This horseback riding holiday in Mexico includes a visit to the Monarch Reserve

La Sierra Trails

Ride Overview

This wonderful ride explores the beautiful countryside around Valle de Bravo, just 2-½ hours southwest of Mexico City.  Valle de Bravo is a very old colonial town with the traditional narrow paved streets, houses with red tiled roofs and flower boxes on the balconies.  The town is situated next to a beautiful lake of the same name and has a great handicraft market, making Valle de Bravo a popular weekend destination.  The La Sierra Trails pass through picturesque mountainous terrain with incredible vistas of the valley and lake below, thick pine and fir forests, Mexican villages and open farmland with fields of crops and colorful flowers.

The horses are fit, well-trained, sure-footed and perfectly suited for the long up-hill climbs in the mountains, stream crossings and canters across wide meadows.  The rides departing November through mid-March have the opportunity to visit a remote Monarch Butterfly sanctuary to observe the butterflies that have made their annual migration to winter in Mexico.

The itinerary has been adapted to allow time for non-riding activities such as walking around town, shopping at local markets, visiting the spa for a massage. Or try one of the many recreational opportunities: mountain biking, swimming, sailing, kayaking, golfing or hangliding. After an active day, retire to the outfitters’ gracious hacienda for the evening to relax and to enjoy the delicious Mexican cuisine.

Accommodations & Food

Accommodations are at the outfitter’s very comfortable finca in the town of Valle de Bravo, which is situated in the heart of the Sierra Madre Mountains and surrounded by pine trees, wild hibiscus, running streams and small waterfalls.

The hacienda reflects the Mexican architecture with individual rooms around a courtyard, complete with local furnishings and private bathrooms. An outdoor heated swimming pool with integrated jacuzzi invites you after hours in the saddle. A small gym and a saloon with billiard table are also available.

The nearby Avandaro resort has an outdoor swimming pool, an 18-hole golf course, tennis courts, complete spa and sauna, exercise facility, bar/lounge and open air restaurant that serves Mexican and international cuisine.

You will meet for breakfast at 8:30AM and dinner at 7:30PM in the spacious dining room. A typical Mexican breakfast includes fresh fruit or juice, egg dishes, sweet breads and coffee, hot chocolate, tea or milk. During dinner traditional Mexican food and a variety of international dishes are served. Sodas, coffee or tea, beer and wine are available with dinner. Lunch will be served either at the finca at 1:30 PM or as a picnic on the trail.

Special dietary needs can usually be accommodated with advance notice. Please advise Equitours of your requirements.

Ride & Horse Details

  • Overview:
    The outfitters maintain and train about 20 horses for the treks consisting of Quarter Horse, Trakehner, and crosses. They are well schooled, well cared for, fit and experienced on the trail, and have temperaments ranging from very calm and quiet to quite spirited. Most are between 15-17HH. The outfitter is very experienced at matching horse and rider. You are not expected to groom or tack. Western, English and Mexican Charro tack is available. Mexican Charro tack is similar to Western with a wider pommel, a very large saddle horn and typically has a decorative machete hanging from the left side. They are large and comfortable saddles. The horses are schooled in the outfitters’ riding ring and are accustomed to different activities and tack. You are able to try the Mexican Charro on the short familiarization ride on Monday morning before you head on out on the trail, and continue with it or choose Western or English tack for the duration of the ride.
  • Horse Breeds:
    Thoroughbred, Quarterhorse, Trakhener, Criollo cross
  • Trip Pace:
  • Tack:
    Western, English, or Mexican Charro
  • Weight limit:
    200 lbs

Activities for Non - Riders

The La Sierra Trail is a good option for couples with a rider and non-rider. The nearby Avandaro resort offers many activities for the non-rider; there is an outdoor swimming pool, an 18-hole golf course, tennis courts, complete spa and sauna, exercise facility and bar/lounge. There are two other golf courses within easy reach.

Meeting Point

Mexico City

With first-hand knowledge of the exciting tours we offer, the ride consultants at Equitours look forward to answering any questions you might have about this ride. We want to help make sure that you select the trip of your dreams. Please call or email and get ready to pack your bags for a wonderful adventure!

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