Thrilling Mexico Horse Riding Holiday

Come and join Valle Verde Horseriding to experience horse riding in a different way. Forget everything you know about horseback riding and imagine yourself on a journey through time. You will be taken to a place where men and horses share the beauty of the road and the love for nature leaving back the noise and the hurry of the big cities. Feel it yourself as life is better riding a horse!

Key information

  • Tack type: charras or Mexican cowboys
  • Horse Breed: Quarter and native Mexican horses

Highlights

  • 5 days of horse riding
  • Journey through the old royal path
  • Ride through the central range of the Mexican state
  • Reach the beautiful colonial hacienda from the XIX century
  • Travel through the historical center of Dolores Hidalgo
  • Transfer from San Miguel to Guanajuato
  • 7 nights' accommodation
  • Daily meals

Styles


5 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: English
The maximum participants in the group is 14
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Accommodation

Accommodations will be in different places like mountain cottages, haciendas and house hotels. It is important to understand that in your expedition, there are few staying options so you may have to adapt to sleeping with other people. Each group fills the place with love and warmth. In some places, there are shared bathrooms. You will stay in multiple accommodations, with rooms for two, three or four people. Couples are accommodated separately. On the first night, you will stay in Hotel Posada Santa Fe.

Valle Verde Horseriding Holiday in Mexico

Day 1: Guanajuato

Riders will be welcome in Posada Santa Fe Hotel located in the middle of the historical center of Guanajuato. Guanajuato is a colonial city with beautiful buildings mixed with two cultures, Indians from Mexico and Spanish. It is a city that keeps its architectural and environmental characteristics protected by its habitats and its local government. Currently, it is known to be the most beautiful colonial city in Mexico.

Day 2: Picones de Santa Rosa - Gold and silver mines and the ghost town

Your first day riding begins in an old silver mine and headed towards Santa Rosa, reaching the middle of the central range at 2,850 meters above sea level of altitude. It’s a beautiful journey through the old royal path that was used in the Spanish colonial times to mobilize gold and silver since more than 500 years. It’s a beautiful ride that ends in a humble and nice shelter in the middle of nowhere. Woods of Encino trees and rivers give a magical touch to the scenery.

Day 3: Picones de Santa Rosa - Hacienda El Gallinero

You will have a gorgeous journey through the central range that holds the biggest diversity of the Mexican state. Since early morning, you would ride through mountains, woods of Encino trees, pines, and madroños. Landscape is unique and the way is spectacular. You will have a picnic surrounded by nature and friendly horses. In the afternoon, you would reach El Gallinero Hacienda to delight yourselves with its gardens and its ancient wide walls.

Day 4: Hacienda el Gallinero - Dolores Hidalgo

After a good breakfast in the hacienda, you will start or horseback ride to Dolores Hidalgo. Dolores Hidalgo is also known to be the place where Independence started because it’s the region where the first scream for freedom was yelled the 16 of September of 1810. You will travel through the historical center, visit the museum house and José Alfredo Jiménez favorite canteen, famous Ranchera songwriter and singer born in this city, have dinner at a typical Mexican restaurant.

Day 5: Dolores Hidalgo - Atotonilco

After a delicious breakfast, with a typical Mexican coffee from a pot, you will continue your journey to the little town of Atotonilco the “Cabalgando por el Valle de los Cactus en Busca de la Libertad”, crossing through the cactus valley and the historical Erre Hacienda, an interesting property that played a starting role in the independence war. You will have a picnic in a colorful little town just outside an ancient chapel of the community of the Barrón. During the horse ride, you will go through the same route that the Priest Hidalgo used in 1810, while the search for freedom was on its prime.

Day 6: Atotonilco - La Cieneguita

On this day, you will ride through ancient paths with more than 200 years. They were used during the independence war and Mexican revolution. You will visit the agave fields, semi-desert and wetlands landscapes, and Indian chapels. Lunch will be served by the ladies of the San Isidro Labrador community. In the afternoon, you will continue your horseback riding until you reach "La Cieneguita" hacienda, a beautiful colonial hacienda from the XIX century located in the Silver Route.

Day 7: La Cieneguita - San Miguel de Allende

It’s time to leave your horses and continue with the adventure towards San Miguel de Allende. San Miguel de Allende is a city that’s characterized by its rich traditions, where every year popular holidays and celebrations play an important role. It’s been enrolled by the UNESCO to be a cultural human patrimony. Under the title of “fortificada de San Miguel y santuario de Jesús Nazareno de Atotonilco”.

Day 8: End of trip

Normally, people stay for a couple of days for more sightseeing in San Miguel de Allende or taking other extensions to other Mexican cities. Land transfer from San Miguel to Guanajuato is included for this day.

Horses

  • Quarter and native Mexican horses
  • Strong and healthy riding horses
  • Comfortable walking horses that respect and obey the rider
  • Mostly all paths are walked, but they trot and gallop as well

Riding saddles

  • Charras or Mexican cowboys
  • The saddle identify Mexican culture
  • Hard saddle (you are recommended bringing a “pellon” for your comfort)
  • Each saddle has saddlebags and a raincoat

Note: There will be an open bar through 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.

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.
Angel Gutierez
Gutierez is a Mexican gentleman born between horses and adventure. He has been traveling the world by horse since he was 18. He designed the silver route in Mexico with which he won the 2015 national tourism award. He is a true gentleman.

Location

This tour horse riding holiday will explore the Ruta de La Pata in Guanajuato, Mexico. Mexico is, without doubt, one of the few countries with more culture and pride around horses. Mexicans keep alive the tradition that unites a horse with a way of living, the way of dressing, their gastronomy, and their riding implements wrap a horseback riding world.

Food

Gastronomy is one of Valle Verde Horseriding strong cards and a principal attraction in the journey. During the trip, food is always traditional from Mexico. There will be burritos, tacos and carnes as well as picnics. Breakfast will be with sandwiches, sausages, and fruits. Meals are always served with a beverage.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

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

  • 5 days of horse riding
  • Horses
  • Riding chairs with saddlebags
  • 7 nights’ accommodation
  • Daily meals
  • Land transfer from San Miguel to Guanajuato on the last day
  • Raincoats
  • Valle Verde guide
  • Local guides
  • Support vehicle

What's not included

  • Domestic or international flights
  • Personal expenses
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • International calls
  • Extras in hotels

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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