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7 Days Conquistadors Progressive Trail Riding Holiday for Experienced Riders in Caceres, Spain

Eurostars Palacio Santa Marta, Calle Ballesteros, 6, Trujillo, 10200, Tierra de Trujillo, Cáceres, Extremadura, Spain

Amazing Horse Riding Holiday Spain

Jerebeque Trails Horse Riding offers a relaxing break riding through stunning scenery riding very well-schooled PRE horses all born at home. For years, their passion has been to breed their horses with love and care in order to offer you the most amazing riding experience. With an excellent climate for the rides, this is really the time for you to embark on a journey to an unspoiled destination in the heart of Spain, preserved nature ideal for horse riding.

Key information

  • Rider Weight Limit: 90 kilograms / 198 pounds
  • Tack Type: English Tack
  • Horse Breed: Purebred Andalusian horse (PRE) and Hispano-Arab horse

Meet the instructors

Emilio Rodriguez
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Highlights

  • 5-days of progressive riding
  • Approximate daily riding time: 4 to 7 hours
  • Use of excellent very well-schooled PRE horses
  • Riding to Villuercas Ibores Jara UNESCO Global Geopark
  • Transfers from the meeting point and luggage transport
  • A visit to the spectacular town of Trujillo
  • Breakfasts, lunches, and dinners
  • 6 nights' accommodation

Skill level

  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Styles


5 days with instruction in English
The organizer also speaks: Spanish
The maximum participants in the group is 10
Airport transfer included: Adolfo Suárez Madrid–Barajas Airport
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Accommodation

Your accommodations have been carefully chosen by Jerebeque Trails Horse Riding, due to the quality and also because of the place for horses. They will normally rest in a field next to the hotel where you spend the nights. The accommodations and the customer attention in every aspect of the rides are all to an excellent standard. The accommodations along the way vary from charming rural inn in villages to delightful four-star hotel in Trujillo town. All rooms have private bathrooms and all of them are very clean and comfortable. There is Wi-Fi in every place you stay and is for free. There are towels, shampoo, and liquid soap in each room and in some places they have hairdryers.

Program

You will go on progressive rides in five days from Sunday to Saturday (for around 15o kilometers) from the lovely town of Trujillo following the east direction to Villuercas Ibores Jara UNESCO Global Geopark. You will see picturesque villages in the Sierra de Villuercas such as Berzocana and Cañamero. After that, you will come back to Trujillo through the gorgeous landscape of dehesa consisting of holm and cork oaks woods and pastures, the most emblematic landscape in Extremadura. Emilio knows the terrain and the trails very well. He will show you interesting facts along the way.

The pace of this ride is moderate, depending on the terrain, walk, trots, and with good canters when possible. The average distance covered is 25-35 kilometers per day. The landscape changes every day. Normally, you do not walk leading horses, except on any circumstances when you are required to go downhill on the third day for 20 minutes.

Level of riding

Intermediate to experienced riders mean that you should be comfortable to walk, trot, and canter in group and in open spaces. Your seat should be independent of your hands. On the rides, you will be riding for between four to seven hours a day so it is important to be as fit as possible.

Horses

Jerebeque Trails Horse Riding breeds their own horses. Because of their magical work, you will enjoy riding them. Serene horses, as the result of an excellent natural horsemanship, will make you feel an immediate connection with them. The horses are excellent PRE horses, Hispano-Arabs, very well-trained, good-natured, and very easy to ride. They are all well-fed and in great riding shape. Most of them were born and bred at home, others are with Jerebeque Trails Horse Riding since they were fouls. Those are the best looked after and most loved horses that you can find all over the world for riding holidays.

The horses are a pleasure to ride and to be around. They live in freedom and group, living, eating, drinking, sleeping, and traveling together with the most natural life Jerebeque Trails can offer them. They live in a huge pine forest, a common land of 500 hectares in Sierra de Gredos or in the rich pastures in the dehesas of Extremadura. They keep fit as they can walk around 20 kilometers every day in freedom. They live with other groups of animals including other horses, donkeys, cows, and also wild animals such as wolves, roe deer, deer, wild boar, and foxes.

Weight and age limits

The weight limit is 90 kilograms / 198 pounds. There is not an upper age limit, as long as you are fit for riding and healthy. Please keep in mind that there are long hours on the saddle for four to seven hours a day. The minimum riding age is 10 years old, competent riders accompanied by an adult.

