espelho/Espelho beach, one of the most famous beaches of Brazil . 
The spacious guestrooms have en-suite shower-rooms, air conditioning, wifi access, a mini-bar and a seating area.
There is a central dining room with a deck and also a seating area with comfortable chairs and hammock in which to relax. Facilities include a large pool and decking area with sun loungers; staff will be happy to bring drinks out to the pool for you if you wish. Also at your disposal during your stay is the Outeiro Clubhouse. Here you will find white sandy beaches, rock pools and just on the edge of the beach, is an extensive swimming pool complex with its own bar.

Pousada in Trancoso
Its excellent location - near the square cosmopolitan " Trancoso " and the most beautiful beaches in the area - is ideal for those who want to rest. Totally in harmony with the environment, the guesthouse is set in a large wooded area with 8000 square meters surrounded by native trees and gardens. There is a swimming pool and free wi-fi is available in common areas.
The Pousada offers cozy rooms in rustic style, decorated with regional crafts. All rooms provide a balcony with a hammock, air conditioning, a TV, minibar and safe.

Pousada in Caraiva
Free Wi-Fi and is available at this Pousada.
The colorful rooms all have a TV, air conditioning and mini-bar as well as a private facilities.

Room Occupancy
If we are unable to find another rider to share the room with you, a single supplement fee applied.
Single room accommodations are subject to availability.


Meals
The program includes three meals a day everyday except for dinner on Day 3. Please note that some days lunch is a picnic, or pre-packed, lunch.

Brazilian food is delicious and amazingly diverse. Brazil's staple food items consist of feijao, or black beans, farinha de mandioca (ground manioc, a root vegetable like a potato), similar to flour, and arroz, or white rice. These three ingredients are typically cooked or served with protein such as fish, red meat, or chicken.
Each region of the country has a different food specialty in Bahia several options of dishes include fish and shrimp. All meals have a good variety and good quantities, usually accompanied by salads and dessert.
Fruits are very popular throughout Brazil and included on the wide options of food offered for breakfast.

Special diets and dietary restrictions:
We can cater to special diets and dietary restrictions. Please, let us know at the time of booking.

This trip includes and can accommodate special dietary requests.

Riding

Riding
You should be a competent rider, comfortable at all paces and confident enough to try a different style of riding.
There is a variety of terrain to cross; from wide sandy beaches, mangrove forests, rainforest to cliff paths so you should be used to riding in open spaces, going up and down hills.

Horses
The horses are well mannered, forward going, sure footed and very obedient. They respond to neck reining and are used to a loose rein wherever possible.

Pace
You ride at a walk, canter and ‘travelling pace’ which, being similar to a Western jog, is very comfortable. The pace of the ride varies from walk on the narrow forest trails and in the deeper sand to a faster pace (either travelling pace or canter) where the terrain allows.

Tack
The bridles are a mixture of English and Brazilian style.
The saddles used on this ride are English, South African Trail saddles and Australian style trail saddles.
You will not usually be able to decide which Saddle you ride in as this will be determined by which style of saddle best fits the horse you have been allocated.

Staff
You will be accompanied by an English speaking guide and a local guide. Both guides have good knowledge of the local area.
Your English speaking guide will be Paulo. Paulo grew up in a family (Junqueira) well know in Brazil for breeding Mangalara horses, so he was surrounded by horses since childhood. In 2006, he decided to travel all around Brazil on horseback. he then decided to travel all around the world to get to know the best horseback riding destinations and learn about different riding techniques and cultures. He loves guiding this trip because he finds that every time, the experience is different.

Itinerary

Sample Itinerary - Subject to changes

Note: Please note that changes to the itinerary may be necessary because of local conditions, weather and riding experience of the group - always with your best interests in mind.

Day 1:  Porto Seguro to Pousada do Outeiro
Following your arrival in Porto Seguro, you will be transferred to Pousada do Outeiro (approx. 2 hour drive). Settle into your room and later, have a short briefing and learn more about the region.
Meals included Dinner
Overnight at Pousada do Outeiro

Day 2: Ride to Itaporanga
After breakfast, journey by car (approximately a 10 minutes drive) to meet your horses at the polo field. It is considered one of the most beautiful Polo Field and Golf Course in the world. You will be introduced to your horse and have a safety briefing. Before you set off on your ride, you have the chance to get acquainted with your horse: walk, trot and canter around the beautiful polo field, which has stunning views of the ocean and beaches below you.
Once you are happy with your mount, set off on a ride along Jacuma beach in the direction of Barra do Rio Frades. From here, journey along forest paths and along sandy tracks until you reach Itaporanga village.
Stop for lunch at Bigode’s, a restaurant that serves typical Brazilian dishes. Try rice and beans, as well as local chicken and meat dishes.
After lunch, there is the opportunity to visit Elma’s Forest Wood Design workshop. Here, the owner carves a wonderful variety of benches, chairs, stools and tables out of reclaimed wood. Many of her larger pieces line the streets of this small, friendly village. Then, continue your ride to the Pataxó Indian village of Imbiriba. If you wish, there will be the chance to shop for souvenirs made by the tribe. There is a huge variety of items to choose from; bead necklaces, wooden bracelets, rings made from buffalo bone, wooden bowls and carved wooden boxes, so make sure you take some cash with you if you think you will want to purchase handicraft items.
On arrival back at Pousada do Outeiro, you may wish to relax in your hammock, take a swim in the hotel pool or wander down to the beach.
Meals included Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at Pousada do Outeiro


