Extremadura Rides

Central Spain Spain: (IT-SPER1)
URL: http://www.hiddentrails.com/tour/spain_extremadura_rides.aspx

Introduction
Central Spain Spain
EXTREMADURA is one of the last-remaining unspoiled regions of Spain, exclusive destination for riding holidays in the south-west of Spain. It is an authentic paradise for riding holidays due to the excellent state of preservation of its nature and good climate in Winter, Spring and Autumn. Wood pasture (Dehesa) is the most emblematic landscape of the region and plays a crucial role in the great diversity of birds, is also a paradise for riding and for enjoying the interesting cultural and historical World Heritage Sites. Extremadura should be one of the destination to all nature lovers who are thinking of visiting this fascinating part of unspoiled Spain. Extremadura is considered one of the most important regions in Europe for birds it is among the most prized destinations for bird watching enthusiasts and nature lovers from all over the world, drawn by the possibility of observing birds in natural habitats of great beauty and also of enjoying the interesting cultural and historical heritage of Extremadura (Trujillo, Guadalupe, etc).

We offer 4 rides in this area:
-Transhumance Ride: We follow the “Cañada Real” 75 m wide with a thousand years old, pure nature, during 200km from Trujillo to Navarredonda de Gredos, crossing 3 different region in Spain (Extremadura, Castilla la Mancha y Castilla y León), riding in Cáceres province, Toledo province and Ávila province, from the winter pastures to the summer pastures in the Mountains. Exclusive for genuine riders!
-Monfragüe National Park: The Monfragüe National Park is a wonderful place to visit for Mediterranean flora and ornithology. Difficult to access and covered by scrubland, it is the largest and best preserved stretch of Mediterranean mountain landscape in the world; it is a typically Iberian landscape that provides a home for the Park's incredibly diverse flora and fauna.
-Trujillo Guadalupe Ride: This is a more relaxing ride across vast greenways spotted with wildlife and grazing cattle and sheep. You'll pass through vineyards and historic sites shaped by the Spanish Civil War.
-Conquistadores: The landscape during the ride is spectacular, woods, pastures and the Dehesa of holm and cork oaks, the most emblematic landscape of Extremadura and the extraordinary landscape of Villuercas GEOPARK by Unesco, perfect for riding with our excellent horses.

Accomodation

Accommodations:
Accommodations are in small hotels and rural inns along the ride. Twin or double rooms with private bathroom, single rooms with single supplement

Drinks included: red and white wines, beer, refreshments, coffee or tea during the meals and aperitifs. Water bottle is provided every morning.

Vegetarian diets/other diets catered for.

This trip includes some wine with dinner and can accommodate special dietary requests.

Riding

Option A: Transhumance Ride - 7 days riding (approx. 200 km total).
Option B: Monfragüe National Park - 5 days riding (approx. 180 km total).
Option C: Trujillo-Guadalupe Ride - 5 days riding (approx. 180 km total).
Option D: Conquistadors Ride - 5 days riding (approx. 150 km total).

Riding Schedule
On a normal day, we start riding at 10am, after a well-deserved rest and a good breakfast. Participants are encouraged in helping with the preparation of the horses. Usually, we need to catch the horses from the fields where they have spent the night, feed them, brush them and saddle them up before breakfast.
In the morning, you will ride about 4 hours with a short tapas-break (Serrano ham, Manchego cheese, olives, nuts, etc. and something to drink) in the middle of the morning (usually around noon). After the break, we ride to the lunch place. A luxury picnic is waiting for us in the quietest and most beautiful spot. The stop for lunch is about 2 hours long, with time to enjoy the pic-nic and little siesta after lunch.
In the afternoon, we ride for about 2 hours until we get to our accommodation.

Riding Experience
These trips have been designed for intermediate to experienced riders. You should be comfortable at the walk, trot and canter, in group, in open spaces and your seat should be firm. On the rides, you will be riding for between four to seven hours a day so it is important to be as riding fit as possible.

