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Mexico Horse Riding: Colonial Highlands


6YX7L
7 NIGHTS
FROM £1,795
International flights quoted separately
This horse riding holiday exploring the beautiful Colonial Highlands of Mexico. Starting from the charming town of Guanajuato, ride to Santa Rosa & historic Dolores Hildalgo, where the Mexican revolution started. Visit the Sanctuary of Atotonilco (the Sistine Chapel of Mexico) & magnificent San Miguel de Allende. All riding, meals & transfers included. Min 4 - Max 14. Intermediate and advance riders.
Photo Mexico Horse Riding Holiday Central Colonial Highlands
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Horse Riding Holiday
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Silver Route
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Guanajuato
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Christ the King
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Tequila Tasting
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Santa Rosa
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Dolores Hidalgo
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Sanctuary of Atotonilco
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San Miguel de Allende
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Indian Chapels
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Horse Riding Holiday
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Silver Route
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Guanajuato
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Christ the King
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Tequila Tasting
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Santa Rosa
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Dolores Hidalgo
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Sanctuary of Atotonilco
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San Miguel de Allende
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Indian Chapels
Day 1
You will be met at Leon Airport and transferred 1.5-hours to the charming colonial city of Guanajuato.
 
With its many narrow cobbled alleyways and shaded plazas dotted with sidewalk cafes, this former silver mining city is today a UNESCO World Heritage site. It is widely regarded as the most beautiful colonial city in Mexico.
 
Upon arrival at your hotel enjoy welcome cocktails on the terrace, as riders meet the staff and learn more about our exciting journey thorugh the Colonial Highlands. Then enjoy an included welcome dinner in the garden, with music and ranch-era songs.
Day 2
We start our adventure from an old silver mine this morning, as we head towards the town of Santa Rosa, located at a height of 2,850 meters in the heart of the Colonial Highlands.
 
Riding along the Old Royal Road used to transport gold and silver for over 500 years during Spanish colonial times, we pass former gold and silver mines, as well as the rural communities of Peñafiel, Monte San Nicolas and Peregrina. We also see the famous statue of Christ the King of the Mountain (Cristo de El Cubilete) that commemorates the 1926-29 Catholic uprising against the government when it passed anti-religious laws that forbade public masses, and considered the geographic center of Mexico.
 
After riding for 14 miles (12 km), we enjoy tequila tasting at our mountain retreat saloon, and in the evening tuck into a hearty dinner of typical Mexican cuisine.
Day 3
This morning we ride through the oak, pine and arbutus forests of the Colonial Highlands, surrounded by bird song and majestic natural beauty.
 
We ride 22 miles (37 km) to the town of Dolores Hidalgo, the cradle of Mexican independence. It was here, at daybreak on 16 September 1810, that the priest Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla famously initiated the call to take up arms against the colonial Spanish. We take a brief tour of this historic centre and visit some of the most significant buildings used during the Mexican War of Independence.
 
In the evening enjoy dinner in the garden of a typical Mexican restaurant, an old house dating back to the 18th century. See fireflies flitting through the garden and smell the scent of fresh flowers.
Day 4
After a typical Mexican coffee (called café de la olla), today's journey takes us through the Cactus Valley as we ride 16 miles (27 km) to the town of Atotonilco.
 
Along the way we visit the historic Hacienda La Erre, an interesting property which played an important role during the Mexican War of Independence. We also enjoy a picnic lunch on the outskirts of the old chapel of Barron community.
 
We continue to Atotonilco, where we visit the majestic 18th century Sanctuary of Atotonilco - a church complex known as the "Sistine Chapel of Mexico" with imposing walls, nave, sacristy, over six adjoining chapels and dressing rooms. Decorated with murals, easel paintings, altars and sculptures this majestic shrine has been declared a World Heritage site.
Day 5
In the morning we have a relatively flat 14 mile (23 km) ride to the art and cultural centre of San Miguel de Allende. Known for its rich traditions, in which events and festivals play an important role, this is a mystical town that has preserved its ancient traditions.
 
We ride along 200-year old roads used during the Mexican Revolution, and through traditional rural landscapes of corn and agave fields (used for making tequila), with vistas ranging from semi-desert to wetlands.
Day 6
Explore the fortified town of San Miguel de Allende on horseback today.
 
San Miguel de Allende is a city that manages to be both quaint and cosmopolitan at the same time. Once an important stop on the silver route between Zacatecas and Mexico City, its historic center is filled with well-preserved buildings from the 17th and 18th centuries. With its narrow cobblestone streets, leafy courtyards, fine architectural details and sumptuous interiors, San Miguel de Allende is one of the prettiest towns in Mexico with many museums, galleries, restaurants and coffee shops.
 
There are over 240 Indian chapels in this municipality, a few of which have been restored by the local government.
Day 7
We bid farewell to our horses today and drive back to Guanajuato.
 
Here we have the balance of the day free to enjoy this wonderful city, with its many small squares, cafes, restaurants, bars, shops and museums.
 
In the evening enjoy a farewell dinner, accompanied by wonderful Mariachi music.
Day 8
Transfer 1.5-hours to Leon Airport for your flight home.

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