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Horseback Riding in the Pantanal

Number of participants: min. 2 - max. 8

In this unique program you ride through the amazing Pantanal on horseback along with the Pantanal Cowboys on the mighty Pantanal horses. An ecological paradise and an “immense floodplain mosaic” which includes “seasonally inundated grasslands, river corridors, gallery forests, lakes and dry forests.” The horses in the Pantanal are raised in the region, are stout, strong and are adapted to crossing long distances and flooded fields. Nevertheless, during your stay the horses will be changed every day.

Horseback Riding is the best way to get into the heart of the Pantanal, getting to places which normally cannot be reached by regular means of transportation.

5 days / 4 nights

1st day: Campo Grande – Pousada Xaraes
Pick up from the airport or your hotel in Campo Grande, followed by transfer (340km/5hrs) to the Pantanal. Via the BR262 highway you will reach Buraco das Piranhas (Piranha hole), here you will turn right to the Estrada Park dirt road, also known as the Transpantaneira highway. This road is widely known as one of the best places in Brazil to see wildlife, which drawns to the roadway all year round. After 29 km of sometimes bumpy dirt-road (of which 17 km Estrada Park) we will arrival at Pousada Xaraés (see description in acommodation list) . Upon arrival to your pousada you will be welcomed by your guide Luiz or Rodrigo, followed by check-in. You can take a refreshing shower before the a typical delicious Pantanal dinner will be served in the restaurant. The rest of the evening is at leisure.

2nd day :
Around 05.00AM in the morning you will wake up with the sound of the Howler Moneys, Chaco Chachalacas and Macaws. Breakfast is served at 05.30AM. After that we jump on the 4-wheel drive truck, followed by a 10 minute transfer to the ranch where the horses stay around 06.00AM. The horses will be lined up for everyone to choose one. After that you will learn about the local way of adjusting the very comfortable saddles with the local guides Zé Preto and Barriga and the bilingual guides Luiz or Rodrigo will give you more information on the trips. We will leave today for a 30-km ride and along the way you will spot the wild animals, including the pampas deer which is popular in this area. Around 11.00AM it is time to have a picnic lunch out in the countryside. Return from the ride is scheduled at around 17.30PM and in the evening another delicious Pantanal dinner will be served.

3rd day :
Breakfast will be awaiting us at 05.30AM and we will be ready at 06.00 to leave for our 30 km ride. Wildlife will surround us on our way and there is a big chance to see some peccaries and Monteiro pigs. Todays route will allow us to see a different kind of landscape and do some cattle-work with the local guides such as throwing lasso to catch and take care of the calfs. Around lunch time we will arrive to the neighbouring fazenda Sao Carlos and join the locals that will spoil us with a delicious lunch. After noon we will start our way back to our pousada arriving back around 17.00PM. After a refreshing shower or dive in the pool we will be ready for dinner around 19.30PM.

4th day : Pantanal - Campo Grande
Today, the day begins at 05.30AM with milking the cows and water bufaloos followed with breakfast around 06.30AM. At 07.00AM we will gather the cattle to go to the lasso-square and around 09.00AM we will join a lasso-party. Around 11.00AM we will have lunch as a goodbye. Around 14.00PM we will return to Campo Grande. After arrival check-in in Hotel Brumado in the city-centre. the rest of the evening will be at leisure.

5th day : Campo Grande
After breakfast the morning at leisure and depending the time of departure your connecting flight transfer to the international airport of Campo Grande.


6 days / 5 nights

1st day: Campo Grande – Pantanal
Pick up from the airport or your hotel in Campo Grande, followed by transfer (340km/5hrs) to the Pantanal. Via the BR262 highway you will reach Buraco das Piranhas (Piranha hole), here you will turn right to the Estrada Park dirt road, also known as the Transpantaneira highway. This road is widely known as one of the best places in Brazil to see wildlife, which drawns to the roadway all year round. After 29 km of sometimes bumpy dirt-road (of which 17 km Estrada Park) we will arrival at Pousada Xaraés (see description in acommodation list) . Upon arrival to your pousada you will be welcomed by your guide Luiz or Rodrigo, followed by check-in. You can take a refreshing shower before the a typical delicious Pantanal dinner will be served in the restaurant. The rest of the evening is at leisure.

2nd day :
Around 05.00AM in the morning you will wake up with the sound of the Howler Moneys, Chaco Chachalacas and Macaws. Breakfast is served at 05.30AM. After that we jump on the 4-wheel drive truck, followed by a 10 minute transfer to the ranch where the horses stay around 06.00AM. The horses will be lined up for everyone to choose one. After that you will learn about the local way of adjusting the very comfortable saddles with the local guides Zé Preto and Barriga and the bilingual guides Luiz or Rodrigo will give you more information on the trips. We will leave today for a 30-km ride and along the way you will spot the wild animals, including the pampas deer which is popular in this area. Around 11.00AM it is time to have a picnic lunch out in the countryside. Return from the ride is scheduled at around 17.30PM and in the evening another delicious Pantanal dinner will be served.

3rd day :
Today two of the following tours will be scheduled at the pousada; Nature walk,, boat ride, canoe trip, ecological safari or night tour by 4x4 or boat, depending the weather conditions. Overnight at Pousada Xaraés

4th day:
Breakfast will be awaiting us at 05.30AM and we will be ready at 06.00 to leave for our 30 km ride. Wildlife will surround us on our way and there is a big chance to see some peccaries and Monteiro pigs. Todays route will allow us to see a different kind of landscape and do some cattle-work with the local guides such as throwing lasso to catch and take care of the calfs. Around lunch time we will arrive to the neighbouring fazenda Sao Carlos and join the locals that will spoil us with a delicious lunch. After noon we will start our way back to our pousada arriving back around 17.00PM. After a refreshing shower or dive in the pool we will be ready for dinner around 19.30PM.

5th day : Pantanal - Campo Grande
Today, the day begins at 05.30AM with milking the cows and water bufaloos followed with breakfast around 06.30AM. At 07.00AM we will gather the cattle to go to the lasso-square and around 09.00AM we will join a lasso-party. Around 11.00AM we will have lunch as a goodbye. Around 14.00PM we will return to Campo Grande. After arrival check-in in Hotel Brumado in the city-centre. the rest of the evening will be at leisure.

6th day : Campo Grande
After breakfast the morning at leisure and depending the time of departure your connecting flight transfer to the international airport of Campo Grande.


Note1: There is a possibility to program a 60 km ride one of the days. This has to be requested in advance.
Note2: The activities described may be altered due to weather conditions, season or group make-up with the intent of maximizing your experience of the eco-system


Included:
• Overnights based on double room in pousada Xaraés;
• All transfers in private air-conditioned vehicle with driver;
• Meals as mentioned (B=breakfast / L=lunch / D=diner);
• Activities;
• English speaking guide.

Not included:
• International flight ;
• Domestic flights ;
• Airport taxes ;
• Travel insurance ;
• Meals not mentioned in the itinerary ;
• Drinks ;
• Tips ;
• Personal expenses.


What to bring:
light weight pants, jeans, T-shirts, long sleeved shirts, shorts, bathing suit, extra socks and underwear, sandals, good walking and/or old tennis shoes, windbreaker, sun hat, flash light, sun screen, insect repellent, binoculars, camera, film, extra batteries.


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