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8 Days Mesmerizing Coffee Trail Horse Riding Holiday in Colombia

Hacienda El Balcon, Carrera 2, Km. 3, Via Buenavista, Pijao Vereda Los Balsos, Buenavista 632047, Colombia

Unforgettable Horse Riding Holiday in Colombia

Valle Verde Horseriding invite you on this remarkable journey through the coffee zone of Colombia! During this horse riding tour, you will ride through coffee plantations with amazing views that tell different stories at every step. You will also visit Buenavista, a little town that lives from coffee, where you can learn the coffee-making process, from picking to tasting. This is truly a memorable journey for the coffee and horse riding enthusiast!

Key information

  • Tack type: Special Tereques tack
  • Horse breed: Crucetos working horses

Meet the instructors

German, Ernesto, & Bernardo
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Highlights

  • 6 riding days
  • Riding through the coffee route
  • Visit the arrieros show in Parque de los arrieros
  • Local Valle Verde guides and support vehicle included
  • Learn the process of coffee-making, from picking to tasting
  • Horses and riding chairs with saddlebags and raincoats
  • Daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • 7 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Styles


7 days with activities in English
Spoken languages: English
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Accommodation

The accommodations will be primarily in old coffee haciendas. These haciendas are mainly coffee plantations and some are ranching places. All haciendas have a coffee sent and the love from the “Arrieros”, their owners, who will open the doors and welcome the group into their homes.

You will stay in multiple accommodations, with rooms for two, three, or four people. Couples are accommodated separately. Each hacienda has two to four bathrooms located in living areas and some have private bathrooms.

Program

Horses

  • Horses used on your journey are Crucetos working horses
  • They are strong and good riding horses
  • They are comfortable walking horses that respect and obey the rider
  • You will notice the strength of the horses while passing through bridle paths, plains, and mountains

Riding saddle

  • You will use special Tereques for riding
  • ​Soft and well sized saddle for any rider
  • Each saddle has saddlebags and a raincoat

Daily itinerary

Day 1

  • Meeting in Armenia, at Mocawa Hotel at 9:00 a.m.
  • Visit a saddlery
  • Visit the arrieros show in Parque de los arrieros
  • Arrival at Hacienda El Balcon, in Buenavista
  • Coffee tasting
  • Welcome and accommodation at the Hacienda
  • Dinner

Day 2

After the assignment of horses and equipment, you will start along the coffee route, which will mesmerize you with its beauty every step of the way. In the afternoon, after lunch, in the village of Pijao, you will ride on track-paths until you reach Cordoba, coffee village par excellence, where you can experience first-hand the productive process, from cultivation to tasting.

Day 3

For this day, the scenario is horseback riding among coffee plantations, on roads and paths that tell stories every step of the way, visiting the best viewpoint of the entire Quindio. Let's sleep again at the Soñarte de Cordoba Hotel!

Day 4

Well-rested in the comfort offered by Soñarte Hotel, you prepare to continue your experience through this coffee area. For this day, the ride will have a special ingredient: during the tour, participants will change landscapes and follow the route through the best coffee plantations, reaching one of the most typical and traditional farms of Quindio.

Day 5

On this day of riding, you will have the opportunity to drastically change the landscape when you arrive at The Pensil Hill and to descend through the tropical forest until arriving at Poaloma Farm, in the town of Calarca. You will have a picnic in the middle of the coffee plantations, beside the clear river.

Day 6

Arrival to Salento is one of the most impressive targets of this ride because this town, nestled between mountains, is considered the father of Quindío Region for being the oldest of the department. This magical town will delight you in each of its corners and colors, accompanied by cuisine and an unparalleled atmosphere.

Day 7

On this day, you will have the great opportunity to visit the national tree of Colombia, La Palma de Cera, in the Valle del Cócora considered one of the most important destinations in the country and declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Day 8

After breakfast, you will return to Armenia where your trip through the coffee route ends.

Instructors

German Barreto

Ernesto Barreto

Bernardo Salazar

Location

During this horse riding holiday, you will ride through "la ruta del cafe". It is one of the most ancient and proud horse riding cultures in Colombia. The “Arriero” is the local cowboy and merchant in the coffee zone of Colombia. He is a hardworking and passionate horseman.

The interior development of Colombia was produced thanks to the adventure and hardworking spirit of these men who used groups of mules and horses to colonize the most inhabitable corners of the complex Colombian topography.

Food

Gastronomy is one of the strong cards and a main attraction on the journey. During the trip, food is always traditional Colombian, including “Bandeja Paisa”, rainbow trout with “patacón”, steak, pork, chicken, and salads. There are also fruits, juices, and traditional local desserts.

You can’t leave the “Arepa Paisa” out of your breakfasts. The meals are always served with a beverage. And, of course, you will be served the world’s best coffee.

There will be an open bar for the entire trip, that can be purchased on the first day and will be available on special occasions. The price for this service costs an additional 110 USD.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

What's included

  • 6 riding days
  • Local Valle Verde guides
  • Horses and riding chairs with saddlebags and raincoats
  • Support vehicle
  • Transfer from Armenia to La Pilarica
  • Transfer from Filandia to Armenia
  • Daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • Bottle of water
  • 7 nights accommodation

What's not included

  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Domestic or international flights
  • Extras at hotels
  • Hotels in Armenia
  • International calls
  • Not mentioned items
  • Personal expenses
  • Travel insurance

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 50% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 28 days before arrival.
8 days / 7 nights
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