Pantanal Wildlife Trail São Joaquim Adventure Trail

São Joaquim Adventure Trail

Cayambora Canyon, São Joaquim National Park
Cayambora Canyon, São Joaquim National Park Perfect with the rope: Rodeo in Urubici Perfect with the rope: Rodeo in Urubici Paraná pine forest with rainbow Paraná pine forest with rainbow

Experience the true Brazil with all its rich customs and hospitality. Superb riding, at all paces, at 3.000 to 5.500 ft elevations – surrounded by outstanding ever-changing scenery. The impressive mountain panorama of the Southern Brazilian High Sierra, with 1 National and 2 State Parks offers a variety of superb natural attractions, such as wide open and hilly grass, bush and woodland, lush patches of magnificent South American Araucária pine forest, a great number of clear rivers and rapids, lovely green valleys and the canyons of the Serra Geral mountain range.

 

Karte Brasilien / Santa Catarina

 

Animal and plant live of this part of the tropical highlands is well preserved, specially birds blue-crowned trogon, siriemas, buff-necked ibis, Southern lapwings, quails, a great diversity of hawks, falcons, eagles, saffron finches, shiny cowbirds, owls and many others. The area is also habitat of Puma, and you may be lucky to discover its trail, while he is far ahead or... behind you. Other animals of the region are ocelot, pampas deer, armadillo, coati, otter and capibara.


No cars, no traffic, no village, no people, just horses, landscape and enjoyment No cars, no traffic, no village, no people, just horses, landscape and enjoyment

 

Cattle trailing in the high lands Cattle trailing in the high lands A typical family run farm in the mountains of the São Joaquim National Park A typical family run farm in the mountains of the São Joaquim National Park

The region is scarcely populated by small dairy farms and cattle ranches that seem almost lost in the vastness of the land. This is the home of the mountain gaúchos and horsemen. They have conserved and show proudly their traditions. On weekends, folks gather in the rustic galpões, the barn and animal shelters of the farmhouse and dance and sing while an opulent churrasco BBQ is prepared at the open fireplace. Beautiful horses and superb horsemanship are on display at the frequent rodeos, where people, typically dressed, show up to dance to the chamamê, xote or vanerão, the Brazilian rooted country music, live, of course. Our guests will visit, whenever fitting with logistics, these traditional events and enjoy great hospitality and fun there.

 

The Santa Barbara ranch is located some 20 kms distant from the town of Urubici. Our longtime partner "Zorro" Elvio and his wife Rosie, manage this working ranch of about 600 ha land, where some 400 cattle of mixed breed graze happily through out the year. Pigs, sheep, chickens, dogs and cats also are part of the family. The Santa Barbara is, as all the other ranches in the region, a small ranch by Central Brazil standards like in the Pantanal. It is family run and non-touristy. Guests are treated like friends and have the rare opportunity to participate in the day to day live of a traditional southern Brazilian mountain ranch. For our rides we choose out of a herd of 30 horses.


Photo break at the Funil cascade Photo break at the Funil cascade Shaking hands with a Manga Larga Marchador Shaking hands with a Manga Larga Marchador
Rider on top of the clouds appreciating landscape during a break Rider on top of the clouds appreciating landscape during a break

 

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Nearby the Santa Barbara ranch is the Canoas River. Its creeks and rapids do invite for trout fishing. Host Elvio knows not only all the secrets of ranching, but is also a skilled fisherman, while his wife Anna Rose takes care of the kitchen, where the trouts end up for dinner "Belle Meuniere" style. Talking about food: it consists of enormous portions of delicious, regional food (also vegetarian, if required), mostly homegrown and homemade. Our guests will further relish on authentic churrascos from the fogo do chão and the stimulating mate tea from the chimarrão, a gourd with a silver spoon. An early morning camargo straight from the udder, makes you forget the delicious capucchino of your favored Italian restaurant. Another traditional delicacy for the highlands gaúchos is passoca, grinded lamp meat with pinhão, Paraná pine nuts. At this point we would like to mention that at Santa Barbara, and elsewhere we emphasize and cultivate between visitors and host a relationship that is strictly based on friendship and common respect.

Pantanal Wildlife Trail São Joaquim Adventure Trail