The Southern Valleys & Mountain Passes Ride

Old growth candelabra cacti festoon the landscape.

Ride south from the ranch hugging the foothills of the majestic Puerta del Sol cordillera.

At the pass looking down into the Ocotlan valley.

Trotting beside vegetable crops in February.

Traverse terrain rich in massive candelabra cacti. Ascend an ancient pass, pausing for sweeping vistas of the southern Ocotlan valley.

Explore the western corner of this enchanting and seldom-visited region packed with history and fascinating flora.

Acorn woodpecker is one of many beautiful birds to be seen.

This ride explores fertile valleys, crosses mountain passes, crisscrosses streams and follows trails as old as the villages they lead to.

A highlight of the week is riding along the Rio Serrano.

Trot along lanes lined with lovingly tended fields of every array of produce, canter beside Espadin agave plantations and ride under the shade of oak trees festooned with flowering bromeliads.

Huge lacy Tepexstate agaves of the southern valley

Follow an ancient pilgrims trail.

The pace is moderate with opportunities to trot and canter yet balanced nicely with long stretches of true backcountry on single-track trail. There is enough elevation change to keep the ride interesting but is centered around mid-altitude forests rich in candelabra  cacti, rare agaves, Ocote pines and native oak.

Riding by a stand of Cuiche; a highlight of this ride is the wild native agaves.

Ride along the Rio San Antonio in the shade of ancient Bald Cypress

Apart from the great riding and countryside, learn how the local people make a living. Stay at a sustainable ecological trailing centre, see how artisan mezcal is made and visit craftspeople who weave and embroider.

Ride to a “palenque “, the place were mezcal is produced.

Once the day’s ride is over: explore, with a knowledgeable guide, a truly magical cave system, visit a lovingly restored colonial church and wander through the museum home of one of Oaxaca’s most important artists Rodolfo Morales.

Colorful village church in the Ejutla valley.

This ride ends in the magically fertile micro-climate of La Compañía, in the Valley of Ejutla where the old mail trail follows the noble Rio Atoyac . Horses and riders enjoy a relaxing drive north to the ranch on the late afternoon of day 7. Overnight at Rancho Pitaya.

 

Tradicional, sustainable farming of the valleys.

RATES and DATES 2019 / 2020

2019

October 8 – 15 Special Wildflower Season

December 7 -14

2020

February 15 – 22

See  Calendar of all upcoming rides.

Inquire about alternative  dates for parties of two or more.

Explore the conserved communal lands of San Sebastián.

Minimum of 2 and maximum of 4 riders.

Cost: $2,950. U.S.

Note: add before or after this ride extra days of riding out from Rancho Pitaya with lodging and meals in double occupancy: $260 per person / $340 in single occupancy.

Ride Cancellation Policy Política de Cancelación

DISCOUNTS AND SURCHARGES

  • $100 return rider discount
  • $200 early bird discount for full non-refundable payment upon reserving
  •  Single supplement surcharge of $200

Includes:

8 days / 7 nights / 6 ride days / 1 non-ride activity day

  • Riding: 30 hours of riding. 
This is a medium paced ride.  Distance of approx 30 kms.(20 miles ) are covered on most days but there is one 45 km. day followed by a short 25 km. day.
  • Guides: The ranch owners, fluent in English & Spanish, personally guide.
  • Lodging: 7 nights accommodation.
  • Food: All meals and drinks.
  • Transfers: Arrival & departure from the ranch to airport or city hotel.
  • Horses: Ride fit, steady horses that love their job! Arabian, Arabian crosses & Mexican Criollo horses.
  • Tack: Mostly comfortable endurance saddles and some English
  • Weight Limit: 220 lbs./ 100 kilos.
  • Not included: Massages, taxis for additional excursions and delayed flight arrival.
  • Notes: Feel free to inquire about alternative dates that suit your travel time.