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8 Day The Pantanal Horse Trail Ride Safari

Baía das Pedras, Aquidauana, Mato Grosso do Sul, Central-West Region, Brazil

Brazil Horse Riding Safari

Your trip leader Paul Coudenys, a nature and horseriding guide of Belgian origin who lives in Brazil for years speaks six languages and will be your personal tour guide from the first day upon arrival to the last day of departure. You will be staying in three different "fazendas" (farms). On average, you will spend six hours per day in the saddle. Welcome to the realm of beasts, welcome to authentic cowboy culture, welcome to the “wild wet”, the Pantanal!

Key Information

  • Rider Weight Limit: 220 pounds / 100 kilograms
  • Horse Height Range: 16 hands
  • Tack Type: Pantaneiro Saddles (Similar to the Gaucho Saddle)
  • Horse Breed: Pantaneiro (Similar to the Criollo)

Meet the instructors

Paul, Daniel, & Dona Rita
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Highlights

  • 6 days safari on horseback
  • Tours and recreational activities in the programming of each Fazenda
  • English, French, Dutch, Spanish, Portuguese, and basic German-speaking trip leader
  • There will be a backup vehicle for your personal luggage
  • Daily full board meals and snacks will be served
  • All alcoholic drinks and soft drinks are included
  • 7 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Styles


7 days with instruction
Group size: 4-10 participants
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Accommodation

You will be staying in various fazendas throughout the course of this holiday.

  • 2 nights in Fazenda Baia das Pedras
  • 2 nights in a hammock at Jungle Camp Fazenda Primavera)
  • 3 nights in Fazenda Barra Mansa

Hotel accommodation in Campo Grande the night before

Arriving at Campo Grande the day before is a good idea. This allows you to travel relaxed the next morning to the Pantanal. Price for a single room at the 4-star Grand Park Hotel, including breakfast is approximately 70 USD. Transfer from the airport to the hotel and return is not included but is cheap (Depending on the number of persons it will be more or less about 10 EUR per person).

Program

The Pantaneiros will saddle their Pantanal horses for you, a fast horse, very maneuverable, and exceptionally light in the mouth. Their horses are a real pleasure to ride with. This is not a “nose-to-tail” riding experience but a trail ride for riders looking for a truly exciting and challenging Entre Orejas experience!

Together with the Pantaneiros, the only true connoisseurs of the area, you will go for some cattle work in the field and get acquainted with their cowboy culture, lassoing, rounding up the cattle, learn about their music, customs and habits, etc. They take you along on their wilderness trips which guarantee adventure, encounters with wild animals, action, super canters, and a 100% Latino atmosphere!

The itinerary below is an example of the program. The itinerary can be different during your travel week. Entre Orejas 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, accommodation, and difficulty of terrain. In the unlikely event that this happens on your trip, Entre Orejas asks your flexibility and understanding. This is a sporty and adventurous vacation!

Day 1: Campo Grande - Fazenda Baia das Pedras - Pantanal

Transfer by 4x4 vehicles to the first Fazenda (or Cessna flight). Landing at the front door of the fazenda. Welcome drink, room distribution, and presentation of the region, general information about the Pantanal, and the program for the next days. If time allows, you will have your first ride in the afternoon.

Get to know the horses and get a first impression of the Pantanal. The Pantaneiro horses are strong, well trained, and very agile, local pantaneiro saddles are extremely comfortable. Dinner and overnight at Fazenda Baia das Pedras.

Day 2: Fazenda Baia das Pedras - Pantanal

With its approximately 16,000 acres and 4,000 heads of cattle, Fazenda "Baia das Pedras" is a traditional farm of the Pantanal. The Fazenda is located in an immense area on the banks of the "Castelo Vazante" river, amid a lot of rich nature and wildlife. Here, you can see animals like capibaras, howler monkeys, crocodiles, wild pigs, peccaries, coatis, tapirs, and hundreds of birds, including toucans, Arara's (blue, yellow, and red), storks, parrots, parakeets, and many more.

Every day, you will be about six hours in the saddle divided into two periods (morning and afternoon). Fazenda Baia das Pedras is a real Brazilian cattle farm. Meet with the local cowboys and their culture. Perhaps here, you should just roll up your sleeves and help the cowboys to round up the cattle on horseback?

