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Horse Riding Holidays Mexico – Cristo Rey Trail

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Cristo Rey Trail: Prices 2025

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  • 8 nights / shared accommodation – $3,038
    • GBP: 2,380
    • EUR: 2,796
    per person sharing.
    Single Supplement – $504
    • GBP: 395
    • EUR: 464
  • Early Bird Discount – Book before 1st May 2024 and receive 10% discount

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

Includes – All riding, transfers during the trail, full board accommodation, soft drinks, tequila & cocktail tasting

Excludes – Flights, airport transfers, alcohol, museum & attraction entrance tickets and tips

Cristo Rey Trail: Dates 2025

3 – 11 January

Getting There
International flight to Mexico City then internal flight to  Guanajuato International Airport BJX

Transfer
At the airport, a taxi rank/office is situated outside the arriving hall, with registered taxis available to take you to your hotel. Uber is also readily available via their app. Alternatively, private transfers can be arranged in advance and payable on-site.

Here are approximate prices for transfers:

Taxi (up to 4 people):
• From the airport to the meeting point: $65 USD
• From the ending place to the airport: $120 USD
Private transfer (up to 6 people):
• From the airport to the meeting point: $95 USD
• From the ending place to the airport: $160 USD

These options ensure a hassle-free journey to and from your destination, tailored to your preferences and group size.

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

Join us for one of Mexico’s most significant cavalcades, a tradition spanning over half a century, drawing thousands of Mexican riders to the base of the Cristo Rey (Christ the King) monument on Cubilete mountain. Situated at the geographical center of Mexico, this event anticipates the participation of at least 4,000 riders from the 46 municipalities of Guanajuato state and beyond, including Querétaro, Aguascalientes, and San Luis Potosí.
Experience this timeless equestrian pilgrimage, now garnering attention from riders worldwide.
Immerse yourself in the traditions, gastronomy, music, beverages, and beliefs as you traverse rural roads, mountains, and villages on horseback. Become a part of this revered tradition and embrace this unique trail firsthand.

THE RIDING top

Horses – Azteca, Quarter horse and Mexican Criollo

Level of Riding & Pace – Intermediate to advanced rider

Tack – Mexican, very similar to Western and Western

Weight Restriction – 17.3 stone / 110 kg / 243 lbs.

Group Size – Maximum 12

ACCOMMODATION top

Most nights spent in comfortable and authentic local hotels along the trail route, in double/twin rooms. Single rooms may be available on request and at an extra cost, but cannot be guaranteed.
The culinary offerings revolve around authentic regional Mexican cuisine, featuring a diverse array of ingredients such as beef, pork, chicken, eggs, fruits, vegetables, cereals, rice, milk, coffee, natural fruit juices, and purified bottled water.
Throughout the horse trail, the majority of our meals are expertly prepared by the rural communities we visit. These dishes, often crafted using Prehispanic ancestral recipes, boast unique flavours and textures, providing an unparalleled dining experience.
Some lunches are enjoyed as picnics amidst the picturesque landscapes, while others are savored at charming small restaurants along the way. Additionally, meals are served at our accommodations, which include ranches, mountain retreats, and hotels, ensuring a variety of culinary experiences throughout your journey.

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.

SAMPLE ITINERARY top

Day 1
The meeting point will be at 12:30 hours in the city of León Guanajuato, in the lobby of
Hotsson Hotel Blvd. Adolfo López Mateos 1102, Los Gavilanes, 37266 León, Gto.
From there we will visit a local saddlery shop, with traditional clothing and equipment of the Mexican equestrian culture.
Will be the perfect opportunity to buy clothing, for those who wish to dress up.
in the Mexican horseman style for the following days.
After the visit, we all will be transferred by car (about 2-hour drive) to a former Jesuit Hacienda located between the mountainous area of Sierra de Lobos, it is currently composed of 2,650 hectares of beautiful landscapes and more than 3 million native oak trees of the region, some with more than 500 years of Antique. where we will enjoy a rich welcome dinner and stay for the night.

Day 2
After breakfast at our accommodation, we will be transferred to the community of “El Salto del Ahogado” where our horses await us and place where we will join the group of riders coming from “El Torreon” who will stop here to receive us and allow us to join their contingent of pilgrims. Then we all will depart on horseback, from this community in the direction of Nuevo Valle de Moreno. A horseback ride through ancient roads in the mountainous area of Santa Barbara, until we reach the community of Nuevo Valle de Moreno, where we will stay overnight, and enjoy dinner with a local family, who will open their home doors for us.

Day 3
After a quick breakfast at our campsite, (before 5 o´clock am), we must be ready so we can be on the saddle before six, long before dawn, to ride out together glinted on the spurs and accoutrements of hundreds of Mexican riders.
We will ride by starlight until the sky turns grey and pink and continue like that till a flare of cerise draws over the hills as the sun rises. Then, with the light of a new day we will be surprised by the immense number of riders riding in the same direction as us, moved by their faith. Until we reach “Tuna Mansa” on the slopes of the Cubilete Mountain, considered the geographical centre of Mexico.
There we will stop for lunch, as hundreds of riders will do. Our support team will have ready for us a delicious lunch in a wonderful place, of typical food just prepared by local cooks specially for us.
After a delicious lunch and a short break, in our comfortable makeshift dining room, it is time to do the maximum resistance test for our horses, since they will have to make an ascent of 657 meters on 7.6 kilometres. Until we reach the Cubilete Mountain top, place where the monument to Cristo Rey is located.
There at the top of the mountain we will be all gathered, melee of hundreds of horsemen and horses. We will be received by the hundreds of groups of riders, who travel from different parts of Mexico, to meet as year after year for several decades on the top of the mountain.
Thus, we will witness the hospitality of Mexicans since we will receive various invitations to each of the different campsites to enjoy food and drinks. Most of local riders will remain there the whole night before the big celebration. We will be transferred to our comfortable accommodation just few kilometres from there.

