8 Days Haciendas Antiguas Ranch and Horse Riding Holiday in Colombia

Picturesque Colombia Horse Riding Holiday

Valle Verde Horseriding welcomes you to this picturesque Colombia horse riding holiday! During this holiday, you will explore amazing natural sceneries and get to know the culture of the place. The horse you'll ride will be Colombian Criollo, strong and good riding horses. With this reliable horse, you will venture and pass through scenic places, from Juaitoque natural reserve to astrological observatory called Patio de Brujas in the desert. Imagine a journey through time!

Key information

  • Horse Breed: Colombian Criollo

Highlights

  • Ride through Juaitoque natural reserve
  • Ride until reaching the Candelaria Monastery
  • Pass through the Fúquene lagoon and the San Miguel roads
  • Pass through Andino Moorlands and traditional horseshoe roads
  • Visit an astrological observatory called Patio de Brujas
  • Breakfasts, lunches, and dinners
  • 7 nights' accommodation

Styles


7 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: English
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Accommodation

Accommodations will be primary in old haciendas. These haciendas are mainly ranching places. You will stay in multiple accommodations with rooms for two, three, or four people. Couples are accommodated separately.

Program

Day 1: Talabartería - Criadero - Cucunubá

  • Picking up the group at the hotel in Bogotá
  • Visit to a traditional Colombian talabartería
  • Visit to a Colombian Criollo horse breeding center (paso fino, trocha y galope)
  • Colombian Criollo horse demonstration, riding chairs, equipment, and chalanes (Criollo horse riders)
  • Riding Colombian Criollo horses
  • Route explanation
  • Accommodation at colonial house-hotel La Posada De Don Pedro at Cucunubá

Day 2: Cucunubá - Hacienda La Cabaña

First-day route and journey passes through Juaitoque natural reserve at a 3,200 meters height above sea level. You will pass through Andino Moorlands and traditional horseshoe roads. In the afternoon, you will descend through “el camino de la punta de la peña” with a view at the Palacio lagoon. Your journey for the day finishes at La Hacienda La Cabaña, traditional horse breeding and ranching farm.

Day 3: Hacienda La Cabaña - Sutatausa

Your second day of the journey begins through narrow and horseshoe roads till you reach Sutatausa where you will visit a learning center, a sacred place formed by four chapels and a national monument. You will continue to the rocky mountains of the Hato Dam where you will have a local traditional lunch. In the afternoon, you will arrive again at La Hacienda La Cabaña.

Day 4: Hacienda La Cabaña - Punta de Vega - Hacienda Potosí

You will travel through the Ubaté plains. Green plains and meadows will lead you the way. You will stop for lunch at a colonial hacienda Punta de Vega. In the afternoon, you will continue your journey until you reach La Hacienda Potosí specialized in ranching, farming, and Percherones and Belgas breeding, where you will spend the night.

Day 5: Hacienda Potosí - Ráquira Silvestre

You will start your journey from La Hacienda Potosí passing through the Fúquene lagoon and the San Miguel roads. Lunch will be served at the colonial hacienda Ticha, a place where history pours from the walls. Your afternoon travel is through an impressive woods of oak trees. You will change states from Cundinamarca to Boyacá, until you reach a semi-desert plains of Raquira, where you will spend the night in local cabins. Your night will be brightened by local folk musicians.

Day 6: Ráquira Silvestre - Monasterio de la Candelaria

Leaving from semi-desert plains, you will have the chance to visit the traditional town of Raquira, where homemade crafts and mud made ornaments are its main attraction. You will have time to walk, have lunch, and relax through the exotic rock made roads. In the afternoon, you will begin riding until you reach the Candelaria Monastery, a sacred place founded in 1,604 and is owned today by the Agustinos father’s community.

Day 7: La Candelaria Monastery - Villa de Leyva

On this day, you will change sceneries drastically. Just one hour away from the monastery, you will enter the inhospitable desert of the “Candelaria”. Rocky roads and strong winds will guide the way. In the desert, you will visit an astrological observatory in the middle of nowhere called Patio de Brujas, a magic place filled with legends of women from the past. In the afternoon, you will reach the majestic town of Villa de Leyva, founded in 1572 and known as a national monument. It is a place known to keep its traditional architecture between moorlands and deserts. At night, you will say goodbye to your journey in a breathtaking environment.

Day 8: Land transfer Villa De Leyva - Bogotá

Breakfast and checkout from the hotel in Villa de Leyva and travel to Bogotá. A trip that lasts approximately three hours. Getting ready for other plans or returning to different countries.

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.

Riding saddles

The riding saddle is comfortable with a clean and basic design. Riding saddles are native. Each saddle brings saddlebags and raincoats.

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

This horse riding holiday will take place in various places in Colombia. Colombia has incredible routes for horseback riding. It has a unique and rich variety of cultures. Talking from a horseman point of view, Colombia has big horseback riding culture, a unique horse breed, and routes for all levels and likes.

Food

You will be served breakfast, lunch, and dinner per 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 with meats, chicken, pork, soups, and all classes of Colombian gastronomy. Fruits, juices, and traditional desserts are local from every place. Vegetables and side dishes will be on every meal. 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

  • 7 days of horse riding
  • Horses, riding chairs with saddlebags, and raincoats
  • Bilingual guide
  • Local guides
  • Support vehicle
  • Transfers
  • Daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • 7 nights' accommodation

What's not included

  • Domestic or international flights
  • Personal expenses
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • International calls
  • Extras in hotels
  • Items not mentioned in what's included section

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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