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Horseback Rding in the Sierra of the Cuchumatanes, Western Guatemala

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 2 day(s)
Group Size: 2 - 8 people
Destination: Guatemala  
Category: Unique Outfitters
Specialty: Horse trails  
Season: November - April
Min Price: 340 US Dollar (USD) per person
Max Price: 340 US Dollar (USD) per person

The Sierra of the Cuchumatanes – in western Guatemala – is – outside of the volcanoes – the highest mountain range in Central America (ranging from 6500 to 12500 ft). It is a region of vast proportions, sometimes austere, with a mainly indigenous population. The variations of the altitude in this tropical region results in a large variation of climates and ecosystems. Unknown by conventional tourism, it is (in our opinion and it is why we chose it), one of the regions of Guatemala with the most character and beauty, which is largely only accessible by horse or foot.

The Blue Unicorn can be found on a “plateau” of 10000 ft. In 1998, the stable opened its doors to riders. The buildings are built in the traditional style with wide “adobe” walls and tiled roofs, with a “corredor” that receives the last rays of sun. Our facilities include the main house, other joined rooms, large stables and corrals. Five rooms receive our guests. At night, a large living room gathers in a warmful atmosphere, the riders around a fire to rest, chat and have dinner.

We have twelve horses, “criollos” with quarter horse origins and one more “English”. They are medium sized, robust, willing and easy to ride. We chose and trained them to be very rustic for the sometimes very difficult terrain, while still retaining the vivacity and agility of saddle horses. We always try to find the horse best suited for each rider.

The rough and often rocky terrain forces us to a slow or moderate pace but every time is possible, we trot or canter. Riders will not be over 86 kgs/190 pounds.

The rides are lead by Pauline. She is a Equestrian Tourism Guide of the French Equestrian Federation, with 24 years in Guatemala and 18 in the area, and more than 40 years loving horses. She is bilingual in French and Spanish and speaks regular English.

Tour Itinerary:

Day 1: Arrival to Unicornio Azul, dinner and night in double rooms.

Day 2: After breakfast, you will know your horse for the today ride 5-6 hours in the “meseta” with a picnic. In the mountain range, we will find large open spaces dotted with rocks, cactus, pine trees and small villages. The air is pure, sometimes the silence is suddenly interrupted by a herd going home or a galloping rider. It is the country of oat and potatoes but mainly of sheep. We ride through the maze of paths bordered by stone and cactus walls or along trails that skirt the mountains where we meet only mules on their way home with bundles on their backs or we canter through the green carpet of the plains. The views stretch sometimes for miles towards the lower ground of the highlands or the range of volcanoes. Dinner and night.

Day 3: For this second day, we will trot and canter in the wild “meseta” before descending and skirting the impressive gorge (1000 m in depth). We will picnic in the bank of the torrent with turquoise – and frozen – deep pools. From there, we will ride back along the trail which skirts the canyon. Return to Chancol for the farewell dinner and the night.

Day 4: Breakfast and leaving.

Prices :
- 340 US $/person on a 2 people basis (in double room)

Price Includes:
- Three dinners
- Three nights in double rooms
- Three breakfasts
- Two one-day horseback rides with picnic.

About This Supplier
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Location: Guatemala
Joined InfoHub: Jul 2007

We are an individual company with 11 years of experience in equestrian turism in Guatemala wich includes organization of rides and lodge in the riding centre. We are registered in the Guatemalan Turism Institute (INGUAT/governemental), member of the Guatemalan Turism Chamber (CAMTUR/private sector) and the Rural...

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