Overnight Back Country Ride

Traditional farmlands

This Hacienda ride can be expanded to end day one in the native Zapotec village of San Miguel del Valle or at the Hacienda of San Jose Soriano. Ride cacti-lined trails along the eastern slopes of the Valle de Tlacolula. Explore mountain sides striped with pre-Hispanic terraced farmlands. Picnic lunch.  Ride right into the village, stop to visit its charming 16th century church before ascending on horseback to comfortable eco-tourism cabins with fireplaces where we overnight.  This is the last village in the eastern corner of the valley; soak up the sweeping views of the Sierra Juarez from the cabins.  Enjoy a traditional grilled dinner under the stars.

Breakfast is served, open-air to magnificent views. On day two handsome Zapotec women in their traditional costumes waive as we ride along quiet lanes and out of the village. New vegetation appears with each ascent and descent riding a portion of the ancient camino real to the Sierra Juarez.  Enjoy delicious regional dishes at a local eatery. Return to the city of Oaxaca at approx 3-4- p.m.

Pristine steams along the trail

Riding the ancient camino real to the Sierra Juarez

Ancient trail to San Miguel

Late afternoon inside the church of San Miguel del Valle

Zapotec woman from San Miguel del Valle


  • Two days riding
  • One night lodging
  • all meals and luggage transfers
  • English-speaking guide.

Cost:  per person 8,500 pesos or $450.U.S. Min. of two riders – appropriate for fit people but no riding experience required.

Available year round except October 28 – November 3 and December 20 – January 3

Complete reservation and cancelation policy

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

Thanks Mary Jane