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Equestrian Tours in Central & South America

Latin America has a highly developed horse culture which predates the start of our Western riding culture in the US by several centuries. In fact our “cowboy” culture and riding style was mainly derived from techniques like those of the gaucho used south of the border and originally developed long ago in Spain. Many loan words from Spanish like lariat, chaps and rodeo are proof of the connection. The Spanish conquest was greatly facilitated by the advantage horses gave them in warfare over the local Indian tribes who were much harder to control after tribes like the Comanche began to acquire horses themselves in the late 16th century.

Today there are many opportunities for first class recreational horseback riding in South America and Central America where the horse culture remains strong. You can ride some fine horses like the Criollos and the Peruvian Pasos while you visit the nesting grounds of the monarch butterflies in Mexico, the Mayan ruins of Belize, the rain forest of Costa Rica, the awe inspiring ruins of the Inca Empire in Peru, the pampas and Andes of Argentina or the glaciers of southern Chile.

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Horseback riding in Argentina plays a major role in its history, economy and folklore. The Argentine gaucho is as picturesque as the American cowboy, but while the classic cowboy of the American West is... Read more

If you are seeking a vacation in a nearby foreign country with a good winter climate, horseback riding in Belize may be the answer for you.  Its glorious beaches are well known, but the... Read more

Horseback riding in Chile is an ideal way to see the most scenic parts of the country well off the path of most tourists.  The mountains and glaciers of Torres del Paine National Park... Read more

This is an excellent destination for adventure travel and the best way to see the most fascinating parts of the country is through horseback riding in Costa Rica. This small country stands out in... Read more

Ecuador’s stunning scenery, colorful culture, friendly local people and temperate climate combine to make it one of the most rewarding destinations in South America. The Hacienda to Hacienda Ride follows a stunning route through... Read more

Mexico is the land of, Mayans, Aztecs and Conquistadores with a rich cultural and historical heritage. It is easy to reach, has beautiful unspoiled countryside and the winter climate is delightful, making it a... Read more

Horseback riding in Peru through the Sacred Valley of the Incas high in the mighty Andes is a wonderful experience you will not soon forget.  This valley was the heart of the highly developed... Read more

Horseback riding in Uruguay offers a unique experience along the unspoiled Atlantic Coast. Experience the well-suited Criollo horses as you traverse this country rich in gaucho... Read more

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Majestic Mountains and Monarchs Ride in Mexico

Majestic Mountains and Monarchs Ride in Mexico

Mexico’s Majestic Peaks… After doing more than 100 horseback rides in foreign lands over the last 40 years, I never cease to be surprised and delighted by the tremendous diversity of opportunity available around... Read more

Guest Reflections

"The opportunity to visit Peru in the hands of these hosts is an incredible trip of a lifetime. The trip is even more exciting than described - I should have been warned that I would want to move to Peru! It is one of the most beautiful countries I've visited,... Read More"

Melissa and Addie York, 2011

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