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Trails southern Spain

Andalusia has always been a land for riders. There are a lots of nice landscapes and riding ways – but where do you have the possibility to enjoy ALL in one week with daily changes of landscapes?
Andalusia is a land of extremes with a fantastic florescence in spring shining everything in rose, yellow and blue colours; a dry hot summer with thousands of brown notes all around and a winter with some strong rain changing soon to sunny days eliciting the first new green from the floor.
The landscape imitates the weather and changes from white sandy beaches, framed of the dark blue Atlantic, to sandy ways under pines, opened fields with sunflowers, orange plantings and the famous black bulls, coming over to the cliffy mountains following old donkey ways.

All this from the nicest perspective – the saddle of an Andalusia horse!!

Sierra Nevada  (Andalusia)  

7 nights and    6 days riding

Dates: 28 mei - 4 juni,   25 juni - 4 juli, 17 - 24 september

Price; € 1500,-  

5 nights and 4 days riding 850 euro

A trail programme through the National Park of Sierra Nevada which combines different sceneries with lush forests and high mountains. You will discover little villages which remain unknown to the majority of visitors. This programme is best enjoyed during spring and autumn when temperatures are more mild. 

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Cabo de Gata (Almeria)

The virgin beaches of Andalusia    

Price; € 1500,-

Dates: 19 - 26/02, 05 - 12/3, 19 - 26/3, 02 - 09/04, 16 - 23/04, 30 /4 - 07/5, 14 - 21/5, 01 - 08/10, 22 - 29/10, 19 - 26/11, 27/12 - 03/1/2018  (new years eve 1680 euro).

We will ride through the property of the hotel in Cabo de Gata national park, which consists of more than 3.500 hectares. We will visit the most beautiful beaches of this coast, the Monsul and Genovese beaches.

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Zahara trail   

8 days  

low season  € 1095,- high season € 1150,-

Dates

Low season: 21/10/2017 - 28/10/2017

High season arrival:  11/03/2017 25/03/2017 08/04/2017 22/04/2017 27/05/2017 10/06/2017 24/06/2017 08/07/2017 22/07/2017 05/08/2017 19/08/2017 09/09/2017 23/09/2017 07/10/2017

Departure: 18/03/2017 01/04/2017 15/04/2017 29/04/2017 03/06/2017 17/06/2017 01/07/2017 15/07/2017 29/07/2017 12/08/2017 26/08/2017 16/09/2017 30/09/2017 14/10/2017

Zahara - Jimena - Atlantic Coast Ride - Southern Andalusia - Visit the Royal Spanish Riding School

The triangle between Ronda, the Mediterranean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean offers ever changing, spectacular scenery. This is horse country! The trip starts on the beaches of the Atlantic coast where you can get used to the horses in all gaits. Turning inland, you'll ride through the coastal pine forests and across large meadows with herds of bulls and wild cattle. You will then head for the mountains and ride through the natural reserve Alcoronocales with its canyons and cork oak forests. At 3,000 ft you have a great view of the surrounding mountains and the Atlantic Ocean.

General information
You ride with Andalusia mares and geldings in Spanish saddles with long stirrups and hackamore on one hand; a very easy and comfortable way of riding for riders and horses. You ride in walk or gallop.
You should have good riding experience in the open country and be able to have a horse under control in the gallops.
Weight limit 95kgzaharatrail
About 5 to 6 hours riding every day.

Doñana trail (El Rocio)  

Price € 1250,-

You can only book this trail with at least 6 people

Doñana trail – on sandy ways under the pine forest to the world famous pilgrim town El Rocio
Every year to Pentecost more than one million of pilgrims with horses, bull carriages and jeeps from all parts of Spain make their way to the Paloma Blanca, the virgin of Rocio. She might be the richest in own land and cattle, gifts from grateful believers, protecting horses and cows.
In the southwest of Sevilla you follow the pilgrim ways to El Rocio. The environment of the National Park Doñana offers pine forests, oak trees, dunes, marshland and hunting ground. Thousands of migrant birds pass the winter months here.

General information
This program is for experienced riders who do not like the mountains and the altitude so much. Very adapted for complete groups.

You ride with Andalusia mares and geldings in Spanish saddles with long stirrups and hackamore on one hand; a very easy and comfortable way of riding for riders and horses. You ride in walk or gallop.
You should have good riding experience in the open country and be able to have a horse under control in the gallops.
Weight limit 95kg
About 5 hours riding every day.

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White villages trail  

Price; 8 days       € 1250,-

You can only book this trail with 6 persons or more.

White Villages – Ronda, Sierra de Grazalema, Villamartín: a breathtaking tour into the realm of the eagle.

If you thought you already know all horse riding possibility in Andalusia: we have a surprise for you! Unique mountain scenery with cliffy mountain ranges, over flown by golden eagles and lonesome valleys. On stony paths you scale the Ronda plateau, descending afterwards on the western side of the `Serrania de Ronda´ (Ronda mountain range) towards the agricultural plain between Arcos de la Frontera and Villamartín.

Riding through the natural preserve of Grazalema, known throughout the world for its 200 different bird species, you come to enjoy a panoramic view upon El Gastor reservoir.You take a swim in the crystal-clear waters the lake of Jimena has to offer us. And you get impressed by the safe Andalusian horses crossing the mountains.

General information

This trail is for experienced riders who like to cross “virgin” country sides and the White Villages of Andalusia

You ride with Andalusia mares and geldings in Spanish saddles with long stirrups and hackamore on one hand; a very easy and comfortable way of riding for riders and horses. You ride in walk or gallop.

You should have good riding experience in the open country and be able to have a horse under control in the gallops.

Weight limit 95kg

About 5 to 6 hours riding every day.

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Starters trail   

Price:  750,- euro  / week single room supplement: Euro 105,- / week

Romantic inland, small white towns,beach ride.

Weekly from Sunday to Sunday ( arrival and departure ) For groups also from Wednesday to Wednesday possible. It is a  8 days program with 4 days tral ride.

LOW SEASON: end of october till 31 of december and 1 of january till half march 


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HIGH SEASON: half march till the end of october.

