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Silver Mines and Highlands

Overview

This wonderful riding destination is based out of Guanajuato, a fascinating city in central Mexico renowned for its silver mines and narrow streets, many of which are too narrow for cars to pass through. It was one of the most influential Mexican cities during the colonial period and nowadays is re…

Highlights

  • Skilled horsemen and knowledgeable local guide
  • Traditional Mexican & Western tack
  • Safe but fun horses
  • Trails showing places of historical interest & culture
  • Authentic Mexican food and drink

Essential Facts

  • 2 itineraries available
  • Max 12 riders per group
  • Average of 27 kilometres riding per day
  • Weight limit: 110kg / 242 lbs / 17 stone 4lbs

Description

This wonderful riding destination is based out of Guanajuato, a fascinating city in central Mexico renowned for its silver mines and narrow streets, many of which are too narrow for cars to pass through. It was one of the most influential Mexican cities during the colonial period and nowadays is recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage Site due to its cultural and historical significance. It is the ideal place to start a horse riding tour and to get a true taste of Mexico!

The riding trails are organised by the owner, Ángel, a skilled horseman and knowledgeable local who trains his horses to be sure-footed and enjoyable rides. The routes are designed to show you a mixture of historical points of interest, beautiful countryside and the real people of Mexico and their rural ways of life. During the rides you may be joined by locals on their own horses and will receive a warm welcome. The horses are safe but fun and are suited to intermediate to experienced riders who are prepared for long hours in the saddle. Most horses belong to Ángel himself but he also partners with a local equestrian centre to ensure that extra horses are always available when required.

If you're looking for a chance to see real Mexico and to experience some great riding then have a read of the trails below and get in touch!

Horses & Riding

Tack

Traditional Mexican and Western tack (2 English saddles are available on request). Saddlebags provided.

Horses

Quarter Horse, Criollo and some crosses.

Riding

There are 2 itineraries:

  • Central Highlands Trail is a trail ride
  • Silver Route Trail is a trail ride

Ages

14+

Health

Good fitness recommended.

Weight

110kg / 242 lbs / 17 stone 4lbs

Food & Accommodation

Food

The meals during these trails are based on regional Mexican cuisine, including key ingredients of beef, pork, chicken, eggs, fruit, vegetables, cereals, rice, milk, coffee, fruit juice and purified bottle water. Most of the food is prepared by the local people in the rural communities that you are visiting and is produced to a high standard of quality and hygiene. In many cases they use pre-hispanic ancestral recipes which offer unique and traditional flavours.

Vegetarian meals or other special diets can be catered for but please check with us prior to booking. Usually lunches are carried in saddlebags and are then enjoyed outside.

The prices include all meals from dinner on arrival day to breakfast on departure day EXCEPT for lunch on day 7 (you can choose a restaurant in Guanajuato on this day and buy your own). The prices also includes purified and bottled water, soft drinks and some cocktails as mentioned in the itineraries.

Accommodation

Accommodation is in various hotels, mountain retreats and camps (depending on the programme). These range from old colonial houses to remote retreats in the heart of the mountains.

Silver Route Trail: 6 nights in hotels (3 - 4*) and 1 night in mountain retreat.

Central Highlands Trail: 3 nights in 3* hotel, 4 nights camping and 1 night in mountain retreat.

Please see the itineraries below for more specific information.

Itineraries

Central Highlands Trail Tented / Standard accommodation.

Silver Route Trail Standard accommodation.

Other Activities

When not riding you can enjoy swimming, drinking good Mexican tequila and wine, reading, playing cards, listening to local music, walking in the villages or some shopping.

