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7 Days Amazing Horse Riding Holiday in Saquarema, Brazil

Hotel Fazenda Sítio Nosso Paraíso, Estrada do Rio Seco 115, Saquarema, Rio de Janeiro, Southeast Region, Brazil

Guided Horse Riding Holiday in Brazil

Take part in a horse riding holiday amidst the lush tropical nature! This holiday can offer you what you need; peace and quiet, fun, enjoyment, or adventure, whether you’re traveling alone, as a couple, with friends or with the whole family. The location of this holiday is known all over Brazil for its beautiful landscapes with rainforests, mountains, vast lagoons, and endless fine and clean sandy beaches.

Key information

  • Horse Breed: Mangalarga Marchador horses have a 4. gait, the" Marcha"
  • Weight limit: 85 kilograms
  • Horse height range: 15 to 16 hands
  • Horse tack: Western

Meet the instructors

Claudia & Reinhard
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Highlights

  • Guided horse rides
  • Approximate daily riding time: 2 to 7 hours
  • Sightseeing and tours of your choice
  • Good-tempered and patient horses
  • Transfers from and to the airport
  • Delicious full-board meals
  • 6 nights' lodging

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Styles


6 days with instruction in English
The organizer also speaks: German, Portuguese
Airport transfer included: Rio de Janeiro–Galeão International Airport
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Accommodation

Facilities

  • Sauna
  • Shopping
  • Swimming pool (outdoor)
  • Garden
  • Lounge
  • Multilingual staff
  • Special menu request
  • Bicycle rental
  • Internet access
  • Laundry
  • Library

Hotel Fazenda Sítio Nosso Paraíso offers 10 spacious and cozy guestrooms as single, double, or family rooms. Each room has its own shower room, minibar, ceiling fans, and direct access to the covered veranda with a pool table. Hotel Fazenda Sítio Nosso Paraíso also has a lounge, library, and TV room with DVD player. A swimming pool with bar, a separate kids’ pool, and a sauna are also available for the guests.

On the 10 hectares of organic farmland, there is a botanical garden with a variety of flowers, bushes, and tropical trees, including fruit trees like coconut, mango, citrus fruit, avocado, and banana plants. Here, you’ll find sunny and covered verandas, a comfortable seating area, and hammocks amidst the lush vegetation, a lake with an island, and a viewpoint overlooking the sea. The hotel also has 10 horses, a dog, cats, two tortoises, two pigs, a few ducks, geese, and hens. However, the animals cannot access the guest area. The grounds are also home to small monkeys, colorful butterflies, many singing birds, and hummingbirds.

Program

You can choose from a variety of different horse rides and tours, one per day. Thus, you can compose your individual itinerary according to your preferences. Beginners, advanced riders, and also their non-riding partners are welcome. Program changes according to weather, riding skills, and interests of the participants reserved. At public holidays like Christmas, New Year, Carnaval, etc., Hotel Fazenda Sítio Nosso Paraíso might not offer whole day rides or excursions because of intense traffic. Instead of this, they do organize tours to the fireworks at the beach or visits to parades and processions.

Arrival day

You will tour around the farm hotel, meeting the horses of the Mangalarga Marchador breed. There will be an introduction to the gait Marcha, similar to Tölt. After that, it's time to relax by the pool or in the hammock.

Rio Seco stream

You will ride to an idyllic stream in the rainforest (one and a half hours in the saddle). In the afternoon, there will be a tour to the endless white sandy beaches of Saquarema (by car).

Lagoon

You will ride on sandy paths to the lagoon of Saquarema. There will be a lunch break at a cozy bar / restaurant on the shore where you can observe many bird species and enjoy the view (four to six hours).

Sea

This is a whole day ride to the sea through the sandy paths close to the lagoon which lead to the town of Saquarema. You will pass a quiet residential area and reach the beach. You will then break by the sea with a possibility of swimming and picnic. In the afternoon, you will ride back to the hotel (six to seven hours).

This ride can also be organized as an extended two-day tour. In this case, the horses stay overnight at a friends place near the beach while the riders are taken to the hotel and continue their ride the next day after breakfast. This leaves more time for the beach or a bath with the horses in the lagoon (three to four hours).

Rio Bonito

You will enjoy a long ride through hilly terrain, passing through the rainforest, plantations, small farms, and cattle pastures with a wonderful view and break for drinks / snacks at a bar (three to four hours). In the evening trip to Saquarema, you can enjoy a spectacular sunset at the viewpoint above the lagoon.

Mountain tour

This is an adventurous ride uphill through rainforest and plantations with fantastic views of the tropical landscape, at the horizon lagoon and sea (two and a half hours). In the evening, there will be a Brazilian barbecue (Churrasco) at the patio.

Zoo

You will have a horseback ride to the "zoo" of Saquarema, a small ranch holds different species of Brazilian and other animals. You can also arrange a guided tour (by arrangement with the owner). On the ride back, you will climb a viewpoint with an impressive panoramic view over Saquarema (three to five hours).

