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Hidden gems of Northeastern Brazil

Itinerary for Hidden gems of Northeastern Brazil

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: Arrival
Pick-up at Teresina airport at 3 pm and transfer to the city of Pedro II (200 km away - about 3 hours by car). The largest Opal mine of Brazil is located near Pedro II. We will visit an artist and see how this precious stone is produced. Opal was rare and very valuable in antiquity. It was a gem prized by European royalty, until the discovery of vast deposits in Australia during the 19th century.
Meals included: Dinner
Overnight at Mountain lodge near Pedro II

Day 2: Mirante do Gritador to Sete Cidades National Park
To start our adventure, we ride from Mirante do Gritador (spectacular views), in Serra dos Matões and we make our way to Sete Cidades National Park. During our ride, we will encounter plants and trees including the cerrado, the caatinga, the white angico, the yellow d’arco wood, the Jatobá and other species.
Riding approx. 5-6 hours
Meals included Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at Sete Cidades Lodge

Day 3: Sete Cidades National Park Ride
After breakfast we start riding in Sete Cidades National Park, among monuments that nature has carved out over thousands of years. In the afternoon transfer by car to Parnaíba (150 km - about 1.5 h) where we will take a boat to Canary Island (30 minutes).
Riding approx. 3 hours
Meals included Breakfast & Lunch 
Overnight on Canary Island

Day 4: Parnaiba Delta                 
This Canarias Island is part of the Marine Extractive Reserve of the Parnaiba Delta. We start the day with a speed boat tour (total length of tour: about 4 hours) through the majestic labyrinth of islands, to see the microcosm of the Delta. There, we can observe all of the delta's natural systems: desert beaches, big dunes, narrow streams, estuary, river, fields, big and beautiful mangroves. During the tour, we will stop at the deserted beach of Poldros and the dunes of Morro Branco.
We enjoy a delicious lunch at a beach restaurant with panoramic views, before returning to Parnaiba.
Meals included Breakfast 
Overnight in Parnaiba

Day 5: Carnaubinha Beach Ride
This morning, transfer to Ponta da Barra (20 minutes) to start our ride between dunes and lagoons. We will ride towards Carnaubinha beach, where we stop for lunch. Then, return by car to Parnaiba. In the evening, dinner at Porto das Barcas and visit craft shops as well as the interesting Museum of the Sea.
Riding approx. 5-6 hours
Meals included Breakfast & Lunch 
Overnight in Parnaiba

Day 6: Lençóis Maranhenses National Park Ride
In the morning, transfer to Barreirinhas (180 km - about 3 hours) where we take a boat to Atins, in Lençóis Maranhenses National Park. Atins is a small fishermen's village nestled between the entrance of Lençois Maranhenses National Park and the splendid delta of the Preguiças River. There life is still somewhat “primitive”. The streets are all of sand, and it is possible to see oxen, cows and donkeys walking freely through town.
After settling in at your hotel we leave for a sunset ride at around 4 pm. It is a breathtaking ride across the dunes and a unique opportunity to take beautiful photos.
Tonight, special dinner at a restaurant that is very close to the dunes.
Riding approx. 3 hours
Meals included Breakfast & Dinner
Overnight in Atins

Day 7: Ponta do Mangue Ride
We enjoy a full day ride between dunes and lagoons, crossing small rivers of crystal clear water. Beautiful views of wonderfully colored lagoons and natural pools create the perfect place for swimming and incredible photos. While exploring the shapes of the dunes and lagoons we make our way to Ponta do Mangue, where we stop for lunch. After our break, the guide will share his experience with the natives, before getting back in the saddle. At the end of the day, we leave our horses and are transferred back to our hotel in the village of Atins.
Riding approx. 5-6 hours
Meals included Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight in Atins

Day 8: Lagoa das Sete Mulheres
For our last riding day, we go out to Lagoa das Sete Mulheres. There, we take some time for a refreshing swim, before continuing our ride through the dunes towards Canto de Atins. To finish off our adventure, a great opportunity to canter along the coast.
Riding approx. 5 hours
Meals included Breakfast & Lunch or Dinner
Overnight in Atins

Day 9: Departure
Departure after breakfast
Meals included: Breakfast & Lunch

Non Riders
Non-riding companions are welcome to join this tour. They will follow slightly a different itinerary and join the riders for all transfers and overnight accommodations. 
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Hidden gems of Northeastern Brazil
Tour Code: IT-BRRT06
9 days / 8 nights ~$3,055.00
Dates : Available all Year exc. Holidays

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 2023 07/08 - 07/16 9d / 8n 9 day trip, AP 4 /10 Reserve
A 2023 09/08 - 09/16 9d / 8n 9 day trip, AP 4 /10 Reserve
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Tack: Mangalarga saddle
Horses: Pure and cross bred Mangalarga Marchad...
Pace: Moderate with trots and canters.
Walk, Trot, Canter,
Airport: Teresina Airport
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