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Colonial Villages Trail


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Sample itinerary - Silver Route

Day 1: Arrival/ Rancho Colomitos 
Riders will be greeted at 5:00pm at El Marques Hacienda in Guanajuato city and then we will be transferred to Rancho Colomitos, which is a traditional Mexican ranch.
Upon arrival to the ranch, the riders will have the opportunity to meet the rest of our staff and get to know about the journey’s details. All this will occur during the reception with a delicious welcome cocktail on the terrace. A welcome dinner of Ranchero barbecue will be prepared by our cooks at the ranch. We will enjoy our first meal enlivened by soft Mexican music and the light of our terrace campfire.
Accommodation: Rancho Colomitos or similar
Meals included: Welcome dinner
Drinks: Welcome Cocktail, Soft drinks and drinking water

Day 2: Colomitos – Peñafiel  Guanajuato City
After a delicious breakfast at the ranch we go to meet the horses. After an appropriate allocation of horses to riders, we will start our adventure from Colomitos to Peñafiel through rural communities in the area. Once we reach the foothills of the Montecillo mountains, we start to ascend from 1,900m towards the old Cardones hacienda at 2,236m. Our ascent has us crossing landscapes of changing scenery with elements of the semi-desert and the majesty of the central mountain range.
We will have the opportunity to observe several ancient ruins of mines and haciendas over hundreds of years old such as Santo Niño, nestled in the mountains from the times of the Spanish colony. We will cross the Cardo River and, if we wish, swim in its nature-filtered water coming from the sacred mountain spring- a small natural pool in the middle of the desert. The amazing  landscapes and stunning natural views remind us of the western films of Clint Eastwood, John Wayne, and Gary Cooper. REAL MEXICO!!
We continue riding all the way up the mountains until we reach the ancient remains of the Cardones Hacienda and its Lienzo Charro (Mexican horse Arena) at  Peñafiel. Our horses will remain here for the night while we will be transferred to the hotel located in the heart of Guanajuato’s historic center. We will have the chance to see La Presa de la Olla, a beautiful and ancient dam, which is accessible through a passage built from the Vice-Regal era.
Guanajuato is a colonial city with stunning buildings that contain the elements from the two main cultures that created the city: Indigenous and Hispanic. Marking the source of our Mexican nation, this city conserves its architectural features and environment. Guanajuato was declared by UNESCO as the “Historic Town of Guanajuato and Adjacent Mines” in December 1988.
Dinner will be enjoyed in the garden of the Union, where every night regional music groups like Mariachis bands or trios delight walkers with "Rancheras" traditional era songs. Played in the dim light of the Union invokes the past and creates a magical atmosphere.
Route: 21 Kilometers
Topography: Flat & Mountainous
Accommodation: Hotel Posada Santa Fe **** or similar
Meals included: All meals included
Drinks: Soft drinks and drinking water

Day 3: Guanajuato – Santa Rosa
After a delicious breakfast we will be transferred to the horses and start our adventure from the old silver mine towards the Village of Santa Rosa, located in the heart of the central highlands. At 2,850m, this will be a beautiful day through the old royal road, which was used 500 years ago during the Spanish colonial times to transport mainly gold and silver. We will pass by old gold and silver mines as well as the beautiful rural communities Peñafiel, Monte San Nicolas, Peregrina, and Santa Rosa. We will have the chance to see the Christ of the Cubilete, which is considered the geographic center of Mexico. We stop for lunch at Santa Rosa.
In the afternoon we will enjoy a delicious cocktail and tequila tasting at the mountain retreat terrace accompanied by soft Mexican music to complete the day's journey. In the evening we will enjoy a rich typical Mexican cuisine dinner, which for its originality and various flavors, colors, smells, and textures, is proudly recognized by UNESCO as intangible and an oral heritage of humanity.
Route: 27 Kilometers
Topography: Mountainous
Accommodation: Mountain retreat 
Meals included: All meals included
Drinks: Tequila tasting, soft drinks and drinking water
Free activity: How to make a margarita cocktail **must be requested at time of booking


Day 4: Santa Rosa – Dolores Hidalgo
After our breakfast in the mountain retreat, we prepare ourselves for this day through the central highlands. It is the most bio-diversified area of the state, full of big mountains, with oak, pine, and arbutus forests. We will be followed during the journey by bird songs and surrounded by majestic and changing natural environments. You'll be treated to amazing views of huge mountains on one side and the semi-desert area on the other. If you keep your eyes peeled, you have the opportunity to see some coyote, puma, and raccoon footprints on the path. We reach the old hacienda stables where our horses will remain for the night while we will be transferred to the hotel located in the heart of the historical city of Dolores Hidalgo.
Route: 37 Kilometers
Topography: Mountainous
Accommodation: Hotel Anber 3*** or similar
Meals included: All meals included
Drinks: Soft drinks and drinking water
Free activity: How to make guacamole **must be requested at time of booking

