Colombia - Mountain Adventures

  • Open All Year
  • Set arrivals
  • 7 to 9 nights / 5 days of riding | 4 to 9 hours riding per day | Nearest airport:Bogota
  • Weight limit: 15st 9lbs (100 kg) (219 pounds)
  • Usual maximum: 12

Found at the northern tip of South America, Colombia is bordered by Panama, Venezuela, Brazil, Ecuador and Peru. This colourful country is a must-visit destination; after all it is famed for having the friendliest and happiest people in Latin America!

Colombia is one of the most bio-diverse countries in the world. From soaring Andean peaks and unspoilt Amazon jungle, to coffee plantations and pristine coastlines, Colombia is both varied and beautiful.

There are two routes to choose from:

On the Villa de Leyva Ride, you travel on horseback from Sisga Dam to the heritage town of Villa de Leyva – famed for its whitewashed colonial buildings, cobbled streets and impressive plaza. Cross the beautiful mountains and valleys of Cundinamarca and Ubaté. Ride through ancient oak forests and make your way across the arid La Candelaria, before arriving at Villa de Leyva.

The Barichara Ride explores the eastern part of the country. Journey on horseback from the town of Oiba, to colonial Barichara. Along the way encounter towns, villages, coffee plantations, waterfalls and canyons. You’ll be following in the footsteps of Conquistadors, and later the patriots, who proclaimed the country’s Independence. Often you ride along the famous cobblestone paths of the ‘Camino Real’ (royal roads), which lead to the hilltop colonial town of Barichara.

For these trails, you should be confident enough to ride a forward-going horse in a group situation. A balanced seat is also important, so that you can help your horse over difficult terrain.

There are opportunities to trot and canter, occasionally on grass and sometimes on harder tracks or roads. You will be covering an average of 20-30km and be riding for up to 8 or 9 hours on some days.

You ride on cobblestone royal roads, rural tracks and forest paths. Your guide tries to minimise roadwork, but at certain points it is necessary to ride on the road in order to go from one network of country paths to the next. The back-up crew are on hand to help control the traffic when your riding group negotiates the busiest sections.

The horses are a mixture of Anglo-Arabs, Colombian Criollos and crossbreeds, ranging in height from about 14hh to 15.2hh. The horses respond to neck-reining. Some have English saddles and some have trail saddles. Martingales and cruppers are used on most of the horses.

Both trails involve some long days in the saddle, but the Barichara Ride particularly is a challenging route for fit and experienced riders only. The pace is not overly fast, but the horses are forward going and the terrain can be very tough. There are river crossings to negotiate, as well as steep ascents and descents.

During the ride you stay in a mixture of simple hotels, comfortable guesthouses and characterful rural haciendas. All are clean and comfortable, with a healthy dose of Colombian charm.

On most nights there are private bathrooms for each room, but on occasion a bathroom is shared between two guest rooms. Showers are available on all nights of the ride, but it is worth remembering that cold showers are the norm in a tropical country like Colombia.

A limited number of single rooms are possible on some nights of the trail. A single supplement is payable locally for each night you are able to have your own room.

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Upcoming Dates

Set departures are listed below. Additional dates for the Villa de Leyva ride are usually possible for groups of 2 or more - please contact us for availability.

Holiday Experience LevelExp Lvl Arrive - DepartArr - Dep   Price Itinerary Availability
Villa de Leyva 1 Jun 2024 - 8 Jun 2024 7 nights 7 ngts £1,762.89 View (.pdf) Book
Barichara Ride 14 Jun 2024 - 23 Jun 2024 9 nights 9 ngts £2,243.68 View (.pdf) Book
Barichara Ride 12 Jul 2024 - 21 Jul 2024 9 nights 9 ngts £2,243.68 View (.pdf) Book
Villa de Leyva 26 Jul 2024 - 2 Aug 2024 7 nights 7 ngts £1,762.89 View (.pdf) Book
Barichara Ride 9 Aug 2024 - 18 Aug 2024 9 nights 9 ngts £2,243.68 View (.pdf) Book
Villa de Leyva 1 Sep 2024 - 8 Sep 2024 7 nights 7 ngts £1,762.89 View (.pdf) Book
Barichara Ride 13 Sep 2024 - 22 Sep 2024 9 nights 9 ngts £2,243.68 View (.pdf) Book
Villa de Leyva 27 Sep 2024 - 4 Oct 2024 7 nights 7 ngts £1,762.89 View (.pdf) Book
Barichara Ride 18 Oct 2024 - 27 Oct 2024 9 nights 9 ngts £2,243.68 View (.pdf) Book
Villa de Leyva 1 Nov 2024 - 8 Nov 2024 7 nights 7 ngts £1,762.89 View (.pdf) Book
Barichara Ride 15 Nov 2024 - 24 Nov 2024 9 nights 9 ngts £2,243.68 View (.pdf) Book
Barichara Ride 13 Dec 2024 - 22 Dec 2024 9 nights 9 ngts £2,243.68 View (.pdf) Book

Prices

INCLUDES Accommodation; meals (except lunch and dinner in Bogotá); soft drinks; riding; luggage transportation; town tour and return transfers from Bogotá.

SMALL GROUP SUPPLEMENTS apply which depend on the total number of people booked:
Villa de Leyva: 2-3 riders in group: £641.05
Villa de Leyva: 4-7 riders in group: £320.53
Barichara: 2-3 riders in group: £721.18
Barichara: 4-7 riders in group: £240.39

SINGLE SUPPLEMENT A limited number of single rooms are possible on some nights of the trail. A single supplement of $40 per night is payable locally for each night you are able to have your own room.

PAYABLE LOCALLY Alcoholic drinks; lunch and dinner in Bogotá; tips.

NEAREST AIRPORT Bogotá.

TRANSFERS Included from Bogotá airport on the first and last days of the ride.


Getting There

The meeting point is Bogota International airport.

The first and last nights are spent in Bogota and so your flights can arrive and depart at any time.

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Location

Explore the mountains and valleys of eastern Colombia. This area is characterised by rugged Andean ranges, rivers, rainforest and colonial towns like Villa de Leyva and Barichara (where the rides end).


Weather & Climate

The weather in Colombia is almost ideal all year round. Being in the tropics means the weather is not such much defined by seasons, but more by the area you are in.

The areas where the rides take place are some of Colombia's cooler regions, but days can still be hot and often humid. Average daytime temperatures in this area tend to be in the mid to late 20's °C, dropping to the low 20's °C overnight.

You are close to the equator and therefore should be prepared for the chance of rain, regardless of the timing of your visit.

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Guest Review

The horses were all very fit and well cared for. The accommodation was very good and was one of the highlights of the ride. The countryside and scenery was great and I really felt we were seeing "authentic" Colombia.

Ken, USA


Ride Report

Abigail Wood
I was caught totally off-guard by Colombia's beauty, diversity and the incredible friendliness of everyone we met along the way. Highlights for me were riding through rural villages and towns and seeing local life along the way.

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