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The Last Frontier of Mesoamerica, Mexico

08 days - 07 nights  - 6 days on horseback

A horseride to the past on a plateau in central Mexico. Starting on the Cerro del Cubilete- considered as Mexico’s geographic center, we will ride to the northernmost frontier of Mesoamerica and the last archeological setting where Chichimec and Toltec culture can be found. 

Overview

 

A horseride to the past on a plateau in central Mexico. Starting on the Cerro del Cubilete- considered as Mexico’s geographic center, we will ride to the northernmost frontier of Mesoamerica and the last archeological setting where Chichimec and Toltec culture can be found. 

Through this horseback expedition through pre-hispanic history, we will travel through semi-deserts, holm oak forests, plains, and mountainous regions. We will discover some of the ancestral culture here in Mexico, in small towns that seem to have been extracted from the history books and placed here.

 

We will camp and live an experience riddled with shamanic mysticism, in the last bastion of mesoamerican culture. Localized in one of the most aggressive regions of the northern frontier, filled with nomads, attached to the western outskirts of the Santa Bárbara mountain range.

Without a doubt this mystical experience is filled with adventure, that gives its participants a chance to discover an important part of Mesoamerican and Aridoamerican history.
 

Day by day

 

day 1: Arrival in Maceió ( Capital City of the State Alagoas )

Late afternoon Meet & Greet at the hotel in Maceió to brief the riding group about the coming days. Dinner and overnight at a comfortable hotel in Maceió.

 

day 2: Maceió – Entremontes - Remanso

(3 hours in the saddle)  

We will depart from the hotel right after breakfast, leave the coastal city of Maceió, and head to the region where our horseback riding tour will start. The road will take us from the Atlantic coast to the backcountry full of crazy stories and legends. Through the windows of the car, we will be able to witness the dramatic change in vegetation and topography.

 

We will know we are on the right track as soon as we see the San Francisco River. Lunch will be at the place where we will meet the horses. We will start our journey under the afternoon sun, follow ancient tracks till reaching the Village of Entremontes and the bank of the San Francisco River, where we will be lodged in a cozy farmhouse. Breathtaking views await us. (Farmhouse - Remanso)  (Breakfast, lunch, snacks, and dinner). 

 
day 3: Entremontes Remanso Farm – Piranhas

(3,1/2 hours in the saddle)

The São Francisco river will greet us when we wake up for a new day of horseback riding. Throughout the trail ride, we will have the mighty river within sight. A hearty breakfast will precede our boat ride to Angicos, in the state of Sergipe, where Lampião and part of his gang were ambushed, captured, and killed and beheaded (1938).

 

We will return to the farmhouse, go for a refreshing swim in the river and have lunch. The ride to Piranhas will be full of magnificent views and charm. Tropeiros used to drive herds along this path, sell animals and food, and peddle other goods. The pearl of the Outback will come into view with its remarkably well-preserved old houses and historic government buildings.

 

Just like in the early days, we will tie up our horses in front of the old station, where today stands the Cangaço Museum, and dive into the history of the place. After a drink, we will find our Pousada, where we will spend the night. (Breakfast, lunch, and dinner), but before going to bed, we should enjoy a bit of the lively night scene downtown.


day 4: Rancho Bernalejo - Santa Bárbara

After a rich breakfast at the ranch, we prepare for a day through the Sierra de Santa Barbara. The territory where the community of Santa Barbara is located- municipality of Ocampo -is located in the marginal area of ​​Mesoamerica, this culturally rich area has had difficulties developing proper towns due to its aridity and semi-desert that is only populated by native nomadic groups dedicated to hunting and gathering, these communities are called “Chichimecas”- brave indigenous warriors.


