Level of Experience
Number of people
2-4, 5-6, 7-8
Type of ride
A ride through marvelous beaches, Indian and small fishing communities and preserved rainforest.
Brazil is known throughout the world for Rio, its beaches and the excitement of Carnival, but when native Brazilians travel for tourism they head for the golden sands and emerald seas of Trancoso in Bahia. One of the earliest settlements founded by the Portuguese in Brazil (1586), Trancoso is a village of incredible natural beauty. Its ideal year round warm climate coupled with the intimacy and privacy of a small village offer the perfect escape for those seeking exotic location and the best beaches in Brazil. Below the cliffs of the village you will find wonderful beaches bordered to the north and south by rivers flowing into the sea. In Trancoso area you will find small natural pools, preserved rain forest and many kilometers of unspoiled white sand beaches. The perfect place to do beautiful rides with canters by the water.
The Riding Available
You should be a competent rider, capable 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, mangrove forests, rainforest to cliff paths so you should be used to riding in open spaces and happy going up and down hills.
You will be accompanied by an English speaking guide and a local guide. Both guides have good knowledge of the local área.
The horses are well mannered, forward going, sure footed and very obedient. 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.
The bridles are a mixture; some are English and others are of Brazilian style. The horses respond to neck reining and are used to a loose rein wherever possible.
The saddles used on this ride are English, South African Trail saddles and Australian style trail saddles.
You will not usually be able to decide which Saddle you ride in as this will be determined by which style of saddle best fits the horse you have been allocated.
• Tips are commonly paid in Brazil. Tipping is not essential, but if you are happy with the service you have been given, then it will be gratefully received.
• If you wish to tip, then we recommend a tip of c. US$10 per guest per night. (can be paid in local currency).
• Open From March to November
• Set departures & private groups
• 6 nights / 5 days riding
• 3 – 5 hours riding per day
• Weight limit: 15 st 9 lbs (100 kgs) (219 lbs)
• Usual maximum: 2-8
• Nearest airport: Porto Seguro
Type of ride
Location & Weather
The climate in Bahia is predominantly tropical with temperatures usually between 23 degrees C and 30 degrees C.
Meet Your Guides
Paulo Junqueira Arantes:
He started riding, still as a child, in his grandparents’ farms in São Paulo and Minas Gerais. Participated in the time of the traditional hunts in the south of Minas Gerais and on horseback games in farms of São Paulo. Following his passion for travels, he went to the United States to learn English and to search for new knowledge. At this time he had the opportunity to ride in Texas and Wyoming.
It was for some years, a Mangalarga horse-breeder, director of the Breeders Association in the South of the country. In this position, he participated of the organization of many trail rides.
Due to his passion for horses and horseback riding, he has made many horseback ridings in all regions of Brazil, and in several countries such as Argentina, Australia, Botswana, Canada, Chile, Ecuador, Hungary, Italy, Mongolia, Morocco,Namibia, New Zealand, Peru, Poland, Portugal, South Africa, Spain, Turkey, United States, Uruguay and Zimbabwe.
In 2017 he became a member of the Long Rider’s Guild.
Living together with animals and nurturing a great love for horses since childhood, Julia Leonforte pursued a career in horseback riding. When she was five years old, her father gave her mother a horse as a gift for Valentine’s Day. She rode once and that was enough to fall totally in love with horses its lifestyle. Therefore, Julia began to dedicate to jumping and competed in many categories. She won a lot of awards, becoming National Champion, among others. She also worked with an Olympic rider and trained dressage in the Netherlands, one of the best countries in this discipline.
She already visited more than 35 countries and in 2017 decided to unite two of her biggest passions: horses and travels. So, she became a partner of Ride in Brazil to add all efforts and promote even more horse riding holidays around Brazil.
She also founded a social project, the Horsoul Institute, a non-profit organization that involves the horse in education, sport, mental and physical health practices.
Beach Ride, Swim with horse; Faster Riding
São Paulo & Porto Seguro to Pousada do Outeiro:
Following your arrival in Porto Seguro in Bahia, you will be transferred to Pousada do Outeiro (c.+_ two hour drive). Settle into your room and later, have a ride briefing and learn more about the region.
Dinner and overnight at Pousada do Outeiro.
Pousada do Outeiro to Itaporanga:
After breakfast, journey by car (approximately a 10 minutes drive) to meet your horses at the polo field. You will be introduced to your horse and have a safety briefing. Before you set off on your ride, you have the chance to get acquainted with your horse. Walk, trot and canter around the beautiful polo field, which has stunning views of the ocean and beaches below you.
Once you are happy with your mount, set off on a ride along Jacuma beach in the direction of Barra do Rio Frades. From here, journey along forest paths and along sandy tracks until you reach Itaporanga village.
Stop for lunch at Bigode’s, a restaurant that serves typical Brazilian dishes. Try rice and beans, as well as local chicken and meat dishes.
