The Sertão, the Brazilian Outback on Horseback - Brazil

a 7-day equestrian adventure following the footsteps of Lampião; the Brazilian equivalent of Jesse James or Pancho Villa. 

(+ you can extend this trip with 4 extra riding days on the stunning palm beaches of northeast Brazil.)


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.

Group Size:

Minimum 07 riders

Maximum 10 riders


Riders weight limit: 100 Kg


  • Horses: Mangalarga Marchador crossed breed, beautiful and responsive horses, easy to ride. Average height: 1.60m

  • Saddles: Brazilian/Australian style saddles

  • Accommodation: Sanitary & Accommodation: comfortable

  • International Passport:  Required for most foreigners (still 6 months valid)

  • Visa:  Not necessary for most countries, such as citizens from the E.U. countries and Latin America. Some countries from North America, Asia, and Africa need a visa for a trip to Brazil. Check with the Embassy of Brazil in your country. ( North American Citizens, US - CAN  require a visa to travel to Brazil)

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

  • Age: the minimum age is 12 years, only allowed if accompanied by an adult. 

  • Gateway: Fly in and out of Maceió (Airport code: MCZ)

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 knowing 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, Argentina, and many other countries. Your friends are suddenly so much more international!  A standard group consists of 10 to 14 riders. In general, there are as many females as male participants.

The Meals:

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. Very popular is the Churrasco  = Brazilian BBQ.


The maximum allowable weight of your luggage depends from airline to airline. Check with the airline or travel agent how many kilograms and pieces of luggage you can take. Your personal luggage is transported during the trek to the various stopovers.


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. 
Our ride passes through a quiet costal region where there is no need to worry at all!


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.


There are no vaccinations required/compulsory and there is no malaria in this part of Brazil. 
Recommended vaccinations however are Yellow Fever & Hepatitis B.
In case of illness or an accident, we will take you to a good hospital or doctor.

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 3 shirts with long sleeves!)

  • Riding pants or jeans

  • 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/bikini/shorts

  • Slippers/sandals

  • Comfortable summer clothing

  • Hat

  • One towel

  • Toiletries

  • Sun Cream

  • Anti-mosquito spray / lotion


* 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!).

seguro de Viagem:

Pedimos que você tenha um seguro de viagem. Peça sua companhia de seguros local ou agente de viagens mais informações. Você não será autorizado a participar no programa de /a Cavalgada Chilena sem ter um seguro de viagem pessoal. Os seus dados de seguros serão solicitados logo na chegada.

Também recomendamos o seguro de cancelamento de viagem. A fim de proteger-se contra imprevistos que podem interferir na data de sua viagem, sugerimos que você se informe para um seguro de cancelamento. Você pode usar qualquer companhia de seguros de viagem que você se sinta confortável.


contrato de afastamento de Responsabilidade:
Os participantes do 
A Cavalgada Gaúcha são obrigados a assinar o contrato de afastamento de responsabilidade no momento do check-in. Isso é obrigatório e os participantes não poderão participar da cavalgada sem a assinatura do contrato de responsabilidade (todos os valores pagos não são reembolsáveis). Por favor, sinta-se livre para ler o contrato antes da sua chegada: faça o download do formulário aqui. Os pais ou responsáveis legais das crianças menores são obrigados a assinar o contrato de responsabilidade em nome de seus filhos. Duvidas, fique a vontade de nos contatar.


  • 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: 

  • 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 riding trip, there is no internet access. 

  • General info about Brazil:

  • Time in Brazil:

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

    • During the European wintertime 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!