Barichara Ride

  • Trip Duration
  • 10
  • 9
  • Riding Time
  • 5
    days riding
  • 5-9
    hrs per day riding
  • Group Size
  • 2 - 12
    Guests per group

Barichara Ride

Ride Overview

Barichara and the surrounding region of Santander is often recognized as the birthplace of Colombia’s independence from years of Spanish dominance and rule. The region is well known for its great colonial architecture, royal roads, dense woodland and cascading waterfalls. Here you will be given the chance to discover a quaint countryside, inhabited by a unique people and home to a fascinating culture.

This trail is designed specifically for adventurous riders who want to take part in a challenging horseback experience that will leave you feeling fulfilled. Discover the extreme landscapes of Colombia as you follow the Royal roads first used by the Conquistadors, and later by the revolutionaries fighting against the Spanish king in the early part of the 19th century. The routes will lead you from the historic lands of Boyacá to the state of Santander. You will explore wild and diverse landscapes, as well as villages bustling with a vibrant, colorful culture. You will meet people who have known hardship and adversity in the recent past but who are now emerging into the future with a sense of renewed freedom and energy. Your host and guide is an experienced horseman and Colombian national who has dedicated much of his life to breeding and cultivating equestrian athletes, firstly in the competitive sport of polo, then for  Endurance racing and now for the trail of discovery. Together with a hardworking ground team, he hopes to share with you the unique relationship of horse and rider, the physical demands of the trail and the magic of Colombia.


During this ride you will be accommodated in a combination of comfortable local hotels and fascinating historical farmhouses. The properties have been selected for their location, individual charm and interesting characteristics. All provide a comfortable bed, warm and friendly hosts, as well as delicious home cooked food and an insight into the lives of the local people.

Single rooms can be limited, so please check with us at the time of booking if you are not willing to share a room with another rider of the same gender.

Meals & Drink

Food on these rides is all typical Colombian fare which includes a lot of red meat (beef and pork), as well as chicken, freshwater fish, rice, plantain, avocado, maize, cheese, potato, coconut and a whole variety of fresh tropical fruit.

Ride & Horse Details

  • Overview:
    Horses are Anglo and purebred Arabian, as well as some Criollo/Arab cross; all are hardy and built for the long hours required of this ride. They are very fit, forward going and responsive and many have won championships in Colombia for endurance racing. Predominantly McClellan saddles, although quality English leather saddles are offered for more advanced riders.
  • Horse Breeds:
    Arabian, Criollo cross
  • Trip Pace:
    Moderate to fast
  • Tack:
    McClellan and English
  • Weight limit:
    220 lbs in riding gear

Activities for Non - Riders

This is not a recommended option for non-riders. For those taking part in the riding, the program incorporates visits to local artisan producers, guided walks and historical talks about the villages you visit, coffee tasting sessions and refreshing dips under giant waterfalls.

Meeting Point

You are met at the Bogotá airport upon arrival and transferred to the accommodations for the first night.

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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