In the region of the northern border of Mesoamerica, what is now known as the community of Santa Barbara, the predominant Chichimeca people were characterized as being the most belligerent, they hung around the entire Mesoamerican border, maintaining El Coporo as their center of operations. The large tunnel- which apart from serving as shelter, was also a huge source of food. The Chichemec name “guachichil” means “heads painted red”, this name was given to the warriors who dyed their heads and bodies with red dye.

day 5: Santa Bárbara - El Cóporo

We journey on horseback through the old royal road- which crosses the foothills of the mountains, until we reach our next destination. “El Cóporo” located on the hill by the same name, between the communities of Torreón, El Tigre, and La Tinaja. Places of great importance for the quantity and variety of objects found there, vestiges of the culture of Mesoamerica.


Excavation work is currently carried out by INAH staff (National Institute of Archeology and History). According to recent studies, the culture that developed in this area were the Toltecs (early Chichimecas).


At night we will enjoy a safari style camp, located at the top of the archeological zone with truly amazing views and an atmosphere full of mysticism. We will enjoy ancestral dishes during dinner, cooked by the traditional cooks of the area. These cooks have been recognized for their centurie-old recipes that have given their name to Mexican cuisine in the world, basing their dishes mainly on natural and fresh products, which for their simplicity excite the senses.
At dusk, we will witness a UNIQUE show, where we can see a representation of ancient cultures in an ancestral dance dedicated to the sunset.


day 6: El Cóporo - Hacienda Jesuita del Vergel

After a delicious breakfast served in our camp, we begin our ride through beautiful landscapes and ancient roads, until we enter the mountain area of the Sierra de Lobos. A day wrapped in an unusual nature, here we will spend most of the day.

Our final destination of the day is the Ex-Jesuit Farm of Vergel, located between the mountains of “Sierra de Lobos” currently converted into a beautiful and comfortable mountain hotel, with an area of 2,650 hectares of beautiful landscapes and more than 3 million oaks natives of the region, some with more than 500 years old


day 7: Hacienda Jesuita del Vergel - Comanja de Corona

We will ride down the mountains of Sierra de Lobos and Sierra de Bernalejo to the community of "Comanja de Corona" an old town nestled in the foothills of the Sierra. This is a place of significant natural, cultural, and historical wealth. Comanja was disputed between Chichimecas and the Spanish colonies. Also it was the setting for the battle of Fuerte del Sombrero during the war of independence.

Upon arrival, we will cross the narrow streets of this unique town, which contains elements of the two cultures that created it.

In the evening we will enjoy a delicious farewell dinner in a particular restaurant, which in turn houses for dancing horses. We will enjoy the most emblematic place in town for our last night, the "Old Ironworks"- a historic building with more than 400 years.
 

day 8: Comanja de Corona - Guanajuato

In the morning, after enjoying a sumptuous breakfast, accompanied by a typical Mexican coffee from the pot, we will be transferred in our vehicles to the Bajio BJX airport.

 

END OF THE TRIP.

 

Practical Information

Good to know before you go:

  1. Travel Insurance is Mandatory.

  2. Trip Cancellation Insurance is Mandatory

  3. Vaccines are not needed to enter the country

  4. Contact your country’s Mexican Embassy to inquire if Visas are needed

  5. If you wish to use cash during the trip, it is recommended that you withdraw in the main city beforehand.

  6. In some cities, paying with cards is possible (Visa, MasterCard, Maestro, American Express.

  7. There is internet/ WiFi access during the journey.
    There is cell coverage during the journey.

  8. Max weight per rider is 110kg

  9. Kids aged 14+ are allowed to participate as long as they are accompanied by an adult.

  10. This trip is available year round, but the best months are between September to April.

  11. Average temperature is of 21° .

  12. Appropriate for Intermediate - Experienced Riders.

  13. A total of 195 km will be crossed during the trip.

  14. Airport: arrival airport is Guanajuato (BJX).

Travel gear:

  • Any type of hat

  • Sunglasses

  • Sunscreen

  • Neckerchief 

  • Boots

  • Riding footwear

  • 2 short sleeve shirts

  • 2 long sleeve shirts

  • 2 comfortable riding pants

  • Raincoat 

  • Coat

  • Sweater

  • Leggings and vest

  • Gloves

  • Water bottle

  • Sleeping bag (-5°)

  • Self care products

  • Towel

  • Cameras and batteries

Optional

  • Swiss army knife

  • Flashlight

  • Chafing cream

Complementary List

  • Personal medicine

  • Travel journal, maps, etc.