Price: 810,-  euro / week single room supplement: Euro 105,- / week

Starting with rides around the ranch through the romantic Andalusia countryside followed by a day at the Atlantic beach and a four-day tour through mountain villages from the Mediterranean Sea to the mountains. This riding holiday is designed for riders who want to experience trail riding for the first time, but also want the comfort of staying in the same location each night. Before going out on the four-day ride from town to town you will spend a day getting to know your horse and riding in the surrounding countryside. Each night, the horses are stabled at different places, while you are driven back to the Ranch.

Program

Day 1: Arrival in Malaga and transfer to the ranch

Day 2: After a good breakfast, introduction to the horses and explication of the Spanish riding style. Two rides, one in the morning and one in the afternoon will give you the chance to get used to the horses and way of riding but also to get confidence in the climbing with the horses. Lunch and dinner at the ranch.

Day 3: In the morning we load the horses and you drive with a minibus along the Costa del Sol, cross Marbella, Estepona, the historic rock of Gibraltar and by good weather enjoy fantastic views over the costs of Africa. You cross Tarifa, the southernmost point of Europe and come to Facinas. Here you start your ride through the big farms of the famous black bull breeders Nuñez. You pass by the beautiful bulls in safe distance over “vereas”, the old cattle drive ways along sunflower and cotton fields with the typical Spanish red cows, the “retintas”, on your way to come to the fisher town Zahara de los Atunes. Here you will have your lunch in a hotel (as the name says the speciality is the fresh tuna fish).In the afternoon you get on the expanded white sandy beach. Except in summer months you just will meet some fishers here. The horses

enjoy the gallops on the sandy ground as much as you will and to refresh they love to play in the waves. Near Barbarte you load the horses and drive back for dinner on the Ranch.

Day 4: Today is the first day of the four-day trail ride. After breakfast you begin your journey. Under the shadow of pine tree forests you cross the mountains of the Sierra de Mijas to Alhaurin El Grande. You have fantastic views over the busy Costa del Sol and the city of Malaga with its port, the costs of Africa and as contrast the inland with its hills and small white villages. On the way you have a picnic lunch. Later the horses stay in a coral close to Alhaurin. For dinner and overnight you drive back to the Ranch.

Day 5: Only a few miles from the touristy and fully developed coast time seems to stand still. We ride past small farms where donkeys and mules are still used as a means of transportation. Here we find endless orange and lemon plantations. In spring you can admire the magnificent almond blossoms. Lunch is in a venta, a small, typical restaurant close to the town of Coin, before you ride on towards the Rio Grande, the "big river" which runs water throughout the year. The horses stay here overnight and you return to La Paz.

Day 6: Andalusia's inland is romantic and peaceful, the exact contrast of the Coast. The Andalusia people are hospitable and everywhere we receive a warm welcome. We ride along old cattle drive trails and have a picnic on the way. In the late afternoon you reach one of the typical white mountain villages - Casarabonela - where the horses stay overnight. You are again driven back to the Ranchfor your overnight stay.

Day 7: Today the hills become mountains. Through pine forests you cross the Sierra de Alcaparan and the Sierra de las Aguas on soft, winding forest trails and enjoy great views over green valleys and endless mountains ranges with few scattered villages. At Puerto de Carmen then the horses are loaded in the trailer and all drive back to the ranch.

Day 8: Transfer to the airport in Malaga and departure. (Subject to modifications

General information

This program is for experienced riders who want to try the trail riding with the possibility to get used to horses and way of riding on two shorter rides the first day. This program can be combined with any program. The starter trail has as arrival day always the Sunday is a weekly program (Sunday to Sunday). Minimum of 4 clients to take place

On arrival and departure is no riding program.

You ride with Andalusia mares and geldings in Spanish saddles with long stirrups and hackamore on one hand; a very easy and comfortable way of riding for riders and horses. You ride in walk or gallop. You should have good riding experience in the open country and be able to have a horse under control in the gallops. Weight limit 95kg About 4 to 6,5 hours riding every day. On the four-days-trail you have to walk some parts (comfortable shoes)

Arrival and departure

With your booking you have transfers at given times from and to Malaga airport included. Special transfers (Euro 30,-) can be booked extra and give you more flexibility with your flight booking.

Included services

8 days / 7 nights in double room, single room with supplement, full board ( table wine included), one day with two rides of 2 – 2,5 hours, one beach day, 4 days of trail, German and English speaking guide, horse with equipment, transfers from and to Malaga airport at given times.

Not included: Lunch on the beach day

Short trails Alpujarras  

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5 nights, 4 days riding            

Price; € 695,-

We ride through the mountains to the south, a descent along an old trail that once was part of an important trade route to the coast. We stop for a consumption in the local Spanish bar Los Llanos before we ride down through the olive groves of Padre Eterno. Then we will go to the farm where we have a delicious, well deserved dinner.

Spanish mountain ranges       

4 nights and 3 days riding       

Price € 550,-

This tour goes north from Lanjaron through the bed of the Guadalfeo. Then we ride through ancient oak forests to the top of the Pico del Caballo, more than 2000 meters high, before we descend through the pine forests to Puente Palo. Here we enjoy a picnic before riding eastwards to an idyllic location high on the slopes of the Poqueira valley, where we will spend a relaxing evening in comfortable mountain huts.

Feria trail     

8 days tour  to Feria de Caballo Jerez de la Frontera  

Price: € 1150,-feria-2

 

Jerez – well-known for horses and Sherry – is Spain’s capital for horse breeding and a “pilgrim destination” for horse-lovers from all over the world who meet here each year at the ‘Feria del Caballo’ (= horse festival). It started in the year 1284 as a livestock market and has developed into a show of the most beautiful horses in Spain. On the premises of the state-owned “stallion depot”, one show follows another; nobles and VIP’s on two and four legs parade past until early morning. The riding tour starts at the Atlantic beach in Zahara de los Atunes and passes through the typical Andalusian landscape with its meadows and olive groves surrounds you. Over Paterna, and Mojo you reach Jerez de la Frontera to participate in the Feria.

General information
This program is for experienced riders who want to enjoy the biggest horse far of Spain.
La Paz offers this trail as special trail every year. To participate at the horse fair you have to respect the official regalement.

