The Pantanal Horse Experience

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The Pantanal Horse Experience

Level of Experience

Number of People

2 – 12

Type of Ride


7 days


Pantanal is the largest continuous wetland in the world. It has an area of 140.000 square kilometers of floodplain in Brazil and it also spreads through Paraguay, Bolivia and Argentina. It was formed between 02 and 05 million years ago, as a large sedimentary basin and now is an isolated plain surrounded by several mountain areas. An area more than a third the size of France. The name translates loosely as “big swampy place,” pântano being the Portuguese word for swamp, but the Pantanal is really an alluvial plain, one so nearly flat that rainwater just loafs across it, flooding it in the full season, draining away in the dry. It is a World Heritage Site.
Pantanal has a diverse aquatic animal life, hundreds of different fish guarantee a rich bird population (more than 600 species live in the area). There are also huge population of reptiles and mammals such: caimans, capybaras, monkeys, jaguars, armadillos, coatis and anteaters.
Over a period of more than 200 years of occupation by farmers, the Pantanal’s biodiversity and landscape are basically the same as they were in their ancestor’s time. The Pantanal is an untouched and beautiful wilderness with open grasslands, “vazantes” (low-lying areas that are often seasonally flooded), “brejos” (swamps), “capões” (which in the Tupi Indian language means: caa = forest + pon = round that are patches of slightly elevated ground that are not subjected to inundation), “cordilheiras” (larger than capões), “corixos” and bays which are permanently flooded areas.
In these uncommon Pantanal habitats, there is a rich flora and exuberant fauna which delights everyone. Those who have the opportunity to visit this hidden tropical paradise in the heart of South America and to experience even for a lithe while, its wildlife and lush vegetation as well as to get to know the people, will see the world with different eyes.


• 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 May to October
• Set departures & private groups
• 6 nights / 5 days riding
• 3 – 6 hours riding per day
• Weight limit: 15 st 9 lbs (100 kgs) (219 lbs)
• Usual maximum: 2-12
• Nearest airport: Campo Grande

Type of ride


Location & Weather

The Pantanal is in the State of Mato Grosso do Sul in the central west of Brazil. The nearest airport Campo Grande.
The weather is hot most of the year. Summer is very hot and humid, usually a rainy season with the rains coming December to March. From April to November usually doesn’t rain. Sometimes there are cold snaps between June and August but they only last for a few days; the temperature may drop to 7º C.
Pantanal goes through three cycles every year that changes its landscape:
Rainy or Flood season: summer rainfall usually between November and March causes the flood. Most of the animals search for higher areas such as “caapões” and “cordilheiras”.
Vazante (intermediate season): it usually happens from April to June. The meadows start drying and the water collects in the bays and lakes; the fish, animals and birds stay around these areas. It is a good period to go through the flooded meadows on horseback.
Dry season: The land dries out and many species can be seen searching for waterholes. Different animals get together around the few remaining water pools.

Riding Features

Cattle Drives




On this ride you spend five nights at two different fazendas and one night sleeping in hammocks in a refugio.

About the Ranchs:
Fazenda Barra: Located in a very special and protected area, on the shores of the Negro River, Fazenda Barra shelters rich nature and wildlife, like capybaras, caimans, howler monkeys, tapirs, peccaries, marsh and pampas deer, armadillos, giant anteater, giant otters, and even the puma and jaguar walking around.
You will find an incredible birds variety everywhere, like storks, herons, egrets, ibis, hawks, kites, toucans, jabirus, kingfishers, the hyacinth, yellow and red macaws, parrots, parakeets, woodpeckers, woodcreepers, cuckoos, ducks, owls, nightjars, flycatchers and much more. The annual flooding cycle brings rich and diverse vegetation, which originate this extraordinary biodiversity of the Pantanal.
Fazenda BP Pantanal: is located on the shores of the Vazante do Castelo, an incredible natural open field area that concentrates amazing nature and wildlife. The “vazantes” are very important in the Pantanal’s water cycle, draining the waters from the flooded season through the rivers and making the land humid and precious for animal feeding and reproduction. You’ll be hosted by the original land owners and will have the chance to see the amazing diverse wildlife that lives in the surroundings. With more than 14.000 hectares and around 4.000 cattle herds, it is the ideal place for a cattle work.


“I had very good time in the Pantanal – to my surprise managed to do a lot of cantering. The pousada is very well run, and the riding guide was excellent too.” ~ Natasha Kamenetskaya


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