Oiba Trail Ride To Barichara

Andean Colombia: (IT-COL06)
URL: https://www.hiddentrails.com/tour/colombia_barichara.aspx

Introduction
Andean Colombia
Colombia`s Vergel and Independence birthplace – Royal Roads, Woods, Waterfalls, Colonial Architecture and Historical Heritage.

Accomodation

Accommodations
This is a progressive ride, so nights are spent in different locations.

Description
On this ride, you will sleep in rural hotels or farmhouses where you will always find a clean bed and bathroom (private everywhere).
We suggest you bring your swimsuit as there are swimming pools at the following accommodations: Oiba, Charalá, Paramo and Barichara.
Wi-Fi is available at accommodations in Bogotá, Oiba and Barichara.
Laundry can be done in Bogotá for a small fee. 

Accommodation Itinerary - subject to changes based on availability
Night 1: Hotel in Bogotá
Night 2: Hotel in Oiba
Night 3: Hotel in Charalá
Night 4: Hotel in Paramo
Night 5: Hotel in El Palmar
Nights 6, 7 & 8: Hotel in Barichara
Night 9: Hotel in Bogotá

Room Occupancy
We only charge a single supplement fee for solo riders who want to have their own room.



Meals
All meals are included in this trip except for the meals in Bogotá.
You will be served home-style Colombian food. Lunches are usually picnic style while dinners are taken in restaurants.

Breakfasts include eggs, bread, "arepas" (kind of corn cake) coffee, tea, chocolate, milk and fruit or juices of tropical fruits, in which Colombia has a wide variety and availability throughout the year (Pineapple, Papaya, Melon, Soursop, Feijoa. Mango, Grapefruit, Passion fruit, Lulo, etc).
For lunch we carry Sandwiches, accompanied by potato chips, various drinks (soda, beer, water) and brownies or cookies for dessert.
For dinner depending on the place it is possible to have at least two menu options normally including beef or chicken with potatoes, salad and fruit.

Dietary Restrictions
We can cater to vegetarians with prior notice.

This trip includes and can accommodate special dietary requests.

Riding


Riding Experience
This trip caters to strong intermediate riders and above as it includes several long days on horseback.
Overall, guest should come with a positive attitude and ability to listen to the guide’s instructions.

Horses
Our horses are the result of a careful selection for more than 25 years, and all of them have some Colombian Criollo in their blood. Our horses have a heart marked on their left forearm. This symbol has been used on cattle and horses in family haciendas for more than 150 years.
For our trails, we like to use angloarabians crossed with Colombian Criollos as they are particularly suited for multi-day excursions and long distance rides.

Itinerary


Sample Itinerary - subject to changes

** Also available in extended version 12 days / 11 nights / 7 days of horseback riding -- please inquire

Day 1 (Saturday): Bogotá Arrival in Bogotá
Transfer Airport / Hotel. Check into hotel and overnight.
Meals included: none
Overnight at Hotel in Bogotá


Day 2 (Sunday): Transfer from Bogotá to Oiba
We will drive through the beautiful roads of the departments of Cundinamarca, Boyacá and Santander, up to the town of Oiba (transfer is about 5 hours long) where we will spend the night.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at Hotel in Oiba


Day 3 (Monday): Oiba to Charalá
The horses, already saddled, will be waiting for us at the hotel, and we will ride from Oiba to Charalá through beautiful woodlands and mountains, surrounded by luxuriant vegetation and clear water streams. By mid-afternoon we will arrive in the noble town of Charalá, birthplace of our independence, where we will admire the Cathedral and the precious Arabian Saman tree planted in the main square in 1910, in honor of the martyrs of Independence. On August 4, 1819 more than 300 men and women were executed in this square, just 3 days before the final battle of Independence. This fact, no doubt, contributed to Bolivar's victory at the Battle of the Bridge of Boyacá on August 7, 1819, since it prevented the troops of the Spanish General Gonzalez, which had destroyed Charalá, from joining those of General Barreiro in Tunja. At sunset, we can walk along its beautiful cobblestone streets and enjoy the pleasant weather, the architecture, and the kindness of its people before dining and retiring for a well-deserved rest at a local hotel.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at Hotel in Charalá


