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Horse Riding Holidays Mexico – Highland and Canyons

Highland and Canyons has been personally vetted by Zara and Jill (as have all our Horse Riding Holidays Mexico). We do this to ensure that the quality of the horse riding, accommodation, food and scenery combine to provide only the best Horse Riding Holidays in Mexico for our clients.

Don’t forget our Horse Riding Holidays GUARANTEE. You won’t find any of our Horse Riding Holidays in Mexico at a lower price through any other source… and if you do we will refund the difference.

PRICES & DATES top

Highlands and Canyons

PRICES 2017

Suitable for good novice to experienced riders. Rates are quoted per person sharing.

£2,110/€2,475/$2,605 – 7 nights

Single supplement is an additional 20%, Easter, Christmas and New Year is an additional 20%

Includes – All riding, all inclusive accommodation and cultural tours mentioned in itinerary

Excludes – Flights, transfers and tips.

DATES 2017

Open all year.

Getting There
International flight to Mexico City.

Transfer
A 90 minute car transfer from Mexico City International Airport, $55 each way, paid in cash directly on arrival or departure.

Note: Rates are subject to daily exchange rate fluctuations, please refer to our Terms & Conditions for full details.

All our horse riding holidays hold a price guarantee. We believe in your piece of mind on price when you book one of our horse riding holidays and will refund the difference should you find the same horse riding holiday elsewhere at a lower price.

SUMMARY OF THE TRIP top

This more adventurous ride from our base Rancho las Cascadas allows fitter and more intermediate riders the opportunity to explore this rural area of Mexico with longer rides and lots of canters along the way. During the week your horses will be changed so you can be sure they are kept fresh. The ever efficient Swiss host at Rancho las Cascadas, Ursula and her team go beyond the call of duty to ensure you have a wonderful time.

This trip gives you a real mix of Mexican culture as well as some down time at the ranch if you need it.

This small and intimate, boutique style Rancho las Cascadas accommodates up to 18 guests and offers delightful (and very private) accommodation by using the colour and imagination of Mexico’s country interiors. The rooms and ranch itself are rustic chic, spotless and tastefully designed. The service and level of attention is five star and the cuisine inventive and always delicious, and the spirited but disciplined horses are a delight and do their job very well – all this is supervised with Swiss efficiency and attention to detail.

Highlands and Canyons are sensitively tailored to your requirements and each day is different. You will encounter farmers ploughing with oxen, you will cross flowing rivers with tumbling waterfalls and climb up to small villages in the mountains where the landscape is filled with cactus and tequila plants, and you can even enjoy a swim with your horse!

This is a progressive ride, riding through varied landscape and terrain.  It is not a trek.  It is real, open-range riding with many canters and gallops.  Each day offers something new and gives you the opportunity to discover the real Mexico.

In addition to the fabulous riding, there are lots of cultural trips to enjoy and include the Teotihuacon Pyramids, Monarch Butterfly Sanctuary, day trips to Mexico City and San Miguel an old colonial town.

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THE RIDING top

Horses at Rancho las Cascadas – Criollo, Criolla Crosses, Quarter Horses & Quarter Horse Crosses.

Level of Riding & Pace – From a good novice to advanced rider. A good level of fitness is required for this ride.

Tack – Mexican, very similar to Western.

Weight Restriction – 18 stone / 114 kg / 251 lbs.

Group Size at Rancho las Cascadas – Maximum 10.

ACCOMMODATION top

Rancho las Cascadas is a really stylish boutique ranch, with pristine en suite accommodation. There are 3 different room types to choose from, the main lodge rooms, the deluxe rooms off the main patio and the large private casitas. In addition, they have a beautiful pool to chill and cool down with lots of relaxing outdoor spaces, including a ‘Hot Tub’ to ease aching muscles.

The food is delicious, all freshly prepared and a mix of both Mexican & European styles.

Horse Riding Holidays at Rancho Las Cascadas are part of the collection of Zara’s Planet Horse Riding Holidays.

We have travelled the world testing a huge variety of horse riding holidays to make sure we offer you, our client, the best horse riding holiday experience possible.

Our horse riding holidays are thoroughly researched – we consider all the elements that go towards making our horse riding holidays collection the best in the world. We check the quality of the horses, if they are fit for the job, well produced and looked after. We make sure the riding terrain is good going, the countryside is interesting and, for example, on Classic Dressage horse riding holidays, the arenas are in good condition. We make sure the accommodation, whether it’s a five star hotel, a farmhouse or camping, is clean and comfortable, and offers a great night’s sleep. The food is all important too – we take the time to make sure we tell you if it’s cordon bleu, home cooked, or regional and locally sourced – above all it has to be delicious, plentiful and nourishing. Last but not least, we choose the horse riding holidays that have the best hosts, who are friendly, warm and welcoming.

It’s only when all these elements come together that we add a horse riding holiday into our hand-picked collection of horse riding holidays.

Please Ask About

  • Special fiesta events
  • Massages
  • Painting classes with local artist
  • Mexican cookery classes
  • Yoga Weeks
  • Add ons
    • Mexico City
    • Playa del Carmen

SAMPLE ITINERARY top

Canyons and Highlands Explorer

Riders should be fit and comfortable at all paces for this itinerary

You are always welcome to skip the rides, and relax at the ranch. Alternatively, you can visit the nearby town of San Miguel, a peaceful artists’ colony or sample the delights of the nearest market in Jiltepec.

Saturday

You’ll be met at the airport and be driven directly to the ranch. Get settled into your room, explore this beautiful place and discover its many amenities. If time permits, the first afternoon ride takes you to our local village, San Agustin, with its ancient church from the 1700s. During this ride you will be able to familiarize yourself with your horse. Afterwards relax in the hot tub overlooking the waterfalls with a margarita or go for a swim in our infinity pool. Enjoy your first fourcourse dinner - a fusion of Mexican and international cuisine – served in the ranch’s dining room.

