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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.
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
Situated in the northwest corner of South America, Colombia is the only country in the region with coasts on both the Caribbean and Pacific Ocean. It shares borders with Panama, Venezuela, Brazil, Peru and... 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 acquired its name from the equatorial line on which it is located. As the smallest country in the rugged Andean highlands, it is one of the most rewarding travel destinations in South America.... 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