Rio Seco

You will visit the weekly market in Bacaxá with fresh tropical fruits, vegetables, and handicrafts from the region. In the afternoon, there will be a ride to the small town center of Rio Seco with a break in a bar. You can enjoy the view over the green hills, various orchards, horse, and cattle pastures (two hours).

Two-day Darwin ride

You will have a ride on the paths that the naturalist Darwin chose on his voyages of discovery almost 200 years ago. You will ride through the vast valley of Rio Mole to a mountain range (650 meters) and stop at a picturesque waterfall with a possibility for a bath. In the evening, there will be a return transport of the riders to the hotel. The next day, the trail continues through the foothills of the Mata Atlantica to the small town of Sampaio. After a refreshment, it continues from there between farms and pastures near the lagoon back to the hotel (four hours). This ride is dependent on weather conditions.

The horses

Hotel Fazenda Sítio Nosso Paraíso has nine Campolino and Mangalarga-Marchador horses (a Brazilian breed), known for their gentle “marcha” (comfortable trot, similar to the Tölt), as well as for their good-tempered and patient disposition. The animals are raised at the 10-hectare farmland. The horses have free rein on the vast meadow areas and they come to feed in the sheltered area twice a day. There is a round pan for longing and training horses, a tack room, as well as a grooming and washing area.

Included excursions

In addition to the horse rides, there will also be excursions by car you can choose during this holiday.

Boat tour

You will have a boat tour in the natural reserve Arraial do Cabo and Blue Grotto and bathing in the turquoise blue water on secluded beaches, floating restaurant, or large water with turtles, many colorful fishes and sometimes even dolphins or penguins (75 kilometers).

Cabo Frio visit

Cabo Frio is a popular seaside resort with dune landscape, fine white sandy beach, a viewpoint with small fort on the sea, historic quarter, small monastery, and cupel un a hill with a view over the city, a large pedestrian area with good shopping possibilities, and "bikini mile" (70 kilometers).

Day by the sea

You will drive to the fine sandy beaches of Saquarema, stroll around the city, visit the church on a rock by the sea (9 kilometers).

Jeep tour and paraglider

You will enjoy a spectacular Jeep tour in the mountains of Sampaio Correia, the starting point for kite pilots and paragliders. You can enjoy the view over the entire environment. Tandem flights with experienced flight instructors is possible (currently 100 EUR). Afterward, there will be a little hike to the hidden waterfalls in the rainforest (12 kilometers).

Mountain hike

The hike will be three to four hours (450-meter altitude difference) through the rainforest around the hotel and the banana plantations with a great view over Saquarema, lagoon, and sea. Afterward, there will be an excursion with shopping opportunity of cheap Brazilian Western riding accessories as well as other souvenirs.

Rio de Janeiro trip

You will enjoy a day trip to Rio de Janeiro, guided tour to Copacabana, and a tour through the old town center. Alternatively, you can visit Sugar Loaf Mountain, Corcovado, the botanical garden, or the artists' district of Santa Theresa (100 kilometers).

Royal residence Petropolis tour

You will have a tour into the mountains to the former summer residence of the Portuguese royal family, city tour to a cathedral, Castle Museum, Crystal Palace, and home of the aircraft manufacturer Santos Dumont (160 kilometers).

Seaside resort Búzios visit

You will enjoy a visit to the picturesque town on a peninsula that became famous after a visit by Brigitte Bardot. You will enjoy the views over the peninsula, discover dream beaches, and stroll through the old town (boulevard with many boutiques, bars, and restaurants) (100 kilometers).

Waterfall and natural pool excursion

This is an excursion to the hidden waterfalls in the jungle and a visit to a natural "outdoor swimming pool" in the beautiful landscape, a small complex with natural pool and bar with drinks and local dishes (10 kilometers).

Instructors

Claudia Udluft

Reinhard Udluft

Location

The farm hotel is nestled amidst lush tropical vegetation, just 80 kilometers from Rio de Janeiro and 8 kilometers from the beaches of Saquarema, Brazil. The 10-hectare grounds, set at the foot of the mountains, offer a beautiful view of the surrounding areas; rainforests, fruit plantations, and pastures.

In Saquarema and Bacaxá, the small cities nearby, there are many shopping options including boutiques, supermarkets, and a weekly market, as well as clinics, banks, a post office, restaurants, and bars. There’s a vibrant nightlife scene, an artisans’ market at the weekends, discos, and live music. There is a bus stop just 200 meters from the hotel with connections to the center of Rio de Janeiro (90 minutes) every half-hour, as well as regular services to Saquarema (20 minutes) and Bacaxá (12 minutes).

The coastal resort of Saquarema has many beaches that cater for all tastes and offers ideal conditions for surfing. All along the fine, sandy beaches are small and cozy beach restaurants. The town of Saquarema is dominated by the old Portuguese church “Nossa Senhora de Nazareth”, built in 1630 on top of a rock overlooking the sea. You can get to the beach by taking a public bus that passes quite often or a cheap taxi. Transfers leaving the hotel are also offered. Further destinations with lovely beaches are the popular seaside resorts of Cabo Frio and Búzios (55 and 70 kilometers away respectively).