And to complete your riding stay, some extensions are available to discover the Mexican country :
Charros, Tequila and Mariachis (5 days stay) => a total immersion in the Mexican culture carried by the echo of the local music.
My sweet little Ranch ( 4 days stay) => in the middle of the forest, you will get in touch with nature and horses, enjoying this break in typical huts, relaxing completely.
The Mayann World & Beaches (8 or 11 days stay) => you will discover ancient pre-Columbian cities and the cultural importance of Mayan civilization and, at the same time, be amazed by the beautiful landscapes, the natural attributes and the region's exceptional sandy beaches bordered by turquoise sea...
Achreological Mexico (7 days stay) => take advantage of this unique opportunity to immerse yourself in the heady atmosphere of the Mexican capital, its old town, the state of the Mexican culture and traditions, admire its colorful houses, contemplate its magnificent scenery and discover its historical richness, ...

Travel

Customers are met in Guanajuato city at 17:00 at a pre-arranged meeting point. Transfers in and out of the airport are not included or part of the programme, due to government regulations, but we can help you. Private taxis are available otherwise it's quite simple to take a normal taxi to the city centre,

We recommend that you arrive a day early because if your flight is delayed, it is difficult to join the trail. It is not possible for Angel to wait for late arrivals and a charge will apply if there has to be a special transfer - see costs shown in individual itineraries.

On departure day we recommend that your flights leave 11:00 or later as you will be approximately 2 hours from the airport.

Testimonials

Anu S., Nov. 23, 2015

Everything went really well in Guanajuato. I got a lovely mare to ride, so was actually a bit sad to leave her. I liked both of my horses but the black mare was very characteristic so a piece of my heart was taken by her. Angel (and his staff) took excellent care of all and everything was really organised. Riding over all was really safe, very different views during the trail and a lot of culture, so trip was always interesting.


Margaret & Ronald S., April 1, 2015

We were very happy with our riding holiday, it was very well run. We enjoyed seeing rural Mexico from a horse and it made us feel like we were a part of Mexico. (Favourite memory?) The mountain and desert scenery with huge cacti, the Mexican food, historic churches and haciendas. (Accommodation and food?) Both were top-notch! The horses were excellent. Angel is the consummate host! He was organized, informative, attentive, inclusive and engaging. One could not ask for a better guide, along with assistants.


Itinerary & Pricing

Day 1 - Arrival and Rancho Colomitos:

Riding: No riding.

You will be met at 17:00 at the pre-arranged meeting point in Guanajuato and transferred to Rancho Colomitos, a traditional Mexican ranch. On arrival at the ranch, you will have a chance to meet the time and will receive an introduction with details of your upcoming journey. This reception includes a delicious welcome cocktail, served on the ranch's terrace. 

A welcome dinner is served, a ranchero barbecue prepared by the cooks, accompanied by soft Mexican music and the light of the terrace campfire. 

Overnight at Rancho Colomitos or similar. Dinner, welcome cocktail, soft drinks and drinking water included.

Day 2 - Guanajuato - Mountain of Peregrina:

Riding: 23 kilometres

After breakfast it is time to meet the horses and start your adventure towards the mountain range of Peregrina, part of the massif of the Central Sierra where you will find a small mining town rich in local legends. As you ride through this unique town you may see some silver veins in the ground. 

The ride follows an old trail which borders an area of mountains and then passes through a cave with a spring of clear water which seeps through the mountains of Peregrina. You will continue climbing into the woodland, home to hundreds of animal species including mountain lions, coyotes, raccoons, armadillos and more. 

Tonight you will camp in the "valley of the blue birds", your first night in this magnificent natural environment. Your guides will prepare a ranch style roast dinner for your enjoyment. 

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Day 3 - Peregrina - Guanajuato:

Riding: 27 kilometres

Experience sunrise in this majestic setting whilst listening to the sound of the birds and enjoying the smell of fresh coffee. The guides will have prepared you a delicious country breakfast to give you energy for another day in the saddle. 

After breakfast at the campsite you will ride on to Guanajuato. This is a colonial city with impressive buildings combining the elements of the two main cultures that created the city, indigenous and Hispanic. Thus it marks the source of the Mexican nation and conserves fantastic architectural features and the original environment. Guanajuato was declared by UNESCO as the 'Historic Town of Guanajuato and Adjacent Mines' in December 1988, thanks to its protection by inhabitants and the government. Today it is considered the most beautiful colonial city of Mexico. 