On the trail you ride with Andalusia mares and geldings in Spanish saddles with long stirrups and hackamore on one hand; a very easy and comfortable way of riding for riders and horses. You ride in walk or gallop.
You should have good riding experience in the countryside and have your horse under control galloping and also on the festival place (the horses are used to).
Weight limit 95kg, riding time about 5-6 hours / day (one day without riding)

To participate on the feria ride you have to respect the official regalement about horses and riders. Riders have to wear the typical Spanish dressing ( Traje Corto ). We lend you the Spanish trousers and short jackets.
You have to bring or buy a white blouse, a red or colored shawl, high brown Spanish riding boots and a typical Spanish hat (sombrero). Your guides will help you to get it.
The horses have to be present on the feria with Spanish saddles, the Spanish stirrups and with the Spanish kerb (this requires a very soft hand from the rider). On the feria you will ride in walk and of cause always take care of all others. An experienced “feria” guide will be with you all the time so you can enjoy. 
This is the estimated program of the trail, changes are not excluded.

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You can flight to Malaga airport or to Jerez.
Arrival at Malaga till 16.00h, then transfer to Zahara de los Atunes
Departures from Malaga not before 13.00h
Arrival at Jerez during the day with transfer at 19.00h
Departure from Jerez during the day with transfer to the airport
after breakfast
All transfers have to be arranged with us before.

Included services 8 days / 7 nights in double room, single room with supplement, full board ( table wine included), lunch as picnic, 5 riding days, German and English speaking guide, horse with equipment, transfers from and to Malaga / Jerez airport at given times ( have to be arranged with us before)
Not included Drinks and meal at the horse fair and the entrance to the horse show.
You can reserve the entrance to the horse show of the Royal Riding School by us and pay it directly to your guide.
Minimum of 4 clients to take place.
On arrival and departure is no riding program.

Have in mind our special offers for the Andalusia trails:
As new client we offer you a gratis day before the trail to get used to riding style and horses.
If you have been at any program of La Paz before you get 10% of the trail price.
Please note on the booking
This is a special trail we make every year to give you the possibility to take part of a very typical Spanish horse festival.
You will ride Spanish mares and geldings with Spanish saddles ( long stirrups) and hackamore on the trail. It is a very easy and comfortable way of riding for riders and horses. You will just walk and canter.

You should have experience in the countryside and have your horse under control galloping and also on the festival place (the horses are used to). Riding time about 5-6 hours / day ( one day without riding)
(Weight limit 95kg)

To participate on the feria ride you have to respect the official regalement about horses and riders. Riders have to wear the typical Spanish dressing ( Traje Corto ). We lend you the Spanish trousers and short jackets.
You have to bring or buy a white blouse, a red or colored shawl, high brown Spanish riding boots and a typical Spanish hat ( sombrero ). Your guides will help you to get it.
The horses have to be present on the feria with Spanish saddles, the Spanish stirrups and with the Spanish kerb ( what needs a very soft hand from the rider). On the feria you will ride in walk and of cause always take care of all others. An experienced “feria” guide will be with you all the time so you can enjoy.

Ronda Trail  rondatrial

8 days  € 1150,-

Ronda trail – crossing the mountains of Ronda through Natural Park, lonely canyons and descents, over opened fields to the Atlantic beach

You start in the homeland of the famous bandits, cross on their ways three Natural Parks observing vultures and games. Over opened fields of sunflowers and cotton and the famous black bulls you come to the white sandy beach.
Long days with up to 9 hours in the saddle require a good condition and health to be able to enjoy this trail

White towns – three Natural Parks, mountains, fields & beach.
This trail can be combined with the Zahara trail to have a 14 days trail trough Andalusia

A beautiful new hotel for the second night – just next to Ronda – this gives you time enough to discover this famous old town!!

General information

This trail is for well trained riders as you have days of 9 hours riding with a lot of climbing in the mountains (some parts walking).

You ride with Andalusia mares and geldings in Spanish saddles with long stirrups and hackamore on one hand; a very easy and comfortable way of riding for riders and horses. You ride in walk or gallop.
You should have good riding experience in the open country and be able to have a horse under control in the gallops.
Weight limit 95kg
About 7 to 9 hours riding every day.

Arrival and departure
With your booking you have transfers at given times from and to Malaga airport included. Special transfers (Euro 30,-) can be booked extra and give you more flexibility with your flight booking.
This program can be combined with any program of La Paz.

Included services
8 days / 7 nights in double room, single room with supplement, full board ( table wine included), lunch as picnic, 6 riding days, German and English speaking guide, horse with equipment, transfers from and to Malaga airport at given times

Minimum of 4 clients to take place. Bookings from 6 clients up can get a closed group (no other clients). Special dates can be asked
On arrival and departure is no riding program.

Have in mind our special offers for the Andalusia trails:
As new client we offer you a gratis day before the trail to get used to riding style and horses.
If you have been at any program of La Paz before you get 10% of the trail price.
Please note on the booking

You should have experience in the countryside and have your horse under control galloping and be able to move free on a horse while climbing in the mountains.
Riding time about 7 hours / day. (Weight limit 95kg)

ALPUJARRAS SHORT ESCAPE

Short mountain trail rides in Las Alpujarrasfoto van Rafael Belmonte.

5 days, 4 nights, 3 days riding

DATES: March 25-29// April 01-05// May 27-31 // June 10-14// July 15-19// October 14-18 //

PRICE: €625         Single room supplement: €90 Minimum: 2 people

DAY 1. CAPILEIRA. Welcoming and introduction of the guide. Dinner and accommodation in the comfortable hotel Finca Los Llanos*** in Capileira

DAY 2. – BUBIÓN –POQUEIRA VALLEY - BUBIÓN. Drive to the riding centre in Bubión (2 Km away from Capileira). Introduction of the horses and departure for a morning ride enjoying the beautiful panorama of the Poqueira Valley. Back to Bubión, where we arrive for lunch. Four hours on horseback. Free afternoon for sightseeing. Accommodation at the hotel Finca Los Llanos*** in Capileira.

