BRASIL: The Santa Catarina Gaucho Trail


    An 8-day horseback adventure in the southern wilderness of Brazil, …   The ultimate trail blaze for riders looking for a truly exciting experience living the gaucho way of  life and riding gaucho style.

    Brazil offers a landscape diverse and beautiful as a backdrop, and the chance to sample the real gaucho world, and make no mistake, this is for real! The hardened gauchos and their agile beloved “Criollo” steeds make a formidable combination in the environment of their work. The “Gaucho do Brasil,” the legendary South American cowboy, refuses to break with tradition which makes for; dixit UNESCO: the gaucho way of life the liveliest equestrian culture in the world. The Brazilian Gaucho lives in the southern states of Santa Catarina and Rio Grande do Sul and all have roots in Europe due to the large numbers of immigrants who arrived in the 18th & 19th centuries, pioneers mostly from Portugal, Spain, Italy, Germany, Austria, Holland and Belgium.

    The “Criollo” horse is just as legendary, an intelligent animal with unequalled stamina as well as being fast and highly maneuverable and a joy to ride. If you are dreaming of a unique equestrian experience and a thoroughly authentic riding holiday…… Well, this is it!  The locals of Santa Catarina will welcome you in traditional style! And this is just the start…….


    Day 1 – (Sunday): Fazenda Barreiro

    Day 2 – (Monday): Fazenda Barreiro – Fazenda Ferradura

    Day 3 – (Tuesday): Fazenda Ferradura – Fazenda São João – Fazenda Limoeiro

    Day 4 – (Wednesday) Fazenda Limoeiro – Rancho Amigo

    Day 5 – (Thursday) Rancho Amigo

    Day 6 – (Friday) Rancho Amigo – Fazenda Limoeiro

    Day 7 – (Saturday) Fazenda Limoeiro – Fazenda São João

    Day 8 – (Sunday) Fazenda São João – Florianopolis



    • Accommodation: nights in authentic, rustic and comfortable farm rooms in different fazendas. Based on double-rooms, some fazendas have 3 & 4 bedded rooms.
    • Meals: full board. (From dinner first day to breakfast last day)
    • Guides & Gaúchos: All tours are personally escorted by “Gaúcho do Brasil” trip leader Paul.  Paul speaks fluent English, French, Dutch, Spanish, Portuguese and speaks basic German. Furthermore, you will be accompanied by local gauchos Roberio, Giancarlo & Paulo. There are always one or more musical gauchos (guitar, accordion) joining the group. The guides-gauchos are equipped with satellite phones and walky-talky radios.
    • Backup Vehicle: brings your personal luggage to the daily overnight place/fazenda.
    • Horses & tack, including saddle bags and raincoat   
    • Transfer: From the Airport of Florianopolis (FLN) to the Fazenda and vice-versa. (See Practical info)

    Not included:

    • Insurance: We request you take a travel Insurance. Ask your local insurance campany or travel agent about it. You will not be allowed to participate at the “Gaúcho do Brasil” riding holiday programme without having a personal travel insurance.
    • Flight: international and local flights are not included.Gateway is Florianopolis (FLN)
    • Alcoholic beverages & soft drinks: (see “Open Bar” info)
    • Single Supplement: EURO …/ USD … to pay only if you specifically want to sleep in a single room and not want to share the room.
    • Personal expenses 
    • Tips: (optional)