Southern Brazil is Gaucho country - the culture is related to that of Uruguay and northern Argentina - and the culture, horses and riding style are distinctive to that region. I have posted some snippets from this trip before (see this post, and this), but following is a photo tour of the beautiful country we saw.
Our first day's ride was local, using Paulo's own horses and heading out from his house for a day trip around the neighboring farmland. It was raining, and the horses waited for us in the backyard while we had breakfast.
Ponchos were provided, and we had made a quick run to a local tack shop for wide brimmed hats, and we set off into the misty landscape on a waterlogged dirt track.
There were plenty of streams to cross, too.
The scenery was almost Scottish (it was winter there) - with stands of pines alternating with rolling grazing land - even stone walls!
After a couple hours we arrived at a traditional farmhouse. This wooden style of building is common in the region. We enjoyed a delicious farmhouse lunch, spent some time relaxing afterwards...
and then enjoyed a long ride home through misty forested valleys.
Stay tuned for Day 2!