Dinner tonight will be eaten in the garden of the Union where, every night, regional music groups like Mariachis, bands or trios delight visitors with traditional songs. The dim light and music creates a magical atmosphere and a feeling that you are in the past. Overnight Hotel Socavon 3* or similar.

Day 4 - Guanajuato - Santa Rosa:

Riding: 25 kilometres

After breakfast at the hotel you will mount up and ride for the Santa Rosa Mountains which reach heights of 2800m. You will ride past old buildings which date from the colonial era and these days have been reduced to ruins, largely because of treasure hunters! Along the way there are ancient haciendas, abandoned mine shafts and fascinating rock formations. 

Your destination today is the village of Santa Rosa, a small settlement nestled in the heart of the Sierra. The typical Mexican landscapes are home to several mountain villages and the area is famous for its cuisine based on natural produce. 

In the afternoon there is a tequila tasting in the saloon of the mountain retreat by the fireplace, accompanied by atmospheric Mexican music. In the evening you will enjoy a rich dinner of typical Mexican cuisine, a true taste of part of the area's heritage.
Tonight you will stay overnight in the mountain retreat.

Day 5 - Guanajuato - Santa Rosa:

Riding: 31 kilometres

After breakfast in the mountain retreat you will continue for another day of riding through the highlands, the most bio-diverse area in the state, following a path through mountains, forests of oak, pine and arbutus. Gentle birdsong accompanies you as you ride towards your next destination, the mountain of Guamares, which owes its name to one of the Chichimeca tribes who inhabited the area hundreds of years ago. 

The group will ride by the old mine "El Molino" which was a very important silver mine during the colonial era. 
Tonight you will camp and enjoy a delicious dinner prepared by your guides.

Day 6 - Los Guamares - Otomi Mountain:

Riding: 27 kilometres

After a hearty ranch-style breakfast the horseback expedition will continue on through the mountains. The riding today is along mountainside paths, through valleys and across the countryside crossing the territories of Puma, Coyote and Wildcat. 

During the ride you will observe sites which acted as hidden barracks for 'Pancho Villa' and his brave soldiers during the Revolutionary War.

Tonight you will return to camp for dinner and overnight. Telling tales of your day by the campfire is a wonderful way to end the evening.

Day 7 - Otomi Mountain - Spring Waters Ranch:

Riding: 35 kilometres

Breakfast is served surrounded by majestic views of the mountains and then it's time to continue your riding adventure. You will descend from the mountains into a semi-desert region surrounded by cacti and desert trees, passing through small typical Mexican villages. The ride today takes you to the thermal waters of El Gallinero Ranch where you will spent the night. 

On arrival you can enjoy a leisurely bath in the spring's thermal waters and this is a great way to relax before dinner in this special place.  Overnight in camp.

Day 8 - Spring Waters Ranch - Dolores Hidalgo:

Riding: No riding.

After breakfast there is time for another dip in the exquisite hot springs of the ranch before transfer by car to the city of Dolores Hidalgo. Today you will have the good fortune to visit one of Mexico's most important historical cities on horseback. It is known as the 'Cradle of Mexican Independence' as the parish court witness the famous cry for freedom (Grito de Libertad), the initial call to take up arms against the colonial regime and Spanish crown. It was initiated by Priest Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla at daybreak on 16th September 1810. You will take a brief tour of the historic city centre, visiting some of the most emblematic buildings from Mexico's war of independence.

In the evening you will visit the 'Wine Museum', enter into a real Mexican cantina or you can simple walk around and enjoy the stores which supply local handicrafts. Later on you will dine in a typical and unique Mexican restaurant, located in the city's main garden. It is an old house which dates back to the 18th century and is well known for its traditional dishes, served amongst the flitting fireflies and scent of fresh flowers. This is a great opportunity to enjoy the culinary arts of the region - the ingredients are primarily natural, simple products designed to excite the senses. 

Overnight in Hotel Amber 3* or similar. Only breakfast included today.

Day 9 - Departure:

Riding: No riding.

Breakfast served in the hotel. Services end at 12:00.

