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3 Day Horseback Riding Holiday at the Spanish Transhumance-Conquistadores Route in Oropesa

Hotel Rural La Plata de Oropesa, Carretera Antigua N-V , Km. 148., 45560 Oropesa, Spain

Spain Horse Riding Holiday

Would you like to live the experience of the herds passing through the Cañada Real Leonesa Occidental? Surrounded by oaks and cork oaks, the route runs through Corchuela (Toledo) to Ramacastañas (Ávila) where the Cañada overlaps with the Roman Road of the Vía de la Plata, a route that is made in the months that coincide with the rise or fall of the cattle to summer and winter pastures. This route has a duration of three days, beginning in Navalmoral de la Mata and ending in Puerto del Pico in the Sierra de Gredos.

Key Information

  • Rider Weight Limit: 220 pounds / 100 kilograms
  • Tack Type: English Tack
  • Horse Breed: Mixed, Crusader

Highlights

  • 3 horse riding days
  • Total riding time of approximately 17 hours
  • Transportation of luggage in the car during the route
  • Spanish and English-speaking equestrian guide with an accredited degree
  • Daily full board meals with wine, water, and soft drinks
  • Support vehicle during the entire route
  • Roundtrip airport transfers
  • 2 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Intermediate

Styles


3 days with instruction in English
The organizer also speaks: Spanish
Group size: 4-10 participants
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Accommodation

Hotel Rural La Plata de Oropesa

La Plata de Oropesa is an establishment that began its journey as a restaurant more than half a century ago, since 1965, serving the people who passed through Oropesa (Toledo). Hostal La Plata is an ideal place to stay and discover Oropesa, a Medieval villa that has numerous monuments, it's a colorful medieval castle next to the Renaissance palace, convents, churches, etc.

Hostal Avenida

Hostal Avenida is a perfect accommodation for those who want to experience the natural and heritage wealth of Arenas de San Pedro. It is a simple hostel with only 18 spacious rooms, all fully equipped with a complete bathroom, heating/fan, wardrobe, television, and Wi-Fi.

Program

The Dehesas Extremeñas Equestrian Center, in the town of Navalmoral de la Mata, is located on the edge of the Cañada Real Leonesa Occidental. This fact, together with the fact that Extremadura is the only place in the world where transhumance is still practiced, gives rise to this route.

You will be riding through it, among holm oaks and cork oaks of Campo Arañuelo, with a width of several hundred meters and abundant grasslands, passing through La Corchuela (Toledo) until crossing the Tiétar River in Ramacastañas, where the royal harbor was located. From here, the ravine overlaps the Roman road of Puerto del Pico, a section used by thousands of Avilanian cows that graze during the summer in the summits of Gredos.

You can meet on the road with impressive herds, usually of cows of the Avilanian race, enjoying the encounter with cowboys that still continue this ancient livestock tradition. The recommended dates coincide with the climb to the summer pastures (June-July) and the descent to the winter pastures (September-October).

Day 1: Navalmoral de la Mata - Cristo de la Corchuela

After the arrival of clients, the first objective is to evaluate the level of knowledge of the riders in the equestrian center. After contact with riders, amazons, allocation of horses, and equipment, start a route to the town of La Corchuela (Toledo), running through a wide glen, between holm oaks and pastures.

Day 2: The Corchuela - Ramacastaña

You will see the impressive route for its scenic beauty, begin the ascent slightly to higher lands with a mountain landscape, with a height of 430 meters above sea level.

Day 3: Ramacastañas - Puerto del Pico

Today will be the route where you will begin the true ascent to the mountains. Go from a height of 430 meters to 1352 meters. In an eminently high mountain landscape with species of trees, the characteristic of the forest stands such as pine, chestnut, and oak rebollo. Ascending in sections by a Roman road, in the direction of the Sierra de Gredos, a hot spot of biodiversity in the Iberian context, reaching 50 to 64% of the terrestrial vertebrate species of the Iberian Peninsula. Arrive at the top of the port and end of the route.

Important Information

  • Previous meeting to see the technical characteristics of the route. (Compulsory)
  • Mandatory use of a helmet (in the case of non-acceptance of the rule under any circumstance, the equestrian center places at the disposal of the client the document of the resignation of responsibility, by which it will be able to carry out the routes without the helmet under its responsibility.) (Compulsory)
  • Riding equipment of the rider (helmet, pants, gloves, raincoat, etc.) (Optional)
  • The activities and schedules reflected in the program may suffer modifications due to weather conditions.

Rider Skill Level Allowed

  • Level 3: Medium

Rider who has a firm step, is confident and controls in all rhythms (including trot and gallop) but does not travel regularly.

  • Level 4: High

Intermediate rider who is currently riding regularly and feels comfortable in the chair for at least six hours a day.

  • Level 5: Expert

Rider who meets the above requirements and who is capable of handling an energetic horse in the open.

Tour Guides

Dehesas Extremeñas Centro Ecuestre has two Sports Technical Guides in Riding with extensive experience in equestrian routes, experience in RAID (Endurance) competitions nationwide at the highest level, experience in dressage competitions, experience in jumping obstacles and speaks the English language with a university degree.

Location

The route runs along Vía de la Plata, enjoying the majestic Roman road flooded with herds and cowboys that continue with the legendary tradition of Transhumance, a unique and unforgettable experience in Extremadura, bordering the provinces of Ávila, Toledo, and Cáceres.

Food

Daily full board meals are included, as well as wine, water, and soft drinks.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Snacks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Soda
  • Alcoholic beverages

What's included

  • 3 riding days (Total of 17 riding hours)
  • 2 nights accommodation
  • Daily full board meals with wine, water, and soft drinks (Lunch picnic for the days en route)
  • Spanish and English-speaking equestrian guide with an accredited degree
  • Horse during the equestrian activity
  • Feeding and lodging of horses of clients
  • Support vehicle during the entire route.
  • Transportation of luggage in the car during the route
  • Roundtrip airport transfers

What's not included

  • Airfare
  • Extras in the accommodation and menus
  • Extra excursions, extra visits outside the package offered to monuments
  • Entrances to shows

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by airplane

Please arrange your flight to arrive at Adolfo Suárez Madrid–Barajas Airport (MAD). Transfers are not included but can be facilitated, for more information, please send Dehesas Extremeñas Centro Ecuestre an inquiry.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 16.94% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.
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This trip requires a minimum of 4 participants

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