Pace
The overall pace of riding is moderate with walk, trots and canters mostly every day. Usually, when the terrain allows for a safe canter, we canter. In the mountains, in many areas the terrain does not allow for trotting or cantering so we enjoy walking with breathtaking views around.
The distance covered on the average is 25-35 km per day. We usually spend about 6 hours in the saddle every riding day.

Tack
We use fine quality English saddles and silicon seat saver. All the tack is in excellent conditions, very comfortable for horses and riders. You have small saddlebags in front of the saddles for a water bottle, sunscreen, camera, mobile, etc.

Support Vehicle
A support van follows the group during the whole week, meeting us in the morning, for tapas-breaks, lunches, at night and to move your luggage. This means you have access to your luggage at least 3 times a day.

Horses
We currently have 21 horses: 14 PRE, 4 Pure Hispano-Arab, 1 Anglo-Arab and 2 Crossed (hispano-bretón, hispano-lusitano).
Our horses are responsive, well behave, good natured and serene thanks to the natural horsemanship method used to train them.
Most of our horses were born and bred at home while others have been with us since they were foals.
They live in freedom as a herd, eating, drinking, sleeping and traveling together in the most natural way possible.
They live in a huge pine forest (500 ha) in the Gredos Mountains or in the rich pastures in the Dehesas of Extremadura. They keep fit as they can walk around 20 km every day. They live with other groups of animals including other horses, donkeys, cows and also wild animals such as wolves, roe deer, deer, wild boar, foxes.

Staff
Emilio and Mamen (both born in Gredos Mountains) will be personally escorting you on these trips. Emilio will happily guide you across the trails, while Mamen will be preparing delicious meals and pic-nics.
Emilio has been working in equestrian tourism for over 30 years and he dedicated his whole life to his horses. He speaks English and Spanish.

Age Restrictions
There is no upper age limit, as long as you are riding fit and healthy. The minimum riding age is 10 years old (competent riders only), accompanied by an adult.

Travel Insurance
It is mandatory to take a travel insurance for this trip! If you come from Europe, you should bring the European Health card, this gives you access to Spanish health care.

Non-Riders
Non-riding companions are welcome to join this trip. They can travel in the support car and join in meals, dinners and others activities, or if they wish, they can rent a car and move on their own, joining the group for dinner.

Itinerary

2019 Sample Itineraries - Subject to changes

The following are sample itineraries but please note that changes are possible due to weather and other circumstances.


The van support is always close to the group with the luggage, so it's not necessary to carry things on the horse. The group meets the van at tapas time, lunch time, or in any other moment if necessary (for shoeing a horse, take rain coats, etc).

Option A: TRANSHUMANCE RIDE 9 days trip/ 8 nights/ 7 days riding
Spain is crossed by old drove routes that served the pastoral economies of yesteryear. In Spain, these routes are called “Cañadas Reales” with 75m wide and around 700km long. They are still used by cattlemen who practice transhumance, spending summer in the mountains with their cattle and returning each autumn to the winter pastures, lowlands, faraway. These old trails are more than merely routes for sending livestock to market. These routes are the toll motorways of yesteryear, the infrastructure that sustained transhumance — the pastoral practice whereby livestock spent the winter months in the lowlands and moved up to hill pastures for the summer.
This is a real experience travelling on horseback, we follow the “Cañada Real” 75 m wide with a thousand years old, pure nature, during 200km from Trujillo to Navarredonda de Gredos, crossing 3 different region in Spain (Extremadura, Castilla la Mancha y Castilla y León), riding in Cáceres province, Toledo province and Ávila province, from the winter pastures to the summer pastures in the Mountains. Exclusive for genuine riders!
This is a real transhumance, crossing different regions and riding a long distance very different of transterminancia (sheepherding) movement from the valley to the highest place in the mountains in the same region.