After lunch there is the opportunity to visit Elma’s Forest Wood Design workshop. Here, the owner carves a wonderful variety of benches, chairs, stools and tables out of reclaimed wood. Many of her larger pieces line the streets of this small, friendly village. Then continue your ride to the Pataxó Indian village of Imbiriba. the Pataxó Indian. If you wish, there will be the chance to shop for souvenirs made by the tribe. There is a huge variety of items to choose from; bead necklaces, wooden bracelets, rings made from buffalo bone, wooden bowls and carved wooden boxes, so make sure you take some Money with you if you think you will want to purchase handicraft items.
Ride back to Outeiro crossing a beautiful rainforest and along sandy tracks.
On arrival back at Pousada do Outeiro, you may wish to relax in your hammock, take a swim in the hotel pool or wander down to the beach.
Dinner and overnight at Pousada do Outeiro.
Pousada do Outeiro to Trancoso:
After a delicious breakfast of fresh fruit, tapioca and eggs, set off from Caixa D’agua, near the pousada and wind your way through forest trails.
Later, negotiate a small river and then it is on to a deserted beach for some wonderful canters along the surf. Lunch will be a picnic along the way.
On arrival in Trancoso you will be shown to your guesthouse, you may wish to relax in your hammock, take a swim in the hotel pool or wander down to the beach.
Before dinner, your guide will take you to explore the shops and bars that line main square (or ‘Quadrado’).
There is a good range of restaurants in Trancoso and so you are free to decide where you wish to eat tonight. Your guide will be happy to advise and assist you in ordering your meal if you wish.
Dinner is to your own account tonight. A meal at the most expensive restaurant will cost in the region of USD 20 per person.
Overnight in Trancoso.
Trancoso to Caraíva:
After breakfast at your guesthouse, retrace your steps along the beach and cross the buffalo farm. The beach is so stunning that you will not mind riding across it twice! Perhaps your guide will pause to pluck a sea urchin from the water or dig out a crab that has been hiding in the sand! Your ride takes you back to Pousada do Outeiro for a quick lunch. Shortly after, set out again from the Pousada and ride along Cliff paths and golden sandy beaches in the direction of Caraiva. After a few more hours in the saddle, arrive at New Caraiva, where a water taxi will be waiting to paddle you across the Rio Caraiva to Caraiva village itself.
The horses will overnight at a nearby hacienda.
There are no motorised vehicles here, so your guide will take you on foot to your guesthouse. Settle in to your room and relax with the beach just in front of you. Later your guide will take you for dinner in a nice restaurant by the river. On the way you will find many colourful houses, which gives a sort of Caribbean feel to this little village.
Overnight in Caraíva.
Day ride from Caraíva:
Ride south in the direction of Corumbau Village. You may cross the river (according to the tide, you may do it on horseback or by boat). Have lunch in Corumabau and return to Caraiva.
On arrival at Curuipe, you may cross the river swimming with your horses and return by boat.
Please note that the route of the ride is dependent on the tides.
Dinner and overnight in Caraiva.
Caraíva to Pousada do Outeiro:
After breakfast, leave Caraiva behind and journey back towards Pousada do Outeiro. Perhaps you will stop in a clearing to drink refreshing coconut water, or maybe your guide will show you the bright yellow cashew flowers which grow in this area.
Arrive back at Pousada do Outeiro in time for lunch and spend the afternoon relaxing. Take advantage of the lovely pool in the hotel grounds, swing in your hammock as the welcome sea breeze glides around you, or stretch your legs with a wander along the beach.
Dinner and overnight at Pousada do Outeiro.
Pousada do Outeiro to Porto Seguro:
After breakfast, say goodbye to your guides and then transfer to Porto Seguro for your flight to Sao Paulo and home or continue your adventure in Brazil.
Accommodation on the ride ranges from luxurious rooms at Pousada do Outeiro to very comfortable guesthouses in Trancoso and Caraiva.
Pousada do Outeiro is situated on the cliffs above Espelho Beach. The spacious guest rooms have en-suite shower-rooms, a mini-bar and seating area. There is a central dining room with a deck and also a seating area with comfortable chairs and hammock in the garden where you can relax.
There is a large pool and decking area with sun loungers; staff will be happy to bring drinks out to the pool for you if you wish. Also at your disposal during your stay is the Outeiro Clubhouse: Here you will find white sandy beaches, rock pools and just on the edge of the beach, is an extensive swimming pool complex with its own bar.
In Trancoso, you stay at a comfortable nice guesthouse. Situated around 100 metres from the main street, the guesthouse has a beautiful pool.
You stay two nights in Caraiva, in a beachfront guesthouse set in lovely gardens. The bedrooms are spacious with en-suite facilities. Some rooms have a compact deck area with a Hammock.
It’s a riding holiday that exceeds the expectations in all aspects. Wonderful itinerary and excellent organization. Thank you for provide us a fantastic experience!