The Coconut Trail Ride - Northeast Brazil - Practical Information

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PRACTICAL INFO:
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. 
Weight: Max. weight rider: 100 Kg
Departure:  minimum 7 participants 
Maximum group size: 14 riders
Horses: Mangalarga Marchador crossed breed, beautiful and responsive horses, easy to ride. Average height: 1.60m
Saddles: Brazilian/Australian style saddles
Sanitary & Accommodation: comfortable
International passport required for most countries (exept countries of the Mercosur/Mercosul)
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)
Gateway: Fly in and out of Maceió (Airport code: MCZ)
Trail Itinerary: 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!

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

 * Having your luggage in a travel bag / sports bag is handier instead of in a hard case.

HOTEL ACCOMMODATION IN MACEIÓ – First night/Day 1 :
You can arrive anytime on day 1 in Maceio. The hotel can be reached by taxi from the airport. (about 20km) Or by bus from the airport to the main bus station “Rodoviaria de Maceió” at only 2,5km from the hotel.
Hotel Check in possible at 14:00hrs.  Official Meet & Greet at the hotel at 18:00hrs 

You are 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 know 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, and many others countries. Your friends are suddenly so much more international! :) A standard group consists of 7 to 14 riders. In general, there are as many female as male participants.

Are your foreign languages not so good? 
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

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. Very popular is the Churrasco  = Brazilian BBQ.  

Health:
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.

Currency: 
The Brazilian currency is the REAL. = R$.  
1 Euro = approx 4,20 Real 
1 USD = approx 3,50 Real 
Cash dispensers can be found in all towns and cities.
In the cities you can pay with credit cards. (Visa, Mastercard, Maestro, American Express, ...)

Electricity and plugs: 
http://www.kropla.com/electric2.htm 

Mobile phone: 
In towns and villages there is mobile phone coverage everywhere. During the riding trip there will be some days without coverage.

Internet: 
In towns and villages there is everywhere Internet access. During the riding trip there is almost daily internet access at the overnight places.

Time in Brazil: 
http://www.worldtimeserver.com/
During the European summer time it is 5 hours earlier in southern Brazil than in Europe. 
During the European winter time it is 3 hours earlier in southern Brazil than in Europe.

Travel Insurance:
We request you take a travel Insurance. Ask your local insurance company or travel agent about it. You will not be allowed to participate at the “Gaúcho do Brasil/Entre Orejas” riding holiday program without having a personal travel insurance. Your insurance details will be requested on arrival.
Trip Cancellation Insurance recommended: In order to protect yourself against unforeseen circumstances interfering with your “Gaúcho do Brasil/Entre Orejas” vacation, we strongly suggest that you purchase trip cancellation insurance. You can use any travel insurance company you are comfortable with.

Release Agreement:
The “Gaúcho do Brasil/Entre Orejas” guests are required to sign a release agreement at the time of check-in. This is mandatory and guests cannot participate in the tour without signing the release agreement (all moneys paid are non-refundable). Please feel free to read the release agreement prior to your arrival: please download the form here. Parents or legal guardians of minor children are required to sign the release agreement on their children’s behalf. Please direct all questions to the office.

Safety: 
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!

General info about Brazil: 
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brazil
 
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.