Accommodation

3 nights in 3* hotels, 4 nights camping and 1 night in mountain retreat. During camping days you are in standard tents and it is possible to have a shower with temperate water.

NB. Sometimes different accommodation has to be used for reasons beyond the organisers' control. In this case they will use the most similar alternative possible.

Experience Intermediate / Experienced

Intermediate and above. Riders should be confident and in control at all paces. Good fitness is recommended as ride involves very long hours. Some days there is some difficult terrain (steep ups and downs).

Minimum group size 4
Maximum group size 10
Departure windows

July 19, 2021 - July 27, 2021

Aug. 16, 2021 - Aug. 24, 2021

Sept. 20, 2021 - Sept. 28, 2021

Oct. 18, 2021 - Oct. 26, 2021

Pricing

2021
Sharing
£1345 $1875 €1580
Included 8 nights of accommodation (shared room), all meals (except lunch & dinner on day 8), drinks as indicated in the itinerary and horse riding as described (with specialised guides and equipment).
Not included Flights, travel insurance, airport transfers, lunch on day 8, extra drinks or activities, tips and personal expenses.

Extras

2021 - Private Transfer (Guanajuato - start point of trail) $185
Paid locally
Cost payable for additional transfers should you not be able to get to the meeting point at the arranged time (due to flight delays, etc).
2021 - Single Supplement £151 $210 €177
Paid to Far and Ride
2021 - Small Group Supplement (1 rider) 35.0%
Paid to Far and Ride
Supplement of 35 % to confirm trail if only one person in group
2021 - Small Group Supplement (2 riders) 25.0%
Paid to Far and Ride
Supplement of 25% per person to confirm trail if only 2 riders in group
2021 - Small Group Supplement (3 riders) 15.0%
Paid to Far and Ride
Supplement of 15% per person to confirm trail if 3 riders in group
Note: All programmes and itineraries are weather dependent; in the face of adverse, or unexpected, weather conditions reasonable attempts will be made to provide equivalent riding. All programmes are accurate at the time of writing. However, the team may adapt or modify details, whilst aiming to provide a similar experience.

Day 1 - Arrival and Rancho Colomitos:

Riding: No riding.

You will be met at 17:00 at the pre-arranged meeting point in Guanajuato and transferred to Rancho Colomitos, a traditional Mexican ranch. On arrival at the ranch you will have a chance to meet the time and will receive an introduction with details of your upcoming journey. This reception includes a delicious welcome cocktail, served on the ranch's terrace. 

A welcome dinner is served, a ranchero barbecue prepared by the cooks, accompanied by soft Mexican music and the light of the terrace campfire.  Overnight at Rancho Colomitos or similar. Dinner, welcome cocktail, soft drinks and drinking water included.

Day 2 - Colomitos - Penafiel - Guanajuato City

Riding: 21 kilometres

After enjoying a delicious breakfast at the ranch, the horses will be ready and waiting to be allocated to you and your fellow riders. You will ride out from Colomitos towards Penafiel, passing through rural communities until you reach the foothills of the Montecillo Mountains. Here you started to ascend from 1900m to the old Cardones Hacienda at 2236m, crossing landscapes of changing nature which combine semi-desertic elements with the majesty of the central mountain range. You will have the chance to see several ancient ruins of mines and haciendas, some several hundreds years old, as you come to Santo Nino which is nestled in the mountains and dates back to the times of the Spanish colony. You will cross the Cardo River and if you wish you can swim in its clear waters which come from the sacred mountain spring. This is a small natural pool in the middle of the desert. 

Today is one of amazing landscapes and stunning natural sceneries which remind many guests of the great westerns featuring Clint Eastwood, John Wayne and Gary Cooper. This is real Mexico! You will ride all the way up the mountains until you reach the ancient remains of the Cardones Hacienda and its Lienzo Charro (Mexican horse arena) at Penafiel. Your horses will stay here tonight whilst you are transferred to a hotel located in the heart of Guanajuato's historic centre, having the chance to see the 'La Presa de la Olla', a beautiful and ancient dam which is accessible through a scenic passage. 

