Brazil offers a full a sensory experience. Brazilian music is contagious, and the locals are friendly and willing to help.

The country is the most biodiverse in the world. Occupying half of South America’s land mass, Brazil is is one the top three countries with the greatest variety of bird species and the largest number of terrestrial vertebrates and invertebrates of any country in the world. The Pantanal is a unique place to spot animals in the wild, including one of the most impressive big cats – the jaguar. Additionally, it is home to a strong horse culture, where large ranches still run cattle much like they did generations before with cow horses and cowboys front and center. An invitation to join a gaucho around the campfire after a day of work is an invitation to experience the true nature of Brazil.

The Pantanal is the biggest inundated plain in the world. Located in the center of Latin America it reaches three countries, Brazil, Bolivia and Paraguay. The biggest part belongs to Brazil, and has 140.000 km2, divided in two states Mato Grosso and South Mato Grosso. Traditionally the Pantanal (wetlands) has been divided in 10 sub regions, according to characteristics of landscape or historical facts: Cáceres, Poconé, Barão de Melgaço, Paiaguás, Paraguay, Nhecolândia, Abobral, Aquidauana, Miranda and Nabileque. The dry and wet seasons are a remarkable characteristic of this ecosystem and decide the rhythm of the incredible wild life sheltered in its ecosystem. There are 3,500 species of plants, 124 species of mammals, 177 of reptiles, 41 of amphibious and at least 423 species of birds. Pantanal has been considered a big natural terrarium because of its countless populations of animals and plants coming from the Cerrado with some Amazonian influences. It’s a refuge for threatened species of extinction like the painted jaguar, the hyacinth macaw (blue macaw), the giant anteater and the giant otter. At Fazenda Baía das Pedras, located in the Pantanal of Nhecolândia, you will have the opportunity to know other inhabitants like the marsh and the pampas deer, the capybara, caimans, howler monkeys, the tapir, peccaries, the toucan, the jabiru stork and the red and yellow macaw.

Climate in Brazil

It’s summer in Brazil when it’s winter in the northern hemisphere and vice versa, it’s winter in Brazil when it’s summer in the northern hemisphere.
Summer on the coast of Rio Grande do Sul is around 85F° to 91F°. During the winter it cools down to around 62F° to 68F°. Overnight temps can get as low as freezing.

October is the end of the dry season and the beginning of the flooding season in the Pantanal. This period is the start of the rains, which become stronger between November and January and correspond with greening vegetation. Expect some late afternoon rains and hot days. Temperatures can vary a lot from in the 50s degrees Fahrenheit at night to 90s during the day.


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Land of the Gauchos

This is a ride with stunning landscapes combining the dramatic scenery of canyons and waterfalls with the wild nature of the Lagoa do Peixe National Park. A perfect combination of riding for 3 days on the coast on Lusitano horses and 4 days in... Read more

Pantanal Ride

Visitors are drawn to the Pantanal region of Brazil by the promise of wildlife, as it is home to one of the largest arrays of unique species anywhere in the world. Even if luck is not on your side to see all the elusive... Read more

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The guides in the first riding location spoke no English but we had a wonderful interpreter who rode with us and shared all meals and down time. He was kind, accommodating, and saw to any detail that he could control. At the second location the guide's years of experience leading riding groups shows. He and his wife are a great duo. We were well cared for the entire time we were with them. His Criollo horses were superb. The riders set the pace, especially for the first half of the trip. They want you to have the riding experience that YOU want to have. Ultimately, we figured that out and I had glorious long trots and canters along country lanes and the shoreline.

Otto, 2024

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In 6 hours of travel the road went from tarmac to murrum to sandy tracks with countless gates leading from one fazenda to another. We finally pulled up beneath a large grove of mature mango trees with numerous little black pig families enjoying the cool shade and noisy parrots squawking overhead. Stepping past the verandah with inviting easy chairs, we were welcomed into the cool family home with fresh fruit juices. After a lunch featuring home grown vegetables with a meat dish and tasty desserts, and a long nap,... Read more

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