MÉXICO: The Silver Trailride
THE SILVER TRAIL RIDE
9 days – 8 nights – 6 days of horse riding.
… Mexican Revolution, Charros and Mariachis, popular culture, Tequila, gastronomy and lots of fun …
We travelled at the time of the Mexican Revolution, following the steps of the revolutionary and Mexican hero Pancho Villa to discover a real and authentic Mexico. We take you to the vaquero state of Guanajuato, the cradle of Mexican independence.
Landscapes of a western movie, sixteenth and seventeenth-century haciendas, charros, cowboys, mariachi musicians, tequila, cactus, colonial towns, Mexican fiestas, delicious Mexican cuisine, hats and ladies, in … few words; There is no lack of the Mexican ingredient in this unique equestrian trip! The tough and well-dressed cowboys lend us their well-trained horses and take us on an unforgettable trip in true Zorro style. The trip begins immediately in the most beautiful Ciudad de México. Arriving in Guanajuato (a city in the state with the same name) we settled in a cosy colonial hotel located in the colourful historic centre. We visited the picturesque city and were captivated by the Mexican atmosphere. The next day it is our turn to be a charro. Our horses from Quarta la Milla (Mexican Quarters) are saddled with large and comfortable Mexican mounts, waiting for the adventure to begin …
DAY 1 Home Program BJX Guanajuato Airport > Hotel
The riders will be received at the designated meeting point and, subsequently, transferred to Rancho Colomitos, a traditional Mexican ranch.
Upon arrival, the riders will have a delicious reception cocktail and then perform the BRIEFING of the Tour.
In the evening we will have a Ranchera barbecue, entertained with soft Mexican music and the light of our campfire on the terrace.
DAY 2 Guanajuato – Santa Rosa (21 km)
Rancho Colomitos to the Peñafiel mine, a journey on horseback through typical rural communities, until reaching the foothills of the Montecillo mountains, towards the old Cardones hacienda crossing landscapes of changing nature with elements of the semi-desert and the majesty of the central mountain range.
We will have the opportunity to observe several ancient ruins of mines and haciendas hundreds of years old, such as Santo Niño, located between the mountains, from the time of the Spanish colony.
We will cross the “Cardo River” and we can, if we wish, swim in its natural filtered water toilet coming from the water of the “Sacred Mountain”. A small natural pool in the middle of the desert.
We will move to the hotel, located in the heart of the historic center of Guanajuato, with the opportunity to see “La Presa de la Olla” A beautiful old dam, which is accessible through an old road built from the viceregal era.
Day 3 Santa Rosa – Dolores Hidalgo 27 (km)
Starting our adventure we will start from the old silver mine, in the direction of the town of Santa Rosa, located in the heart of the central sierra. We will pass through old gold and silver mines, in addition to the beautiful rural communities. This is a beautiful journey through the old royal road, used during the time of the Spanish colony to move minerals, mainly gold and silver for 500 years.
In the afternoon, we will enjoy a delicious cocktail and tequila tasting, on the terrace of our accommodation, accompanied by soft Mexican music. Our dinner will be in the same place, Mountain Refuge.
DAY 4 Santa Rosa – Dolores Hidalgo (37km)
Journey through the central highlands, the most biodiverse area of the state, passing through mountains, forests of oaks, pines and strawberry trees, accompanied during the journey of this day of the soft sound of birds, natural and majestic environments, with impressive views from the area with the huge mountains on one side and the semi-desert zone on the other with the possibility if there is luck, to see some coyote, puma or raccoon on the way, … so until we reach our next destination.
The corrals of the old hacienda. Place where we will leave our horses, and we will be transported by vehicle to our accommodation in the heart of the historic centre of the city.
DAY 5 Crossing the historic town. (12 km)
This day we will have the wonderful opportunity to cross one of the most emblematic cities in the history of Mexico on horseback. Cradle of national independence, and America, as the atrium of his parish, was witness to the famous cry of freedom, which was the initial call to take up arms against the viceregal regime and the Spanish crown issued by Father Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla the early morning of September 16, 1810. We will make a brief tour of the historic centre; visiting some of the most emblematic buildings of Mexico’s war of independence.