Day 3 and 4: Fazenda Baia das Pedras - Fazenda Primavera

After an early breakfast, saddle the horses and go for a ride to Fazenda Primavera. Today is a full day in the saddle, ride through the beautiful landscape of Vazante Castelo, where you'll observe the abundant wildlife of the Pantanal in a unique and untouched landscape. Follow an open area surrounded by native bush adjacent to the bed of the river and see the incredible amount of birds in their foraging.

Once at the resting place “Retiro Sao Luis”, meet the back-up vehicle with your luggage and field kitchen. Take lunch and continue your journey in the afternoon. A true horseman expedition through the wilderness. Arrive at the territory of Fazenda Primavera but not at the actual housing. Here, stay at a wilderness camp far away from the fazenda.

In a beautiful and isolated area, you will be welcomed in your very nice wooden bush camp. The camp has a good infrastructure. Sleep in hammocks under a fixed roof with mosquito net walls, it has a kitchen and two bathrooms. Dinner and overnight in the wilderness.

The next morning after breakfast, walk to the river to take a closer look. Take pictures of alligators, capibara, and the many bird species. Enjoy a second coffee in the cozy camp overlooking the wilderness. In the afternoon, make a fascinating excursion on horseback. You are in the middle of the wilderness, just you and the great outdoors.

At sunset, make the most beautiful pictures and after supper, you can go with a torch to the river to see the orange eyes of the crocodiles in the water. Sleep for a second time in a hammock, you will be surprised by how comfortable you will sleep in a genuine Brazilian hammock!

Day 5: Fazenda Primavera - Fazenda Barra Mansa

After breakfast at sunrise, mount your horses and ride through the Pantanal to Fazenda Barra Mansa. From the saddle, discover how the Pantanal awakes. Notice how the landscape is changing as you get to the area of the Rio Negro. Arrive for lunch at Fazenda Barra Mansa.

In the afternoon, go on a boat expedition on the Rio Negro, stopping at beautiful white sand beaches on the shores where you can bathe in the river or go fishing for piranhas (And now they hear you thinking, how can one swim where piranhas are? Scared?). Enjoy a delicious aperitif at the fazenda and listen to the stories of the past days. Overnight in this authentic fazenda.

Day 6 and 7: Fazenda Barra Mansa - Pantanal

Located in a very special and secluded area, Fazenda Barra Mansa is considered as the wildest and unspoiled area of the Pantanal! The fazenda is situated on the banks of the Rio Negro, where it is possible to go on boat and canoe expeditions and see that way the natural beauty and wildlife of the region. Alligators, otters, capibaras, anaconda, and even maybe the jaguar are animals you can see there.

In the same area, you'll also go riding. So you'll discover the area in two different ways, from the water and on land. You'll be finding yourself as like in the middle of a National Geographic documentary! Top horse riding, top river excursions in combination with top game viewing!

Day 8: Fazenda Barra Mansa - Campo Grande

Departure after early breakfast with 4x4 vehicles back to the city of Campo Grande (or optional with Cessna flight) and drop off at the airport of Campo Grande or the hotel in the city. End of an unforgettable wilderness journey!

Riding level

This is suitable for intermediate to experienced riders.You should be confident on a horse at all paces. The pace is varied to include walk, trot, and canter (Non-riders are welcome too).

Instructors

Paul Coudenys

Daniel

Dona Rita

Location

See exotic animals in their natural habitat in the wild and wet territory, in the largest wetlands of the world. Visited by the lucky few, in a few other places on the planet, you can see as much wildlife as in the Pantanal. The Amazon may well run away with fame and reputation but there is no doubt the Pantanal is the best place in South America to spot wildlife.

The Pantanal, a pristine and almost unknown region is as good the size of half of France. It has not only the greatest biodiversity of the entire American continent but it is also a true cowboy region! Nature, wildlife, and cowboys, that are obviously the ideal ingredients for a top adventure holiday when you love riding and nature!

​The Brazilian cowboy or Pantaneiro is a living legend, in his country lives mostly of livestock and is proud of its century-old cowboy or rather a Pantaneiro tradition. Along with those pantaneiros, you'll go on a horseback expedition in a region that has no equal.