  • Medical file.

Dates & Prices

 

Price

08 days - 07 nights  - 6 days on horseback 

Price per person 2.531 USD

minimum of 06 riders

maximum of 14 riders

Dates

Included:

  • Safe routes through real and green roads.

  • Crossing permits in some private farms.

  • Trained, experienced horses

  • Saddle and riding equipment

  • Specialized guides

  • Assistance staff

  • Cook

  • Driver

  • Road transport

  • All meals: from dinner day 1 to breakfast day 8

  • Accomodation for 7 nights at described sites or similar sites in shared occupation

  • 6 days riding horseback

  • Guided entry into the archeological site Coporo

  • Safari style camping equipment

  • Indian mats to rest during our horseback rides

  • Special meal requests (vegetarian, vegan, gluten free)

  • Call center for customers during the entire journey

  • Expedition certificate

Not Included:

  • Insurance: We REQUEST you to take a TRAVEL and TRIP Cancellation Insurance. Ask your local insurance company or travel agent about it. You will not be allowed to participate in the “ALATCE” riding holiday program without having these insurances.

  • Flight: international and local flights are NOT included. Gateway is Guanajuato (BJX).

  • Transport to and from the airport or bus stations

  • Supplementary costs at basic single accommodations 

  • Phone calls/ internet

  • Laundry services

  • Tips

  • Alcoholic beverages

  • Other private transfers not mentioned in the program.

  • Itinerary changes by the client

  • Any item not included in the list above

  • Booking Sales Tax: USD 33,00 per person per payment

Accommodation:

The accommodations used during this expedition range from 5 Starts boutique properties, ranches, hotels, and safari camps.

Important note: The accommodations described are those that used regularly, and in most trips, however, it may be the case that for reasons beyond our control, we would have to use a different accommodation.

The meals:

The meals are based on Mexican regional food and include beef, pork and chicken, eggs, fruits, vegetables, cereals, rice, milk, coffee, natural fruit juices, purified and bottled water.

During the ride, most of the food it's been prepared by the rural communities visited. Made with quality and hygiene, and in many cases with ancestral pre-Hispanic recipes, so the flavors and textures are unique and can be very different from the usual.

We can meet requests for special meals, as long as they are asked at the time of booking.
 

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Angel Gutierrez Arróniz  / English, Spanish, Italian.

Ángel was born in central Mexico in 1968. Half Mexican and half Spanish, spent his first years between Mexico and Spain and inherited the love and passion for horses from his grandparents. His Spanish grandfather worked all his life with horses; and his Mexican grandparents, originally from the state of Jalisco, were closely related to the world of charrería and horse.

He began to ride a horse when he was just a child, with the teacher "Don Agustín" , an old man who used to be one of the most famous "Charros" in the state. For years he has ridden through different places and countries.

If there any person who knows where are the best horse rides in Mexico, that is Angel. Today, his company “Ecotourism & Adventures of Mexico DMC ®” is one of the best known Tour Operator, Specialist in Equestrian Tourism and Adventure Tourism.

His rides have been recognized with the "National Tourism Prize", delivered to the President of Mexico Lic. Felipe Calderón Hinojosa, in addition to receiving "The Distinctive Modernize" The Distinctive "M" is the recognition granted by the Ministry of Tourism to Those Tourism Companies that have successfully implemented the Modernize Quality Program and that endorses the adoption of best practices and a distinction of a model tourism company.