Hidden gems

Maranhao & Piaui Brazil: (IT-BRRT06)
URL: https://www.hiddentrails.com/tour/brazil_northeast_hidden_gems.aspx

Introduction
Maranhao & Piaui Brazil
Explore three of Brazil's hidden gem destinations (Lençóis Maranhenses, Seven Cities National Park and Delta of Parnaiba), rich in beaches, sand dunes and lush nature.

Lençois Maranhenses is one of the most beautiful, unique and breathtaking places in Brazil. Its unique and gorgeous sceneries feature hundreds or maybe thousands of undulating sand dunes full of rainwater. The area gets its names from this white, wavy landscape, as lençóis means ‘bedsheets’ in Portuguese.

The Parnaíba River Delta is the only open sea delta in the Americas. It is an ecological sanctuary of great natural beauty. Its ramifications draw an archipelago with over 75 islands, sand dunes, freshwater lagoons and a lush tropical forest.

Seven Cities National Park consists of arid savanna forest (babassu forests) and seasonal forest. Wind, rain and flora sculpted seven groups of rock formations called “cities”. These natural monuments, with shapes that resemble symbols, animals and human figures aroused wide interest in various scientific groups, attracting historians, geologists, archaeologists and even ufologists. The park also has pre-historic cave paintings and inscriptions of over 100 million years old.

Accomodation


Accommodations
This is a progressive ride where nights are spent at different location.

Description
You are accommodated in comfortable guesthouses and boutique hotels along the way.

Accommodation Itinerary - subject to changes based on availability
Night 1: Mountain Guesthouse near Pedro II
Night 2: Sete Cidades Country Hotel near Sete Cidades National Park
Night 3: Casa Caboclo on Canary Island
Night 4 & 5: Casa Santo Antonio Boutique Hotel in Parnaiba
Night 6, 7 & 8: Vila Aty Lodge in Atins

Mountain Guesthouse near Pedro II
You are accommodated in small mountain lodges just outside of Pedro II. Each lodge features air conditioning, private facilities and great views.
There is no Wi-Fi access from this property.

Sete Cidades Country Hotel near Sete Cidades National Park
This small hotel has 18 simple but comfortable rooms with air conditioning. There is also a small outdoor pool and free Wi-Fi connection.



Casa Caboclo on Canary Island
This charming seaside guesthouse offers bedrooms equipped with air conditioning and Internet access.



Casa Santo Antonio Boutique Hotel in Parnaiba
This boutique hotel is housed in a beautiful mansion. Each of the 22 guestrooms has its own decor and comes with air conditioning, a TV, an ensuite bathroom and wireless internet. The hotel also has a small outdoor pool where guests can cool off in the evening.



Vila Aty Lodge in Atins
This beautiful Ecolodge offers air conditioned rooms with private bathroom, free Wi-Fi access and lovely views of the surroundings. Guests are welcome to relax in the garden or go for a swim in the outdoor pool.

Room Occupancy
If we are unable to find another rider to share the room with you, a single supplement fee applies.



Meals
The program includes most meals. Breakfasts are always included.

Brazilian food is delicious and amazingly diverse. Brazil's staple food items consist of feijao, or black beans, farinha de mandioca (ground manioc, a root vegetable like a potato), similar to flour, and arroz, or white rice. These three ingredients are typically cooked or served with protein such as fish, red meat, or chicken.
Fruits are very popular throughout Brazil and included on the wide options of food offered for breakfast.

During the first 2 days, meals feature typical Sertao specialities with meat and chicken, accompanied by rice beans and salad.
On the coast, the specialty is seafood, but riders will also have a choice of meat and chicken. Always accompanied by rice beans and salad.

Special diets and dietary restrictions:
We can cater to special diets and dietary restrictions. Please, let us know at the time of booking.

This trip includes and can accommodate special dietary requests.