DAY 3. BUBIÓN - EL HORNILLO - BUBIÓN. We start our journey by climbing old bridle paths leading us to Sierra Nevada riding through stunning scenery, again in the Poqueira valley. In front of us the sierras Lújar, Contraviesa and Gádor. We continue to the Cortijo El Hornillo (2,200 m.). After a little rest, back to Bubión by a different path, through the Natural Park of the Sierra Nevada, declared Reserve of the Biosphere by UNESCO. You will enjoy the changes in landscape: from the cold deserted tops to the Mediterranean flora in the lower part. A four and a half hours ride. Lunch in Bubion. Accommodation at the hotel Finca Los Llanos*** in Capileira.

DAY 4. BUBIÓN - LA TAHA VALLEY- BUBIÓN. Today we ride to discover the small and picturesque villages of La Taha Valley along narrow and pretty bridle paths. Lunch in Mecina Fondales. Back to Bubion by another route. A five hours ride approx. Farewell drink with your guide. Accommodation at the hotel Finca Los Llanos*** in Capileira.

DAY 5. After breakfast, transfer to Granada airport at pre-arranged time.

INCLUDES 4 nights' accommodation at the hotel Finca Los Llanos*** on a bed and breakfast basis. Lunch on three days, dinner on night of arrival 3 days riding. Liability insurance. Airport transfer from/to Granada.

NOT INCLUDED: Flights. Personal and medical insurance. Airport transfer: We can arrange collection from Malaga airport for an additional cost of 75 Euros per person each way for a minimum of 2 people. The collection time should be no later than 4pm, and the return transfer on the day of departure would get into Malaga not earlier than 10am

EXTRA ACTIVITIES FOR RIDERS / NON RIDERS : Walking tours, Spanish Course, Flamenco lessons and Spanish gastronomy lessons.

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6 days, 5 nights, 4 days riding

DATES: April 22-27// September 01-06 // October 27-01//

PRICE: € 895 Single room supplement: €120 Minimum: 2 people

DAY 1. CAPILEIRA. Welcoming and introduction of the guide. Dinner and accommodation at the hotel Finca Los Llanos*** in Capileira.

DAY 2. BUBIÓN – TREVÉLEZ. Drive to the riding centre in Bubión (2 Km away from Capileira). Introduction of the horses. We will start by climbing up along bridle paths through the Blood Ravine to the track that leads us to Trevélez with views of the villages of the Poqueira and La Taha Valleys. Picnic en route. During the ride there are some opportunities for gallops with a magnificent panoramic view of the Sierra Contraviesa and Lújar opposite us. Descend to Trevélez by a bridle path where we will arrive in time for some beers with tapas. There will be the opportunity to visit some of the ham drying houses of Trevélez, famous for its hams and considered the highest village in Spain at an altitude of 1,700m. Dinner and accommodation at the hotel La Fragua **. A five hour ride.

DAY 3. TREVÉLEZ – JUVILES - LOS BÉRCHULES. After crossing the bridge over the river, we will start this route by a bridle path that climbs the left slope of the ravine, leaving behind the village from which it takes its name. Riding down to Los Berchules by a track. Picnic on the way. Once again we will enjoy the beauty of the Sierra Contraviesa and Sierra Gádor, this time in the province of Almería. On a clear day we will have the view of the Mediterranean Sea and the silhouette of the mountains of Africa in front of us. Descent to Juviles for lunch. The journey continues on horseback to Los Berchules by a bridle path. Dinner and accommodation tonight in a very comfortable, family-run hotel - El Cercado***. Option for Spa services. Five hours riding

DAY 4. LOS BÉRCHULES - CÁDIAR. From Los Bérchules, we will descend to Narila, where we will stop for water the horses and visit a breeding farm of P.R.E. (Spanish Pure Breed) horses. The ride passes through Cádiar village and we will finish the ride at the beautiful hotel Alquería de Morayma**, where we should arrive just on time for lunch. Three and a half hours riding. Dinner and accommodation at the hotel.

DAY 5. CÁDIAR - BUBIÓN. Crossing the Guadalfeo river, we will join the path that will lead us to Lobras, Nieles and Càstaras. We will continue until we reach the impressive gorge of Las Carihuelas de Busquístar, where we will descend to cross the Trevélez river, and we will follow the path which leads to the village of Busquístar for lunch. After lunch two more hours riding to Bubión. A six hour ride. Farewell dinner in a local restaurant and accommodation at the hotel Finca Los Llanos*** in Capileira.

DAY 6. After breakfast, we say goodbye.

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8 days, 7 nights, 6 days riding 

DATES: June 02-09

PRICE: €1,250 Single room supplement: €160 Minimum: 2 people

DAY 1 CAPILEIRA. Welcoming and introduction of the guide. Dinner and accommodation at the hotel Finca Los Llanos***.

DAY 2. BUBIÓN - TREVÉLEZ.. . Drive to the riding centre in Bubión (2 Km away from Capileira). Introduction of the horses. We will start by climbing up along bridle paths through the Blood Ravine to the track that leads us to Trevélez with views of the villages of the Poqueira and La Taha Valleys. Picnic en route. During the ride there are some opportunities for gallops with a magnificent panoramic view of the Sierra Contraviesa and Lújar opposite us. Descend to Trevélez by a bridle path where we will arrive in time for some beers with tapas. There will be the opportunity to visit some of the ham drying houses of Trevélez, famous for its hams and considered the highest village in Spain at an altitude of 1,700m. Dinner and accommodation at the hotel La Fragua **. A five hours ride.

DAY 3. TREVÉLEZ - LOS BÉRCHULES. After crossing the bridge over the river, we will start this route by a bridle path that climbs the left slope of the ravine, leaving behind the village from which it takes its name. Riding down to Los Berchules by a track. Once again we will enjoy the beauty of the Sierra Contraviesa and Sierra Gádor, this time in the province of Almería. On a clear day we will have the view of the Mediterranean Sea and the silhouette of the mountains of Africa in front of us. Arrival to Los Berchules by a bridle path. Dinner and accommodation tonight in a very comfortable, family-run hotel - El Cercado***. Four and a half hours riding.

DAY 4. LOS BÉRCHULES - CÁDIAR. From Los Bérchules, we will descend to Narila, where we will stop for water the horses and visit a breeding farm of P.R.E. (Spanish Pure Breed) horses. We ride now to the dry riverbed of Yator where, later on, we will take the path that leads up to the hill that separates Sierra Nevada and Sierra Contraviesa with breathtaking panoramic views over these two mountains. During the ride there are some opportunities for gallops. The ride passes through the village of Cádiar and will finish at the beautiful hotel Alquería de Morayma**, where we should arrive just on time for lunch. Four hours riding. Dinner and accommodation at the hotel.