Day 4 (Tuesday): Charalá to Páramo
We will leave at 10 am, and ride along the path that borders the majestic Fonce River. We can see on the left-hand side how the river is formed by the confluence of the Pienta and Táquiza Rivers, under a natural arch of trees and bushes. To the right-hand side we can see mountains planted with sugarcane and grass pastures. We will cross the Fonce River by the bridge that goes to Ocamonte, in the place called Palenque, and then continue to the Juan Curi falls where we can see water falling more than 50 meters into a natural pool. Here, we can refresh ourselves from the midday heat, and enjoy a traditional lunch prepared in the local restaurant. Afterwards, we will climb the mountain and pass along the top of the Juan Curi falls on our way to the village of Páramo, where we will be able to see one of the most beautiful churches in the region, made of stone and wood. The night will be spent at a hacienda (traditional manor house) in a coffee and sugar cane plantation, enjoying a home-cooked meal in the company of the owners, a traditional family of the region.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at Hacienda near Paramo


Day 5 (Wednesday): Páramo to El Palmar
On the way to the village of El Socorro, another breeding ground of patriots and martyrs of the Independence at the end of the 18th century, we will see coffee plantations and spectacular mountains. After crossing the paved road that leads to Bucaramanga, at the municipality of El Socorro, we will proceed towards the voluminous Suarez River, famous for its rapids where Level V rafting is practiced. We cross it on a suspension bridge and start our descent towards the town of El Palmar. On this journey, we can fully appreciate the magnificent basin of the Suarez River, a geographical formation carved over thousands of years by this river that is born in the Fúquene Lake, and which serves as a preamble to the spectacular canyon of the Chicamocha River, which we will appreciate further on. In the afternoon, we will arrive in the beautiful town of El Palmar which features, on its main square, an enormous ceiba tree of approximately 10 meters in diameter. We will spend the night at a beautiful local hacienda.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at Hacienda in El Palmar


Day 6 (Thursday): El Palmar to Barichara
After crossing the Suárez River again, we will take the path to Cabrera, a small village where colonial architecture has been exceptionally well preserved. From here, the trail continues to the Barichara plateau by way of the old royal road, and enters this emblematic jewel of colonial architecture through the royal bridge. We will walk along its beautiful cobblestone streets, observing its parks and churches, on our way to a spectacular country house in the outskirts of town.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at Country House in Barichara


Day 7 (Friday): Barichara Cañón
We will have a 3 hour ride trough beautiful tobacco plantations on the way to the Chicamocha Canyon, a Colombian natural attraction nominated as part of the group of 261 destinations in the campaign to select the top seven natural wonders of the world. This paradise-like place is a not-to-be-missed visual spectacle. Imposing, majestic, and fascinating is how tourists describe the Chicamocha Canyon, a geographic accident located in the department of Santander. After having a light lunch we will return to Barichara to enjoy a delicious dinner and a well deserved rest.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at Country House in Barichara


Day 8 (Saturday): Sightseeing in Barichara
The real treasure of Barichara is its pristine colonial architecture. Many come to this pueblo just to wander its flagstone lanes, snapping photos of the white-washed, red-tile-roofed buildings. Start your exploration at the Templo de la Inmaculada Concepción y San Lorenzo on the main square. It is built of local stone carved by the village's artisans. The "Capilla de San Juan de Dios" is a beautiful church with a noteworthy cemetery. The "Capilla de San Antonio" is a famous attractive with a small shaded plazuela. The "Casa Aquileo Parra" was once-home of a former Colombian President (1876-78). It's presently a museum. The "Capilla Santa Bárbara" is an amazing place to visit, now used for cultural events.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at Country House in Barichara

Day 9 (Sunday): Transfer from Barichara to Bogotá
Return to Bogota and accommodation in a comfortable hotel.
Meals included: Breakfast
Overnight at Hotel in Bogota

Day 10 (Monday): Departure
Transfer Hotel / Airport. End of this great adventure.
Meals included: Breakfast


Non Riders
Non-riding companions are welcome on this trip. We can arrange some activities for them. Please inquire for more information.


