7 Days Historic Gualivá Trail Horse Riding Trek in Colombia

Breathtaking Colombia Horse Riding Holiday

Let Valle Verde Horseriding takes you to a place where man and horse shared the beauty of the road and the love for nature, leaving back the noise and the hurry of the big cities. With the strong and good Colombian Criollo, your adventure through the historical Gualivá trails will be unforgettable. Here, you will enjoy nature and feel the weather and vegetation changing as your horse step further into tropical trees. The experienced guides will also be there to assist and help you to make your journey more fascinating.

Key information

  • Horse Breed: Colombian Criollo

Highlights

  • 6 days of horse riding
  • Horses and riding chairs with saddlebags
  • Exploring nature on the historical Gualivá trail
  • Riding through mountains and sugar cane crops
  • Breakfast, lunch, and dinner each day
  • 6 nights of accommodation
  • Ground transportation

Styles


6 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: English
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Accommodation

Accommodations will be at farms and eco hotels. These farms are mainly agriculture and ranching places. You will stay in multiple accommodations with rooms for two, three, or four people. Couples are accommodated separately.

Valle Verde Horseriding Holiday Colombia Program

Day 1: Transfer (Bogotá - La Pradera) and Riding (La Pradera - Alto del Vino)

On your first day, you will ride through the ancient Yaky trail, starting from a cold weather “Tibares” trees forest and cold and clear creeks until you reach 3.000 meters above sea level. In the afternoon, you will pass through “Alto del Vino” that leads the way to the foggy forest.

Day 2: Alto del Vino - San Francisco

On this day, you will ride through royal trails that make part of ancient merchant roads. You will ride through rivers and creeks and see a drastic change in vegetation until you reach San Francisco, where mountains and the tropic overtake the scenery.

Day 3: San Francisco - La Vega

After drinking a delicious traditional coffee and having a nutritious breakfast, you will start riding your horses. On every horse step, you can feel the weather and vegetation changing in between tropical trees and the smell of hot weather in the air. You will have a native mix of meats on the riverside when you reach La Vega while the sun sets on the horizon.

Day 4: La Vega - Nimaima

Bridle paths will lead the way on this day. On your way, you will see natural waterfalls where you can take an outdoor shower. In the afternoon, you can walk through Nimaima and drink a cold beverage in one of its historical corners.

Day 5: Nimaima - Tobia

You will have a typical ride from Nimaima that passes through small paths with the authentic landscape of Gualivá. You will pass through rivers that descend from the Andes through the central range until you reach the torrential Negro river in Tobia. Tobia is lovely, a place where you can do all kinds of extreme sports like boating, rafting, canopy, and trekking.

Day 6: Tobia - Utica

The last day of horseback riding will be through mountains and sugar cane crops. During this route, the climate is very warm and the tropical forest takes over the way. You will pass through creeks and the sounds of crickets will lead the way. In the afternoon, you will have a well-deserved rest with a typical mix of meats by a pool. Have a goodbye dinner and live music.

Day 7: Transfer (Utica - Bogotá)

Horses

Horses used on your journey are Colombian Criollo working horses. They are strong and good riding horses. They are comfortable walking horses that respect and obey the rider. You can see the strength of the horses while passing through bridle paths, plains, and mountains.

Riding saddles

You will use special “Tereques” for riding. They are soft and well-sized chairs for any rider. ​Each saddle has saddlebags and a raincoat.

Instructors

German Barreto
A happy, smiling, and charming man, German is a real adventurer. He fell in love with horses since he was little and been traveling through all his life in horse expeditions. When he speaks, he transmits his love for life, adventure, and wildlife.
Ernesto Barreto
Ernesto is a real adventurer and horse rider! Since he was little, he decided the best way to know and travel his country was by horse. On 2009, he created and founded Valle Verde, the first company in Colombia specialized in horseback riding through the country. He is dedicated to transmitting his passion to riders around the world.
Bernardo Salazar
He was born a horse, people, and wildlife lover. He is a person that will be in charge of making every adventure unforgettable. He is the best and friendliest friend on the trip. He lives the dream traveling by horse and is a real expert in Colombian “Criollo” horses.

Location

You will enjoy horse riding through Gualivá trail in Colombia. The province of Gualivá is near to Bogotá, makes part of the Colombian Andes, and is located over the central range. Gualivá is characterized by its majestic geography composed of mountains, rivers, and creeks. This is a place where you can feel the climate change on every horse step and you will pass from 700 to 3.000 meters above sea level. It’s a historical route that was part of an ancient merchant trail that communicated Honda and Bogotá through stunning bridle paths.

Food

You will have breakfast, lunch, and dinner each day, from the first-day lunch until the last-day breakfast. Gastronomy is one of Valle Verde Horseriding's strong cards and a principal attraction in the journey. During your trip, food is always traditional from Colombia. There will be herbed trout, “sancocho”, mixed meats, and lunch at riversides. Fruits, juices, and traditional and local desserts from every place are also available. Meals are always served with a beverage.

There will be an open bar for all the trip that can be purchased on the first day and will be active on special occasions. The price for this service costs an additional 110 USD.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Snacks
  • Drinks

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

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

What's included

  • 6 days of horse riding
  • Horses, riding chairs with saddlebags, and raincoats
  • Local “Valle Verde” guides
  • Support vehicle
  • Transfer from Bogotá to La Pradera
  • Transfer from Utica to Bogotá
  • Breakfast, lunch, and dinner each day
  • Bottle water
  • 6 nights' accommodation

What's not included

  • Domestic or international flights
  • Hotels in Bogotá
  • Travel insurance
  • Personal expenses
  • None mentioned items
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • International calls
  • Extras in hotels
  • Open bar service (110 USD)

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 50% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 28 days before arrival.
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