DAY 5. CÁDIAR -CADIAR. The ride today follows the bridle path across the hill over the Guadalfeo River where later we will descend to ride across its subtropical vegetation for a while. We ride now on the other side of the river where after a gallop we will get the way back to the hotel on time for lunch. Option to visit to the wine cellar and the olive-oil mill of the hotel Alquerìa de Morayama** with an explanation of the process to produce the wine and the olive oil.A three hours ride. Dinner and accommodation at the hotel.

DAY 6. CÁDIAR - BUBIÓN. Crossing the Guadalfeo river, we will join the path that will lead us to Lobras, Nieles and Càstaras. We will continue until we reach the impressive gorge of Las Carihuelas de Busquístar, where we will descend to cross the Trevélez river, and we will follow the path which leads to the village of Busquístar for lunch. After lunch two more hours riding to Bubión. A six hour ride. Dinner and accommodation at the hotel Finca Los Llanos*** in Capileira.

DAY 7. – BUBIÓN –VALLE DEL POQUEIRA - BUBIÓN A morning ride enjoying the beautiful panorama of the Poqueira valley. Back to Bubión, where we arrive for lunch. Three hours on horseback. Free afternoon for sightseeing. Farewell dinner in a local restaurant and accommodation at the hotel Finca Los Llanos*** in Capileira.

DAY 8. After breakfast, we say goodbye.

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5 days, 4 nights, 3 days riding

DATES: July 08-12//

PRICE: €795 Single room supplement: €100 Minimum: 2 people

DAY 1. CAPILEIRA. Welcoming and introduction of the guide. Dinner and accommodation at the hotel Finca Los Llanos***.

DAY 2. BUBIÓN - TREVÉLEZ. Drive to the riding centre in Bubión (2 Km away from Capileira). Introduction of the horses. We will start by climbing up along bridle paths to the Barranco de la Sangre (Blood Ravine) riding through stunning scenery and enjoying the beautiful panorama of the Poqueira Valley in the Natural Park of the Sierra Nevada, declared Reserve of the Biosphere by UNESCO. In front of us the sierras Lújar, Contraviesa and Gádor. We continue climbing to the track that leads us to Trevélez with views of the villages of La Taha Valley. Picnic en route. During the ride there are some opportunities for gallops with a magnificent panoramic view of the Sierra Contraviesa and the Mediterranean Sea opposite us. Descend to Trevélez by a bridle path where we will arrive in time for some beers with tapas. There will be the opportunity to visit some of the ham drying houses of Trevélez, famous for its hams and considered the highest village in Spain at an altitude of 1,700m. Dinner and accommodation at the hotel La Fragua **. A five hours ride

DAY 3. TREVÉLEZ - TREVÉLEZ. We will ride towards the snowy peaks of the National Park of the Sierra Nevada. We cross the ravines where the melt water flows and we reach the idyllic Siete Lagunas (3,100mts) where we will picnic at the foot of Mulhacén, which at 3,478 m in altitude is the highest peak of the peninsula. After a short rest, we descend back to Trevélez, where we will spend the night. Dinner and accommodation at the hotel La Fragua **. Five and a half hours riding today.

DAY 4. TREVÉLEZ - BUBIÓN. We will start by climbing up along a bridle path with views of the village of Trevelez, to the track which will take us to the Bina Ravine where after few meters we take the Sulayr path to climb through oak woods again to the top of the Loma del Jabalí, with stunning views of the Trevélez and Guadalfeo valleys. Later on we ride to Las Alcubillas for a picnic. With an altitude of 2.240m is the highest point of our itinerary for this journey with a magnificent panoramic vista of the foothills of the Sierra Contraviesa and Lújar opposite. On a clear day, you can even see right across the Mediterranean to Morocco. We ride now by a track and along a bridle path descending through pine woods with views of the villages of the Poqueira Valley that leads us to Bubion. A 5 hour ride. Farewell dinner in a local restaurant and accommodation at the hotel Finca Los Llanos*** in Capileira

DAY 5. After breakfast, transfer to the airport.

SIERRA NEVADA - TABERNAS DESERT ROUTE 2018

8 days, 7 nights, 6 days ridingAlpujarras II Route 2017

DATES: April 14 - 21 // May 05-12 // September 29 – 06//

PRICE: €1,490 Single room supplement: €180 Minimum: 4 people

DAY 1. CAPILEIRA. Welcoming and introduction of the guide. Dinner and accommodation at the hotel Finca Los Llanos***.

DAY 2. BUBIÓN - TREVÉLEZ. Drive to the riding centre in Bubión (2 Km away from Capileira). Introduction of the horses. We will start by climbing up along bridle paths through the Blood Ravine to the track that leads us to Trevélez with views of the villages of the Poqueira and La Taha Valleys. Picnic en route. During the ride there are some opportunities for gallops with a magnificent panoramic view of the Sierra Contraviesa and Lújar opposite us. Descend to Trevélez by a bridle path where we will arrive in time for some beers with tapas. There will be the opportunity to visit some of the ham drying houses of Trevélez, famous for its hams and considered the highest village in Spain at an altitude of 1,700m. Dinner and accommodation at the hotel La Fragua **. A five hours ride.

DAY 3. TREVÉLEZ - CÁDIAR. After crossing the bridge over the Trevélez river, we will start this route by a bridle path that climbs the left slope of the ravine, leaving behind the village from which it takes its name. Once again we will enjoy the beauty of the sierras Contraviesa, Lújar and Gádor, this one already in the province of Almería. Descent along a more gentle path to Juviles, where we will have lunch. Descend to Tímar along a narrow path through the gorge. Then we will take the bridle path to the beautiful Hotel Alquería de Morayma (**, close to Cádiar. We have descended over 1,000 m in 5 hours. Dinner and accommodation at the hotel.

