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On the trace of the Mangalarga Marchador

Itinerary for On the trace of the Mangalarga Marchador

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: Arrival in São Paulo
Pick up at the International airport of Guarulhos in São Paulo and transfer (3hrs drive) to Fazenda Roseta in the state of Minas Gerais. Arrival at the impressive farm built by Baron Maciel in 1738. Welcome drink, meet & greet with the guides and assistance team, check into the rooms and visit of the stables and horses.
Dinner & overnight at the farm.
Meals included: Dinner
Overnight at Fazenda Roseta

Day 2: Ride to Caixambú
After a typical Minas Gerais breakfast, we take the old Baron bridle path towards the city of Caxambú, known for its mineral waters. Caixambú is also home to some very high standard breeding stables of Mangalarga Marchador horses. We will visit one of these breeders, where we will have the opportunity to see the best specimens of the breed. We return through a beautiful countryside back to Fazenda da Roseta.
Riding approx. 25 km
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at Fazenda Roseta

Day 3: Fazenda da Roseta to Fazenda São Sebastião 
After a delicious breakfast we set off towards the cradle of the Mangalarga Marchador horse, Cruzília, one of the towns along the Estrada Real / Royal Road. We will ride over mountains and beautiful valleys. In the afternoon we will visit the National Museum of the Mangalarga Marchador horse. After this interesting visit we will taste some the county’s best cheese at the Cruzilia cheese factory. We will reach the beautiful colonial São Sebastião farm where we will be welcomed by Dona Maria Isabel. A dive in the swimming pool, a drink … and dinner await us at the Fazenda São Sebastião.
Riding approx. 23 km
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at Fazenda São Sebastião 

Day 4: Ride to Fazenda Morro Grande
We start early today and ride throught fantastic countryside following parts of the Estrada Real and bridle paths to Fazenda Morro Grande, home of several top stallions registered in the elite studbook of the Mangalarga breed. The genetics of the horses of this farm are present at the main breeding farms of Mangalarga horses throughout Brazil. The grooms of the farm will show us the exceptional horses and we might even get a chance to ride them!
We will return by taking a trail with spectacular views over the mountains of Minas Gerais and its coffee plantations, reaching Fazenda São Sebastião in time to relax before dinner.
Riding approx. 18 km
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at Fazenda São Sebastião 

Day 5: Fazenda São Sebastião to Fazenda São Pedro
After saying farewell to the owner of Fazenda São Sebastião, we leave for another splendid location; Fazenda Sáo Pedro. Through ancient trails and royal roads, we appreciate the stunning countryside of southern Minas Gerais on our beautiful gaited horses. After a great ride we arrive at Fazenda São Pedro. The colonial farm is now transformed in a splendid and comfortable pousada and has been In the same family for centuries. 
Riding approx. 15 km
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at Fazenda Sáo Pedro

Day 6: Fazenda São Pedro to Fazenda Angaí 
We leave Fazenda São Pedro behind us and ride through a splendid countryside all the way to one of the most important breeding farms of the Mangalarga horse. The 300 year old Fazenda Angaí, where we will spend the night, is the place where the first Mangalarga Marchador horse has been registered in the books of the association. 
Riding approx. 20 km
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at Fazenda Angaí 

Day 7: Fazenda Angaí to Fazenda Norremose 
From Fazenda Angaí we set of through the mountains following ancient bridle paths and dirt roads crossing farms where the history of the Mangalarga Marchador horse is still present. Our destination for the night is an important studfarm called Fazenda Haras Norremose.
Riding approx. 15 km
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at Fazenda Haras Norremose 

Day 8: Fazenda Norremose to Fazenda Favacho 
Riding our purebred Mangalarga Marchador horses we will travel stretches of the Estrada Real and continue experiencing the history and culture of Minas Gerais. We will ride towards the Traituba farm, which was built to receive the Emperor of Brazil. After visiting the imperial farm, we continue our ride until we arrive at the beautiful colonial farm Fazenda Favacho, built in 1761.
Aperitif and farewell dinner at the farm and a last night sleeping in a historic farm along the Royal Road.
Riding approx. 15 km
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at Fazenda Favacho  

Day 9: Departure
After breakfast, we leave with our private shuttle bus to the airport of Guarulhos in São Paulo.
Meals included: Breakfast
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On the trace of the Mangalarga Marchador
Tour Code: IT-BRRT08
9 days / 8 nights ~$3,685.00
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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Tack: Brazilian/Australian style saddles
Horses: Mangalarga Marchador
Pace: About 6 hours in the saddle per day, g...
Walk, Trot, Canter,
Airport: Guarulhos International Airport of São Paulo (GRU)
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