Pantanal Trail Ride Safari, Brazil

A riding holiday for nature & wildlife enthusiasts, a trip where you imagine yourself in the middle of a National Geographic documentary!

 

Practical information:

Good to know before you go

Riding level

Suitable for intermediate to experienced riders.You should be confident on a horse at all paces. The pace is varied to include walk, trot and canter. (non-riders are welcome too)

Group Size

Minimum 4 participants 

Maximum  10 riders

(riders & non-riders).

Weight: 

Riders weight limit: 100 Kg

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  • Horses: Pantaneiro (similar to the Criollo), a beautiful and explosive horse, easy to ride. Average height: 1.60m

  • Saddles: pantaneiro saddles (similar to the Gaucho saddle)

  • Adventure: 100%

  • Sanitary: comfortable

  • International Passport: Required 

  • Visa: most European and South American citizens do not need a visa to travel to Brazil. Contact the Brazilian Embassy in your country for more info. All North American Citizens, (USA - CAN - MEX) require a visa to travel to Brazil.

  • Vaccinations: not mandatory but recommended (consult your physician)

  • Gateway: Fly in and out  of Campo Grande (CGR)

Are you alone?

Do not worry, you can individually register/book and join in a group with other riders. Most participants are people who register individually and may just like you, not know the other riders in your group. Since everyone has the same points of interest (horseback riding, nature, travel, culture) there is always a good atmosphere and understanding among the participants. Participants come from all corners of the world, so you can be part of a group with riders from the United Kingdom, Belgium, Spain, France, Sweden, Canada, USA, Australia, and many others countries. Your friends are suddenly so much more international! :) A standard group consists of 6 to 15 riders. In general there are as many female as male participants.

Hotel Accommodation in Campo Grande, The night before

Arriving at Campo Grande the day before  is a good idea. This allows you to travel relaxed the next morning to the Pantanal.
Price for a single room at the 4 star Grand Park Hotel, including breakfast. is aprox. USD$70.
Transfer from the airport to the hotel and return is not included, but is cheap. (depending the number of persons it will be more or less about € 10 per person)

The Meals: 

Brazil has a rich cuisine. The country is a mixture of European, Indian, African and Asian cultures and is reflected in the way the Brazilians cook. Especially the Italian and African cuisines have great influence on Brazilian cuisine. Not only the population is mixed, also their habits and customs. Already well before Europe spoke about fusion cuisine, Brazil was combining ingredients found from different continents to a new, typical Brazilian cuisine. They also often serve dishes from different countries on one table. 


The Brazilian cuisine is very good, varied and serves many naturally made dishes. The main dishes are mostly rice and beans (Feijão) and sauces, with lots of meat or fish and salads. From region to region one has its own traditional dishes. Along the coast you will find more fish and shrimp dishes, in the south the tasty meat grill's (Churrasco) will surprise you. In the Pantanal real healthy country meals are often prepared on wood stoves, what gives a special extra flavor. During our holiday we eat delicious homemade Pantanal dishes at the fazendas.  Breakfast, lunch and dinner at the fazendas.

Health:

The Pantanal is a safe region in terms of health. You can easily eat and drink anything without beeing stomach bothered. Eating raw vegetables, salads and icecreams is no problem. 
There are no vaccinations required and there is no malaria in this part of Brazil. 
In case of illness or an accident, we will take you to a good hospital or doctor.

Language:

No worries, local trip leader Paul is fluent in 6 languages and will help and translate with pleasure where needed.
Trips are always fun as we all speak the same equestrian language.

Safety: 

Brazil has not always the best reputation for safety and crime. This is primarily and almost exclusively in large cities such as São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, and Recife. The state of Santa Catarina and its capital city Florianópolis is quiet and completely safe. Our ride passes through the region of Coxilha Rica where there is no need to worry at all!

travel gear...

  • Valid international passport 

  • Travel insurance

  • Pocket money (you can change money on arrival at the airport)

  • A sweater and a jacket

  • 4 to 5 T-shirts or shirts. long-sleeved shirt is best. (Make sure you take at least 2 shirts with long sleeves!)

  • Riding pants or jeans. (Wrangler is the best jeans for riding = seam along the outside)

  • Boots/riding Shoes,  with mini-chaps or long chaps. (Your boots/ shoes will/can be wet every day)

  • Cotton socks

  • A second pair of shoes for the evening

  • Swimsuit

  • Comfortable clothing

  • Hat

  • One towel

  • Toiletries

  • Sun Cream

  • Flashlight

  • Anti-mosquito spray / lotion

  • Camera ... (binoculars)

 

* Having your luggage in a travel bag/sports bag is handier instead of in a hard case. Easier to get bags in the 4x4 vehicles or Cessna aircraft than suitcases

luggage:

  • Transfer by 4x4: luggage weight allowed: : 20 tot 25Kg p.p.

  • Transfer by Cessna: 15 kg p.p. 

The maximum allowable weight of your luggage that you can take in the Cessna aircraft (light aircraft) is 15 Kg per person. The additional baggage you can leave you at your hotel in Campo Grande or with our contact person in Campo Grande. Depending on the number of participants you fly a 5 sitter Cessna 206 or a 3 sitter Cessna 182. If your Cessna is not fully taken then you can possibly even take a few kilos extra luggage. 15 kg seems at first sight not much, but I assure that 15 Kg clothes are more than enough in a tropical climate.

 

TRAVEL insurance MANDATORY:

We request you take a travel Insurance. Ask your local insurance company or travel agent about it. You will not be allowed to participate at the “Entre Orejas” riding holiday program without having a Personal Travel & Medical Insurance. Your insurance details will be requested on arrival.

 

Trip Cancellation Insurance MANDATORY:
In order to protect yourself against unforeseen circumstances interfering with your “Entre Orejas” vacation, we demand that you purchase trip cancellation insurance. You can use any travel insurance company you are comfortable with.

 

Release Agreement: 
The “Entre Orejas” guests are required to sign a release agreement at the time of check-in. This is mandatory and guests cannot participate in the tour without signing the release agreement (all moneys paid are non-refundable). Please feel free to read the release agreement prior to your arrival: please download the form here. Parents or legal guardians of minor children are required to sign the release agreement on their children’s behalf. Please direct all questions to the office.

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  • Currency: The Brazilian currency is the REAL. = R$.

  • Cash dispensers can be found in all towns and cities. In the cities, you can pay with credit cards. (Visa, Mastercard, Maestro, American Express ).

  • The Electricity and plugs: http://www.kropla.com/electric2.htm

  • Mobile phone: in towns and villages there is mobile phone coverage everywhere. During the ridingtrip, there are some days without coverage.

  • Internet: villages there is everywhere Internet access. During the ridingtrip, there is no internet access. 

  • General info about Brazil: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brazil

  • Time in Brazil:  http://www.worldtimeserver.com/

    • During the European summer time, it is 5 hours earlier in southern Brazil than in Europe. 

    • During the European winter time, it is 3 hours earlier in southern Brazil than in Europe.

  • Rules: We are not so much into rules, but we reserve the right to refuse service to any individual who jeopardizes the health, safety and welfare of any of our guests, staff, family & community members, animals & livestock, or who refuses to follow the rules we have established for your safety and welfare during your visit with us.

We will do everything possible to follow the indicated itinerary, although spot changes can occur due to unforeseen circumstances. Rides are subject to change depending on weather, location and difficulty of terrain  In the unlikely event that this happens on your trip, we ask you flexibility and understanding. This is a sporty and adventurous vacation!

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