DAY 4. CÁDIAR – PICENA. Riding first over the hills with stunning panoramic views of Sierra Nevada and the sierras of Contraviesa and Gádor, then we will ride to Ugíjar along the dry riverbed. Picnic on the way. In the afternoon we will ride up to Picena, A six hour ride. Dinner in Casa Paco and accommodation in Apartments Picena.

DAY 5. PICENA - BENECID. After breakfast ,we start our ride crossing the village of Picena and the Bayarcal river, where we enter the Almería province. Picnic at Guarros. Leaving for Benecid passing by Laujar de Andarax, important wine-growing area. A six hour ride. Dinner and accommodation at the hotel La Marmita de Ahlam***.

DAY 6. BENECID – ALCORA. Across Sierra Gádor, riding on a track enjoying the open view of Sierra Nevada, on the other side of the Andarax river, we arrive at Cortijo Cacín for a picnic. After a short rest, we ride to the old “Venta de Alcora” and then to the Casita de Cristal beneath the pine trees where we leave the horses. Drive back to Benecid (21Km). Dinner and accommodation at the hotel La Marmita de Ahlam***. A four and a half hour ride.

DAY 7. ALCORA – ALBOLODUY - GRANADA. Drive to Casita de Cristal to meet the horses for our last four hour ride to the desert. Descend to the Andarax river and to Rágol. Riding to the mountain of Montenegro through the Rambla (dry river bed) of Guadix, with many opportunities for canters and where we start to discover the first desert landscape. Descend to the colourful dry riverbed of Alboloduy through a labyrinth of canyons similar to those seen in numerous spaghetti-western films. At the end of the Rambla de Los Yesos, we will arrive at Alboloduy, at the edge of the Sierra Nevada Natural Park. After saying goodbye to the horses, lunch in the village. After lunch drive to Granada (2 hours drive). Farewell dinner in a typical restaurant and visit to the old part of Granada with the Alhambra right opposite us. Accommodation in Hotel Maciá Plaza**.

DAY 8. GRANADA. Farewell after breakfast. OPTION: For those who want, they will have this day the opportunity to visit the Alhambra.

THE HAND OF FATIMA ROUTE 201810404182_820925581296915_1299293386744798838_n

8 days, 7 nights, 6 days riding

DATES: April 07-14 // May 19-26 // September 15-22//

PRICE: €1,490 Single room supplement: €180 Minimum: 2 people

DAY 1. CAPILEIRA. Welcoming and introduction of the guide. Dinner and accommodation at the hotel Finca Los Llanos*** in Capileira.

DAY 2. BUBIÓN – TREVÉLEZ. Drive to the riding centre in Bubión (2 Km away from Capileira). Introduction of the horses. We will start by climbing up along bridle paths through the Blood Ravine to the track that leads us to Trevélez with views of the villages of the Poqueira and La Taha Valleys. Picnic en route. During the ride there are some opportunities for gallops with a magnificent panoramic view of the Sierra Contraviesa and Lújar opposite us. Descend to Trevélez by a bridle path where we will arrive in time for some beers with tapas. There will be the opportunity to visit some of the ham drying houses of Trevélez, famous for its hams and considered the highest village in Spain at an altitude of 1,700m. Dinner and accommodation at the hotel La Fragua **. A five hours ride.

DAY 3. TREVÉLEZ - LOS BÉRCHULES. After crossing the bridge over the river, we will start this route by a bridle path that climbs the left slope of the ravine, leaving behind the village from which it takes its name. Riding down to Los Berchules by a track. Once again we will enjoy the beauty of the Sierra Contraviesa and Sierra Gádor, this time in the province of Almería. On a clear day we will have the view of the Mediterranean Sea and the silhouette of the mountains of Africa in front of us. Arrival to Los Berchules by a bridle path. Dinner and accommodation tonight in a very comfortable, family-run hotel - El Cercado***. Four and a half hours riding

DAY 4. LOS BÉRCHULES - CÁDIAR. From Los Bérchules, we will descend to Narila, small village where, during the Rebellion of Moriscos, King Fernando de Valor was crowned. The ride goes on towards Cádiar village and nearby from the hotel Alquería de Morayma**, where we should arrive just on time for lunch. In the afternoon we will have the opportunity to visit the wine cellar and the olive-oil mill of the Alquería with an explanation of the process to produce the wine and the olive oil Approximately three hours riding. Dinner and accommodation at the hotel.

DAY 5. CÁDIAR - BUBIÓN. Crossing the Guadalfeo River, we will join the path that will lead us to Lobras, Nieles and Càstaras. We will continue until we reach the impressive gorge of Las Carihuelas de Busquístar, where we will descend to cross the Trevélez river, and we will follow the path which leads to the village of Busquístar for lunch. After lunch two more hours riding to Bubión. A six hours ride. Dinner and accommodation at the hotel Finca Los Llanos*** in Capileira.

DAY 6. CAPILEIRA – GRANADA – CORDOBA. After breakfast, transfer to Granada where you will have the option to visit the Alhambra or to have a sightseeing tour of the l’Albaicín, the old part of Granada. Transfer in the afternoon to the rural houses of Cuevas del Pino in Villarrubia, 12Km from Cordoba and hidden in a valley in the foothills of the Sierra Morena. Dinner in Cordoba and walk around the historical part of this beautiful Andalusian city. Accommodation at Cuevas del Pino.

DAY 7. CORDOBA- PALMA DEL RÍO. After breakfast, transfer to Cordoba to visit the Royal Stable and the Mosque. Transfer to Palma del Río (30’). Lunch in the village and a 3 hour ride with P.R.E. horses (Spanish Pure Breed) in the Riding Center of La Herradura. Farewell dinner in a restaurant at the old part of Palma del Río and accommodation in the wonderful hotel Monasterio de San Francisco***, National Architecture Award.

DAY 8. PALMA DEL RÍO - OSUNA–GRANADA. After breakfast, transfer to Osuna (40’) for a 2 hour ride around Las Viñas Farm. After a small snack, transfer to the airport of Granada.

HORSE TREK IN WESTERN CUBA 

  • 10 days, nights, 6 days riding.
  • Minimum 6 people. Maximum 10 people
  • Level: average

Dates: February  05 – 13  / 18 – 26 , March 04-11 /   November 18 - 26

Price:   € 1830,-  In double room for a minimum of six people, single room supplement 150 euros

*Prices are linked to the Cuban CUC. In case of strong exchange rate fluctuations, the price can be adjusted up 2 weeks before departure.

