The Coconut Trail Ride

Alagoas Brazil: (IT-BRRT15)
URL: https://www.hiddentrails.com/tour/brazil_coconut_trail_ride.aspx

Introduction
Alagoas Brazil
If you are seeking tropical heat and amazing nature, look no further than Brazil. But when we're talking about beaches, the Northeastern State of Alagoas shines, where you will canter the endless beaches still untouched by civilization. From day one, you will understand why the ride is called The Coconut Trail Ride. Alagoas is in fact the greatest producer of coconuts in the country. From the saddle you will drink fresh coconut water and discover some of the most beautiful tropical places you have ever been.

This ride is blessed with a huge variety of landscapes. We will take you to the colored sea cliffs, crossing rivers, climbing huge sand dunes, passing mangrove swamps, riding through Atlantic rain forest, and along miles of pristine deserted beaches lined with coconut trees. Experience the perfect blend of riding and relaxation. On average you will be riding  about 4 hours a day – morning rides – arriving each time around noon at the next beachfront Pousada or beach house where you we be welcomed with the national drink; a Caipirinha. The crossbreed Mangalarga Marchador horses (authentic Brazilian breed) are great forward going horses with a very comfortable pace. They are used to the tropical climate, the beach, and the water, and are just the most fun horses you can imagine. The afternoons are filled with fun in the sun. A swim in the warm body temperature waters of the Atlantic Ocean, an ice-cold beer at a barraca, (Brazilian beach bar), a stroll in a fishermen village, or simply relaxing and reading a book at the swimming pool of your pousada.

The trail ride ends in Penedo, a colonial village at the mouth of the São Francisco river (one of the biggest rivers of brazil). The baroque-style churches, convents, and houses remind us of the Portuguese and Dutch colonization. The perfect setting for a last night in Alagoas. Welcome to the liveliest, most colorful, most coconut state of the country! This ride is the perfect getaway from the dreary weather in the northern hemisphere and brighten your day!

Accomodation

Accommodations
This is a progressive ride so nights will be spent in different accommodations.

Description
Nights in authentic & comfortable Pousadas, hotels, and beach houses. Hotels & Pousadas based on double-rooms. The Beach house (2 nights) based on double and triple-rooms.

Accommodation Itinerary - subject to changes based on availability
Night 1: Hotel Porto Jatiuca
Night 2: Pousada Dunas de Marape
Night 3: Pousada Paradiseal
Night 4 & 5: Beach House in Feliz Deserto
Night 6 & 7: Pousada Chez Julie
Night 8: Hotel Sao Francisco

Hotel Porto Jatiuca in Maceió
This hotel offers modern and comfortable rooms featuring air conditioning, cable TV, a safe, a phone, free Wi-Fi and a private bathroom with hairdryer. Additional amenities include and outdoor pool and a fitness center. Laundry facilities are available for an extra fee.

Pousada Dunas de Marape
This pousada is located on the shores of the Jequia River, a few meters away from the sand dunes. The simply decorated rooms come with air conditioning, a TV and a private bathroom. The pousada also has a beautiful covered terrace with amazing views of the surroundings. Free Wi-Fi is available in all areas.

Pousada Paradiseal in Pontal de Coruripe
Pousada Paradiseal is located on the coast and features 19 chalet accommodations. All chalets made out of bricks and feature a simple décor. They come equipped with a TV, air conditioning and a private bathroom.

Beach House in Feliz Deserto
Based on double and triple occupancy. No single supplement possible for this night.

Pousada Chez Julie in Pontal do Peba
This pousada is located near the fishing village of Pontal do Peba. It offers simple accommodations with a TV, air conditioning and private bathrooms. The property is located by the beach but guests can also decide to go for a swim in the outdoor swimming pool. Wi-Fi is free and laundry services are available for an extra charge.

Hotel Sao Francisco in Penedo
The hotel is conveniently located in Penedo’s historic district. This small hotel provides simple and comfortable rooms equipped with satellite TV, air conditioning, Wi-Fi and private bathrooms. The hotel offers great views of the Sao Francisco River and a beautiful outdoor swimming pool. Laundry services are available for a small fee.

** Please note that hotels are subject to change. Double check on hotel accommodations 2 weeks before trip start!

Room Occupancy
Single supplement is not mandatory if you are willing to share.


Meals
Meals from breakfast on day 2 to lunch on day 9 are included in this trip.

Brazil has a rich cuisine. The country is a mixture of European, Indian, African, and Asian cultures and is reflected in the way the Brazilians cook. Italian and African cuisines have great influence on Brazilian cuisine. Well before Europe spoke about fusion cuisine, Brazil was combining ingredients found from different continents to a new, typical Brazilian cuisine. They also often serve dishes from different countries on one table.
The Brazilian cuisine is very good, varied, and serves many naturally made dishes. The main dishes are mostly rice and beans (Feijão) and sauces, with lots of meat or fish and salads. From region to region one has its own traditional dishes. Along the coast you will find more fish and shrimp dishes. Very popular is the Churrasco (Brazilian BBQ).