Guanajuato is a colonial city with impressive buildings combining the elements of the two main cultures that created the city, indigenous and Hispanic. Thus it marks the source of the Mexican nation and conserves fantastic architectural features and the original environment. Guanajuato was declared by UNESCO as the 'Historic Town of Guanajuato and Adjacent Mines' in December 1988, thanks to its protection by inhabitants and the government. Today it is considered the most beautiful colonial city of Mexico. 

Dinner tonight will be eaten in the garden of the Union where, every night, regional music groups like Mariachis, bands or trios delight visitors with traditional songs. The dim light and music creates a magical atmosphere and a feeling that you are in the past. Tonight you are accommodated in 4* Hotel Posada Santa Fe or similar.

Day 3 - Guanajuato - Santa Rosa:

Riding: 27 kilometres

Following a delicious breakfast you will be taken to meet your horses so that you can begin the day's journey towards the town of Santa Rosa which lies in the central highlands. You will climb up to 2850m, enjoying a beautiful day along an old royal road which was used during the Spanish colonial era to transport minerals (mainly gold and silver) for 500 years. 

Today the ride will pass by some old gold and silver mines, as well as the charming rural communities of Peñafiel, Monte San Nicolas, Peregrina and Santa Rosa. Watching over your route is the Christ of the Cubilete mountain which is considered to be the geographic centre of Mexico. 

Later in the afternoon you will enjoy a delicious cocktail and tequila tasting at the mountain retreat saloon, by the fireplace, accompanied by atmospheric Mexican music. In the evening you will enjoy a rich dinner of typical Mexican cuisine, a true taste of part of the area's heritage. Tonight you will stay overnight in the mountain retreat.

Day 4 - Santa Rosa - Dolores Hidalgo:

Riding: 37 kilometres

After breakfast it's time to saddle up again, ready for a day of riding through the central highlands. This area is the most bio-diverse in the state and the route will pass by mountains and through forests of oak, pine and arbutus. Your journey will be accompanied by the sound of birdsong and riders can enjoy the wonderful natural surroundings as they head for the town of Dolores Hidalgo. There are huge mountains in one direction and semi-desert in another. You may also see the prints of coyote, puma and raccoon on your path! 

You will ride on to old hacienda stables where your horses will stay for the night, then you will be transferred to your hotel located in the heart of the historical city of Dolores Hidalgo. 
Overnight at Hotel Hidalgo **** or similar.

Day 5 - Riding through Dolores Hidalgo:

Riding: 12 kilometres

Today you will have the good fortune to visit one of Mexico's most important historical cities on horseback. It is known as the 'Cradle of Mexican Independence' as the parish court witness the famous cry for freedom (Grito de Libertad), the initial call to take up arms against the colonial regime and Spanish crown. It was initiated by Priest Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla at daybreak on 16th September 1810. You will take a brief tour of the historic city centre on your horses, visiting some of the most emblematic buildings from Mexico's war of independence.

In the evening you will visit the 'Wine Museum', enter into a real Mexican cantina or you can simple walk around and enjoy the stores which supply local handicrafts. Later on you will dine in a typical and unique Mexican restaurant, located in the city's main garden. It is an old house which dates back to the 18th century and is well known for its traditional dishes, served amongst the flitting fireflies and scent of fresh flowers. This is a great opportunity to enjoy the culinary arts of the region - the ingredients are primarily natural, simple products designed to excite the senses. 
Overnight in Hotel Hidalgo **** or similar.

Day 6 - Dolores Hidalgo - Atotonilco:

Riding: 27 kilometres

Time for breakfast accompanied by a typical Mexican coffee called 'café de la olla'. The journey today continues towards the town of Atotonilco, passing through the valley of the cactus and by the Mexico.
Lunch will be a picnic in the picturesque town and on the outskirts of the old chapel of the community of Barron. From there it is on to Atotonilco and you will see the imposing walls of the 18th-century church which is a living shrine and still in regular use. This architectural treasure is known as the Sistine Chapel of Mexico and consists of the nave, sacristy and six adjoining chapels with dressing rooms and areas illustrated with murals and easel paintings, altars and sculptures. This wonderful shrine is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Overnight tonight at Nirvana Hotel & Spa ***** or similar.

