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Join this horseback trail riding adventure which is a hundred times as exciting as what you get to experience on your daily rides! Coyote Canyon Adventures is proud to offer this amazing adventure that will take you across the outstanding sierra or mountain range that once crossed on horseback the Mexican heroes of independence, between the towns of Guanajuato and San Miguel de Allende.
You will be staying in the accommodation provided by Coyote Canyon Adventures. Equipment included in this tour is necessary tack and riding equipment, tents, sleeping bags, folding chairs, folding tables, ice chests, lanterns and flashlights, full kitchen staff and gear, and inflatable mattresses for an extra comfortable nights sleep.
This weeklong horseback trail riding adventure is a hundred times as exciting as what you get to experience on your daily rides. It is five nights of camping and six days of riding in the Guanajuato sierra, that may be dry like in an old Western movie or green and blooming depending on the time of the year that you want to hold it.
Coyote Canyon Adventures has repeating customers that enjoy a brand new adventure every time the horses lead them out of Guanajuato city. All their customers agree on one thing, though: this is a life-changing experience and there surely will be tears in your eyes when you approach the beautiful skyline of San Miguel de Allende at the end of the week.
It’s six days on horseback and five nights camping outdoor in the Guanajuato mountains. All the equipment is provided to guarantee a deep and resting sleep after riding for three to six hours a day. Once at the camp, you may spend the rest of the day still riding, if you feel like it, or exploring on foot the mysteries of that historic land such as rivers, waterfalls, and a hidden graveyard, where the runaway revolutionaries that stayed hidden from the army in those mountains buried, along with their treasures.
After having thoroughly explored Guanajuato, your Mexican horseback adventure begins as you work your way through the beautiful and windy colonial city. This first part of your ride takes you not only through the town and its lavish historical district, but also down into its unique tunnel system underneath the city, which was once used to channel its river.
Once you are on the edge of town, you have a quick stop to say goodbye. You say goodbye to civilization. You say goodbye to your everyday world and you prepare to enter a very different reality. From this point on, you spend the next six days riding over mountains, high desert plains, rolling hillsides, and across various river valleys on your faithful horses. You will also have opportunities to hike and swim in these natural areas.
The views are always spectacular, in every direction, and the landscape can change dramatically from one hour to the next. In the
mountains, you will explore both oak and pine gallery forests. The views from the top of these mountains are absolutely breathtaking.
Then at other times, you are exploring high desert plains like a lonesome band of renegades reminiscent of Spaghetti Westerns. You will forge across rivers and herd livestock. You will also get to learn how to use a rope and possibly even lasso a steer with it.
you will explore remote villages and eventually arrive at one of the most beautiful colonial towns of all time, San Miguel de Allende. Throughout all of this time, you will come to form a unique bond with your horse that you will come to cherish. You will find that your horse does not merely carry you across the countryside, rather he helps to ground you to the earth and to commune with God
and the magnificent natural world around you.
Each of the six nights of your journey is spent around the warm campfire and under the moon and stars. A full set of camping gear is provided, including inflatable mattresses for a good night's rest. All meals are also included and a full kitchen and support and staff will be on site at base camps along with transportation for all of your camping gear and personal belongings.
There will be a shopping trip available the day before your ride begins to give riders the opportunity to purchase boots, hats, spurs, coats, and other gear and leather goods in Leon, Guanajuato, which is known as the leather capital of Mexico. Here, you can expect to find top quality leather goods at a half or a third the price you would normally pay elsewhere.
Your Mexican riding adventure begins in Guanajuato's bull-fighting arena. Here, you will receive an overview of the day's ride and instructions. After getting acquainted with your horse, you commence your ride which first takes you throughout much of Guanajuato, down into its underground tunnels and through its gorgeous downtown district.
After crossing town, you make a brief rest stop next to the Presa de la Olla reservoir. From this point, you head up a historical Camino Real once used to access some of the oldest mines in the state. You continue to climb further up the mountain named Cerro del Santo Niño which means mountain of the holy child until you climb over it and eventually wind your way down a ravine on the other side.
This ravine named "Las Playitas" will be your campsite for the night. By the time you arrive at camp, the kitchen crew already has the cold beer, tequila, and appetizers ready and waiting for you. The rest of the evening can be spent relaxing around the campfire, enjoying a delicious Mexican barbecue dinner, enjoying the company of both old and new friends, and gazing at the amazing starry night.