Option B: MONFRAGÜE NATIONAL PARK 7 days trip/ 6 nights/ 5 days riding
The largest and best preserved Mediterranean forest worldwide is in Monfragüe (Extremadura), surrounded by hills populated with oak forests and Mediterranean thicket and dotted with rocks and streams. Rivers and reservoirs irrigate the riverside areas of Monfragüe National Park. All this results in a rich and varied plant and animal life.
The Monfragüe National Park is a wonderful place to visit for Mediterranean flora and ornithology. Located close to Trujillo, with the Tajo river running through it, the Monfragüe National Park is unique; it was declared a Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO in 2003. Monfragüe takes its name from the Romans, who called it Mons Fragorum, the fragmented mountain. Difficult to access and covered by scrubland, it is the largest and best preserved stretch of Mediterranean mountain landscape in the world; it is a typically Iberian landscape that provides a home for the Park's incredibly diverse flora and fauna. Cork oaks, wild olives and holm oak trees are surrounded the National Park. The most popular birdwatching spot for visitors is the “Salto del Gitano”, this is a 300 meter cliff above the Tajo river. We don't forget to program a break in our “Monfragüe National Park ride” to admire the black storks, vultures, Egyptian vultures and imperial eagles just a few of the many birds that nest in the “Salto del Gitano”. The Park is also the site of Monfragüe Castle, an Arab construction. People have left many other marks on Monfragüe over the ages, with many prehistoric cave paintings.

Option C: “TRUJILLO-GUADALUPE RIDE” 7 days trip/ 6 nights/ 5 days riding
Guadalupe is located in the region of the Villuercas (GEOPARK by UNESCO) in Extremadura, is a historic town of cobbled streets, traditional houses and monuments of great value, like the Sanctuary Monastery of Guadalupe (XIV century), declared World Heritage site (UNESCO). The ride allows visit other mountain towns belonging to the Villuercas, as Cañamero, Logrosan or Berzocana. Another attraction of the area is discover the simple but delicious cuisine of Extremadura, characterized by the excellent quality of its products.
Declared a World Heritage Site in 1993, the monastery was commissioned in the fourteenth century by King Alfonso XI of Castile in gratitude to the Virgin after his victory in the Battle of Salado in the year 1340.
Since its founding, the monastery became a major pilgrimage centers of the peninsula Ibérica. It was also the scene of important events, including the audience granted to the Catholic Kings Christopher Columbus to give him the ships that would allow start heading to America. This is a comfortable ride with less hours on the horse.

Option D: “CONQUISTADORS RIDE” 7days trip/ 6 nights/ 5 days riding
This ride starts and finishes in TRUJILLO (Extremadura), very historic town with a mix of cultures: Trujillo was founded in prehistoric times on a granite batholith, still exist Roman rest from the Roman town Turgallium, which nowadays is Trujillo, In the top of the town there is an spectacular Castle founded in the 10th century by Arabs, in the main square many beautiful palaces built by Spanish Conquistadors during the 16th-century. Many storks, eagles, swallows can be seen circling the nests on the roof of the churches and palaces in the Plaza Mayor, very good atmosphere.
Trujillo is very famous for its monuments and because it was the birthplace of Francisco Pizarro and his brothers, conquerors of Peru, as well as of Francisco de Orellana, who accomplished the first descent of the River Amazon. Pizarro's equestrian statue stands in the Plaza Mayor (Main Square).
Some Trujillanos went to America in XV century to discover new places after the discovery of America. When they come back, they built majestic palaces near the Plaza Mayor and surrounds, most of them can be visited today.
The landscape during the ride is spectacular, woods, pastures and the Dehesa of holm and cork oaks, the most emblematic landscape of Extremadura and the extraordinary landscape of Villuercas GEOPARK by Unesco, perfect for riding with our excellent horses.

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Option A: TRANSHUMANCE RIDE 9 days trip/ 8 nights/ 7 days riding
June 1st to 9th 2019, the itinerary runs in this order.
October 26th to November 3rd 2019, the itinerary runs in the opposite order


Day 1 MADRID AIRPORT-TRUJILLO
Meeting point at Madrid Airport, transfer to Trujillo (2,5 h driving). Time to visit the town and then welcome dinner at the Monastery hotel where we learn about the ride on the map.