For more information please mail.

The westernmost province in Cuba also called the Green Province is a gift of nature. Tobacco is grown in the extraordinarily fertile lands and valleys. This tobacco is used to produce the Habanos old Cuban cigars, the best in the world. The province has two mountain ranges, one of them is the Sierra de los Órganos, of great geological interest, including the Viñales Valley with its “Mogotes” or pincushion hills, and many caves, including the Indian Cave, and the Santo Tomás Cave System. Viñales is the ideal place for walking, hiking, and watching local indigenous wildlife.

DAY 1 : HAVANA

Reception at the hotel Presidente**** or similar. Accommodation at the Hotel, beside the Malecon of Havana.

DAY 2 : HAVANA – CHARCO AZUL

After breakfast, transfer to the Finca beside the beaches of Playas del Este (30m). Ride to the beach for a swin and back to the Finca via a different route. Aprox. a 3 hour ride. After lunch, 1hour30m drive to «Finca Charco Azul» in Cayajabos, Artemisa, at the south of Pinar del Río province and the Sierra del Rosario, Biosphere Reserve. Welcome cocktail. Dinner and accommodation at the Finca. First introduction to the Cuban music.

DAY 3 : CHARCO AZUL – MIL CUMBRES

After breakfast, a 3 hour ride through this Finca of about 400 hectares, where the springs of Charco Azul are located. Lunch after a relaxing bath in a swimming-pool. Transfer to Mil Cumbres (2:30 drive). Dinner and accommodation at the Mil Cumbre’s Refuge. Introduction to the live Criolla music.

DAY 4 : MIL CUMBRES – EL BUREN – LOS JAZMINES

After breakfast, horse ride to El Buren. About a 5 hours ride through the Natural Park through the mountains of Cuabal and Pan de Guajaibón, which with an altitude of 692m is the highest point in Pinar del Río province. We stop for a welcome cocktail in the house of a local “Guajiro” family. The route takes us now through mountainous valleys from where we can see the union of Sierra del Rosario and Sierra de los Órganos, with lush vegetation and protected species of birds and trees. Lunch -picnic at El Buren where we can see the stallions of this farm. Transfer to Viñales (1h). Dinner in a local paladar. Accommodation at the Hotel Los Jazmines or similar

or in Casa Particular (private family establishment or boarding house). The hotel Los Jazmines is situated over a smooth hill where you can enjoy the marvelous panoramic and views over the Viñales and Palmarito Valleys. Optional night out at Casa Artex (musical show).

DAY 5 : LOS JAZMINES – VIÑALES – LA GUABINA

Breakfast. Transfer to the horses for a 5 hour ride through the Viñales and Palmarito Valleys, between the spectacular 'Mogotes', conspicuous karst mountains rising like islands from the bottom of the valley, tobacco plantations and rural communities where another guajiro will give us an explanation of the process of cigar-making. Picnic-Lunch at the outside terrace of a nice restaurant. Transfer to Finca La Guabina,12 Km away from Pinar del Río (1h drive). Dinner and accommodation at Finca La Guabina. Traditional Cuban musical evening.

DAY 6 : LA GUABINA

After breakfast, a 4 hours ride inside the Finca La Guabina to discover its beautiful landscape. Picnic- lunch. Option to enjoy an exhibition of the wonderful Apaloosa and Pinto horses of the farm. Dinner and accommodation at Finca La Guabina. Traditional Cuban musical evening.

DAY 7 : LA GUABINA – PINAR DEL RIO - HAVANA

After breakfast, ride for about 3 hours. Lunch. Transfer to Havana. Dinner at a famous restaurant in the district El Vedado. Accommodation at the Hotel Presidente****or similar.

DAY 8 : HAVANA

Breakfast. Day free for sightseeing in Havana. Optional transfer to the beach of Megano, one of the beaches of Playas del Este, a string of white-sand beaches 20 km (12 mi) east of Havana, including lunch in a seafood restaurant (25CUC for a minimum 4 people). Farewell dinner at a local paladar at the Old Havana. Accommodation at the Hotel Presidente****.

DAY 9 : HAVANA

Breakfast. Morning free for sightseeing in Havana. Transfer to the airport at 18:00. Flight back to Europe

DAY 10

Arrival in Europe

Note

Depending on availability, the hotels mentioned in this brochure may be replaced, without prior notice, with others hotels of the same category

INCLUDING

  • Transfer to the airport José Martí of Havana the last day of the program at 18:00.
  • Accommodation in Hotel Presidente**** or similar. Accommodation in hotels in the program or similar.
  • Full board during the horse trek and in Havana as specified in the program with a drink (beer, soft drink, mineral water) included.
  • Service of a guide, instructor and a translator co-ordinator of Cabalgar Rutas Alternativas for the all program.
  • A local equestrian tour guide for the all ride. Well equipped Cuban Criollo horse’s (mix breed), Pinto and Appaloosa
  • Back-up vehicle Transfers from Viñales to Pinar del Rio

NOT INCLUDING

  • Flights to/from Havana Transfer from the airport José Martí to Havana the first day of the program
  • Accidents Insurance and Insurance requirements: To entry in Cuba you will need to have a travel medical insurance policies purchased abroad and must be from a travel insurance and/or assistance companies recognized by the Cuban government.
  • Museum and show tickets Extra drinks
  • Extra expenses in hotels
  • Tips to the guides or musicians (approx. 50€) Transfers in Havana
  • Private transfer to the airport of Havana the last day of the program

CENTRAL CUBA ON HORSEBACK      

12 days, 10 nights, 7 days on horseback

This program in the Cuba’s Central Region gives you the opportunity to enjoy one of the best rides in the country while at the same time you will have the choice to visit the most beautiful colonial towns of Cuba and swim in the crystalline waters of the Atlantic Ocean and Caribbean Sea. Ciego de Ávila is also a green province where tobacco and coffee are grown in the extraordinarily fertile lands and valleys. In all of our programs, you have the opportunity to enjoy the Cuban hospitality, sleeping in the guajiros (field workers) houses in the countryside, having lunch together or drinking and dancing with them during the evening.

