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Gaucho Pampas Trail Brazil

Gaucho Pampas Trail Brazil
Santa Catarina Brazil

Join the legendary Gauchos on a trip across wide open undulating grasslands with rivers, lakes, forests and remote fazendas (ranches). Come prepared for lots of good forward going riding at all paces! The South American cowboy refuses to break with tradition which, according to the UNESCO, makes for the liveliest equestrian culture in the world. The Brazilian Gaucho lives in the southern states of Santa Catarina and Rio Grande do Sul and all have roots in Europe due to the large numbers of immigrants who arrived in the 18th and 19th centuries.

The adventure starts in Coxilha Rica, a high plateau in the interior of the Southern state of Santa Catarina. Here at an altitude of about 1000 meters above sea level, in the heart of gaucho territory, you will be welcomed with open arms. Paul, together with his gaucho companions Roberio and João will be your hosts and riding guides during your entire riding holiday. For eight days you will be immersed in the most appealing horse culture.

After a traditional first night at Fazenda da Chapada we will saddle up our criollo horses (very comfortable authentic saddles) and leave for a 6 day trip from fazenda to fazenda. The beauty and huge expanse of the pampas with its rolling hills is difficult to put into words. Livestock farms (fazendas) with thousands of acres are the ideal playground to test the temperament of your criollo horse. There are no roads or paths to follow, just simply pull yourselves across the great outdoors at a gallop or a canter; your riding dreams will all be realized.

On average, we will spend 6 to 7 hours per day in the saddle, making our way across rolling grasslands, riding through Araucaria forests, crossing pristine rivers and, in general, traveling off the beaten track of southern Brazil. This is gaucho country so should we come across a cattle “round up” we will be happy to help. What is work for them is fun for us! During the “cutting” (sorting the cattle on horseback) you’ll be surprised at just how agile your criollo horse is! Every evening means a different fazenda, colonial fazendas where time has stood still with rooms filled with antique furniture and large country kitchens, a perfect atmosphere to sample the local brew Chimarão (mate, a sort of tea) and Pinga (local rum).

Gauchos are not only tough men, but also romantic souls. Guitar and accordion will appear more often than not and the serenade is of lost loves and the good old days, this while mama is roasting the best meat in the world. A fantastic relaxed gaucho atmosphere, which is pure and sincere.

Not a “nose-to-tail” riding experience, but a trail ride for riders looking for a truly exciting and challenging Gaucho experience! Welcome to the Gaucho Pampas Trail!

Progressive Ride (no camping)
Family Vacation
Suitable for riders over 210 lbs

Meeting: Lages
Airport: Florianopolis (FLN)
Transfer: Florianopolis
Riders: Min 5 riders
Max 14 riders

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    Gaucho Pampas Trail Brazil
    Tour Code: IT-BRRT09
    8 days / 7 nights
    Dates : All year round

    Difficulty : Riding Level
    Riding Level Explained
    Beginner A rider who has limited experience, is unable to post the trot and does not canter.
    Novice A rider who is capable of mounting and dismounting unassisted, capable of applying basic aids, comfortable and in control at the walk, moderate length posting trots, and short canters.
    Intermediate A rider who has a firm seat, is confident and in control at all paces (including posting trots, two point canters and gallops), but does not ride regularly.
    D Strong Intermediate
    Strong Intermediate An intermediate rider who is currently riding regularly and is comfortable in the saddle for at least 6 hours per day.
    All of the above, plus an independent seat, soft hands, and capable of handlinga spirited horse in open country.
    Lodging: Standard
    Lodging Level Explained
    = Facilities in lodges, estancias, haciendas, resorts, etc.
    Basic lodging - some with shared bathroom facilities, usually no AC or room service.
    Regular standard room - usually with private bath.
     Accommodations with superior comforts.
     = Trips with nights in tent camps. Sometimes the first and last night are in hotels.
    Basic tent camping - everyone helps out with camp chores.
    Regular standard with some camp amenities and camp cook.
    Camping facilities with superior comforts like camp shower, bathroom facility..
     = Trips that combine nights in hotels and camping.
    Basic accommodation and basic camping facilities can be expected.
    Regular standard with some nicer amenities.
    Only assigned to hotel and camping facilities with superior comforts.

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    Season Tour Dates  Min / MaxReserve
    A 2024 10/12 - 10/19 8d / 7n 8 day trip 5 /14 Reserve
    A 2024 11/09 - 11/16 8d / 7n 8 day trip 5 /14 Reserve
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    Tack: South American Gaucho saddles
    Horses: Criollos
    Pace: The pace is varied to include walk, tr...
    Walk, Trot, Canter,
    Airport: Florianopolis (FLN)
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