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4 Days Horseback Trail Riding in the Scenic Mountains of Santa Fe, Panama

Hotel Anachoreo, Santa Fe, Veraguas, Panama

Horse Riding Holiday in Panama

The rides will take us through natural landscapes where you will forge rivers, cross suspension bridges, and traverse the mountainside. The trails here in Santa Fe are breathtaking, with amazing views and access to places that you wouldn't get to in a vehicle. Santa Fe is located on the boundary of one of Panama's most diverse national parks boasting an abundance of bird and wildlife. All the horses are owned by Junglecat Panama, and we take great pride in their maintenance and well being. With a variety of trails and horses suitable for all levels of rider confidence, Junglecat Panama is able to provide memories that will last a lifetime.

Key Information

  • Rider Weight Limit: 209 pounds / 95 kilograms
  • Horse Height Range: 13.5 - 14.8 hands
  • Horse Breed: Paso Creole Horses
  • Tack: Western style / Australian Stock Saddles / English General Purpose

Meet the instructors

Elizabeth, Martin, & Jose Antonio
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Highlights

  • Ride off the beaten path
  • Approximate daily riding time: up to 6 hours
  • Experience river crossings, ride on suspension bridges
  • Admire the mountain views and wildlife
  • Observe local Panamanian life
  • 3 nights accommodation
  • Daily meals

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Styles


4 days with instruction in English
The organizer also speaks: Spanish
Group size: Maximum of 8 participants
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
14:00
Check-out Time:
11:00

Your accommodation is arranged with the beautiful Hotel Anachoreo located in Santa Fe town. This hotel / restaurant is owned and managed by two Cambodian sisters. They offer excellent guest service, have a five-star Cambodian dinner menu and the location boasts spectacular views of the valley and national park. The rooms are clean and comfortable and the service friendly making this quaint five-room hotel the perfect place to stay in Santa Fe.

Program

Every day, you start your ride at 8 a.m. and ride until lunch time where you will either stop at a local restaurant, hitch the horses cowboy style, and enjoy a local lunch. Or the staff will provide a packed lunch for you to enjoy under the shade by one of the many river crossings. You can enjoy lunch on the banks with the horses grazing nearby.

In the afternoons, there will be various excursions to choose from including a visit to a local organic coffee farm, hiking to a local waterfall or just relaxing in your hammock!

Each day, you take a different ride, looping through the valleys and hillsides passing local homesteads, small organic farms, cacao and coffee trees, as well as fantastic bird and wildlife sightings being on the boundary of the Santa Fe National Park. All of the horses are a mixed breed, creole cross with Paso Fino. This gives them a smooth, stable gate and even temperament.

Each ride provides the opportunity to view the continental divide from a different angle. Due to the mountainous landscape, the vegetation and wildlife changes within each location we experience different terrains and riding conditions. There will be opportunities to gallop with the horses as well as experience their past fino trot gait.

The program can include the hike to the Bermejo Waterfall where you take a narrow jungle trail into the national park to a secluded waterfall and swimming hole. Along the way, your interpretative guides will fill you in on local plant species, medicinal properties of the local vegetation found on the route, and describe the deep cultural and historical heritage of one of the longest settled towns in Panama.

Day 1: Arrival day

  • Introductions, rider-horse match up orientation, and an afternoon ride ending at the hotel.

Day 2

  • After breakfast, you leave to ride for four hours around the mountains. You will end the ride with a late lunch back at the hotel.

Day 3

  • After breakfast, you leave to ride for six hours around the mountains. You will stop for a lunch break midday and then ride back to the hotel.

Day 4: Departure day

  • After breakfast, enjoy the last ride and then back to the hotel for lunch and check-out.

Included excursions

The trails and backcountry roads here in the mountains of Panama are amazingly rustic and rural with expansive views of the valleys and peaks of the continental divide. The vegetation and landscapes change and vary depending on what side of the divide you explore as well as what season you are in.

There are massive rivers to cross, with clear cool waters and clean rocky river beds. Take a cool dip in the midday heat and catch a glimpse of a toucan or majestic giant kingfisher.

The local mountain communities still live a life off the land, the culture, dress and friendly faces make you feel connected and welcomed. On horseback, you are able to explore far and wide. The horses and ponies are well suited to the hilly terrain, narrow trails, rivers, and bridges. They are sensible, responsive and forward moving allowing you to put your faith in their steps and enjoy your trail ride adventure.

Instructors

Elizabeth Wilkinson

Martin Zipprich

Jose Antonio Abrego

Location

This horse riding holiday takes place in Santa Fe, Province of Veraguas, Panama.

Food

Your breakfast will be prepared for you at your hotel, served in the spacious dining room or on the outside patio. Lunch is provided on tour and is based on a farming lifestyle. This includes free-range chicken, locally produced pork, and homegrown beef. Rice and beans are a popular option as well as green salads and tropical fruit juices. Dinner is a flavor explosion at our famous local Cambodian restaurant.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

The following drinks are included:

  • Water

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

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
  • 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)

  • Visit a local organic coffee farm
  • Take a hike to the beautiful Bermejo waterfall
  • Go river tubing down the crystal clear river of Santa Maria
  • If you are interested in a full body massage after a long day riding, please let Junglecat Panama know so they can notify their local massage therapist

What's included

  • A beautiful local horse or pony to suit your riding level and physic
  • 3 nights accommodation
  • Daily meals

What's not included

  • Transport to Santa Fe town
  • Beverages including alcohol and any additional food or gift item purchases

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Driving directions from Panama City Airport

You can either rent a car from Panama City airport or take public transportation. If you decide to rent a car you will take the Interamericana freeway out of Panama City heading toward Santiago - approximately three hours depending on traffic flow leaving the city.

In Santiago, you will turn off the main freeway following the signs to Santa Fe. Santiago to Santa Fe is an hour's drive. Please keep in mind there is no gas station or cash machine in Santa Fe so take advantage of these services before you leave Santiago. Your accommodations is located in the village of Santa Fe. Please follow the wooden signs to Anachorera Hotel, approximately two blocks from the main bus terminal.

Arrival by bus

If you decide to take public transport, this is also a safe and reliable way to arrive in Santa Fe. The main bus terminal in Albrook Station Panama City provides buses to Santiago at 9 USD per person. Once in Santiago, you'll have to change to a smaller coaster bus to reach Santa Fe - 3 USD per person. Please keep in mind the last bus to Santa Fe leaves at 6 p.m. Your accommodation is a short walk or a 2USD taxi ride from the bus terminal in Santa Fe.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 100% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
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