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 - Oaxaca Horseback Riding Adventures
This Oaxaca riding adventure has it all: sweeping vistas, exotic flora, UNESCO world heritage site, fantastic trails, fascinating Oaxacan culture, delicious cooking and deluxe lodging. Experience from the saddle the authentic Oaxaca by riding through its forested foothills, fertile countryside and charming villages.
The ranch is only 30 minutes from the airport yet you'll feel you’ve gone back in time . Plow oxen and horse-drawn carts, tortillas cooked on a wood fire and hand-woven rugs are just a sample of the experiences you'll have on this unmatched adventure ride on prize-winning endurance horses.
Includes:
Riding: from 2 hours to over 25 hours of riding. 
Pace can be adjusted from relaxed touring to spirited gallops.
Guides: knowledgeable guides, fluent in English, Spanish and German, will guide you through Oaxaca's culture and nature, all while supporting the bond between you and your horse
Food: All meals.
Transfers: Arrival & departure transfers to and from the ranch from our office in downtown Oaxaca are included. Airport transfer can be arranged at additional cost.
Horses: Arabian, Criollo

Typical Day


The first ride makes a sweeping loop far out into the hidden worlds of the valley. From the ranch we ride past pecan orchards, fields of flowers and a complex system of irrigation canals that make this area the valley’s most productive farmland. Neat garlic and onion fields line tranquil back roads that lead to the quiet native village of Tlacochahuaya. Dismount your horse to visit its famous 16th century Dominican church. Recently-evangelized Indians painted the delightful walls and ceiling, and the cheerful style reflects their naturalistic approach to religion.
Have a snack and cold drink before mounting up for the second half of the journey that explores ancient trails that wind past hills richly forested with old-growth candelabra and nopal cacti. Ride across 19thcentury stone bridges that connect ancient cart trails in a hidden wetland, home to great blue herons and Cara-cara falcons. Trails lined with wild cane lead to the village of Santa Cruz Papalutla where artisans work the split cane into sturdy baskets. The flat smooth footing is idea for trots or canters as the ride curves north.
Turning into the ranch ice cold beer & limeade are waiting at the stables. Time to relax before sunset cocktails. Option to join an informal cooking class and learn how to make a traditional mole, the main course for this night’s dinner.

Age range, type of group


Suitable for ages 6 yrs. and up. Families welcome. Groups limited to 6 riders.

Sleeping and meals


Depending on tour and length of stay accommodation will be at Rancho Pitaya in our deluxe adobe guest rooms or in comfortable ecotourism cabins.
Arrival & departure transfers to and from the ranch from our office in downtown Oaxaca are included. Airport transfer can be arranged at additional cost.
single traveler supplement might apply.
All meals included.

Not included: Massages, taxis for additional excursions and delayed flight arrival

Restrictions


No pets.
No smoking in rooms, but smokers are welcome to use large terrace outside guestrooms.

Rates


$170 - $210 U.S.dollars per person per night (in double occupancy - single occupancy supplement applies) prices depending on season.
Notes:Feel free to inquire about alternative dates that suit your travel time

Other Information


Riding: Over 25 hours of riding. 
Pace can be adjusted from relaxed touring to spirited gallops.
Instructional trail riding classes for all levels are available at additional cost.
Horses: Arabian, Criollo
Tack: Mostly comfortable endurance saddles and some English
Weight Limit: 220 lbs./ 100 kilos. $200 surcharge for riders up to 250 lbs./113 kilos

Note:Ride itineraries are based on a medium paced ride moving at walk, extended posting trot and canters. Riders requesting a slower paced ride are welcome but with reduced distances covered the itinerary may be modified.

Discounts Offered


DISCOUNT: Returning riders pay $100 less



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