Horseback riding is a fascinating experience. The complicity between you and the animal, the unconventional routes and the stunning landscapes make this type of trip unforgettable, from those of keeping in the best pages of the photo album and the best shelves of memory. And Brazil, with its different scenarios and nuances, is a perfect place to practice.
If you intend to ride in Brazilian lands, you should know in advance which kind of cavalcade you will do to choose well what to pack. Get to know some types:
1. Progressive Rides - Crossing Type
They are the ones that you are moving from one point to another and stopping to sleep each night in a different place. Usually the luggage follows in a support car.
You can do this type of ride, for example, in Mococa, 275 km from the city of São Paulo, passing historic farms, crops, coffee plantations, horse breeding and experiencing the delicious rural cuisine with a strong influence of Minas Gerais gastronomy along one week. Another sensational itinerary is in the mountain region of the State of Rio Grande do Sul, a 3 to 7 day cavalcade through the fields and border of the canyons of the mountain range, the coldest region of Brazil.
2. Fixed field cavalcades
These are cavalcades that you always leave and return to the same base. One of its advantages is not having to carry a lot of luggage.
The farms of the Pantanal and the Marajó Island (in Pará), for example, promote this type of cavalcade. You stay for a few days on these bases and make your way into the wilderness. The adventure gets even better in periods of rain, in which the fields are flooded giving more excitement. In Marajó, you can see a wide diversity of species such as alligators, monkeys and buffalo.
3. Expedition Cavalcades - Camp Type
Imagine an experience of those to remember for a lifetime. This kind of cavalcades passes through remote places and without infrastructure purposely, getting to know wild places, dining around the campfire, sleeping in tents and bathing only when arriving at a river. The reward lies in pioneering through paradisiacal scenarios, living the unexpected and having a deep connection with nature.
You can do this type of cavalcades Brazil, for example, starting from the Atlantic Forest in Rio de Janeiro, crossing rivers, forests and fields for 7 days until arriving at one of the most beautiful beaches in Brazil, Armação dos Búzios (Rio from January).
4. Touring Cavalcade
They are horseback riding for short distances made as an entertainment option. Generally, they happen between groups of relatives and friends.
This type of tour is one of the most common on the beaches of the Brazilian northeast, as in the beaches of Cumbuco (in Ceará), Pipa (in Rio Grande do Norte) and Porto de Galinhas (in Pernambuco). It is also widely used in ecotourism, as in the inns, farms and parks of the city of Gramado (in Rio Grande do Sul). They even offer, inclusively, wagon and pony rides. In cities in the interior of the states that have proximity to the countryside, such as Pirenópolis (Goiás), horseback riding is an option to get to know the historic city passing through its quiet streets.
5. Parade Cavalcades
They are cavalcades that gather an incredible amount of horsemen and amazons cavalcades for a festive, religious or political theme. One of the largest in Brazil happens in Araguaina, 383 km from the capital of Tocantins, Palmas. Another traditional parade cavalcade is Nossa Senhora do Bom Conselho, 282 km from Recife, in Pernambuco.