Alcoholic drinks are not included in this trip but guests are welcome to bring their own if they wish.

Dietary Restrictions
We can cater to all dietary restrictions with prior notice.

This trip includes and can accommodate special dietary requests.

Riding

Horses
Mangalarga Marchador crossbreed. Beautiful and responsive horses, easy to ride. They have a comfortable pace and are used to the tropical climate, beach, and water. Average height: 1.60m

Riding
On average 4 hours per day in the morning. Suitable for intermediate to experienced riders. You should be confident on a horse at all paces. The pace is varied to include walk, trot and canter. 

Itinerary

Sample Itinerary - subject to changes

Note: We will do everything possible to follow the indicated itinerary, although spot changes can occur due to unforeseen circumstances. Rides are subject to change depending on weather, location and difficulty of terrain  In the unlikely event that this happens on your trip, we ask you flexibility and understanding. This is a sporty and adventurous vacation!

Day 1 (Friday): Arrival in Maceió
Late afternoon Meet & Greet at the hotel in Maceió to brief the riding group about the coming days.
Meals included: none
Overnight at Hotel in Maceió


Day 2 (Saturday): Maceió to Jequiá Beach
After a delicious breakfast, we leave early to meet the horses at the paradisiacal beach of Jequiá. We will choose horses, make adjustments to the stirrups and take of for the ride.
We immediately start on one of the deserted beaches, dotted with cliffs of multicolored sands and coconut trees. Our destination today is breathtaking! The Marapé Dunes are lying between the river and the sea. Lunch at Jequiá (Dunes of Marapé). In the middle of preserved mangroves we will leave the horses to delight ourselves with a boat trip along the mangroves. We have the option to take a refreshing bath  in the river and the sea. The Sunset here is stunning.
Riding distance: 7 km (approx. 2 hours)

Meals included: Breakfast, coffee, lunch, snack and dinner
Overnight at Pousada Dunas de Marape


Day 3 (Sunday): Jequiá Beach to Pontal do Coruripe
We will wake up with great disposition and an incredible view to the natural beauty of this place. Our horses are saddled and ready to take us for another day full of beautiful scenery and pristine nature. We will ride along deserted beaches lined with coconut trees and appreciate the lush vegetation of the Atlantic forest. Barrier reefs are visible from the saddle. Our destination is the Pontal do Coruripe beach with its omnipresent lighthouse. The warm sea water is just perfect for a swim.
Riding distance: 12 km (approx. 3 hours)

Meals included: Breakfast, coffee, lunch, snack and dinner
Overnight at Pousada Pontal do Coruripe

Day 4 (Monday): Pontal do Coruripe to Feliz Deserto
We will depart on the beach towards the south in direction to Feliz Deserto. Feliz Deserto means Happy Desert so we decided to have 2 happy nights at Feliz Deserto. Shortly after taking the trail to the sea, we will find the mouth of the river Coruripe that gives name to the location. Ready for some adventure? We will cross the river with the horses. Soon after the river crossing we will stop to refresh ourselves in the sea and meet our back up team waiting for us with coconut water and tropical fruits. We continue along deserted beaches, and here and there we will ride along a beach village and see artisanal fishermen. Just before we reach our overnight spot, we find at the beach the Swiss Cargo schipwreck "The Stockholm". Our exclusive Beach House awaits us in Feliz Deserto.
Riding distance: 25 km (approx. 5 hours)
Meals included: Breakfast, coffee, lunch, snack and dinner
Overnight at Beach House in Feliz Deserto

Day 5 (Tuesday): Ride to Marituba Lagoon
Right after breakfast, which always special, we mount the horses and ride inland towards the Marituba wetlands, a protected area with a unique ecosystem. We will have time to wade or swim in the clear waters. We will have lunch and a little siesta before heading back to our lodgings. This time we go along the beach and end the today's ride with a gallop.  
Riding distance: 28 km (approx. 6 hours)
Meals included: Breakfast, coffee, lunch, snack and dinner
Overnight at Beach House in Feliz Deserto


Day 6 (Wednesday): Feliz Deserto to Pontal do Peba
Today we will have time to enjoy the best of the region: deserted beaches, coconut trees, and a small fishing village. We will also have time to bathe in the sea and enjoy the local cuisine with excellent fresh seafood arriving all the time in small boats that dot the coast. Our foot in the sand hostel has a privileged location.
Riding distance: 8 km (approx. 2 hours)
Meals included: Breakfast, coffee, lunch, snack and dinner
Overnight at Pousada Chez Julie


