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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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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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Three Park Spectacular

The Three Park Spectacular Ride is on the border between Utah and Arizona and covers three of the most famous national parks in the world. This allows you to see parts of the country around the national parks which... Read more

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The Valleys of Gredos

This horseback riding holiday in Spain passes through the Valleys of Gredos, one of the most distinctive regions of the Iberian Peninsula. River valleys, surrounded by rugged mountains, are dotted with small villages. Here and there a towering castle... Read more

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Coastal Range Ride

The Alpujarra and Coastal Range rides in the Sierra Nevada mountains use well mannered, fit horses and are moderately paced through beautiful landscape going up to alpine meadows. For these reasons this trip is an ideal horse riding holiday... Read more

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Alpujarra Ride

The Alpujarra and Coastal Range rides in the Sierra Nevada mountains follow ancient bridle paths from village to village on well mannered, fit horses at a moderate pace. The Alpujarra Ride is an ideal horseback riding tour in Spain... Read more

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Hekla-Landmannalaugar Trail

Located in the vast interior of Iceland, which comprises one of Europe’s greatest wilderness areas. While some places are extremely barren and sparse — described as similar to being on the moon, others are full of scenic diversity with... Read more

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Fjallabak Tour- ride Icelandic horses on this equestrian holiday in Iceland

Fjallabak Tour

Ride in the “land of fire and ice” on this tour that enables you to experience them in depth.  Wild volcanic landscapes next to snow-capped mountains, vast lava deserts amid multicolored hills, and immense snow fields leading to soothing... Read more

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Randonnée Liberté Ride

An unguided horseback riding trip in the rugged countryside of France near the Spanish border is the ultimate adventure for experienced riders who are prepared to take full responsibility for themselves and their horses. It is a chance to... Read more

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Sacred Valley of the Incas- visit the legendary Machu Picchu following your riding tour in Peru

Sacred Valley of the Incas Ride

The Sacred Valley of the Incas horseback riding vacation in Peru gives a unique introduction to South America’s most impressive Pre-Columbian civilization on some of the world’s most smoothly gaited horses which almost seem to float as they glide... Read more

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Hacienda to Hacienda Ride

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 two distinct areas of the... Read more

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Glacier Estancia Ride

This ride in Chile is a spectacular opportunity to experience the wilderness and culture of the region. Riders absorb an ever-changing natural beauty as they venture off the main hiking trails and into the heart of the vast and... Read more

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Ride Across the Andes

Experience the local culture of the Andes on a trip from Puerto Varas, Chile to Bariloche, Argentina. The trip is adventurous, with numerous river crossing and some challenging terrain. While you'll have some opportunities for some long trots, much... Read more

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