Day 2 TRUJILLO-HERGUIJUELA-TORRECILLAS DE LA TIESA
Transfer from Trujillo town to Herguijuela (10 min) where the horses are, distribution of horses. Riding through the “Cañada Real”, Lunch in the countryside with excellent paella cooked for us.
In the afternoon across flat terrain to Torrecilla de la Tiesa. Night and dinner in casa rural.
Time in the saddle 5 hours.

Day 3 TORRECILLAS DE LA TIESA-CASAS DE MIRAVETE
Departure after breakfast, we ride in the morning open countryside trough olives yards and beautiful landscape. Good trots and canters in the morning. Lunch in the countryside. In the afternoon we ride to Casas de Miravete, it is possible to see the castle from century XIII from far away. Night and dinner in casa rural.
Time in the saddle 6 hours.

Day 4 CASAS DE MIRAVETE- NAVALMORAL
Riding in the morning trough de Cañada Real, with impressive views of Sierra the Gredos. Lunch in countryside Toledo province. Riding in the afternoon to Navalmoral. Dinner and night at hotel in Navalmoral de la Mata.
Time in the saddle 7 hours.

Day 5 NAVALMORAL - VENTAS DE SAN JULIAN
Departure after breakfast, we follow the Cañada Real in a flatter area with good trots and canters. Here the Cañada has an unusual wide of 200m. Dinner and night at beautiful Rural Inn in Calzada de Oropesa.
Time in the saddle 6 hours.

Day 6 VENTAS DE SAN JULIAN- NAVALCÁN
Departure after breakfast, we follow the Cañada Real in a flatter area with good trots and canters. Here the landscape changes, we ride along the reservoir water close to Navalcan with beautiful views of the Gredos Mountains. Dinner and night at Casa Rural in Navalcán.
Time in the saddle 6 hours.

Day 7 NAVALCÁN-MOMBELTRÁN
This day is a beautifull day from Navalcán to Mombeltrán, this day we change the Cañada to take another Cañada to go to the Gredos mountains. Beautiful views, Toledo province is left and we cross to Avila province in Castilla y Leon. Dinner and night at hotel in Mombeltrán.

Day 8 MOMBELTRÁN-NAVARREDONDA DE GREDOS
After breakfast we start to climb the Roman Road with more than two thousand years old, very well preserved with more than 7 km. We follow riding in the Roman road up the mountains with amazing views. This day we ride in the morning to Cuevas del Valle, picturesque mountains village.
When we get the Puerto del Pico, at the end of the Roman road, the landscape change very much, beautiful mountainous landscape. Lunch at Puerto del Pico, after lunch riding in very different landscape, green mountain pastures with stone walls and the highest peaks of Gredos in front of us to finish the amazing horse riding trip.

Day 9 NAVARREDONDA DE GREDOS-MADRID
After breakfast, departure from Navarredonda de Gredos at 10 am, on time for flights.

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Option B (2019): MONFRAGÜE NATIONAL PARK 7 days trip/ 6 nights/ 5 days riding

Day 1 MADRID AIRPORT – TRUJILLO
Meet at Madrid airport at 3pm and transfer to Trujillo (2.5 hours’ drive). Time to visit to the spectacular town of Trujillo before welcome dinner at the hotel with us where we learn about the ride and region on the map.

Day 2 TRUJILLO- HERGUIJUELA-TORRECILLAS DE LA TIESA
Transfer from Trujillo to Herguijuela. Distribution of horses. Riding through the “Dehesa”, cultural landscape exclusive of southern and central Spain, it is possible to see bulls in freedom in the countryside, when we go riding through the “Cañada Real Puerto de Miravete”. On this trip, “Monfragüe National Park” we will ride through the “Cañadas reales”, Spanish medieval network of paths for cattle movement, 75 m wide, perfect for riding.
Dehesa is a multifunctional agrosylvopastoral system (a type of agroforestry). Used primarily for grazing, they produce a variety of products including non-timber forest products such as wild game, mushrooms, honey, cork, and firewood. The tree component is oaks, usually holm (Quercus ilex) and cork (Quercus suber). Dehesa is an anthropogenic system that provides not only a variety of foods, but also wildlife habitat for endangered species such as the Iberian lynx and the Spanish Imperial eagle.
Short afternoon through flat terrain to Torrecillas de la Tiesa, night and dinner in rural hotel.
Time in the saddle 6 hours.