Day 7 - Atotonilco - San Miguel de Allende:

Riding: 23 kilometres

This morning there will be a pleasant breakfast served by the pool before you saddle up and continue on your route towards San Miguel de Allende. 

The path today is on old roads which were used 200 years ago during the War of Independence and the Mexican Revolution, passing through traditional Mexican landscapes and discovering Indian chapels. It's a chance to explore the religion of the region's indigenous groups who have left testimony to their beliefs in their temples and chapels lying along the banks of the Laja River. The land is home to coyote, opossum, huizache (acacia) and mesquite, truly the territory of the pre-Columbian tribes. 

These unique landscapes combining semi-desert and wetlands make for an authentic and interesting journey, definitely a day full of rural life and tranquility. You will ride the last steps with your horses today as you ride on to San Miguel de Allende. 
Overnight Hotel Acuarela or similar.

Day 8 - San Miguel de Allende:

Riding: No riding.

It's time to leave your horses behind and explore San Miguel de Allende on foot! This city is known for its rich traditions with events and festivals playing an important role all year long. It is a town full of magic and mysticism, culture and art, preserving ancient traditions which can no longer be found elsewhere. It is described by UNESCO as a Cultural Heritage of Humanity and titled as the 'fortified town of San Miguel and the Sanctuary of Jesus Nazareno de Atotonilco'. This distinction was given by UNESCO due to the city's cultural and architectural contribution to Mexican Baroque style and to its importance in the country's fight for independence. 

You can explore this historic city which was found in 1542 and has since become a truly cosmopolitan destination, attracting tourists from the Mexican upper classes and from abroad. 

The itinerary ends here. Breakfast is included and the day is free to either explore San Miguel de Allende and all it has to offer or to return to the airport.

Accommodation

6 nights in hotels (4* on average) and 1 night in mountain retreat

NB. Sometimes different accommodation has to be used for reasons beyond the organisers' control. In this case they will use the most similar alternative possible.

Experience Intermediate / Experienced

Intermediate and above. Riders should be confident and in control at walk, trot and canter. Good fitness is recommended as ride involves very long hours. Some days there is some difficult terrain (steep ups and downs).

Minimum group size 4
Maximum group size 12
Departure windows

Jan. 20, 2021 - Jan. 27, 2021

July 7, 2021 - July 14, 2021

Aug. 4, 2021 - Aug. 11, 2021

Sept. 1, 2021 - Sept. 8, 2021

Oct. 6, 2021 - Oct. 13, 2021

Dec. 1, 2021 - Dec. 8, 2021

Pricing

2021
Non Rider; Sharing
£1280 $1785 €1500
2021
Rider; Sharing
£1685 $2350 €1980
Included 7 nights accommodation in shared rooms, all meals fro dinner on arrival day until breakfast on departure day, soft drinks with meals and 5 days of horse riding as described in the itinerary.
Not included Flights, personal travel insurance, airport transfers, extra drinks or activities, tips and personal expenses.

Extras

2021 - Private transfers (Guanajuato City - start point of trail) $110
Paid locally
Cost payable for additional transfers should you not be able to get to the meeting point at the arranged time (due to flight delays, etc).
2021 - Single Supplement £310 $435 €365
Paid to Far and Ride
2021 - Small Group Supplement (for 2 riders) 35.0%
Paid to Far and Ride
* Supplement returned or refunded once the group size gets bigger.
2021 - Small Group Supplement (for 3 riders) 25.0%
Paid to Far and Ride
* Supplement returned or refunded once the group size gets bigger.
Note: All programmes and itineraries are weather dependent; in the face of adverse, or unexpected, weather conditions reasonable attempts will be made to provide equivalent riding. All programmes are accurate at the time of writing. However, the team may adapt or modify details, whilst aiming to provide a similar experience.