Nearby places

  • Bacaxá - 12 minutes
  • Beaches of Saquarema, 8 kilometers
  • Bus stop, 200 meters
  • Saquarema - 20 minutes

Features

Activities

  • Boating
  • Cycling
  • Hiking
  • Horse riding
  • Kitesurfing
  • Mountain biking
  • Shopping
  • Swimming pool (outdoor)

General

  • Bar
  • Beach
  • Garden
  • Lounge
  • Multilingual staff
  • Poolside bar
  • Special menu request

Services

  • Bicycle rental
  • Laundry
  • Library

Food

This holiday includes full-board meals. In the whole-day trips, you will be served a half-board meals. Hotel Fazenda Sítio Nosso Paraíso's chefs make delicious local and international dishes that will delight your taste buds. Come taste high-quality Brazilian meats, fresh fish, and seafood accompanied by a selection of vegetables, side dishes, and salad followed by coffee, and in the evening, dessert. Hotel Fazenda Sítio Nosso Paraíso is happy to cook the way you like it; vegan, for example.

An abundant buffet breakfast, lunch, and dinner are served on the covered terrace with a view over the tropical flora. You can enjoy your meal with Hotel Fazenda Sítio Nosso Paraíso at the large table or privately by yourself in peace, it’s up to you. As well as soft drinks, mineral water, and beer, the bar also serves fresh fruit juices, high-quality wines, and cocktails.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

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

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

Things to do (optional)

  • Cycling
  • Kitesurfing
  • Scuba diving
  • Windsurfing

What's included

  • Guided horse rides
  • Sightseeing and tours
  • Airport transfers from and to Rio de Janeiro-Galeão International Airport (GIG)
  • Full board meals
  • 6 nights' accommodation

What's not included

  • Tips
  • Drinks

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Driving directions from Rio de Janeiro-Galeão International Airport (GIG)

  • From the airport, take the “Linha Vermelha” Speedway to “Centro” (2-speed cameras).
  • When you see a container port on the left, keep left and follow “Niterói” (single-lane narrow exit on the left side).
  • Go over the long bridge towards Niterói.

Driving directions from Rio de Janeiro via the country road BR 106

  • Directly after the toll station, at the end of the bridge (large Rio-Niteroi bridge), keep left and follow “Regiao dos Lagos”, then keep right and follow Marica.
  • Drive straight through Niterói and go uphill out of the city, still on the RJ 104.
  • Nine kilometers after leaving Niteroi, in the town of Tribobo, after a Shell service station, take a right towards “Maricá” on the RJ 106.
  • From there, it’s exactly 62 kilometers to get to the hotel.
  • Pass by Rio do Ouro, Inoã, Maricá, and Sampaio Correia. In Maricá, do not follow the sign for Saquarema (a right turn), but go straight on and stay on the BR 106.
  • After Sampaio Correia, you will pass a petrol station with a snack bar called “Dragão” and a small mountain.
  • After you reach the top of the hill, take the first left turn onto a gravel road (at 62 kilometers), the hotel lies 200 meters away.
  • Altogether (on all roads combined), there are around 15-speed cameras that motorists are warned about with the sign “fiscalisação electronica". Please observe the speed limits, as speeding fines are expensive.

Driving directions from Rio de Janeiro via Lagos toll road

  • Directly after the bridge toll station, take the left lane and head towards Saquarema / Manilha on the BR 101.
  • Take the BR 101 to Rio Bonito, then take the Via Lagos RJ-124, direction Cabo Frio.
  • After the toll station on the Via Lagos, keep left and follow the BR-128 towards Saquarema.
  • At the crossroads in Bacaxá, opposite an Ipiranga petrol station, turn right onto the BR 106 toward Saquarema, Rio de Janeiro, and Marica.
  • Follow this road for 8 kilometers.
  • After a sharp left turn at 62 kilometers, take a right onto a gravel road (the signs for the hotel are on the edge of the road).
  • The hotel is only 200 meters away.

Arrival by bus

The main means of transport in Brazil is the bus with a public network matching European standards. From Rio de Janeiro-Galeão International Airport (GIG), you can get a taxi or a regular airport bus (provided by “REAL”) to the main bus station “Rodoviaria Novo Rio”. Regular buses provided by “1001” go to Bacaxá, the journey takes about 90 minutes. Or take the ferry to Niterói from Praca 15 in Rio's city center. The Niterói bus station is located just beside the ferries. Buses provided by “1001” go to Bacaxá. Please note that if the bus takes the road RJ 106 (Rodovia Amaral Peixoto, passing Maricá - Bacaxá - Araruama), you can leave at kilometer 62, between Sampaio Correia and Bacaxá. After 200 meters on a gravel road, you will reach the hotel. If the bus takes the route “Via Lagos”, leave in Bacaxá and take another bus (“Rio Lagos”) or a taxi to the hotel (Distance of 8 kilometers).

Arrival by taxi

Taking a taxi is easy and cheap. Rental cars can be hired in Rio de Janeiro or in Cabo Frio. Daily rates vary between 45 and 70 EUR (on 2006). You need your passport and a valid driving license.

Airport: Rio de Janeiro–Galeão International Airport Airport transfer included: Rio de Janeiro–Galeão International Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 50% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.

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