The Colombian Trail Ride - Day by Day
Itinerary - Day by day description of The Colombian Trail Ride
DAY 1 Bogota – Saddlery - Paso Fino Stables - Cucunúba
Offical meeting at 09:00AM at the Hotel Retiro84 in Bogota (most guests spent the night before in that same hotel)
Road transfer to the colonial village Cucunuba, 75 kms from Bogotá. Along the way we stop to visit a typical Colombian saddlery where you will learn about Colombian tack. We will have lunch along the way in a typical restaurant. After lunch and a short drive we arrive at La Montesa, a renowned breeding farm of Colombian Paso Fino Horses where you will ride these pureblood horses and experience why they say the Paso Fino is the smoothest horse in the world!
We continue to for little drive to La 'Posada de Don Pedro' in Cucunuba where we will be accommodated.
DAY 2 Cucunúba - Hacienda La Casona 34 Km (aprox. 6h riding)
Meet & greet the horses. Preparing equipment and horse selection. Saddle horses and Kick off ride at 9:00hrs. After trotting through the colonial village we immediatly start climbing in the Juaitoque natural reserve and reach the highest point of 3.200 meter height above sea level. Traditional bridle paths take us through Andino Moorlands. In the afternoon we will descend through “el camino de la punta de la peña” with a view at the Palacio lagoon. We will have a great Colombian BBQ fand continue or ride till arriving at Colonial Hacienda La Casona.
Refreshments, dinner at a cosy meeting at the fireplace of this beautiful hacienda.
DAY 3 Hacienda La Cabaña - Sutatausa - Hacienda La Cabaña 30 Km (aprox. 5h riding)
Saddle horses and Kick off ride at 9:00 a.m
Crossing narrow paths in the forest, climbing and descending till reaching the typical village of Sutatausa.
We will visit the cathedral and learn about the Spanish domination of the past.
We will continue the ride to the rocky mountains of the “Hato” Dam where we will have a local traditional lunch.
In the late afternoon we will arrive again at Hacienda La Cabaña for a second night in this fantastic place.
DAY 4 Hacienda La Cabaña - Punta de Vega - Hacienda Potosi 34 Kilometers (aprox. 6h riding)
Saddle horses and start the ride through the green fields of Cundinamarca, the biggest region of milk cows in Colombia.
Around noon we arrive a one of the oldest Colonial farms of Colombia, Punta de Vega where we will have lunch.
After a good meal and siesta we continue riding to “Hacienda Potosi” where we will arrive around 17:00hrs.
Owner Marta will more than probably will like to show us her champion draft horses.
DAY 5 Hacienda Potosi - Raquira Silvestre 38 km (aprox. 8h riding)
Saddle horses and kick off ride at 08:00 - 8:30 a.m.
W leave hacienda Potosí passing through the green fields of this milk region.after a few canter we will reach the beautifil hacienda 'Ticha' of Dona Patricia.
Lunch will be served at the colonial hacienda, a place where history pours from the walls.
In the afternoon we ride through oak woods the with the Fúquene lagoon on the background.
We will leave the province of Cundinamarca to enter in the province of Boyacá, till we reach the semi desert plains of Raquira.
At the Raquirq Silvestre farmhouses we will spend the night and have a great evening with the performance of local folk musicians.
DAY 6 Raquira Silvestre - Monasterio de la Candelaria 25 Km (aprox. 5h riding)
Breakfast around 09:30
Saddle horses & Kick off ride at 10:30 p.m
Descending the semi desert mountains we will see in the distance the colorfull town of Raquira, well known for it's pottery & handicrafts.
Will have the time to stroll aroud the pittoresque town,where we will have a cold beer and lunch.
In the afternoon we continue the ride all the way till reaching the “Candelaria” monastery, a sacred place founded in 1.604 and owned today by the Agustinos community.
We will be very comfortable accommodated at the monastry.
DAY 7 Monasterio de la Candelaria - Villa de Leyva 35 kilometers (aprox. 7h riding)
Saddle horses & Kick off ride at 8:00 a.m
Today the scenery changes drastically, just one hour away from the monastery we will enter the inhospitable desert of la Candelaria, rocky bridle paths and strong winds will guide the way.
Once in the the desert we will visit the “Patio de Brujas”, a magic place of indigenous witches.
In the later afternoon we will reach one of Colombias most beautiful Colonial cities Villa de Leyva, founded in 1572 and known as a national monument. A place known to keep its traditional architecture between moorlands and deserts.
Accommodation in a colonial hotel at the main square of Villa de Leyva.
Free late afternoon.
Dinner around 20:00hrs , ...last night drinks, ....
DAY 8 Villa de Leyva - Bogota
Transfer by private bus to Bogotá airport (4 hours aprox)
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We will do everything possible to follow the indicated intinerary, although spot changes can occur due to unforeseen circumstances. Rides are subject to change depending on weather, location and difficulty of terrain In the unlikely event that this happens on your trip, we ask you flexibility and understanding. This is a sporty and adventurous vacation!
Staying longer in Colombia after the trailride?
The Caribbean, the Pacific Ocean, the Andes mountains and the Sierra Nevada, the mighty Amazon forest, Latin America’s most beautiful city Cartagena, plenty of picturesque villages, pre-Colombian sites like the Lost City, fascinating fauna & flora, name it and Colombia has it. No other country on the continent can compete with multi –cultural and natural Colombia.
Staying longer after the trailride to dance salsa, to relax at a Caribbean beach, to go scubadiving or hiking in the Andes or to go on a Chalan horseriding course is definitely a good plan. And be warned, the risk is that you want to stay! Talk to us to see how you could extend your holiday.