Ariel view surrounded by jungle
Stables
Interior bungalow
Ariel view dam
Bungalows from below
River crossing
Riding through plantation
Riding holiday in Brazil
Riding holiday in Brazil
Riding holiday in Brazil
Riding holiday in Brazil
Riding holiday in Brazil
Riding holiday in Brazil
Riding holiday in Brazil
Riding holiday in Brazil
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Riding holiday in Brazil
Riding holiday in Brazil
Riding holiday in Brazil
Riding holiday in Brazil

Experience the diversity and culture of the state of Bahia, Brazil, on this horseback riding vacation that travels landscape of fazendas and plantations in the Serra Grande, a UNESCO  world heritage site. Continue on toward the Atlantic rainforest with its lush vegetation and waterfalls, and to the beach.The climate here is mild all year and ideal for a holiday to remember. The trip includes a visit to a plantation with an artisan chocolate workshop and tasting session.

The local people are warm and friendly towards tourists and the group will get the chance to try traditional food and local drinks while getting to understand the colonial history of the area. A fun visit to an adventure park with optional white water rafting, rock climbing and other adrenaline sports is included. This makes the most of the geology of the region with many rocky outcrops and waterfalls a feature in places.

Your hosts are keen environmentalists and have preserved a 60-acre site of untouched rainforest within their farm, and have built lodges with low impact methods, surrounded by nature. The equestrian vacation has an exclusive feel, with small groups and very comfortable accommodation. The horses are Brazillian Campolinas and quarter horses, ridden in Western or Brazilian saddles. Non-riders are welcome to join intermediate and advanced riders on this horseback riding vacation.

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Day 1 Afternoon arrival
The vehicle transfer takes approximately 1h 30m and includes a stop to admire the coast. After settling into your room with an iced coconut drink, take a short trip to the nearby beach for a swim if there is still daylight (before 6pm).
Back to the ranch for dinner and sleep..

Day 2 Tijuipe Waterfall
After a good breakfast we get to the stables at 8am to set off on our first ride. We'll cross the remote Campo Cheiroso, then over a fazenda growing caco, banana and piassava. We'll cross streams and the Tijuipe river and then after a small amount of roadwork, reach the waterfall. Relax by the water, take a dip and have a picnic lunch. On the way back we'll cross the Tijuipe bridge, ride through primary Atlantic rainforest and  have the chance to canter on sandy tracks of Campo Cheiros.
Dinner will be back at the ranch or at a local restaurant. Overnight at the ranch. (5 hours riding)

Day 3 Jeribucacu River
After breakfast set off riding through plantations and rainforest. We'll cross the Jeribucacu River and stop at the Bom Sossego Waterfall. After a small amount of roadwork we'll take the dirt track leading to the beautiful beaches of Itacaré at the river estuary. Leaving the horses at the top, walk on foot (25mins) down the steep coastal path to the beach and then swim, relax and chose a fresh fish for the BBQ which the locals will prepare for you.

Riding back to the ranch, the tracks are quiet and we can canter through the plantations and see the beautiful sunset. Before dinner, we'll have fun learning how to make caipirinha, a tasty lime based Brazillian cocktail. Overnight at the ranch.  (5 hours riding)

Day 4 Plantation Ride and Cocoa Farm
A relaxed morning ride today around the ranch, crossing the valley, to take in the views, canter along forest roads and venture into the jungle trail and the hidden valley and stream crossing. 
We'll take a car for lunch on the banks of the estury of the Rio de Contas and then visit a cocoa farm with an artisan chocolate workshop, tasting plus a tour of the colonial mansion.
We'll have dinner at a good restaurant in the lively main street of Itacaré, before heading back to the ranch for the night. (2-3 hours riding)

Day 5 Serra do Conduru
An early start today at 7.30am to ride across banana and piaçava growing fazendas to cocoa plantations and on to the Serra do Conduru State Park where we will ride under the tree canopy for a while and then through a different landscape of cassava cultivation. We will pass a 'Flour House' or Casa de Farinha, where the root is roasted and fermented to produce the cassava flour, an important rural staple.
After a picnic lunch and a rest, ride across a Nelore cattle farm and reach the river where you can enjoy bathing with the horses. Dinner is a traditional fish moqueca and spend the night in lodges over looking the River Contas. (6 hours riding)