The next morning, the kitchen crew has coffee ready at 08:00 and breakfast served at 09:00. After breakfast, you pack your things, tack up your horses, and begin your ride at 10:30. You wind your way further down the ravine and into the rolling hillsides and valley below. Eventually, you reach a very small town called La Sauceda, known for its delicious home-style cooking at its several road-stop diners.
After enjoying both a delicious meal and a few cold beers, you continue across the valley on your way to your next campsite at the skirt of the mountain named El Misterio del Chorro, which is translated as the mystery of the mountain's spring. This name refers to a mountain spring found high up in the mountain. However, it will not be until the following day that you will be able to discover what mystery this mountain holds.
The third day of riding will take you high up into the mountains where you explore dense oak, Encino, and pine gallery forests. You stop and rest in these forests and at scenic lookouts along the way. Then, after ascending close to the summit, you come to discover what secret lay hidden in this mountain for the last two hundred years.
You cross over the Misterio del Chorro and continue to ride until you reach the small rural community named Joya de Cortés. This name refers to an extremely valuable jewel that the Spanish conquistador Hernan Cortés gave to pay homage to the Virgin of Guadalupe for saving his life by healing him after being bitten by one of the worlds deadliest scorpions, the Centruroides Limpidus, or striped bark scorpion. After a rest stop in La Joya de Cortés, you continue further and set up camp for the night in a nearby valley. -
The following day, you head over rolling hills and semi-desertic chaparral with Coyote Canyon as your destination. You travel through a cattle ranch known as La Lobera or The Wolves Lair and stop for a break and a swim in its reservoir. Then, you continue on your way until you reach the rural village of San Isidro de la Cañada.
In San Isidro, you stop to enjoy a delicious home-cooked meal in a little casita on the edge of the Cañada de La Virgen which is translated as Canyon of The Virgin (of Guadalupe). It is said that the canyon and its river (La Virgen) were named this way because of a geode that campesino found when split open revealed the image of the Virgin of Guadalupe in its crystalline interior
After your delicious meal, you head down into Cañada de la Virgen until you reach its river and make a rest stop on its river bank. Those who wish can take this second opportunity to jump in for a swim and cool off. You, then, cross the canyon and work your way up and across the high desert plains. From this vantage point, you are able to see in the distance a 1600-year-old pyramid and archeological site which was built as an ancient solar and lunar clock and calendar and something more.
After traversing the plains, you once again work your way back to the edge of the midsection and most dramatic part of the canyon. This is the section of the canyon named Coyote Canyon. Now, on its northern rim, you stop on its dramatic cliff faces to admire the spectacular views and begin to prepare psychologically for the abseiling challenge that awaits you on these same cliffs the following day.
Afterward, we wind our way down to a section of Coyote Canyon named Los Alisos because of the Alder trees that grow along the river in this deepest part of the canyon. It is in this densely wooded part of the canyon where you make camp for the night and it is here that if you listen closely, you may hear the howls of the wild coyotes that are found in this area.
The next morning, you break camp earlier to ride to the homestead of a very old-fashioned neighboring ranching and farming community named Boca de la Cañada. It is here that you will have the opportunity to learn about life on a traditional Mexican cattle ranch and farm. One of the first chores of the day that the cowboy must execute promptly and efficiently is that of milking the cows. You will have the opportunity to watch, learn about, and help the cowboys with this important task.
From there, you will take that milk into the home of Doña Beatriz to watch and learn how fresh ranch-style cheese is made daily from this same milk. You will also learn how traditional corn tortillas are made and you will be served a delicious home-cooked ranch-style breakfast with these and other fresh and organic ingredients. After breakfast, you head back to the sheer cliffs that you briefly visited the day before.
Only now, rather than descending into the canyon on horseback, you will be doing so by abseiling down the face of its impressive 50-meter cliffs. After this exciting challenge and highlight, you now spend the rest of this day fully exploring the impressive canyon both on horseback and on foot. During this day, there will be opportunities to swim in the mountain spring and rain-fed river and hike along its banks in search of the naturally occurring geodes which contain beautiful quartz crystals inside.
After having breakfast and breaking camp, you now head for your final destination, San Miguel de Allende. You make this last journey by way of a neighboring canyon where you will find a truly magnificent tree, outstanding for its dimensions, beauty, and longevity. This Montezuma cypress (sabino or Ahuehuete) is located in the community of La Huerta, on the bank of the Rio Laja near the Presa Allende dam.
