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Colombia - Barichara Ride
Found at the northern tip of South America, Colombia is bordered by Panama, Venezuela, Brazil, Ecuador and Peru. Colombia 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, second only to Brazil, which is ten times its size. From soaring Andean peaks and unspoilt Amazon jungle, to coffee plantations and pristine coastlines, Colombia is both varied and beautiful.
On our Barichara Ride you head off the beaten path in the eastern part of the country. Journey on horseback from the town of Oiba to colonial Barichara. Along the way encounter towns, villages, coffee and sugar cane plantations, waterfalls and canyons.
Follow in the footsteps Conquistadors, settlers, 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 you to the hilltop colonial town of Barichara.
This is a challenging ride for fit and experienced riders. Whilst the pace is not overly fast, the terrain can be very tough and there are river crossings, as well as steep ascents and descents to negotiate. You should be confident enough to ride a forward-going horse and be balanced enough in the saddle to be able to help your horse over difficult terrain.
There are some 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.
The horses are a mixture of Anglo-Arabs, Colombian Criollos and crossbreeds, ranging in height from about 14hh to 15.2hh. They are ridden English style, but usually respond to neck-reining. The saddles are a mixture of English and trail saddles. Martingales and cruppers are used on most of the horses.
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 of $40 per night is payable locally for each night you are able to have your own room.
Set departures are listed below but additional dates may be possible on request for groups of 8 or more.
|Holiday||Experience LevelExp Lvl||Arrive - DepartArr - Dep||Price||Itinerary||Availability|
||4 May 2019 - 13 May 2019||9 nights 9 ngts||£2,007.43||Book|
||8 Jun 2019 - 17 Jun 2019||9 nights 9 ngts||£2,007.43||Book|
||20 Jul 2019 - 29 Jul 2019||9 nights 9 ngts||£2,007.43||Book|
||17 Aug 2019 - 26 Aug 2019||9 nights 9 ngts||£2,007.43||Book|
||19 Oct 2019 - 28 Oct 2019||9 nights 9 ngts||£2,007.43||Book|
||16 Nov 2019 - 25 Nov 2019||9 nights 9 ngts||£2,007.43||Book|
INCLUDES Accommodation; meals (except lunch and dinner in Bogotá on Days 1 and 9); soft drinks; riding; luggage transportation; Barichara city tour and return transfers from Bogotá.
SMALL GROUP SUPPLEMENTS apply which depend on the total number of people booked:
2-3 riders in group: £669.40
4-7 riders in group: £231.63
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.
Explore the province of Santander in eastern Colombia, an area characterised by rugged Andean ranges, rivers, rainforest and colonial towns like Villa de Leyva, Mompós and Barichara (where the ride ends).
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 Santander province is one 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.
Of the many highlights of this ride, one of the most memorable was meeting a group of children in a small village who were totally enthralled with their foreign visitors and the horses. Colombia caught me off guard; beautiful and surprising in equal measure.
My advice? Go as soon as you can, before it changes too much.