Tack

Jerebeque Trails Horse Riding uses the finest quality English saddles and tacks with silicon seat saver and small saddlebags in front of the saddles. All the tack is in excellent conditions, very comfortable for horses and riders. The horse tack quality is outstanding.

Helmet

Jerebeque Trails Horse Riding recommends wearing a helmet. However, you can ride without a helmet but your insurance must clearly state that you are covered to do that. You will also be asked to sign a disclaimer.

Non-riders

The ride is suitable for non-riding companions. They can travel in the support car and join in meals, dinners, and other activities. If they wish, they can rent a car in Madrid too. They can move on their own and join the group for dinner.

Transport

A support van follows the group during the whole week, meeting you in the morning (for tapas-breaks and lunches) and at night. It is also used to move your luggage, so you have access to your luggage during the day at least three times or when is necessary. Therefore, it is not necessary to carry anything on the horse. You have some small saddlebags in front of the saddles for small things, such as bottled water, sunscreen, camera, and mobile. The service along the rides is outstanding.

Itinerary

Day 1: Adolfo Suárez Madrid-Barajas Airport (MAD) - Trujillo

Meet at Adolfo Suárez Madrid-Barajas Airport (MAD). The meeting time is at 15:00 and you will be transferred to Trujillo, a 2.5-hour drive. It is the time to visit the spectacular town of Trujillo before a welcome dinner at the hotel with Jerebeque Trails Horse Riding where you learn about the ride and region on the map.

Day 2: Trujillo - Garciaz (Herguijuela)

You will be transferred from Trujillo to Herguijuela. It is an easy day and the time to meet the horses on the distribution of horses. You will ride through the dehesa and Mediterranean forest, the habitat most similar covered Extremadura thousands of years ago. Comfortable lunch in the countryside with excellent paella will be cooked by Jerebeque Trails on the spot with good wines, salad, fresh fruit, and coffee or tea with chocolate and biscuit. After lunch, you will have a short afternoon to go to Garciaz where the horses spend the night. There is no accommodation for riders there so you will be transferred (15 minutes) to Madroñera. You will spend the night and have dinner at a small and beautiful rural hotel. The time on the saddle is five hours.

Day 3: Garciaz - Berzocana

You will ride through beautiful views of the best preserved Mediterranean forests. The dominant species are the evergreen oaks, the holm or cork oaks, and the deciduous oaks. Comfortable lunch will be served in the countryside, always with starters, main course, salad, fresh fruit, coffee or tea with chocolate and biscuit, as well as good wines, beer, and refreshment.

The cool box is always open to everyone. In the afternoon with magnificent views of Sierra de las Villuercas, you go to Berzocana, a beautiful small village in the mountains. You will spend the night and have dinner at a very nice rural hotel with spectacular sunsets over Villuercas Ibores Jara UNESCO Global Geopark. The total time on the saddle is seven hours.

Day 4: Berzocana - Logrosán

You can enjoy the view over the impressive Villuercas landscape from the top of the mountains, with great 360-degree mountainous views all around. On any day of riding, you can observe vultures, eagles, azure-winged magpies, red-billed choughs, shrikes, and ravens. Villuercas has been declared a geopark by UNESCO in 2011 because of its cultural and natural heritage and, of course, the great geological value of its relief with a lot of interesting and visible geological elements. This is a very rural region consisting of fields with stone walls. You will enjoy a comfortable lunch in the countryside. The afternoon will be spent with good canters. After that, you will stay the night and have dinner at a nice rural hotel. The time on the saddle is six hours.

Day 5 Logrosán - Zorita

You will enjoy good trots and canters in the morning by the dehesa. Cattle can be seen everywhere including cows, sheep, goats, and Iberian pig. They still live in a way which is reminiscent of bygone days. After the luxury picnic in the afternoon, you will set off at good canters to Zorita. Dinner will be at a local restaurant and the night spent at rural Inn. The time spent on the saddle is six hours.

Day 6 Zorita - Trujillo

You will ride in the dehesa extremeña with good and long trots and canters to return to the beginning of the ride. After lunch in the countryside, the short afternoon will be spent to go to the horses' place. In the afternoon, you will visit Trujillo town followed by a farewell dinner at the hotel.