Rates and Dates for Oiba Trail Ride To Barichara

Rates include:

Accommodations, Most meals, 5 days riding, 1 city tour in Barichara, Taxes & Transfers
Saddlebag provided

Packages and Options



  • SeasonYearDescription US$
    A
    202110-day trip, AP$3465

* prices are per person based on double/twin occupancy

Transfer and Other Charges:



 DescriptionUS$
2021 Single supplement - please inquire $0
2021 Non-rider rate - please inquire $0
2021 Transfers from/to Bogotá included $0
2021 Group discount (8+), dbl, pp $-860
2021 Group discount (4-7 riders), dbl, pp $-565

Season Tour Dates  Min / MaxReserve
A 2021 05/22 - 05/31 10d / 9n 10-day trip, AP 2 /12 Expired
A 2021 06/19 - 06/28 10d / 9n 10-day trip, AP 2 /12 Reserve
A 2021 07/24 - 08/02 10d / 9n 10-day trip, AP 2 /12 Reserve
A 2021 08/28 - 09/06 10d / 9n 10-day trip, AP 2 /12 Reserve
A 2021 10/16 - 10/25 10d / 9n 10-day trip, AP 2 /12 Reserve
A 2021 11/20 - 11/29 10d / 9n 10-day trip, AP 2 /12 Reserve

Dates Note:

Rates do not include:

Meals on first and last day at the hotel in Bogotá, Alcoholic drinks & Gratuities

Note:

Due to COVID-19 Corona virus pandemic and certain travel restrictions we are applying some temporary policy changes to some of our tours.

For Oiba Trail Ride To Barichara (IT-COL06):

We offer the possibility for travellers to postpone their trip to a later date.

Regarding Covid protocols, we have implemented procedures for transportation, meals, the riding and other activities.
Most important measures include:

  • the use of mask at all times,
  • daily temperature check,
  • hand washing as frequent as possible,
  • use of antibacterial gel,
  • keeping a distance of at least 2 m between guests and staff, 
  • eating in the open with a minimum distance of 2 m between everybody and we request the same from all our partners.

 


For more information please visit our COVID-19 Updates page at https://www.hiddentrails.com/article/covid19update.aspx

Other Info
Meeting: Bogotá
Airport: Bogotá
Transfer: Bogotá

Climate:
                                            Piedecuesta area


Month

Jan

Feb

Mar

Apr

May

Jun

Jul

Aug

Sep

Oct

Nov

Dec

Average High Temperature (°F)

80

80

80

80

80

80

80

81

81

80

79

79

Average Low Temperature (°F)

67

68

68

68

68

68

68

67

67

67

67

67

Average High Temperature (°C)

27

27

27

27

27

27

27

27

27

26

26

26

Average Low Temperature (°C)

20

20

20

20

20

20

20

20

19

19

20

20

Average Precipitation (days of rain)

5

6

8

10

10

9

9

9

10

11

9

6

Source: NOAA


Seasons
Colombia has a tropical rainforest climate which means there is no dry season - all months have mean precipitation values of at least 60 mm (2.36 in). Tropical rainforest climates have no pronounced summer or winter; it is typically hot and wet throughout the year and rainfall is both heavy and frequent. One day in an equatorial climate can be very similar to the next, while the change in temperature between day and night may be larger than the average change in temperature between "summer" and "winter".

The climate is hot all year round with high humidity. The temperatures are highest on average in August. The lowest average temperatures in the year occur in October. The least amount of rainfall occurs in January with an average precipitation of 42 mm. The greatest amount of precipitation occurs in October, with an average of 278 mm.

What To Bring:
Attire: 

  • Hat of wide wing. 
  • Raincoat. 
  • 2 baggy pants. 
  • 2 shirts (long sleeves). 
  • 3 to 6 pairs of socks.
  • 2 t-shirts. 
  • Footwear: 1 – 2 pairs of sporting shoes. Do not wear very wide shoes to avoid trouble putting your feet in the stirrups. Riding boots are recommended.
  • Breeches. If you want to wear jeans or similar we recommend to use chaps if you have them or long underwear to avoid bruises. 
  • Gloves to avoid sunburn and bruises.
Personal equipment:
  • Particular medications. 
  • Flashlight and batteries. 
  • Sunglasses. Eyedrops (for people sensitive or allergic to the dust). 
  • Sunblock factor (30 minimum, desirable 50), moisturizer, lip balm, creams to heal bruising.
  • Elements for personal hygiene (medium towel, soap, toothbrush, wet wipes, etc.). 
  • Camera with good or rechargeable batteries.