The Southern Agave & Cypress Trail

Riders mount their horses and ride out directly to the south from Rancho Pitaya. The trails and Camino Reales hug 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 before descending into the southern Ocotlan valley. Explore the western corner of this enchanting and seldom-visited region packed with history and fascinating flora. 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 agave plantations and ride under the shade of soft Ocote pines..

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.

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.

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. First and last night are spent at Rancho Pitaya.

 

RATES and DATES 2020 / 2021

2020

October 30 – November 6  Special Day of the Dead  Marigolds Ride

 

2021

January 10 -17

See  Calendar of all upcoming rides.

Inquire about alternative  dates for parties of two or more.

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

  • $250 return rider discount
  • $200 early bird discount for full non-refundable payment upon reserving
  •  Single supplement surcharge of $200

Includes:

8 days / 7 nights / 7 ride days / 2 excursions or tours

  • Riding: over 30 hours of riding. 
This is a medium paced ride.  Distances of approximately 25 kms. (18 miles ) are covered on most days but there is one 40 km. day followed by a shorter 20 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: On several occasions horses and riders are transported in vehicles short distances before resuming the ride day’s itinerary.