Colombia has a surprising amount of opportunity and advantages for equestrian vacations. Come along with us as I start a new section on this blog dedicated to a passion which started for me in childhood, adolescence and on through my college years. We are going to very lightly cover the different types of horse tours available in Colombia and in future posts it is our desire to go and experience each one. Call it a bucket list if you will.
Horse Vacations in Colombia
Trail Rides in Salento, Quindio
Salento, the Village of Artisans, is also famous for the wax palms of the Cocora Valley. In fact, the wax palm is the national tree of Colombia too. Visitors can go on guided rides from the pueblo of Salento, or they can take a jeep to the Cocora Valley then rent a horse. The quality of the horses can vary a bit. Everything from half-dead hags to well-cared for, but tame steeds can be found. Great for beginner riders who want to go for a little jaunt on a rented horse.
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Learn How to Ride a Paso Fino Colombiano in Pereira, Risaralda
Pereira, is the capital of the coffee region, and not surprisingly, it is also a bit of a capital for horses too. With several breeders, trainers and riding stables, called chalaneria’s. Visitors can take lessons on how to ride and manage the magnificent Paso Fino Colombians. In a soon-to-come feature story we are going to visit and review the stables in Pereira. We will tell you where to go for the best ride in the Coffee Region!
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Take a Ride on the Wild Side in Colombia’s Pacific Region
In some parts of Colombia, horses/mules are still a very important mode of transport for goods and people. The Pacific region or the Department of El Choco, is one of these places. Many residential areas in these forgotten pueblos can only be reached on horse or by foot. Near to Pereira, in a little-known area visitors can safely dip their toe in the red zone. As of May 2017, safety precautions are in place to ensure the safety of small groups of visitors. I have written quite extensively about the jungles of El Choco here, here and here.
For me it is one of the most beautiful and enchanting places in Colombia. Starting in July 2017, we can offer exclusive tours – weather and road conditions permitting. Ride a traditional Colombian Chiva into the mists of El Choco, upon arrival you will spend one night in the pueblo. The next day you will take a jeep down to the river and then travel by horse up to the wildest jungle in Colombia. Take a cool dip under a 50 meter waterfall, swing on a vine just like Tarzan, and experience Colombian jungles on horseback. Hike up into virgin jungles or hunt for wild orchids and poison dart frogs. Contact Us Here to plan your VIP Guided Tour and take a ride on the wild side!
Ride up to a Lost City and Camp
La Ciudad Perdida is like the Machu Picchu of Colombia. It is a series of terraced hilltops which were made by ancient pre-colombino cultures. And, they have withstood the test of time. The ruins are located up on a mountain Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, in a jungle forest along the northern coast of Colombia in a national park called Parque Tayrona. This one we are including because we are convinced that there is a horse trek you can do with this. But, don’t run out and bank your whole vacation on it because I haven’t been there. The online information about renting a horse is spotty at best. Of course you will have a guide, but we can’t verify cost or pinpoint where to go. If you would like to sponsor us to go up there, hook up with a horse tour and write a really cool story about the whole thing (and maybe even help you promo your Colombia tourism related business?), then be sure to reach us via our contact form on this page: Contact Us >>
Ride on the Beach in Santa Marta
According to Experiencia Colombia, you can rent horses and go riding down the beach in Parque Tayrona. An indigenous reserve, Parque Tayrona, is very biodiverse and beautiful. From the sun-kissed beaches to the Ciudad Perdida, or Lost City up in the Sierra Nevadas de Santa Marta, you won’t be disappointed. Be sure to bring cash as amenities are not well-developed. We cannot verify at this time the costs or contacts for horse rentals. Areas like this you need to do your homework on carefully to ensure the best outcomes! And, as part of our new “niche” type which I am adding onto Open Minded Traveler, we are going to gradually bring you some really cool content for horse people who travel!
Ride With The Cowboys on the Eastern Plains
Discover the heart of beef cattle and cowboy country, also called “Los Llanos.” There you will earn about the cowboys who do the dirty work for their ranch bosses, called “llaneros.” Stay on a working ranch and discover the cowboy life as you ride out on the plains. Watch out for crocodiles! This is the wild wild eastern plains, places like Yopal and Casanare, were once hotbeds of guerrilla activity. Today they are becoming safer, but plan your trip with caution. This is another travel experience which I can’t wait to go and really dig into. My plan is to go and spend several days or a week out in the Eastern plains riding horses and hanging out on a ranch or two where I can learn about the culture. But, funding is an issue. Over time I can probably pull it off, but a sponsorship of the cost of making this journey can speed things along. Especially if you have a tour business in the east of Colombia, or you want to learn more and show off your attraction through my camera lens, then get in touch with me to see how you can help sponsor my journey. For more information about my writing experience and ways that I can help you publicize your business or tourism concept, click here: Writing Services – Help Sponsor Future Content