Day 4
After an exquisite breakfast at the Parador, we will attend the celebration of Holy Mass with the presence of the archbishop and with more than 3,500 horses and riders. This is an experience, difficult to describe in words. The possibility of being able to share with “thousands of riders”, riding their horses in the local traditional “Ranchera” way, and participating with great devotion in this unique event.
Today we will spend much of the day witnessing and living the equestrian tradition wrapped in their faith and discovering Mexican culture from its deepest bowels, sharing this wonderful experience with hundreds of riders from different parts of Mexico.
At lunch time. we will enjoy a delicious typical food of the region, served by one of the most recognized traditional cooks, from the area of “Sangre de Cristo”.
After lunch we will be transferred to Hacienda Jesus Maria, a charming hotel located in a historic place and part of a sustainable tourist complex of the Sangre de Cristo community along with the “Caminos D’vinos” vineyard. The perfect place to relax after long days on horseback.

Day 5
After breakfast on the hacienda and having concluded the pilgrimage together with thousands of local riders, we now continue on our own, “Our Private Adventure Group”, today we will carry out a radial exploration of the area.
A round-trip on horseback through what is known as “The Mystery Villages” It is about three old communities where historical aspects such as: 1.- Chichimeca indigenous people, 2.-The Cristero región (The old Cristero War) That has inspired Hollywood. 3.- And Silver mining.
These 3 historical aspects are gathered in one day. The communities of Sangre de Cristo, Mineral de la Luz, and San Ignacio. The three oldest communities of the state of Guanajuato, containing great historical and cultural value. this was one of the most prosperous mining enclaves in the region.
At the end of the 19th century, these three villages; Sangre de Cristo and Mineral La Luz, and San Ignacio became ghost towns, however this was one of the most prosperous mining enclaves in the region. Even in the ancestor century, the inhabitants of the Mineral de la Luz were counted by thousands and had, for example, their own bullring, tobacco factory, sugar plantations and profit haciendas. In 1929 this territory was reincorporated to the municipality of Guanajuato and today has only about 300 inhabitants.

Day 6
After breakfast at the hotel, it’s time to continue the journey and ride our horses in the direction of “El Varal” a nature reserve that is in the north of the state of Guanajuato; adjoins the rural communities of Joya de Lobos, Santa Rosa, La Concepción and Los Mexicans.
The predominant type of vegetation is the Encino Forest, combined with native species such as Madroño and Pinguica. It is also natural habitat for mammalian species such as the white-tailed deer, wildcat, cacomixtle (ring tailed cat), listed skunk and long-nosed bat, also reporting more than 170 species of birds, pointing to Cooper’s hawk, the peregrine falcon, and the cuckold owl, among many more.
Today´s horse journey takes us to the valley of the blue birds, where we will set up our camp and enjoy our night camp in this magnificent natural setting.
A true natural paradise where we will have the opportunity to spend the night in a safari style camp, and where we can enjoy a night of barbecue ranchera, campfire and guitars.

Day 7
After breakfast in the camp, accompanied by the singing of the birds and with spectacular views of this magnificent natural setting, we will continue our last day on horseback, to the rural community of Santa Rosa.
We will ride along the springs ancient path, that borders a mountainous area and passes through a cavern that houses a spring of crystalline water that filters through the Santa Rosa mountains. We continue ascending and descending through natural landscapes, interned in the forest, home to hundreds of animal species, such as the puma, the coyote, raccoons, armadillos, and many others. Until we reach Santa Rosa, where we will enjoy Lunch, and end our adventure on horseback.

Day 8
After breakfast at the hotel we will take a walking tour to discover Guanajuato City, …you will be AMAZED!!, on this unique city.
The first known inhabitants of the area were the prehispanic indigenous groups Otomi, who were then displaced by the Chichimeca.
There was Purépecha presence as well due mostly to ancient trading routes. The oldest known name for the area is “Mo-o-ti,” which means “place of metals.” Later, it was called “Paxtitlán” by the Aztecs, which means “place of straw.” The current name of Guanajuato comes from Purépecha “Quanax huato,” which means “hilly place of frogs”.
Mining had been done in this area long before the Spanish arrived. Late in the pre-Hispanic period the Aztecs had a presence here, specifically to look for metals to make ornamental objects for their political and religious elite. Some stories from this time state that the area was so rich in minerals that nuggets of gold could be picked up from the ground.

Currently, the city of Guanajuato is a colonial city with beautiful buildings, that contain the elements from the two main cultures that created the city, ~ indigenous and Hispanic~, and marking the source of our Mexican nation, conserves its architectural features and environment. Protected by its inhabitants and government, state and municipal, Guanajuato was declared by UNESCO as the “Historic Town of Guanajuato and Adjacent Mines” in December 1988.

Day 9
Depart after breakfast

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