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!


Who is who on the trail:

Want to know who we are?...With whom you book this trip?...Who are the travel guides?... Below a brief introduction to our “Gaúcho do Brasil” team.

Paul Coudenys


If anyone can say "been there, done that" then it’s Paul Coudenys!
Paul, born in Flanders Belgium, was once in his previous life a farrier. At age 21, he travelled backpacking around the globe, 3 years later and with a luggage full of travel and riding experiences he returned to Belgium. During his "long journey", he worked as a blacksmith shoeing horses at the polo club in Singapore, as a blacksmith and cowboy at a cattle station in Australia, as a gaucho in South America and as a rider in too many places and countries to mention.
In 1996 he founded “Hippo-Trek” and became one of the pioneers of worldwide riding holidays in Europe. Paul rode horses in 53 different countries and is perhaps one of the most experienced trail riders in the world. Loving the great horse culture and hospitality in Latin America Paul decided to move to Brazil in 2010. He lives in the southern state of Santa Catarina, home of the South American gaucho (cowboy). After years of experience in organizing and guiding equestrian holidays and riding expeditions around the world, he now only concentrates on  trail rides and equestrian tourism in Latin America. He is guiding all the riding trips himself and assures you participating at the best horse treks in Latin America.
Paul is also co-founder and president of ALATCE; Asociación Latinoamericana de Turismo y Cultura Ecuestre. (Latin American Association of Equestrian Tourism and Culture)
He speaks 6 languages, loves humor and life, is a very social person and knows like no other how to take you on a ride on the wild side!



Daniel is a third generation Pantaneiro cowboy.Together with his wife Poliana and their two children they live at one of the most remote and at the same time the most beautiful place on earth. At their cattle farm deep in the tropical Pantanal of Mato Grosso do Sul they also run a charming wilderness guesthouse. Daniel loves to recieve guests and show them all the secrets of his paradise. Jaguars, anteaters, Tapirs, Anacondas, crocodiles and many more big and small animals are living on his farm. On this holiday you will spent the 3 last nights at Daniels farm and learn from him about their way of life in the biggest wetlands of the world.

Dona Rita


Charming Dona Rita is owner of huge cattle farm on the banks of the Vazantedo Castelo. She and her family is the third generation on the farm in the middle of the biggest wetlands in the world.

Dona Rita loves to be involved in the rides; organizing tours, the wilderness camp and the cooking. Rita and her husband Doio love to have a chat with all guests during prepared to hear amazing wilderness stories!

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