Day 3: Pousada do Outeiro to Trancoso
After a delicious breakfast of fresh fruit, tapioca and eggs, set off from Caixa D’agua, near the pousada and wind your way through forest trails. Later, negotiate a small river and then it is on to a deserted beach for some wonderful canters along the surf. Lunch will be a picnic along the way.
On arrival in Trancoso, you will be shown to your guesthouse. If there is time, you may wish to explore the shops and bars that line main square (‘Quadrado’), before dinner.
There is a good range of restaurants in Trancoso and so you are free to decide where you wish to eat tonight. Your guide will be happy to advise and assist you in ordering your meal if you wish. Dinner is on your own account tonight. A meal at the most expensive restaurant in the region will cost about £18-25 per person.
Meals included Breakfast & Lunch
Overnight at Guesthouse in Trancoso


Day 4: Trancoso to Caraiva
After breakfast at your guesthouse, retrace your steps along the beach and cross the buffalo farm. The beach is so stunning that you will not mind riding across it twice! Perhaps your guide will pause to pluck a sea urchin from the water or dig out a crab that has been hiding in the sand! Your morning ride takes you to the Ranch where the horses live. There, you will be received with a refreshing coconut and will have a picnic lunch (fruits and sandwiches). Shortly after, meet your new horses and set out again to the beach. This afternoon, you will ride along cliff paths and golden sandy beaches in the direction of Caraiva. After a few more hours in the saddle, arrive at Caraiva, where a water taxi will be waiting to paddle you across the Rio Caraiva to Caraiva village itself.
The horses will overnight at a nearby hacienda. There are no motorized vehicles here, so your guide will take you on foot to your guesthouse. Accommodate into your room and if there is time, explore some of the nearby streets. You will find many colorful houses, which gives a sort of Caribbean feel to this little village.
Meals included Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at Fazenda in Caraiva


Day 5: Day ride from Caraiva*
Ride south in the direction of Corumbau Village. Later on, leave the beach and head towards the native reserve close to the village of Barra Velha. Head into the forest and follow a trail that leads you to another Indian small community. Here, you have the chance to learn about the tribe and their day to day lives. After an interesting experience with them, walk to the river bridge where a boat will meet you. Your horses will return to Caraiva with the guides.
Depending on the wishes of the group, you might stop at a swimming spot on the way back to Caraiva or float on the water in a rubber ring. On arrival at Caraiva, you may cross the river with your horses and return by boat.
*: Please note that the route of the ride is dependent on the tides.
Meals included Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at Fazenda in Caraiva


Day 6: Caraiva to Pousada do Outeiro
After breakfast, leave Caraiva behind and journey back towards Pousada do Outeiro. Perhaps you will stop in a clearing to drink refreshing coconut water, or maybe your guide will show you the bright yellow cashew flowers which grow in this area.
Arrive back at Pousada do Outeiro in time for lunch and spend the afternoon relaxing. Take advantage of the lovely pool in the hotel grounds, swing in your hammock as the welcome sea breeze glides around you, or stretch your legs with a wander along the beach.
Meals included Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at Pousada do Outeiro


Day 7: Departure
Breakfast served at 8:00 am. After breakfast transfer to the airport in Porto Seguro.
Meals included Breakfast


Rates and Dates for Bahia Beach Ride

Rates include:

Accommodations, Most meals with soft drinks and water during meals, 5 riding days & Transfer from/to Porto Seguro at set times

Packages and Options



  • SeasonYearDescription US$
    A
    20207 day trip, AP$3855

* prices are per person based on double/twin occupancy

Transfer and Other Charges:



 DescriptionUS$
2020 Transfer from/to Porto Seguro airport included at set times $0
2020 Group (7 - 8 people) discount, dbl, per person $-840
2020 Single Supplement $470
2020 Group (5 - 6 people) discount, dbl, per person $-720

Season Tour Dates  Min / MaxReserve
A 2020 09/19 - 09/25 7d / 6n 7 day trip, AP 2 /8 Expired
A 2020 11/30 - 12/06 7d / 6n 7 day trip, AP 2 /8 Reserve

Dates Note:
This ride is available any date between March and November (expect for the month of July). We need the booking at least 1 month before the date of the ride)

Rates do not include:

Dinner on Day 3, Insurance (mandatory) & Gratuities

Other Info
Meeting: Porto Seguro airport
Airport: Porto Seguro
Transfer: Porto Seguro airport

Climate:
                                                Salvador area


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Average High Temperature (°F)

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86

Average Low Temperature (°F)

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76

Average High Temperature (°C)

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Average Precipitation (days of rain)

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Source: NOAA


Seasons
The tropical climate prevails throughout the region, with a pleasant temperature all year round averaging 23-30°C. The constant breeze does not let you feel the heat for most of the year.

Regardless of the season, it’s always a good idea to pack a coat and pants, because the weather can change suddenly in some locations, especially in mountain and coastal regions.
Summer: from the 21st of December to the 21st of March.
Autumn: from the 21st of March to the 21st of June.
Winter: from the 21st of June to the 23rd of September.
Spring: from the 23rd of September to the 21st of December.

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