Day 6 Optional adrenaline
There are plenty of activities to chose from this morning: white water rafting, paddleboarding, kayaking swimming or trying the climbing wall. Other optional extras to try are are a stone jump or a zip wire. If this isn't for you, just relax in a hammock!
At noon, collect the horses and ride home through the plantations and farms back to the ranch by sunset. 
Have dinner in town and then spend the last night at the ranch. (6 hours riding)

Day 7
After a good breakfast set off back to the airport, depending on flight times.

Please note: All itineraries are given for your guidance only and it may be altered on the ground and in accordance with the prevailing conditions by the organising team.

Horses & Riding

The horses on this ride are well trained, tough Quarter horses and Brazillian Campolina horses (a local gaited breed wtih a comfortable amble). They are ridden in Western and Brazilian saddles and the riding is western style. 



 



 


Rider requirements

This holiday will suit intermediate riders onwards, who are comfortable at all three paces. The ride will be paced according to the least experienced rider, and so for your enjoyment, it is important to be honest about your ability. In very rare circumstances, a rider might need to be withdrawn from the group if safety is compromised.

Weight Limit

The weight limit for this ride is 220 lb/100 kg, please enquire if you are an experienced rider exceeding this weight.

The accomodation consists of very nice lodges with air-conditioning and attractive views. The apartments for the night at the adventure park are more basic: clean and comfortable, with ventilators but not A/C.  Meals are served at the farmhouse (French wine list available) or at local restaurants where wines are extra. Your hosts speak English, French and Portuguese. 



Vegetarian and gluten-free diets can be catered for, but not vegan. Please contact us before booking.


Documents - Visa and Consulate Info

Please note that it is your responsibility to ensure you have the correct documentation in place for your trip.

NB: Be sure to check the COVID status of the country you plan to visit including entry procedures and requirements while travelling.

Oct 2023 - Brazil reintroduces visa requirements for tourists from US, Australia, Canada, and Japan

Your passport should be valid for a minimum period of 6 months from the date of entry into Brazil.

You can travel to Brazil without a visa as a tourist for up to 90 days; however Visa requirements can change from year to year depending on diplomatic relations. Please request information from the appropriate Consulate in your home country.

Unicorn Trails will assist with any questions you have or supply any necessary supporting documents as required by the consulate should you need a visa.

In the UK the British Foreign Office gives advice: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/brazil

In the US: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/international-travel/International-Travel-Country-Information-Pages/Brazil.html

In Canada: https://travel.gc.ca/destinations/brazil

Climate Summary

The average annual temperature is 23 °C, with a humid tropical climate.

Climate Chart

Health

At Unicorn Trails, the health and safety of our customers is of paramount importance.

COVID: Be sure to check the latest COVID regulations for travelling in any country you visit.

Tap water is heavily treated giving it an unpleasant chemical taste but is safe to drink in most urban areas providing it has been passed through a charcoal filter system; you should check with your hotel/restaurant management before drinking tap water. Tap water in remote areas can be unsafe even if filtered; stick to bottled mineral water, which is available virtually everywhere.

UK health authorities have classified Brazil as having a risk of Zika virus transmission and chikungunya, yellow fever and dengue are present.
Cases of dengue fever have increased, especially in the north, south-east and central-west of Brazil.
You should take steps to avoid mosquito bites.

Please refer to your country’s latest health guideline for travel in Brazil and contact your own GP for up to date advice on vaccinations and prophylaxis prior to travel.

Electricity

Brazil is one of the very few countries that do not have a standard mains voltage, but at the same time it has only one official type of socket. In other words, you cannot tell the difference between a 220 V and a 127 V socket. Most states use 127V electricity, but a couple of them are on 220 V. Make sure to check with your hotel or hosts when checking in.

Mobile, WiFi and charging

Electricity is available for chargers, Wifi is available onsite and at the adventure base, mobile phone reception is usually good through Tim and Vivo, but out of order occasionally.

