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The Gaucho Trail Ride

5.0 (1)
days 8 days nights 7 nights
Weight limit
120 kg / 265 lb

Brazil showcases a diverse and breathtaking landscape, providing a picturesque backdrop for experiencing the authentic gaucho lifestyle! The "Gaucho do Brasil," the iconic South American cowboy, staunchly adheres to tradition, earning recognition from UNESCO as the most vibrant equestrian culture globally. Brazilian Gauchos reside in the southern states of Santa Catarina and Rio Grande do Sul, tracing their roots back to European immigrants who arrived in the 18th-19th centuries.

Join an extraordinary journey in the heart of southern Brazil, starting at a high plateau in Santa Catarina. We traverse the picturesque pampas, covering 1000m above sea level, immersing in the world's most captivating horse culture. Galloping through vast landscapes, crossing rivers, and participating in cattle roundups offer an authentic experience. Evenings bring colonial Fazendas frozen in time, with gaucho serenades, and local brews. It's not just riding the gaucho way; it's living the gaucho way!

from US$ 2 980
per tourist for 8 days
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up to 14 tourists over 18 years old
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Photo Paul C.
Paul C. is the provider of this trip
The provider speaks: English
If anyone can say "been there, done that" then it’s Paul! Paul, born in Flanders Belgium, was once in his previous life a farrier. At age 21, he traveled 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 became one of the pioneers of worldwide riding holidays in Europe. Paul rode horses in 61 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!

Tour highlights

Ride the Legendary Criollo Horse
The ‚ÄúCriollo‚ÄĚ horse is an intelligent animal with unequaled stamina as well as being fast and highly manouverable and a joy to ride
Have an Authentic Experience
Gauchos are not only tough men but also romantic souls. Guitar and accordion will appear more often than not, and the serenade is of lost loves and the good old days, this while mama is roasting the best meat in the world
Enjoy the Breathtaking Landscapes
Brazil offers a landscape diverse and beautiful as a backdrop - ride across rolling grasslands, Araucaria forests, crossing pristine rivers and, in general, off the beaten track of southern Brazil

Route details

Day 1
Fazenda da Chapada

Your trip leader Paul will be waiting for you upon arrival at the airport of Florianopolis. Transfer (3hrs drive) to Coxilha Rica and Fazenda da Chapada near Lages. You will be welcomed with a local drink upon arrival at the Fazenda. You will be introduced to Daniel the owner of the farm and the Gauchos who will accompany you throughout the trip and will even get acquainted with the horses. Installation in the cozy and comfortable rooms of the Fazenda. After a delicious dinner, we can socialice at the bar of the Fazenda. Local ga√ļchos will perform music and folklore of the region. It‚Äôs a great first evening!¬†

Day 2
Fazenda da Chapada - Fazenda Rodeio Bonito
Day 3
Fazenda Rodeio Bonito
Day 4
Fazenda Rodeio Bonito - Fazenda Lua Cheia
Day 5
Fazenda Luca Cheia - Fazenda S√Ęo Jo√Ęo Rancho
Day 6
Fazenda S√Ęo Jo√Ęo - Fazenda Ferradura
Day 7
Fazenda Ferradura - Fazenda da Chapada
Day 8
Fazenda da Chapada - Florianopolis
Tour provider's comments

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.

An average of 6 hours per day in the saddle. 

This is a sporty and adventurous vacation!



Guest House
7 nights

Our trail-riding holiday is not a dude ranch vacation where you stay in a tourist ranch-hotel and where you're just a number, but a riding holiday where you stay on authentic working Fazendas (ranches).

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 Santa Catarina, real healthy country meals are often prepared on wood stoves, what gives a special extra flavor. During our holiday we eat delicious homemade Santa Catarina dishes at the Fazendas.  Breakfast, lunch, and dinner at the Fazendas.

7 nights

The rooms and comfort during your stay: without any fancy hotel service.  So we will stay in guest rooms at the house of gaucho families. One Fazenda might be a bit more simple than the other, but all Fazendas are authentic, colonial, cozy and very clean. The Fazendas do not all have a standard type of room. Most rooms are double rooms, some fazendas also have 4 bedded rooms with connecting bathroom. There always awaits you a soft bed and a good shower.

Travel recommendations

Group meeting place

shtat Santa-Katarina, Florianopolis

Tour conditions


  • accommodation: nights in authentic, rustic and comfortable farm rooms in different fazendas;
  • meals:¬†full board (from dinner first day to breakfast last day);
  • open Bar - all you can drink;
  • Guides & Ga√ļchos:¬†professional and multilingual guides as well as local Gauchos;
  • backup vehicle:¬†brings your personal luggage to the daily overnight place/Fazenda;
  • horses & tack, including saddle bags and raincoats;
  • transfer:¬†from the Airport of Florianopolis (FLN) to the Fazenda and vice-versa.¬†


  • travel insurance and trip cancellation insurance are mandatory. You will not be allowed to participate in the riding holiday program without having both of these personal travel insurance;
  • flight:¬†international and local flights;
  • single supplement:¬†only possible if we have a single room available and in case we have single a room is not extra charged;
  • personal expenses;¬†
  • tips¬†(optional).

Group size

up to 14 tourists


8 days
7 nights

It's important to know

Personal equipment you need for the tour
  • Valid international passport.¬†
  • Travel Insurance.
  • Pocket money (you can change EUR/¬£/USD in the airport).
  • A sweater and a jacket.
  • 4 or 5 T-shirts and minimum 1 a shirt with long sleeves.
  • Jodhpurs or jeans to ride with.
  • Riding shoes or boots / riding shoes with mini-chaps or long chaps.
    (Gaucho boots can be bought on location).
  • ¬†A second pair of shoes for the evening.
  • Swimsuit.
  • Comfortable clothing + a hat.
  • One towel.
  • Toiletries.
  • Sun Cream.
  • Camera.

*It is recommended to put your luggage in travel bag instead of a hard suitcase. 10 bags are easier to get in the backup vehicle than 10 suitcases.  (thanks!).

Cancellation of booking

Tour reviews

Based on 1 review
  • B
    20 Oct, 2021
    about provider
    It was a wonderful trip. We were so lucky that they organized this trip and we were able to go on it for the first time. I'm sure others will want to do this. Every aspect of the holiday was great - we were looked after in every way from start to finish. I highly recommend this holiday. Many thanks to the entire team for everything you have done for us.
    20 Oct, 2021

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