Piedra del Sol Cordillera
Only for fit, confident, high-intermediate riders. See Craft, Culture and Cuisine Ride for a less demanding ride.
This progressive ride circumnavigates the the impressive cordillera that rises above the interior highlands and separates the valley of Tlacolula from the Valley of Ocotlan to the east. Ride out from Rancho Pitaya to the east passing through small villages nestled among traditional farmlands. Horse-drawn carts, shepherds grazing their livestock, towering cacti and age-old trails describe this ride in a nutshell. Visit craftspeople, stay in proud, native Zapotec villages and explore a pre-hispanic archeological site.
This ride is only appropriate for those comfortable mounting without assistance, leading their horse down trails and posting a rising trot for up to 10 minutes at a time, brisk canters with soft hands and English reining.
- Approximate hours of riding: 1 day of 8 hours, 4 days of 4 to 6 hours and 2 days of 2 hours.
- Horses: Ride fit, steady horses that love their job! Arabian, Arabian crosses & Mexican Criollo horses.
- Tack: Comfy Endurance and English saddles with sheepskin pads and shock absorbing padded stirrups.
- Trail riding instruction available.
- Weight Limit: 220 lbs / 100 kilos
- Maximum of 4 riders
- Alternative dates: Parties of 2 or more, feel free to inquire about alternative dates for suit your travel time.
Logistics note: We ride light as a support vehicle will move luggage to the next destinations. Most days the support team meets riders and horses with a proper tailgate lunch.
NOTE: The above is only a suggested itinerary. There are endless trails, routes and destinations, some more appropriate from one season to the next. The pace of the ride can be adjusted according the the ability and fitness of the riders.
- 7 days of riding
- 2 excursions
- 7 nights lodging
- All meals and drinks: Good, honest food. Rancho Pitaya’s signature fresh salads and homemade baking will supplement local specialities to ensure tasty and varied meals. For most lunches the supply vehicle will meet riders for scrumptious tailgate feasts. As always there’ll be lots of fresh brewed Oaxaca coffee in the mornings and, artesan mezcal, cold bear and good wine as the sun gets low.
- Personal guide, fluent in English & Spanish
- Arrival & departure transfers from the ranch to airport or city hotel.
- Not included: Massages, taxis for additional excursions and delayed flight arrival.
- Suitable clothing: long pants, long sleeves, covered shoes
- Water bottle (refills available)
- Sunglasses, sunscreen and insect repellent
- Personal medication
$2950 US per person
Discounts and surcharges
$200 US return rider discount
$200 US early bird discount for full non-refundable payment upon reserving
$150 US single occupancy supplement surcharge
Add $500 US to turn this ride into a Instructional Trail Ride
Notes: Solo riders please inquire about other confirmed participants
Novice: From first time riding to comfortable on a horse to do occasional trail rides.
Moderate: Have ridden for a minimum of 100 hours & can post a rising trot and canter on calm but fit horse outside of the area.
Experienced: Have ridden for a minimum of 500 hours & accustomed to riding independently a spirited horse outside of the arena & comfortable riding with English or plow reining NOT exclusively western neck reining.