Day 5: Riding Through Dolores Hidalgo
Today we will have the fortune of going on horseback to one of the most important historical cities of Mexico. On September 16, 1810, Priest Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla initiated the call "Grito de Libertad" to take up arms against the colonial regime and the Spanish crown. The city is now known as the "Cradle of Mexican Independence". We will take a brief tour on our horses from the historic center, visiting some of the most emblematic buildings from the war for independence of Mexico.
In the evening we will have the opportunity to visit the Wine Museum, and enter a real Mexican cantina, or just walk around and visit stores with a great variety of local handicrafts.
Route: 12 Kilometers
Topography: Flat
Accommodation: Hotel Anber 3*** or similar
Meals included: Breakfast and Lunch
Drinks: Soft drinks and drinking water


Day 6: Dolores Hidalgo – Atotonilco
In the morning after enjoying a delicious breakfast accompanied by a typical Mexican coffee named “café de la olla”, we will continue our journey on horseback to the town of Atotonilco. Today will have us passing through the Cactus Valley and the historic hacienda La Erre, which played an important role during the war for independence of Mexico.
We will enjoy a picnic for lunch in the picturesque town on the outskirts of the old chapel of Barron community.  We will then head to Atotonilco where we’ll be able to see the imposing walls from the eighteenth century church. The church contains a living shrine and religious practices are still happening to this day. This invaluable architectural treasure is known as the Sistine Chapel of Mexico, and is composed of a nave, sacristy, and over 6 adjoining chapels and several dressing rooms. The place is illustrated with murals and easel paintings, altars, and sculptures stews . This majestic shrine is declared  a world heritage site by UNESCO.
Route: 27 Kilometers
Topography: Flat
Accommodation: Parador del Cortijo & Spa 4**** or similar
Meals included: All meals included
Drinks: Soft drinks and drinking water

Day 7: Atotonilco – San Miguel de Allende
In the morning, after enjoying a pleasant breakfast served by the pool, we will get ready to go on our to San Miguel de Allende. Today's ride takes us through unique landscapes that combine semi-desert with wetlands. We will be riding along the old roads that were used 200 years ago during the War of Independence and the Mexican Revolution to the Indian Chapels. The Indigenous groups left testimony of their beliefs in these temples, calvaries, and chapels along the shore of  Laja River. We'll explore these areas while we ride our horses through the land of coyote, opossum, huizache and mesquite- the territory pre-Columbian tribes.
After enjoying a day in rural lifestyle and learning a bit more history, we reach the cosmopolitan San Miguel de Allende (World Heritage Site/ UNESCO).
Route: 23 Kilometers
Topography: Flat
Accommodation: Hotel Acuarela  or similar
Meals included: All meals included *Picnic in San Isidro Labrador / served by the ladies from the community
Drinks: Soft drinks and drinking water


Day 8: San Miguel de Allende
It is time to leave our horse behind and discover on foot San Miguel de Allende. This city is known for its rich traditions, in which all year long events and festivals play an important role. It is a place full of culture and art, considered as a stage for different traditions and customs that occur in this magical place. Titled “fortified town of San Miguel and the Sanctuary of Jesús Nazareno de Atotonilco”, this distinction by UNESCO was awarded because of its cultural and architectural contribution to Mexican Baroque style and its importance in the struggle for Independence of Mexico towards Spain.
The riders will have the opportunity to explore by themselves this historic city founded back in 1542 that has now become a cosmopolitan and attractive destination for tourists. Our accommodation for this night is just a few steps away from the main tourist attractions, museums, restaurants, and bars. In the evening we will enjoy a fun farewell cocktail.
Accommodation: Hotel Hotel Acuarela or similar
Meals included: Breakfast only
Drinks: Farewell Cocktail

Day 9: San Miguel de Allende - End of program
Breakfast at the hotel. 12:00 pm end of our services.
Meals included: Breakfast

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Sample itinerary Horse Expedition:

Day 1: Arrival / Rancho Colomitos 
Riders will be greeted at 5:00pm at El Marques Hacienda in Guanajuato city and then we will be transferred to Rancho Colomitos, which is a traditional Mexican ranch.
Upon arrival to the ranch, the riders will have the opportunity to meet the rest of our staff and get to know about the journey’s details. All this will occur during the reception with a delicious welcome cocktail on the terrace. A welcome dinner of Ranchero barbecue will be prepared by our cooks at the ranch. We will enjoy our first meal enlivened by soft Mexican music and the light of our terrace campfire.
Accommodation: Rancho Colomitos or similar
Meals included: Welcome dinner
Drinks: Welcome Cocktail, Soft drinks and drinking water


