Village to Village Ride in the Sierra Juarez of Oaxaca

Old adobe brick home in Amatlan.

Sweeping vistas are a highlight of this progressive ride that goes from 1,500 meters (5,000 ft) to 3,000 meters (10,000 ft).  Ride from candelabra cacti groves to old growth oak forests to an ecosystem co-inhabited by pine trees and  mutant-sized agaves. Rare rattail tree-cacti, wild orchids and pineapple-shaped bromeliads are just a sample of the exotic flora on this ride.

Ride historic trails of the Sierra Juarez.

Support several of Oaxaca’s most ecologically aware villages by staying in their comfortable ecotourism cabins. Ride through the protected communal lands of the Pueblos Mancomunados.

Day One Arrival:We’ll pick you up for a 30 minute drive to Rancho Pitaya . Settle into the ranch’s comfortable guest lodge. Get acquainted with your horse during a sunset ride through the rare old-growth cactus forest that borders Rancho Pitaya. Relax over a welcome dinner. Get a good night’s sleep

19th century bridges span pristine streams throughout this ride.

Day two, ride north from Rancho Pitaya across the bottleneck of the valley of Tlacolula  to the trailhead of the historic “Rio Veinte” trail. Ride across the stream twenty times! Picnic lunch in the oak forests festooned with bromeliads and orchids.  Overnight in comfortable eco-tourism cabins in La Neveria.

Day three descends the continental divide. Cross historic stone bridges, meander long-trodden trails in the native oak and pine forests. Lunch is in the lush and charming village of Chicomezuchitl, followed by some lovely canters and extended trots into San Miguel Amatlan. Unpack your bags for the three night stay.

Endless backroads can hold delightful surprises.

Day four. Awaken  to sweeping vistas north across two deep gorges. Today is the non-ride day. Take a fun road-trip to several mountain villages for charming ceramics, organic coffee and a fascinating colonial church. Dinner and overnight in Amatlan

Day five, ride a big loop through forests dripping with silver moss to the ruins of  abandoned haciendas, testimony to this regions great silver mining days. Picnic by a pristine stream, even take a dip in the cool waters.  The ride back to overnight at Amatlan holds awe-inspiring vistas at every turn.

Explore on horseback age-old haciendas

Ride trails travels for hundreds of years.

Day six ascends through preserved communal forests of oak, pine, madrone and mountain laurel. Cross pristine streams, ride past small farming homesteads dotted with content cattle.  Apple orchards and flower plantations mark the entrance to the charming mountain village of Cuajimoloyas. Overnight in their eco-tourism cabins at 3,000 m. ( 10,000 ft.). For a surreal state of mind, massive agaves line the tiny lanes of this mountain hamlet.
On the seventh and last ride day meander the village and its surrounding farms and orchards. Soak up the endless vistas south, once again, straddling the continental divide.  Transport returns riders and horses to Rancho Pitaya on a stunningly beautiful descent into the Valle de Tlacolula.  Farewell dinner and overnight.
Riders depart with pre-arranged transport after breakfast on the open-air terrace at Rancho Pitaya.

Ride past massive agaves that dwarf horse and ride

Two nights deluxe lodging at Rancho Pitaya and five nights in comfortable ecotourism cabins in the villages of the Pueblos Mancomunados: La Neveria, Amatlan and Cuahimaloya.

Dates for  2020:  December 12 – 19

Dates for  2021: March 7 – 14

Cost:

  • $2,950. U.S. Double occupancy
  • $250 discount for return riders
  • $200 single supplement

Please inquire about dates.

Ride through Oaxaca’s most spectacular nature reserves

Includes:

  • 7 nights lodging
  • 6 days of riding
  • 1 non-ride road-trip excursion day
  • all meals and drinks
  • guides & entrance fees to protected communal lands
  • arrival & departure transfers
  • Limited to 4