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Explore the drama of mountain landscapes by horseback.

Ecuador offers the highest altitude of any Equitours ride. Your horse will take you up to 14,000 ft. beneath the symmetrical cone of Cotopaxi in the stunningly beautiful Andes Mountains There are still wild cattle here and until recently the bulls were highly prized for bullfighting which was a poplar national sport though it was banned a few years ago.  There are also wild horses to be seen and the bird life of the mountains here is fascinating.  At the start of the ride in the lower farming country around Quito riders stay in picturesque haciendas built centuries ago in Spanish colonial times.  Higher in the mountains you stay in modern hotels with superb views.

The Sacred Valley Ride in Peru also climbs very high into the Andes and the well trained Peruvian Horses will carry you smoothly on the mountain trails.  You will be amazed by how developed the Inca civilization had become. The buildings they erected with massive blocks sometimes weighing a hundred tons are fitted closely together without the use of mortar.  Agriculture was very highly developed and they carefully terraced irrigated fields at different levels on steep hillsides for crops like potatoes, maize and quinoa.  They modified the genetics of crops over the years to choose the best producing seeds at different altitudes.  A side trip to Machu Pichu gives a fascinating view of this magical city which remained undiscovered for centuries after the fall of the Inca Empire.

The Alpujarra Ride in southern Spain where the Moors held sway until 1492 takes you into some rugged mountain country where remote villages still have a life much like that of centuries ago.  Some aqueducts built by the Moors are functioning today to irrigate the small terraced fields on the hillsides.  Mules and oxen are still being used to work the fields and pull the wagons.  You will ride through forests of chestnut, almond, pine and olive trees with the snowcapped mountains of the high Sierras not far away.  In another area of Spain the Bandit Trail takes you high into the formidable peaks of the Pyrenes Mountains which form the border between France and Spain.  This wild region where sheep and cattle graze was the 17th century hideout of the Catalan Robin Hood, Serrallonga, and his outlaw band, famous in Spanish folklore for robbing from the rich to give to the poor.

The Bitterroot Ranch near Yellowstone Park in Wyoming is located where the plains meet the mountains.  It borders the Greater Yellowstone wild area of six million acres so that it is well situated for wilderness pack trips.  Some of the mountain passes are over 11,000 feet and the snow is often too deep to traverse them until July.  The views from these high points on “the roof of the world” are breathtaking and one can often see other mountain ranges over a hundred miles away.   These trips give one the feeling of independence as you can be self-sufficient for days far from civilization carrying all you need for many days on the pack animals.  The ranch also has a permit allowing its cattle to graze in the mountains of the adjacent national forest in the summer.  Guests often help move the cows in the high country and to check for wolf and bear kills.

 

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Path of the Herdsmen

This trail is a great option for mountain lovers who don't want to miss out on tasteful accommodations. Enjoy a dynamic ride from the Mediterranean lowlands to the alpine mountains of the Pyrenees. Lively canters leads into exhilarating climbing... Read more

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Riding Through the Andes

The trek follows the old pioneer trail crossing the remote Puelo Valley; a route once used by smugglers. The journey, led by local outfitters, takes you through the hidden valleys of the pristine Patagonia Wilderness passing crystal clear lakes... Read more

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Bandit Trail

The Bandit trail is a diversified horse riding trek through massive canyons, table mountains and volcanoes - a riding paradise where outlaws once hid. The fresh tender green of the deciduous trees in May and the autumnal coloring of... Read more

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Sulayr Short Break

Ride beautiful Spanish horses along the ancient bridle paths and mountain trails traditionally linking the small whitewashed villages on this short break. Sulayr translated from Spanish means “mountain of the sun” and it is what the Arabs called the... Read more

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Cattle Range Riding Weeks

Range riding activities will include fixing fence, searching for cattle killed by grizzly bears or wolves, putting out salt with pack horses and potentially herding cattle from pasture to pasture, depending on need, in additional to the standard trail... Read more

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Monti and Mare Trail

The route of the Monti and Mare trail offers the best of horseback riding in Sardinia, taking you through all of the varied landscape of the island on confident and fine Anglo-Arabians. The comfort and hospitality of the inn and... Read more

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Trails of Old Castile

Combine 3 days of riding in the Sierra de Gredos with 3 days of riding in the province of Segovia; the historic as well as the natural heart of Castile. Both provinces, Segovia and Avila are in Central Spain,... Read more

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Monasterio Ride- see breathtaking country while riding in Peru

Monasterio Ride in the Sacred Valley

This is a wonderful three-day riding adventure in the Peruvian Andes. A glimpse into the mainstays of Peruvian culture, combined with spirited purebred Peruvian Paso horses and the good company of experienced  horsemen make this ride an experience hard... Read more

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Seasonal Splendor in the Valleys of Gredos

Riders will be inspired by the Sierra de Gredos National Park's diverse display of flora and fauna through the Tormes, Corneja and Alberche river valleys.  Ride up slopes of oak, pine and chestnut trees, discover wildlife from rocky overlooks,... Read more

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Pack trip in Wyoming

Wyoming Wilderness Packtrip

A pack trip in Wyoming is a unique experience as you set off into the wilderness where you will be completely self-sufficient for six days thanks to the pack horses which carry all your food and gear.  You will... Read more

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Bitterroot Ranch

The Bitterroot ranch in Wyoming offers excellent riding for a broad range of ability levels. Everyone can enjoy varied trail rides through stunning scenery, with options for lessons weekly and cow work at certain times of year. A family... Read more

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Cattle drive in Wyoming

Bitterroot Fall Cattle Drive

The last week of September is spent gathering the Bitterroot herd before the winter arrives. This is challenging work since the cows are scattered over a 50 square mile area of aspen & pine forests and small clearings.  Groups... Read more

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