Day 2: Colomitos – Peregrina Mountain
After a delicious breakfast, and an appropriate allocation of horses to riders, we will start our adventure from Colomitos towards the mountain range of Peregrina, which is part of the massif of Central Sierra. A small abandoned mining village is located at the base of the mountain which holds the stories and legends of the place. As we pass through this unique place, we will see some silver vein on the ground. We will ride along the old trail that borders a mountainous area and passes through a cave that contains a spring of clear water, seeping through the mountains of Peregrina. We will go on ascending into the woodland, home of  hundreds of  species such as mountain lions, coyotes, raccoons, armadillos, and many others.
Todays journey takes us to the “valley of blue birds” where we will install our camp and enjoy our first night in this magnificent natural setting. At night, we will enjoy a ranch-style roast dinner prepared by our guides.
Journey: 23 Kilometers
Topography: Mountainous
Accommodation: Open country camp
Meals included: All meals
Drinks: Soft drinks and drinking water
Free activity: How to make guacamole **must be requested at time of booking


Day 3: Peregrina Mountain -  Guanajuato
The sound of birds and the smell of fresh coffee is like waking up in heaven. The guides will have prepared a delicious country breakfast that we will enjoy before continuing the adventure.
We will continue our adventure riding our horses all the way to Guanajuato, a colonial city with beautiful buildings that contain the elements from the two main cultures that created the city: Indian and Hispanic. Marking the source of our Mexican nation, this city conserves its architectural features and environment. Guanajuato was declared by UNESCO as the “Historic Town of Guanajuato and Adjacent Mines” in December 1988.
Dinner will be enjoyed in the garden of the Union, where every night regional music groups like Mariachis bands or trios delight walkers with "Rancheras" traditional era songs. Played in the dim light of the Union invokes the past and creates a magical atmosphere.
Journey: 27 Kilometers
Accommodation: Hotel Socavon ***  or similar
Meals included: All meals
Drinks: Soft drinks and drinking water

Day 4: Guanajuato - Santa Rosa
After a delicious breakfast at the hotel, prepare yourself to be amazed on today's journey to the Santa Rosa Mountains, which reaches heights of 2,800 meters above sea level. We will pass by old buildings dating from the colonial era that have been reduced to ruins largely because of treasure hunters. We will see ancient haciendas, abandoned mine shafts, and wonderful rock formations.
Our next destination of the day is the village of Santa Rosa, a small settlement nestled in the heart of the Sierra. Set in a typical Mexican landscape of mountain villages, this city is famous for its natural-based cuisine.
In the afternoon we will enjoy a delicious cocktail and tequila tasting at the mountain retreat terrace accompanied by soft Mexican music to complete the day's journey. In the evening we will enjoy a rich typical Mexican cuisine dinner, which for its originality and various flavors, colors, smells, and textures, is proudly recognized by UNESCO as intangible and an oral heritage of humanity.
Journey: 25 Kilometers
Accommodation: Mountain Retreat
Meals included: All meals
Drinks: Tequila tasting, Soft drinks and drinking water
Free activity: How to make a margarita cocktail **must be requested at time of booking

Day 5: Santa Rosa - Los Guamares Mountain
After our breakfast at the mountain retreat, we get ourselves ready for the day through the heart of central highlands. It is the most bio-diversified area of the state, full of big mountains with oak, pine, and arbutus forests. We will be followed during the journey by bird songs and surrounded by majestic and changing natural environments. We will have the opportunity to pass by the old mine El Molino which was, during the colonial era, very important for silver vein. We reach the mountain of Guamares, which owes its name to one of the Chichimeca tribes who inhabited the area hundreds of years ago.
At night in the camp, we will enjoy a delicious dinner, prepared by our guides.
Journey: 31 Kilometers
Accommodation: Open country camp
Meals included: All meals
Drinks: Soft drinks and drinking water
Free activity: How to track wild animals **must be requested at time of booking


Day 6: Los Guamares - Otomi Mountain
After our delicious breakfast served by our guides at the camp site, we will continue our horse expedition through mountains of the central highlands. One the mountainside we will be crossing through pumas, coyotes, and wildcats’ territories. We will pass by hidden army barracks that Pancho Villa and his brave soldiers used during the Revolutionary War.
In the evening we will return to our camp to enjoy dinner and night.
Journey: 27 Kilometers
Accommodation: Open country camp
Meals included: All meals
Drinks: Soft drinks and drinking water
Free activity: How to make a proper campfire **must be requested at time of booking


Day 7: Otomi Mountain - Spring waters Ranch
After breakfast, we will leaves the mountains and continue our journey on horseback to enter a semi-desert zone, surrounded by cacti and desert trees. We will be crossing small typical Mexican villages that characterizes the landscapes of Mexico. Our ride takes us to the thermal waters of El Gallinero Ranch, where we will spend the night. Upon arrival, we can enjoy a rich bath in its thermal waters that will provide a comforting rest. Later we will enjoy dinner in this wonderful place.
Journey: 35 Kilometers
Accommodation: Camp in a ranch
Meals included: All meals
Drinks: Soft drinks and drinking water
Free activity: How to make a perfect taco **must be requested at time of booking