In the afternoon, those who wish will have the opportunity to visit the “Wine Museum”, enter an “Authentic Mexican Cantina” or simply walk and visit shops with a variety of local crafts. Our Dinner will be in a typical and unique Mexican restaurant, located in the main garden. In an old house dating from the eighteenth century and is renowned for serving delicious traditional dishes, accompanied by the smell of fresh flowers and fruit trees.
DAY 6 Dolores – Atotonilco (27 km)
We will continue our journey on horseback to the town of Atotonilco, passing through the valley of the cactus and the historic Hacienda de la Erre, an interesting property that played a key role during the war of independence.
On the way to Atotonilco, from the distance, we will be able to see the imposing walls of the Church of the XVIII century, a living sanctuary that continues in force. This invaluable treasure and its architectural ensemble are known as the Sistine Chapel of Mexico. This majestic sanctuary is declared by UNESCO as a world heritage site.
Upon arrival at our accommodation, we can enjoy a relaxing bath in the thermal pool of the hotel.
DAY 7 Atotoniclo – San Miguel (23km)
We will ride the old roads that were used 200 years ago during the War of Independence and the Mexican Revolution. We will tour the traditional Mexican landscape to discover the Capillas de Indios, authentic treasures of Mexican syncretism. We will also witness the religious syncretism of our indigenous groups that came out of these temples, calvaries and chapels along the shore of the “Laja River”.
Unique landscapes that combine “Semidesierto con Humedales”, the day of this day, will become an authentic and very interesting trip, without a doubt a day full of rural life, with a wonderful tranquillity, that allows us to enjoy each step on horseback, to reach our next destination, the cosmopolitan San Miguel de Allende. (World Heritage / UNESCO).
DAY 8 San Miguel de Allende.
It is time to leave our horse to continue our adventure on foot and enjoy our magic in this air, visiting some of the most representative sites of this beautiful city, characterized by its rich traditions, in which throughout the year events and Popular festivals play an important role.
In the afternoon we will enjoy a good farewell cocktail.
DAY 9 San Miguel de Allende
Breakfast at the hotel.
12:00 pm. End of our services.
- Private Transfer from airport – hotel – airport (07:39 to 22:30 hrs).
- Additional Transfer, as stated in the program.
- A trained horse for all levels.
- Saddle and necessary equestrian equipment.
- Specialized guides & support staff.
- Support vehicle for baggage.
- Food as indicated in the program.
- 7 nights lodging at hotels described or similar in double occupancy.
- Cocktail and tasting of Tequila, day 2 of the agenda.
- Personal equipment bags.
- Native rug for rest days on horseback.
- White or red wine during picnics.
- Special requests for food (vegetarian, etc.).
- An expedition certificates.
- Spa services.
- Additional charge for single occupancy in the accommodation.
- Travel insurance. Any rider involved in a vacation on horseback should be secured.
Most of the Mexican insurance companies, do not cover any type of equestrian tourism-related accidents.
- Phone calls or internet.
- Laundry services.
- Different Alcoholic beverages to the ones mentioned in the program.
- Different Private transfers to the ones in the program.
- Changes to the itinerary upon clients request.
- Transfer from and to the airport (between 22:30 – 07:30 hrs).
- Groups of 6 or more people can request a special date and close that date for them.
- If, in addition to the date, they want it to be Private, that is, no more people are outside their group, then they will have to pay an additional 15 % on the value of your package.
- This is a group of less than 10 people.
- When there are more than 10 pax, there is no additional supplement.
- Maximum of Participants: 12 Pax.
- Disability of the land: 65% easy- 30% intermediate – 5% complex.
- Physical effort required: 85% Easy – 15% Moderate
- Total duration: 8 Days 7 nights (Type of accommodation in general 3.5 stars)
- Level required for the riders: Intermediate; A confident rider, and safe in all three gaits.