Riding


Riding
You should be a competent rider, comfortable at all paces and confident enough to try a different style of riding.
There is a variety of terrain to cross; from wide sandy beaches, rainforest to sand dunes so you should be used to riding in open spaces, going up and down hills.

Horses
The horses are well mannered, forward going, sure footed and very obedient.

Pace
You ride at a walk, canter and ‘travelling pace’ which, being similar to a Western jog, is very comfortable. The pace of the ride varies from walk on the narrow forest trails and in the deeper sand to a faster pace (either travelling pace or canter) where the terrain allows.

Staff
You will be accompanied by an English speaking guide and a local guide. Both guides have good knowledge of the local area.
Your English speaking guide will be Paulo. Paulo grew up in a family (Junqueira) well know in Brazil for breeding Mangalara horses, so he was surrounded by horses since childhood. In 2006, he decided to travel all around Brazil on horseback. he then decided to travel all around the world to get to know the best horseback riding destinations and learn about different riding techniques and cultures. He loves guiding this trip because he finds that every time, the experience is different.

Itinerary


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. 


Rates and Dates for Hidden gems

Rates include:

Accommodations, Most meals, Transfers & 6 riding days

Packages and Options



  • SeasonYearDescription US$
    A
    20229 day trip, AP$2520

* prices are per person based on double/twin occupancy

Transfer and Other Charges:



 DescriptionUS$
2022 Transfers included from/to Teresina Airport at set times $0
2022 Single supplement $640

Dates Note:

Rates do not include:

Some meals, Gratuities & Insurance (mandatory)

Other Info
Meeting: Pedro II
Airport: Teresina Airport
Transfer: Teresina Airport

Climate:
                                                Parnaiba area


Month

Jan

Feb

Mar

Apr

May

Jun

Jul

Aug

Sep

Oct

Nov

Dec

Average High Temperature (°F)

89

88

88

88

89

90

89

90

90

90

90

90

Average Low Temperature (°F)

77

77

77

77

77

76

76

77

78

79

79

79

Average High Temperature (°C)

32

31

31

31

32

32

32

32

32

32

32

32

Average Low Temperature (°C)

25

25

25

25

25

25

25

25

26

26

26

26

Average Precipitation (days of rain)

4

6

8

8

6

2

1

0

0

0

0

1

Source: NOAA


Seasons
This region of Brazil is had 2 main seasons: the rainy season (February to May) and the dry season (June to January). Temperatures remain the same throughout the year.
The best time to visit is usually at the beginning of the dry season as the landscape is still lush.

What To Bring:
It is recommended to put your luggage in travel bag instead of a hard suitcase. 10 bags are easier to get in the backup vehicle than 10 suitcases.

Travel documents and Voucher
Flight tickets
Passport
Visa (check with your consulate)
Travel Insurance
Pocket money (you can change money on arrival at the airport)
Riding pants or Jodhpurs (used if possible!) - as they are not too hot, and they dry out quickly if they get wet.
Riding boots (short) or hard-soled shoes + Minichaps or Longchaps
Riding helmet - please bring your own. NOTE – It's not mandatory in Brazil.
Riding gloves
Hat (with chin strip) for sun protection
Lightweight Rain coat
Tall boot socks to prevent chaffing
4 to 5 Long-sleeved shirts for protection sun
Water canteen
This list is only a general guideline for you from Ride in Brazil
Jacket or sweater for cool evenings
Comfortable T-Shirts/Shirts
Jeans
Shorts
Underwear and socks
Pyjama
Bag for dirty clothes
Trekking boots/ comfortable shoes
Swimsuit / Bathing suit
Personal Toiletries
Insect Repellent
Personal medications (please consult with your G.P. for health advise)
Sewing kit
Handkerchiefs
Adapter for electric appliances
Small Camera/Phone with Camera and batteries
Belt pack
Sunglasses
Sunscreen (spf-30 or higher) and Lip Balm with sunscreen
One towel
Torch / Flashlight