Packing List

Clothes:
Riding hat, riding boots and chaps
Trousers
Long sleeved and comfortable shirts
T-shirts
Swimming Costume
Cotton socks
Sun hat
Walking shoes and sandals
Sweater or pullover for mornings and evening in winter (dry season July to November)
Light raincoat

Other:
Water bottle
Insect Repellent - we recommend at least 50% DEET
Sunscreen and sunglasses
Torch
Binoculars
Camera on a shoulder strap with a pouch which can be secured to your belt and batteries/chargers

*Medical Travel Insurance is mandatory

Programmes

7 day / 6 night program with riding on 5 days.

Departure Dates

2024: Every Sunday from 7 Jan to 9 June except 11 Feb and from 15 Sept to 22 Dec.

Pricing
No single supplement is charged if the rider is willing to share with someone of the same sex, and a sharer can be found.
No of   
days/nights
Riding days Product item description £
20247d/6n5double pp1,819
20247d/6n5Single room supplement269
No of   
days/nights
Riding days Product item description
20247d/6n5double pp2,079
20247d/6n5Single room supplement309
No of   
days/nights
Riding days Product item description US $
20247d/6n5double pp2,375
20247d/6n5Single room supplement349
No of   
days/nights
Riding days Product item description SEK
20247d/6n5double pp24,449
20247d/6n5Single room supplement3,605
Recommended Reading

The novels of Brazil's most famous modernist author, Jorge Amado, have been translated into many languages and vividly describe the culture and colonial struggles of the region.


Other Activities

Besides the white water rafting and zip lining, there are jungle tours and surfing as optional extras.

Wildlife

The Atlantic Forest biome and consists of dense submontane rainforest in various stages of succession. Vegetation includes many clearings for agriculture or pasture and fragments of forest in different stages of regeneration. The vegetation is always green, and includes trees up to 40 metres (130 ft) in height as well as dense shrub growth of ferns, arborescents, bromeliads, palms, vines, orchids and cactuses. The wetlands that have not been disturbed by people hold fig trees, palm trees and palmettos. There are as many as 458 tree species per hectare, a very high rate of biodiversity. About 72% of species are typical of the Amazon Forest.
175 bird species have been identified, including 27 that are endemic and six that are threatened. They include red-billed curasso , red-browed amazon and ochre-marked parakeet. 9 species of small mammals have been recorded and 30 species of medium or large mammals. These include golden-headed lion tamarin , golden-bellied capuchin, cougar, ocelot and coastal black-handed titi monkey. At least 45 species of endemic frogs with limited distribution have been identified, including Rough leaf frogs, the tiny Eleutherodactylus frogs, Miguel's Button frog and tree frogs.

Other Information

The Serra do Conduru State park is in the Atlantic Forest biome and consists of dense submontane rainforest in various stages of succession. Vegetation includes many clearings for agriculture or pasture and fragments of forest in different stages of regeneration. The vegetation is always green, and includes trees up to 40 metres (130 ft) in height as well as dense shrub growth of ferns, arborescents, bromeliads, palms, vines, orchids and cactuses. The wetlands that have not been disturbed by people hold fig trees, palm trees and palmettos. There are as many as 458 tree species per hectare, a very high rate of biodiversity. About 70% of species are typical of the Amazon Forest.

You will discover tipical landscapes of the Itacaré region made of partially cultivated valleys surrounded by nearly untouched portions of the atlantic rainforest (mata atlantica). The trails will pass by small properties of traditional farming with plantations of coconut, banana, pineapple, clove, cocoa, hevea, manioc, and aromatic herbs among others. Other parts will go deeply inside the rainforest and transport you into the wild. You will certainly see a great variety of birds and if you are lucky toucans, monkeys , or a sloth.

Other Country Information

Around 156,000 British nationals visit Brazil each year.

Travel Summary

Meeting-point (getting there):
Ilheus Jorge Amado (IOS/SBIL) Airport
Transfer:
2024: 1hr 30m aprox, included
Flight Guide:
London - Ilheus return from £820 pp with 1 or 2 stops
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