Weeklong Adventure Rides

Riding in the midst of ancient cacti forest.

Our adventure tours on horseback, based in Oaxaca, Mexico offer the best of equestrian travel. Mary Jane Gagnier personally guides all rides, and with them you will visit her longtime village friends & favorite riding destinations.

Otherworldly trail of tufa, surprisingly safe footing for the horses.

Unique in North America, the state of Oaxaca is home to several UNESCO-protected biospheres, Yagul in the Valle de Tlacolula and the UNESCO geo-parks of the Mixteca region

Horseback Mexico’s equestrian vacations can be as short as overnight riding tours to in-depth weeklong horse treks. With small riding groups, the rides can be at a relaxed pace focused on culture and nature, or for the experienced rider our fit endurance horses love to partner-up for safe yet exhilarating gallops through Oaxaca’s exotic countryside. New in 2019 if the Hacienda and Agave Ride  that explores the seldom-visited but enchanting eastern arm of the Ocotlan Valley. This ride can be trailered from an overnight ride to an entire week of riding.

The Canyon Ride is famous for its massive cacti

Within the state of Oaxaca, Horseback Mexico offers three distinct riding destinations in three unique ecosystems in this southern-most state in Mexico. With great riding weather year round we always have an insider’s riding holiday whenever you can get away. Novices are encouraged to request instruction on their riding vacation. Experienced riders can enjoy fast-paced riding and challenging trails.

The Discover Oaxaca Valley Ride is based at our comfortable country guest ranch Rancho Pitaya, located in the eastern arm of the valley of Oaxaca, know at the Valle de Tlacolula. On this ride that is offered all year long visit; archeological sites, Zapotec villages & old haciendas. Feast on fantastic Oaxaca cuisine while experiencing the great valley of Tlacolula, truly, off the beaten track. The ride can be tailored for any level of rider.

Step back in time on a riding vacation

Ride through the traditional farmlands of the Valle de Tlacolula

Explore a region balanced with fascinating geography, stunning forests and ancient architecture with the Mixteca Villages and Vistas Ride. This is an “all-paces” ride suitable for high-moderate, fit riders. Offered November through April.

New in 2019, Southern Valleys and Mountain Passes Ride is a “move-out” ride travelling over mountain passes, through fertile valleys and along crystalline streams lined with ancient Bald Cypresses. This is a tour of sustainable farming, agave plantations and friendly villages.

Our rides and horses are suitable for all levels. Non-riders are welcomed; we also offer guided hiking & cycling trips. See our 2017/2018 calendar for scheduled vacations or inquire about other dates and itineraries for groups of two to six.

Ride Cancellation Policy Política de Cancelación

To inquire about rides or lodging at Rancho Pitaya please email: horsebackmexico@me.com

Thanks Mary Jane and Gabriel