Day 8: Spring waters Ranch - Dolores Hidalgo
After breakfast and another dip in the hot springs, we will be transferred by car to the city of Dolores Hidalgo.
Today we will have the fortune of going on horseback to one of the most important historical cities of Mexico. On September 16, 1810, Priest Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla initiated the call "Grito de Libertad" to take up arms against the colonial regime and the Spanish crown. The city is now known as the "Cradle of Mexican Independence". We will take a brief tour on our horses from the historic center, visiting some of the most emblematic buildings from the war for independence of Mexico.
In the evening we will have the opportunity to visit the Wine Museum, a real Mexican cantina, or just walk around and visit stores with a great variety of local handicrafts. Afterwards, will enjoy our dinner at a unique Mexican restaurant located in the main garden. It is an old house dating back from the eighteenth century and known for serving delicious traditional dishes. The garden is decorated with beautiful flowers and is lit by fireflies flitting through the gardens- truly an ambience to be enjoyed! We will appreciate the culinary arts of the area, mainly based on natural products, which by its simplicity excites the senses.
By the evening we will enjoy a fun farewell cocktail,
Accommodation: Hotel Anber or similar
Meals included: Breakfast


Day  9: Dolores Hidalgo/ End of program
Breakfast at the hotel. 12:00 pm end of our services.
Meals included: Breakfast

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Taste of Mexico Extension
Continues from Day 9 of your riding trip

Day 9: Pyramids- Tequila Extension
After breakfast, pick up at the hotel and private transfers (1.5 hours) to visit the Peralta & Plazuelas archeological pre-Hispanic sites. Lunch will be taken in the area. Then we will continue to our accommodations in a lovely rustic hotel.
Accommodation: Hotel Casa de Piedra****  or similar
Meals included: Breakfast and boxed lunch (no dinner)


Day 10: Leon- Tourism & Charro Equipment and Leather
We'll have breakfast at 9:00am and then visit the Tequila Corralejo Factory. After the visit, we will be transferred to Leon. We will visit the iconic leather market in Leon where riders will be able to find all kinds of leather products ranging from the large variety of shoes, Mexican saddles, tack, and Charro outfits. In the evening, we visit the modern side of Leon.
Accommodation: Hotel Monte León***  or similar
Meals included: Breakfast only

Day 11: Departure
You can do a personal walking tour or visit shopping areas. Program ends at 12:00pm.
Meals included: Breakfast
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Colonial Villages Trail
Tour Code: IT-MXIR05
9 days / 8 nights ~$2,230.00
Dates : Available all Year

Trip Rating :
Difficulty : Riding Level
Riding Level Explained
ABeginner
Beginner A rider who has limited experience, is unable to post the trot and does not canter.
BNovice
Novice A rider who is capable of mounting and dismounting unassisted, capable of applying basic aids, comfortable and in control at the walk, moderate length posting trots, and short canters.
CIntermediate
Intermediate A rider who has a firm seat, is confident and in control at all paces (including posting trots, two point canters and gallops), but does not ride regularly.
D Strong Intermediate
Strong Intermediate An intermediate rider who is currently riding regularly and is comfortable in the saddle for at least 6 hours per day.
EAdvanced
All of the above, plus an independent seat, soft hands, and capable of handlinga spirited horse in open country.
Lodging: Standard
Lodging Level Explained
   
= Facilities in lodges, estancias, haciendas, resorts, etc.
   
Basic lodging - some with shared bathroom facilities, usually no AC or room service.
Regular standard room - usually with private bath.
 Accommodations with superior comforts.
   
 = Trips with nights in tent camps. Sometimes the first and last night are in hotels.
   
Basic tent camping - everyone helps out with camp chores.
Regular standard with some camp amenities and camp cook.
Camping facilities with superior comforts like camp shower, bathroom facility..
   
 = Trips that combine nights in hotels and camping.
   
Basic accommodation and basic camping facilities can be expected.
Regular standard with some nicer amenities.
Only assigned to hotel and camping facilities with superior comforts.

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Season Tour Dates  Min / MaxReserve
B 2019 09/16 - 09/24 9d / 8n 9 day trip, AP- Horse Expedi... 4 /14 Expired
B 2019 10/14 - 10/22 9d / 8n 9 day trip, AP- Horse Expedi... 4 /14 Expired
A 2019 10/22 - 10/30 9d / 8n 9 day trip, AP- Silver Route 4 /14 Expired
A 2019 12/03 - 12/11 9d / 8n 9 day trip, AP- Silver Route 4 /14 Reserve
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Airport: Guanajuato International Airport (BJX)
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