Day 7 Trujillo - Adolfo Suárez Madrid-Barajas Airport (MAD)

You will have breakfast at the hotel followed by departure from Trujillo at 10:00 to be at Adolfo Suárez Madrid-Barajas Airport (MAD) at about 12:30. So, please book your flights not before 14:00. All riders will be transferred at the same time. If any rider needs to arrive in Madrid before that, all riders depart earlier or Jerebeque Trails Horse Riding can arrange a special transfer at an extra cost.

Notes: The itinerary may vary due to weather or other circumstances.

Included excursions

On days one and six, you will go visit the town of Trujillo.

Instructors

Emilio Rodriguez Morales

Location

This ride starts and finishes in Trujillo. From Trujillo, you will go to Garciaz, Berzocana, Logrosán, and Zorita. Trujillo is a very historic town with a mix of cultures where the Roman remains from the Roman town, Turgallium (nowadays is Trujillo) still exist. On top of the town, there is a spectacular castle founded in the 10th century by the Arabs. In the main square, there are many beautiful palaces built by the Spanish conquistadors during the 16th-century.

Many storks, eagles, and swallows can be seen circling the nests on the roof of the churches and palaces in the Plaza Mayor, a very good atmosphere. Trujillo is very famous for its monuments and because it was the birthplace of Francisco Pizarro and his brothers, the conquerors of Peru, as well as of Francisco de Orellana, who accomplished the first descent of the Amazon River.

Pizarro’s equestrian statue stands in the Plaza Mayor. The landscape during the ride is spectacular, passing through holm and cork oaks woods and pastures, called dehesa, the most emblematic landscape in Extremadura and the impressive landscape of Villuercas Ibores Jara UNESCO Global Geopark, perfect for riding with excellent horses.

Features

Activities

  • Horse riding

Food

The food is another highlight of this trip. Mediterranean food will be served for you. Mamen will delight you with the tapas-breaks waiting for you in any unexpected places with serrano ham, manchego cheese, olives, nuts, etc. Lunchtime is relaxing and a social affair with delicious home-cooked Spanish dishes such as paella, tortilla española, Iberian pork barbecue, salads, and soft cheese very typical from Extremadura (Torta del Casar), excellent quality, followed by a siesta in the peace of the countryside.

After the day riding, your dinner in the evening is around 21:00 and you have a choice of different dishes and courses of local Spanish recipes. Your dinner is served at the guesthouse accommodation. All the drinks are included in the meals including excellent Spanish red and white wines, beer, canned drinks, and water. Special diet (vegetarian, gluten-free, allergies, etc.) can be arranged with an advance notice.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Vegetarian
  • Gluten Free
  • Other dietary requirements on request
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

During this holiday, you can pamper yourself with massages at an extra cost.

What's included

  • 5 days of progressive riding (4 to 7 hours per day)
  • 6 nights' accommodation
  • A visit to Trujillo
  • Breakfasts, lunches, dinners, and drinks
  • Luggage transport
  • Riding to Villuercas Ibores Jara UNESCO Global Geopark
  • Services of an English-speaking guide
  • Transfers from the meeting point
  • Use of excellent very well-schooled PRE horses
  • Use of English tacks

What's not included

  • Alcoholic drinks other than wine with dinner
  • Gratuities
  • International flights
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Massages

How to get there

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Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Adolfo Suárez Madrid-Barajas Airport (MAD). Transfer from and to the airport is included. Jerebeque Trails Horse Riding will pick you up from the airport.

Both Emilio and Mamen will personally do the transfer. The meeting time is at 15:00, so please book your flights on the first day not after 16:00. The transfer is for a group of for or more riders, which will take about 2.5 hours. If less than four riders, there will be additional charges.

For three riders, the transfer cost is 50 EUR per person from / to the airport. For two riders, the transfer price is 75 EUR per person from / to the airport. All riders will be transferred at the same time. So, if any rider needs a different transfer, Jerebeque Trails Horse Riding can arrange a transfer at an extra cost.

Airport: Adolfo Suárez Madrid–Barajas Airport Airport transfer included: Adolfo Suárez Madrid–Barajas Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 20% of the total price.
  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 28 days before the arrival date.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 28 days before arrival.

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Tour information

There is a minimum of 2 riders for this tour. 

  • 2019 tours: For 2 riders extra cost per person is 50 EUR each way. For 3 riders extra cost per person is 33 EUR each way (payable locally).
  • 2020 tours: For 2 riders, the extra cost per person is 100 EUR each way. For 3 riders, the extra cost per person is 70 EUR each way (payable locally).

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