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Hidden gems of Northeastern Brazil

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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. Hotels subject to availability.

The itinerary is divided into two states, Piaui and Maranhao, arriving in Sao Luis and departing through Teresina.

Day 1: Arrival, Sunset Ride
2 PM reception at hotel in Atins – Lençóis Maranhenses. It is a breathtaking first day at the dunes, seeing those beautiful sights in front of us. A unique opportunity to take the most beautiful photographs and watch the sun go down across the stunning landscape. Ride in the Lençóis Maranhenses National Park in the Ponta do Mangue, with areas of vegetation following trails between dunes and lakes. At Canto do Atins stop to contemplate the Sunset – Dinner at a restaurant close to the dunes and return by car to the hotel.
Atins is small fishermen's village nested between the entrance of Lençois Maranhenses 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, donkeys walking freely through the alleys.
Atins is also a famous destination for kite surfers thanks to optimal wind levels and flat waters.
Meals included: dinner
Overnight in Atins

Day 2: Ride between lagoons and dunes of Lençóis Maranhenses.
We ride crossing small rivers of crystal clear water, a good time to cool off before arriving at the first group of dunes, a beautiful view of wonderfully colored lagoons, natural pools for swimming and photographing, while exploring the shapes of the dunes and lagoons.
The ride crosses Atins and the village of Santo Inácio, to start the ride through areas of vegetation of the Lençóis Maranhenses National Park until arriving at the dunes of the Lagoa Tropical circuit, with a long route through dunes, seeing several lagoons of different colors and sizes. Ride continues through areas of restinga, cerrado and flooded areas. Lunch at Dona Ziluca's house, who prepares a delicious country chicken, with traditional recipes, with coconut milk and brown sauce. After lunch, time to rest in the hammocks at the house, and get back on horseback to ride through the dunes towards the beach of the former mouth of the Rio Preguiça, heading towards Atins. Return to pousada in Atins.
Meals included Breakfast, Lunch
Overnight in Atins

Day 3: Transfer to Parnaíba/PI
After breakfast transfer to Parnaíba/PI (~200 km) boutique hotel Casa de Santo Antonio. In the afternoon you will meet your new horses and go for a beautiful ride on the beach.
Meals included Breakfast, Lunch
Overnight in Parnaiba

Day 4: Boat tour in Ilha das Canarias and its beaches.
The island is environmentally protected area, part of the Marine Extractive Reserve of the Delta. After breakfast we will embark on a speed boat tour through the majestic labyrinth of islands of the Parnaíba Delta. The route will take us to see the microcosm of the Delta, where we can observe all of its natural systems: desert beaches, big dunes, narrow streams, estuary, river, fields, big and beautiful mangroves. Tour lasts approximately 4 hours with stops at the deserted beach of Poldros and set of dunes of Morro Branco. Delicious lunch at a beach restaurant located on a dune with panoramic views. At 5:30/6:00 pm watch the “revoada dos ibis”. Return to Parnaiba. Transfer to boutique hotel Casa de Santo Antonio
Meals included Breakfast, Lunch
Overnight in Parnaiba

Day 5: Ponta da Barra
7:30 am transfer to Ponta da Barra to start the ride between dunes and lagoons. End of the ride on the beach. Return transfer to Pousada Vila Itaqui.
Meals included Breakfast, Lunch
Overnight in Camoci

Day 6: Sete Cidades National Park
Transfer to the entrance to the Sete Cidades National Park. Ride among monuments that nature has carved out over thousands of years. Transfer to Oca Tacarijus – Pousada in Piracuruca – PI / Sete Cidades National Park
Meals included Breakfast, Lunch
Overnight in Piracuruca

Day 7:
Meals included Breakfast
After breakfast - transfer to Teresina airport.

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
7 days / 6 nights
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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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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