DAY 1 HAVANA Reception at the hotel Presidente**** or similar. Accommodation at the Hotel, beside the Malecon of Havana.

DAY 2. HAVANA – CIENFUEGOS-TRINIDAD Transfer to Cienfuegos (3h drive). Lunch and guided walking tour through the historical center of Cienfuegos, the Southern Pearl. Founded in 1819 it has the richest collection of architectural and urban design in all the southern cities. Transfer to Trinidad (1h). Founded in 1514, Trinidad is a World Heritage Site due to its well-preserved jewels of colonial Caribbean architecture. In this great historical town center a lot of musical and cultural activities take place during the evening. Dinner and accommodation in Casa Particular (private family establishment or boarding house).

DAY 3. TRINIDAD-PLAYA ANCÓN-MORÓN After a nice breakfast, a 3 hour morning ride through the Ingenios Valley, nominated Archeological Reserve by UNESCO followed by transfer (15m) to Playa Ancón for a swim in the Caribbean Sea and a Seafood lunch. Transfer to Morón (3.5h). Visit to The Rooster of Moron, whose symbol has become one of the national myths. Visit to the Casa de La Trova for a drink accompanied by live Cuban music. Dinner in a paladar (private restaurant) and accommodation in Hotel La Casona.

DAY 4 MORÓN-LOMA DE CUNAGUA After breakfast, drive (30m) to Tres de Galán where we will meet the horses. Ride across the plain in the direction of the only high ground in an area of unremittingly flat farmland, Loma de Cunagua, a Protected Landscape which stands out for its biodiversity and natural landscapes that protect a group of endemic, vulnerable and endangered species and a variety of reptiles. Arrival to Loma de Cunagua, a wildlife refuge, which at 364 meters is the highest point of this part of the region, with a stunning view over the wonderful beaches of the Jardines del Rey in front. Picnic on the way. A 5 hour ride, dinner and accommodation in the nice Loma de Cunagua’s Refuge. Introduction to live Criolla music.

DAY 5.LOMA DE CUNAGUA-EL PEÑÓN After breakfast about a 3 hour ride to Tres de Galán. After the ride a good lunch awaits us in Rancho Palma. Transfer to El Peñón (1h). Welcome Cocktail with Marbel and Yalianis, our hosts in Finca Santa Rubia, a lovely 60 hectares private family farm, with its plantation, and tobaccodrying barn. 1 hour ride checking horses. We will now have the opportunity to see the bulls and buffalos they are breeding on the farm and some Rodeo activity. Dinner and accommodation at Finca Santa Rubia.

DAY 6. EL PEÑÓN – RINCÓN DE MAGUYÁ After breakfast, a 6 hour ride through the green fields of the Chambas region to Rincón de Maguyá. Lunch en route near the waterfalls of El Peluo (The furry), where we will have the chance to enjoy a bathe. We continue the ride to our next house in Rincón de Maguyá across coffee plantations and royal palm trees. Dinner and accommodation in Casa Particular (private family establishment or boarding house).

DAY 7. RINCÓN DE MAGUYÁ-EL PEÑÓN-CASA DE EVELIO After breakfast a 3 hour ride back to Finca Santa Rubia for lunch. A little rest and then we ride for 2 more hours to Casa de Evelio. Dinner and accommodation in Casa Particular (private family establishment or boarding house). DAY 8. CASA DE EVELIO-PRESA FLORENCIA-EL PEÑÓN After breakfast, a 5 hour ride to Presa Florencia and back to Finca Santa Rubia. Picnic on the way. During the ride we will have the opportunity to see coffee and sugarcane plantations. Farewell dinner at the Finca with live music. Accommodation in Finca Santa Rubia

DAY 9. EL PEÑÓN-CAYO GUILLERMO-MORÓN Transfer to Cayo Guillermo (2h). The beaches of Cayo Guillermo are valuable jewels renowned by their variety of birds and the high level of conservation of their maritime ecosystems. Today we enjoy a swim at the beautiful beach of Playa Pilar beside the Atlantic Ocean, with a tasty seafood meal. Transfer to Morón (2h). Dinner in a paladar (private restaurant) and accommodation in Hotel La Casona.

DAY 10. MORÓN-LA HABANA After breakfast, transfer to Havana (6h). Farewell dinner in a good restaurant in Old Havana, with live show performed by the musicians of Roberto Faz's group, members of the Buena Vista Social Club. Accommodation at the Hotel Presidente

DAY 11. HAVANA After breakfast, guided walking tour through the historical center of Old Havana. Transfer to Playas del Este for the last swim and more good seafood. Transfer to Havana and return transfer to the airport at 18:00h.

DAY 12. Arrival in Europe

Note Depending on availability, the hotels mentioned in this brochure may be replaced, without prior notice, with others hotels of the same category

Min: 6 participants

DATES 2017: Max: 12 participants March 01-12 November 11-22  (In double room for a minimum of six people)

PRICE: 2360 euro (Single Room Supplement 200 Euros) *Prices are linked to the Cuban CUC. In case of strong exchange rate fluctuations, the price can be adjusted up 2 weeks before departure.

INCLUDING: Transfer to the airport José Martí of Havana the last day of the program at 18:00. Accommodation in Hotel Presidente**** or similar. Accommodation in hotels or Casa particular in the program. Full board during the horse trek and in Havana as specified in the program with a drink (beer, soft drink, mineral water) included. Service of a guide, instructor and a translator co-coordinator of Cabalgar Rutas Alternativas for the all program. One or two local equestrian tour guides for the all ride. Well equipped Cuban Criollo horse’s (mix breed), Pinto and Appaloosa Back-up vehicle Transfers from Havana to Cienfuegos, Trinidad, Morón, Cayo Coco and return to Havana

NOT INCLUDING: Flights to/from Havana Transfer from the airport José Martí to Havana the first day of the program Accidents Insurance and Insurance requirements: To entry in Cuba you will need to have a travel medical insurance policies purchased abroad and must be from a travel insurance and/or assistance companies recognized by the Cuban government. Museum and show tickets Extra drinks Extra expenses in hotels Tips to the guides or musicians (approx. 50€) Transfers in Havana Private transfer to the airport of Havana the last day of the program.

 

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