Day 7 (Thursday): Pontal do Peba to Potengi
The Fisherman's Village of Pontal do Peba with its bars and restaurants specialized in seafood is the starting point of today's ride. From the saddle, we explore an area of dunes and environmental preservation. Between coconut groves and dunes some tropical birds, reptiles, and mammals can be spotted. Our goal for today is a traditional coconut farm of the region. Riders will be transferred back to the Pousada in Pontal do Peba for the overnight.
Riding distance: 15 km (approx. 5 hours)
Meals included: Breakfast, coffee, lunch, snack and dinner
Overnight at Pousada Chez Julie


Day 8 (Friday): Ride to Mouth of São Francisco River
After a good breakfast and a short transfer to the coconut farm, we mount our horses to start our last riding day. We ride through a coconut forest until we find the huge dune complex. We cross the dunes and before reaching the mouth of the São Francisco River, we will ride along the quilombola community of Pixaim (a quilombo is a town of escaped slaves). In Foz, we will enjoy river swim to refresh ourselves. We will drink from a fresh coconut and eat some snacks. We will leave the horses behind and hop on a boat to sail the mighty river until we arrive at the banks of the river where we will have lunch. Typical seafood of the region will be served in the shade. We will arrive at the end of the afternoon at the colonial town of Penedo.
Riding distance: 20 km (approx. 4 hours)
Meals included: Breakfast, coffee, lunch and snack
Overnight at Hotel in Penedo

Day 9 (Sunday): Departure
No hurry to get out of bed today. After a nice breakfast we will walk around town and see the beautiful baroque-style churches, old houses, theater, and convent and all other Penedo’s architectural jewels. We will have lunch at a traditional restaurant overlooking the river. After lunch we depart to Maceió. End of the itinerary.
Meals included: Breakfast and lunch


Rates and Dates for The Coconut Trail Ride

Rates include:

Accommodation: nights in comfortable Pousadas, hotels and beach houses; Meals from breakfast on day 2 to lunch on day 9; Guides; Backup Vehicle: brings your personal luggage to the daily overnight place/fazenda; Horses & tack, including saddle bags; Transfer on day 9 to Maceio and airport.

Packages and Options




* prices are per person based on double/twin occupancy

Transfer and Other Charges:



 DescriptionUS$
2019 Transfers are not included. Please make you own way to the hotel for the first night. $0
2019 Booking sales tax (one per invoice) (mandatory) $17
2019 No single supplement if willing to share $0
2019 Single supplement if not willing to share (possible for 6 nights) $520

Dates Note:

Rates do not include:

Insurance (mandatory); Alcoholic beverages and soft drinks; Meals on Day 1 and dinner on Day 8; Tranasfer on Day 1; Gratuities

Other Info
Meeting: MaceiĆ³
Airport: MaceiĆ³/Zumbi dos Palmares International Airport
Transfer: --

Climate:
                                                Maceió area


Month

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Feb

Mar

Apr

May

Jun

Jul

Aug

Sep

Oct

Nov

Dec

Average High Temperature (°F)

90

90

90

89

86

84

83

83

85

87

89

89

Average Low Temperature (°F)

74

74

75

74

73

71

70

69

70

71

72

73

Average High Temperature (°C)

32

32

32

31

30

29

28

28

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31

31

32

Average Low Temperature (°C)

23

24

24

24

23

22

21

21

21

22

22

23

Average Precipitation (days of rain)

8

7

10

14

18

17

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16

10

9

4

4

Source: NOAA
 

Seasons
Alagoas has a typical tropical climate, with very warm to hot temperatures and high relative humidity all throughout the year. However, these conditions are relieved by a near absence of extreme temperatures and trade winds blowing from the ocean.
January is the warmest month, with mean maximum of 32 °C (89.6 °F) and minimum of 23 °C (74 °F) and more sun.
July experiences the coolest temperatures, with mean maximum of 28 °C (83 °F) and minimum of 21 °C (70 °F) and more rain and much higher humidity.

The natural vegetation surrounding Maceió is tropical rainforest. Rainforests are characterized by high rainfall, with definitions setting minimum normal annual rainfall between 2,000 mm (about 78 inches or 2 meters) and 1700 mm (about 67 inches).

What To Bring:
What to bring:
• Valid international passport
• Travel insurance
• Pocket money (you can change money on arrival at the airport)
• A sweater and a jacket
• 4 to 5 T-shirts or shirts. long-sleeved shirt is best. (Make sure you take at least 3 shirts with long sleeves!)
• Riding helmet
• Riding pants or jeans.
• Boots/riding shoes, with mini-chaps or long chaps. (Your boots/ shoes will/can be wet every day)
• Cotton socks
• A second pair of shoes for the evening
• Swimsuit/bikini/shorts
• Slippers/sandals
• Comfortable summer clothing
• Hat
• One towel
• Toiletries
• Sun Cream
• Anti-mosquito spray / lotion

* Having your luggage in a travel bag / sports bag is handier instead of in a hard case.