Colombia's diverse landscapes, fascinating history and love of horses make it an exciting destination. These rides take place in the tropical coffee growing area, in the provinces of Risaralda & Quindio. With its lush vegetation, fruits of every shape and size, colourful birdlife and charming brightly painted towns, the area is fascinating to explore by horse and, arriving on the traditional form of transport, you are welcomed at every stop. Famous for its wax palms, some of which are 60 meters high, and enchanting colonial towns such as Salento and Marsella you will be saturated by culture, scenic landscapes, flora & fauna. The ride base is a typical 150 year old colonial hacienda and most itineraries include a night or two here. The riding routes take you into the Andes, off the beaten track and over challenging terrain, stopping at remote coffee farms, village hotels, guesthouses and glamping resorts. All in all an exciting Colombian adventure!
Rides of 3, 7 & 8 nights are run from set dates year round. Private trips and tailor made itineraries can also be arranged for groups of 3 or more. Please contact us to discuss
Riding: 5-8 hours a day
Horses: Colombian criollos, Appaloosa, Paso Fino and Percheron crosses
Pace: moderate, slow in places due to terrain
Riding ability: intermediate to experienced riders only
Weight limit: 90 kg (14st 2lbs)
Accommodation: comfortable guesthouses, glamping resorts, 2-3* hotels
Group size: max 6
Season: year round
Price: 7 night trail from USD 2850 (approx £2190) per person
Horses: The horses used are mostly local Colombian criollos, with some Appaloosa, Paso Fino and Percheron crosses. Most are between about 14.2hh and 15.2hh, sure footed and well suited to the terrain. The horses are trained to repsond to both western and English aids.
Hours: The rides include an average of 5 to 8 hours riding a day.
Pace and experience required: The pace varies with the terrain and altitude but overall is moderate to slow. There will be plenty of chances for canters along dirt tracks but also some steep climbs, and riding on narrow paths. You are expected to be a competant rider, with experience over different terrain, secure and well balanced at walk, trot & canter. The horses are sensible, calm and well trained.
Accommodation varies from day to day. Some nights are in comfortable guesthouses, some in village hotels, you may stay in luxury yurts or at a glamping resort depending on the route. Most rooms have their own bathrooms attached with shower and loo - you may be asked to share bathrooms on one or two nights. Some haciendas are more comfortable, several have swimming pools. On most itiernaries 2 nights are spent at Rancho Saman, a lovely colonial building which is the base for the rides.
Jewel of Risaralda (8 nights) - USD 2950
Jewel of Risaralda
Itinerary in Brief - Ruta de Oro - please enquire for other itineraries
|Day 1||[Fly to Bogota, internal flight to Pereira] You will be met on arrival at Pereira airport and driven about 30 minutes to Rancho Saman. Time to relax and meet the horses before briefing over dinner. Night at Rancho Saman.|
||Breakfast and set off by vehicle to the hills of Quindio provine. Lunch and saddle up for an afternoon hack, through coffee, plantain and avocado farms - your first taste of riding in Colombia.|
||A full day ride taking you into the "corredor de los monos" where you will ride to the sound of howler monkeys (and hopefully catch a glimpse). A picnic lunch surrounded by hummingbirds then continue to the nights accommodation. Dinner in the nearby picturesque town of Filandia.|
||Breakfast and set off again, riding through deep valleys, crossing rivers, and climbing mountains. Accommodation for the night is in luxury yurts and the evening is spent around a camp fire under the stars with the horses grazing close by. Dinner in the bustling tourist town of Salento.|
||After tacking up you head into the mountains, to the edge of national parkland where you should see and hear a great variety of birdlife. Stop for a picnic lunch by a hidden waterfall, then continue to your spectacular accommodation, with views to the valley below and an open air jacuzzi.|
||Breakfast and set off riding along eucalyptus lined tracks into the cloud forest above Salento. Passing rivers and volcanoes you reach a lovely farmhouse where the night is spent.|
||A short ride through the forest, past the giant wax palms for which this region is famous, and, after several river crossings, reach a secluded waterfall. Continue to the town of Salento for lunch. Then a chance for some shopping before transfer by vehicle back to Rancho Saman. Relax by the pool before a farewell dinner. Night Rancho Saman.|
|Day 8||Breakfast and transfer to Pereira airport for onward travel.|
|Contact us on 01837-82544 for further information, detailed itineraries, dates and answers to questions|
The meeting point for the rides is Pereira. Avianca have direct flights from various European destinations (including London, Paris, Madrid) to Bogota, with onward connections to Pereira. Airfares vary depending on the airline and season but expect to pay between £650 to £950 for an economy return, including internal sectors.