The perimeter of the base of its trunk measures more than 10 meters and its foliage provides ample shade for those who approach the spring that flows from its roots. Oral tradition and some documents indicate that it dates from the first wars of the conquest, in the 16th century.
The stories say that after a bloody battle in the Puerto de Calderón in 1531, the indigenous people sued for peace and resolved to build a chapel dedicated to Christ of the Conquest. There at the edge of the spring, they planted a tiny Montezuma cypress brought from Acámbaro as a symbol of peace and reconciliation.
This story could well be true since you know of specimens of this native species (Taxodium mucronatum) that are more than 500 years old, such as the famous Arbol de Tule in Oaxaca or in Mexico City, the Arbol de la Noche Triste (the tree of the sad night), and some historical Montezuma cypresses in the Chapultepec Forest. Like them, the great Montezuma cypress of La Huerta is an imposing and silent witness of the history of its territory.
After resting under the shade of this great tree, you commence the last stretch of your amazing journey along a historic train route along which Mexican revolutionary Fransisco (Pancho) Villa had a secret hideaway. This route takes you along the banks of the Presa Allende reservoir and to a spectacular scenic lookout from where you will be able to survey the whole panorama of the vast territory you covered throughout your ride.
Finally, you head into the beautiful colonial town of San Miguel de Allende. You explore one of its neighborhoods, its Benito Juárez Park, and its gorgeous historical / downtown district where you conclude your ride in the main plaza with its iconic gothic cathedral as the backdrop.
It is not necessary to have riding experience in order to participate in this adventure. It is more important to have a good enough level of fitness to be able to withstand the physical demand that this excursion entails. Although this adventure is suitable for beginners, rest assured that it is also both exciting and challenging for experienced riders as well.
The type of horses is a mix of American Quarter-horse and Mexican Mustang. This is the preferred breed for working cowboys in Mexico as this particular breed contains both the noble and level-headed attributes of the American Quarter-horse along with its powerfully built body and keen "cow-sense", yet also contains the tough-as-nails mountain horse qualities of the Mexican Mustang.
The pace of the riding varies as much as the variety of the terrain. Although the majority of the time you maintain a constant and steady pace in order to cover as much territory as possible, you also have plenty of scenic rest stops along the way. There are also plenty of opportunities to gallop and you can even flat out the race at full speed at times.
In addition, the Mexican charro saddle and tack have the same basic structure and design as the Western tack with some differences in the detailing. Your trusty horseback guides are third and fourth generation cowboys, cattle ranchers, and expert horsemen who will lead you carefully and safely throughout your six days of riding.
The city of Guanajuato is one of the most charming destinations in the nation. Declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, the city’s historic center will impress you with its unique structure and architecture, built in the colonial era during the mining boom between the 16th and 18th centuries. As you walk down the streets and alleyways, you’ll come across spots that have inspired the creation of myths and legends, such as the famous Callejón del Beso (Alley of the Kiss).
You’ll also be able to walk through underground tunnels that connect one side of the city to the other. At the plazas and fountains, you will enjoy the most delightful tranquility, something really valuable in the otherwise busy capital of the state. Various cultural events also take place in the squares and streets, such as the Cervantino International Festival, which brings together many artists of diverse cultural and artistic disciplines.
San Miguel de Allende is undoubtedly one of Mexico’s most beautiful colonial towns and has been named a national monument. Its rich history dates back over four hundred and fifty years. San Miguel is a town which has art running deep within its veins and plays host to an incredible variety of celebrations, festivals, and events, as well as world-class concerts and theatre productions.
For those who enjoy fine dining, dancing, and shopping, San Miguel will surely be keeping you very busy with its colorful assortment of restaurants, night-life, boutiques, art galleries, pastry shops, and markets. So, if you’re ready for great family fun, a fresh idea for corporate incentive travel, awesome adventures, or a special romantic getaway, call Coyote Canyon Adventures today!
This beautiful colonial town is a UNESCO World Heritage site, a place of great magnetism, where general Ignacio Allende formed the army that rose up against Spain during the War of Independence. Hence, San Miguel’s designation as “the forge of Mexican independence”. San Miguel is a magical town with precious colonial, baroque, and gothic architecture that brings one back to the era of the viceroyalty and the Mexicans’ fight for liberty.
San Miguel de Allende is located in the mountainous, semi-arid region of central Mexico, in the eastern part of the state of Guanajuato, 60 kilometers from the city of Queretaro, 100 kilometers from the capital of Guanajuato, 150 kilometers from León and the airport, and 300 kilometers from Mexico City.
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