The Pantanal, also known as “terra de ninguém” (no man’s land) is a lush half-open tropical territory, which annually in the rainy season (October to March) sets large parts of the Pantanal underwater. Water and sunshine, a dream combination for luxuriant vegetation and a wonderful habitat for the most fascinating animals of our globe.

270 different bird species including parrots, toucans, ibis, kingfisher, Colibri, jabiru-stork, and many more you can spot in the Pantanal. In waterholes and rivers are living caiman, giant river otters, and piranhas. Furthermore, you'll encounter anacondas, iguana's, anteaters, capibaras (world's largest rodent), and monkeys, and no worries, you will see them!

And last but not least, the Pantanal offers you the best chance in the world to see the jaguar. This is National Geographic in the flesh! These are not empty words, because Entre Orejas promises that you will not someday, but every day, see many wild animals! The Pantanal, also very rich in grazing lands has the largest livestock and farms in the world.

Food

Brazil has a rich cuisine. The country is a mixture of European, Indian, African, and Asian cultures and is reflected in the way the Brazilians cook. Especially Italian and African cuisines have a great influence on Brazilian cuisine. Not only the population is mixed, but also their habits and customs. Already well before Europe spoke about fusion cuisine, Brazil was combining ingredients found from different continents to a new, typical Brazilian cuisine. They also often serve dishes from different countries on one table.

Brazilian cuisine is very good, varied, and serves many naturally made dishes. The main dishes are mostly rice and beans (Feijão) and sauces with lots of meat or fish and salads. From region to region, one has its own traditional dishes. Along the coast, you will find more fish and shrimp dishes, in the south, the tasty meat grills (Churrasco) will surprise you. In the Pantanal, real healthy country meals are often prepared on wood stoves, which gives a special extra flavor. During your holiday, you will eat delicious homemade Pantanal dishes at the fazendas. Daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner will be served at the fazendas.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Snacks
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Soda
  • Alcoholic beverages

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

What's included

  • 6 days safari on horseback
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • A back-up vehicle from Fazenda Baia das Pedras to the samps Primavera and Barra Mansa
  • Daily full board meals
  • All alcoholic drinks (caipirinha, beer, wine, cachaça, etc.) and all soft drinks
  • Snacks during the rides
  • Tours and recreational activities in the programming of each fazenda
  • Accident insurance
  • Service of a multilingual tour guide

What's not included

  • Travel and trip cancellation insurance (Mandatory: Ask your local insurance company or travel agent about it. You will not be allowed to participate in the Entre Orejas riding holiday program without having both of these personal travel insurance.)
  • Transfer by 4x4 vehicle from Campo Grande to Baia das Pedras and return from Barra Mansa to Campo Grande
  • Other services not mentioned above
  • Booking sales tax (33 USD per person per payment)

How to get there

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Arrival by airplane

Please arrange your flight to arrive at Campo Grande International Airport (CGR). Transfers are not yet included in the package. For more information, please send Entre Orejasa an inquiry.

  • Option A: Transfer by 4x4 vehicle from Campo Grande to Baia das Pedras and return from Barra Mansa to Campo Grande

The all-terrain vehicles will take three persons per car, that way, you will travel comfortably to and from the Pantanal. The cost for this all-terrain private transfer both ways is 515 USD per person. A drive of a minimum of six hours in the wilderness to go and another six hours to come back. The adventure starts with the transfer to the Pantanal!

  • Option B: Transfer by private air service (Cessna)

The price depends on the number of people per airplane but a round trip is about 800 USD per person (Each journey is a one-hour flight). The flight is from Campo Grande to the first fazenda/ranch and return flight from the last fazenda back to Campo Grande. For more information, please send Entre Orejas an inquiry.

Arrival/departure times: The night before

Gateway is Campo Grande (CGR). Entre Orejas strongly recommends you to arrive one night before. As you leave very early in the morning to the Pantanal on Day 1. An extra night in Campo Grande is approximately 90 USD for a double room. Entre Orejas can book the hotel for guests. Departure on Day 8 from Campo Grande (CGR) should not be before 3 p.m.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 100% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
8 days / 7 nights
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Minimum group size

This trip requires a minimum of 4 participants

Sunday June 27, 2021
(8 days / 7 nights)

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