Village to Village Ride in the Sierra Juarez

Sweeping vistas are a highlight of this progressive ride that goes from 1,500 meters (5,000 ft) to 3,000 meters (10,000 ft). Ride from candelabra cacti groves to old growth oak forests to an ecosystem co-inhabited by pine trees and  mutant-sized agaves. Rare rattail tree-cacti, wild orchids and pineapple-shaped bromeliads are just a sample of the exotic flora on this ride.

 

Support several of Oaxaca’s most ecologically aware villages by staying in their comfortable ecotourism cabins. Ride through the protected communal lands of the Pueblos Mancomunados.

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  • 25 - 30 hours of riding. 
There is considerable mountain trekking that is interspersed with stretches of quiet dirt road appropriate for extended trots and canters.
  • 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.
  • Minimum of 2 and maximum of 4 riders.
  • Alternative dates: Parties of 2 or more, feel free to inquire about alternative dates for suit your travel time.

Day 1 Arrival at ranch
We’ll pick you up for a 30 minute drive to Rancho Pitaya . Settle into the ranch’s comfortable guest lodge. Get acquainted with your horse during a sunset ride through the rare old-growth cactus forest that borders Rancho Pitaya. Relax over a welcome dinner. Get a good night’s sleep

Day 2 Ascent to the Sierra 
Ride north from Rancho Pitaya across the bottleneck of the valley of Tlacolula to the trailhead of the historic “Rio Veinte” trail. Ride across the stream twenty times! Picnic lunch in the oak forests festooned with bromeliads and orchids. Overnight in comfortable eco-tourism cabins in La Neveria.

Day 3 Orchids and Oaks
Descends the continental divide. Cross historic stone bridges, meander long-trodden trails in the native oak and pine forests. Lunch is in the lush and charming village of Chicomezuchitl, followed by some lovely canters and extended trots into San Miguel Amatlan. Unpack your bags for the three night stay.

Day 4 Craft and Coffee Road Trip
Awaken to sweeping vistas north across two deep gorges. Today is the non-ride day. Take a fun road-trip to several mountain villages for charming ceramics, organic coffee and a fascinating colonial church. Dinner and overnight in Amatlan

Day 5 The Hacienda Trail
Ride a big loop through forests dripping with silver moss to the ruins of abandoned haciendas, testimony to this regions great silver mining days. Picnic by a pristine stream, even take a dip in the cool waters, then ride back to overnight at Amatlan holds awe-inspiring vistas at every turn.

Day 6 Pine and Agaves 
Ascend through preserved communal forests of oak, pine, madrone and mountain laurel. Cross pristine streams, ride past small farming homesteads dotted with content cattle. Apple orchards and flower plantations mark the entrance to the charming mountain village of Cuajimoloyas. Overnight in their eco-tourism cabins at 3,000 m. ( 10,000 ft.). For a surreal state of mind, massive agaves line the tiny lanes of this mountain hamlet.

Day 7 Valley Vistas
On the last ride day meander the village and its surrounding farms and orchards. Soak up the endless vistas south, once again, straddling the continental divide. Transport returns riders and horses to Rancho Pitaya on a stunningly beautiful descent into the Valle de Tlacolula. Farewell dinner and overnight.

Day 8 Departure

Riders depart with pre-arranged transport after breakfast on the open-air terrace at Rancho Pitaya.

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 requires a confident riders comfortable with extended posting trot and canter.

  • 6 days of riding
  • 1 non-ride road-trip excursion day
  • 7 nights lodging: Two nights deluxe lodging at Rancho Pitaya and five nights in comfortable ecotourism cabins in the villages of the Pueblos Mancomunados: La Neveria, Amatlan and Cuahimaloya.
  • 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
  • Entrance fees to protected communal lands
  • 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

2021 & 2022 Rates

$2950 US per person

Discounts and surcharges

$200 return rider discount
$200 early bird discount for full non-refundable payment upon reserving
$300 single occupancy supplement surcharge

Notes: Solo riders please inquire about other confirmed participants

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