Nothing is truer to Mato Grosso do Sul culture than the large masses of cattle being led and relocated by the Pantaneiros (Pantanal cowboys)!
This cultural trait is the reason why Bonito MS Brazil now has the Recanto do Peão horse riding activity. Many people who visit Bonito want not only the crystal clear waters, but also something that brings them closer to the local culture. Horse riding most definitely delivers on that. Recanto do Peão goes above and beyond, because the horse riding itself takes place on the traditional path actually used for cattle ranching back in the day and tops it all off with homemade Pantaneiro snacks, which usually is chipa (Starch rolls made with cheese, click here for more information) or sopa Paraguaya (Similar to cornbread or corncake, click here for more information).
Due to its deep cultural roots, well trained and maintained horses, safety guidelines and procedures, and even traditional snacks, Recanto do Peão is an activity that just cannot be left out of your Bonito plans!
Recanto is the Brazilian Portuguese word for ranch. It is used often in Mato Grosso do Sul dialect when referring to cattle farms, large farms in general, or even whatever places where one may feel at ease and at home. Peão is literally translated to pawn, but in the Brazilian rural context the word is used to refer to farm workers, especially those who handle cattle. That is the reason why it is often used interchangeably with the word cowboy. So, the name Recanto do Peão in Brazilian Portuguese would mean something like The Cowboy's Ranch in English. The word cavalgada, often associated with this activity's name, just means horse riding or a horse ride.
- When you arrive at the front desk, hand your voucher to the staff;
- Pay attention to the information on times and group organization, because there are never more than 10 people at a time;
- When it is time to start the activity, the instructor will gather the group, provide safety information and hand out helmets;
- Once everyone is ready, the horses follow the trail in a single file line;
- The instructors keeps the pace down so that the ride is chill and enjoyable;
- During the 5 km of riding, visitors can enjoy the gorgeous views and landscapes along the way;
- The ride ends back at the place where it started;
- As people get back, they can get down from the horses and try the snacks;
*The operation usually lasts around 1 hour and 30 minutes, buy may vary due to weather conditions or specific group needs.
WHAT TO BRING:
- Tennis shoes, boots or something similar
- Long pants (So that you can be more comfortable on the horse)
- Light clothing
- Hat or cap
- Cash for general expenses
- Insect repellent and sun lotion (Use generously!)
AGES: This activity is for people over 5 years of age.
PRICE: Per person
TRANSPORTATION: Not included, talk to us about including it
LUNCH: Not included. This activity does not have a restaurant, but it usually serves chipa or sopa paraguaya as snacks.
OTHER ACTIVITIES AT THE SAME PLACE:
There is a night option for this activity, at this same place. A different part of the famous cattle path is the setting for the 4 Wheeling (ATV Riding) at Trilha Boiadeira activity.
DISTANCE FROM DOWNTOWN BONITO: The main areas are within Bonito's urban perimeter, about 1.5 km from the main strip (Rua Cel. Pilad Rebuá). The access roads are all paved.
Bonito activity prices are set by the attractions themselves and strictly controlled, equal at all agencies. Variations may happen because of rates expiration dates and/or differences between low and high season rates.