Sunday

Heroes de Carranza - La Copa - San Juan Daxthi - Santa Cruz -Leaving the ranch, the trail winds through farm land and you will see the rural life of Mexico, local farmers tending to their daily tasks and using traditional methods to work the land. You will notice an intricate network of irrigation canals used to water the crops until the rains come. Then cross dry stony valleys up to the cliffs at 'la Copa' in Santiago Oxthoc. The waterfalls spring from the rocks and fall into a martini glass shaped rock formation. The sign on the wall says 'viva el 3 de Mayo 1842

Monday

Cerro del Ahorcado - San Antonio - Xochitlan de las Flores -This ride takes you first to the 'Cerro del Ahorcado' (the hanged man's hill), and then into the steep valley of San Antonio. Both the views from the hill and scenery in the canyon are superb. Don’t forget your camera! Eventually the trail reaches the small restaurant in San Antonio where you'll take lunch. This restaurant is unique in offering the dubious delights of Mexican 'Telenovelas' (soap operas) on the TV and a collection of 'Santa Muerte' dead saint statuettes lovingly displayed in the corner. From here you ride to the village of ' Xiochitlan de las Flores' the village of the flowers, after which, the trails follow the hill contours and lead us back to the plains and to the ranch.

Tuesday

San Miguel de la Victoria - Comunidad - Canalejas - Cathedral de Canalejas - The journey today starts in the extinct volcanic landscape of the region. After a little stop for a drink and a snack in San Miguel de la Victoria, the landscape changes as the trails lead into the green forests of Canalejas. These mixed deciduous and coniferous woodlands have delightful tracks for cantering along. Lunch is taken in the town of Canalejas. Here the barbecue restaurants offer tacos filled to the brim with succulent meat. Suitably tasty vegetarian options can also be arranged. After lunch and a leg-stretching walk around the small town, the trail rises to the Cathedral of Canalejas. This church, set atop a hill, dominates the local view. It was built on the spot where an image of the Virgin of Guadalupe was found in a rock, which now forms part of the altar. The ride from the cathedral meanders back through the small surrounding villages of Canalejas to the overnight stables for the horses. Here you are met by the ranch staff and driven back to the ranch for a well-earned swim and relaxing hot soak before dinner.

Wednesday

Canalejas - Lago de Huapango - Agua Escondida - The first part of the ride follows forest trails and crosses hill slope fields; but the real treat of the day is to be found in the wide, flat, well-irrigated lowlands of the lake of Huapango (aprox. 10.000 acres when full), famous for its fishing. This day's riding takes you to a wide open landscape of low impact agriculture and common rangeland. A paradise for any rider, as there are endless trails to canter and gallop. Enjoy a picnic on the shores of lake, relax, and prepare for the two hour ride through the small villages and woods to the 'Agua Escondida', where the horses are left stabled overnight. Transportation brings you back to the ranch (aprox. 30 min) where another mouthwatering dinner awaits.

Thursday

Agua Escondida - San Francisco Soyaniquilpan - El Fresno - Atlantes de Tula - Today you are heading south out of the hilly country and woodland trails to San Francisco / Soyaniquilpan. The farm land here is flat, rich, well irrigated and fertile. Taking trails to the west of the 'Cerro de las Brujas' (the witch’s mountain) the paths divide up the large fields. In the village of El Fresno Village the horses can be rested at the local shop and then the trail continues down the cobbled streets past the ruins of the hacienda and into a canyon. This delightful valley leads to a river lined with old cedar trees. Just before reaching the clearing and popular picnic site, the trail takes a small detour up to a small shrine to the Virgin of Guadelupe at the summit. The best waterfalls in the region are hidden just behind the cedar trees and well worth a visit. After lunch, a short drive then takes you to the archaeological site of the Atlantes of Tula*, which is thought to be the most important Toltec site in Mexico. It gives a great insight into the rich history of this region. In Tula there is a fine market as well as a couple of Western /charro outfitters, so guests wishing to buy hats, boots, belts, belt buckles, shirts, saddles and charro riding tack, can shop to their hearts desire.

Friday

San Miguel de Las Piedras - Los Organos - Vista Hermosa - Back into a more rugged landscape, you would think you were on a western movie set. Ride to 'Los Organos' a place forgotten in time. The trail, passing San Miguel de las Piedras leads into the canyon where wild horses roam. You'll visit the 'Peregrinos Petrificados' a natural rock formation, where it is said that “the Pilgrims turned into stone because they did not want to finish their pilgrimage”. Your lunchtime picnic will be taken by the river. Goats and sheep graze nearby. Here the river is mixed with a volcanic warm spring so it is quite nice for a swim while the horses are resting. Homeward bound you climb up out of the canyon. Once you reach the top, you are back on the trails near the village of 'Heroes de Caranza'. After a short drink break, ride back over the railway crossing and back over the open plains and small villages to the ranch. This ride offers the chance to canter / gallop home, sound in the knowledge that after such a long day out a soothing swim and a hot shower await.

Saturday

If you have time, enjoy a short morning ride before we bring you to the airport to catch your flight.

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Zara’s Planet Horse Riding Holidays Guarantee:

All our horse riding holidays hold a price guarantee. We believe in your piece of mind on price when you book one of our horse riding holidays and will refund the difference should you find the same horse riding holiday elsewhere at a lower price.

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Mexico Holidays Testimonials

Chrissie Pine on Rancho Las Cascadas, Mexico

The terrain was just as I imagined. I felt like I was in a western film - I rode up steep rocky mountains, across railway lines, galloped through lots of cacti - it was really exciting. I felt like I was in Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.

Chrissie Pine from UK