Day 3 TORRECILLAS DE LA TIESA-JARAICEJO
Departure after breakfast, we ride by the cattle trail “Cañada Real” to Jaraicejo, very nice medieval village in the National Park. Good trots and canters in the morning through the Dehesa where cattle can be seen everywhere: local cows, sheep, goats and iberic pigs. Lunch in the countryside. In the afternoon we cross the Almonte river with a medieval bridge, really nice enclave. Dinner and night at rural hotel.
Time in the saddle 6 hours.

Day 4 JARAICEJO-TORREJÓN EL RUBIO
Departure after breakfast, we ride by the cattle trail to Torrejón el Rubio. Good trots and canters in the morning through the Dehesa. Another luxury picnic is waiting for us in a beautiful spot in our way. In the afternoon, riding through the Dehesa with great views of Sierra de Gredos in front of us. Dinner and night at beautiful 4* hotel with SPA, when we spend 2 nights.
Time in the saddle 6 hours.

Day 5 TORREJÓN EL RUBIO-SALTO DEL GITANO- TORREJÓN EL RUBIO
Departure after breakfast, we will go through the National Park to Salto del Gitano, we cross the maximum protection area of the park, the National Park Reserve, for that we need special authorization. We get the highest place in the Sierra de las Corchuelas, surrounded by oaks, unique and incomparable views to enjoy peace and pure nature. We can see Tajo river canyons. Lunch beside the river Tajo and after lunch time to visit the cliff “Salto del Gitano” to admire the black storks, vultures, Egyptian vultures and imperial eagles ­just a few of the many birds that nest in the “Salto del Gitano”. Come back to Torrejón el Rubio, same hotel than previous night. Dinner at 4* hotel.
Time in the saddle 5 hours.

Day 6 TORREJÓN EL RUBIO-TRUJILLO
This day is a beautiful day from Torrejón el Rubio to Aldea del Obispo as we ride through the “Cañada Real”. Lunch beside the Almonte river at an amazing enclave where the Cañada Real cross the river by another  beautiful medieval bridge. After lunch horses are transport by truck back home.  Transfer to Trujillo. Dinner and night at Trujillo.
Time on the saddle 4 hours.

Day 7 TRUJILLO – MADRID
After breakfast, departure from Trujillo at 10 a.m., in time for flights. Transfer is 2.5 h, so please do not book flights departures before 2 p.m. All riders will be transferred at the same time, if any rider needs to arrive Madrid before, we can arrange transfer at extra cost.

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Option C (2019): “TRUJILLO-GUADALUPE RIDE” 7days/ 6 nights/ 5 days riding

Day 1  MADRID-TRUJILLO
Meet at Madrid airport at 3pm and transfer to Trujillo (2.5 hours’ drive). Time to visit to the spectacular town of Trujillo before welcome dinner at the hotel with us where we learn about the ride and region on the map.

Day 2  TRUJILLO-HERGUIJUELA-MADROÑERA
Transfer from Trujillo to Herguijuela. Distribution of horses.  Riding through the “Dehesa”, a cultural landscape exclusive of southern and central Spain.
Dehesa is a multifunctional agrosylvopastoral system (a type of agroforestry). Used primarily for grazing, they produce a variety of products including non-timber forest products such as wild game, mushrooms, honey, cork, and firewood. The tree component is oaks, usually holm (Quercus ilex) and cork (Quercus suber). Dehesa is an anthropogenic system that provides not only a variety of foods, but also wildlife habitat for endangered species such as the Iberian lynx and the Spanish Imperial eagle.
Short afternoon through flat terrain to Madroñera, night and dinner in rural hotel.
Time in the saddle 5 hours.

Day 3  MADROÑERA-ZORITA
Departure after breakfast. We ride by the cattle trail to Zorita. Good trots and canters in the morning through the Dehesa where cattle can be seen everywhere: local cows, sheep, goats and iberic pigs. Dinner and night at rural hotel.
Time in the saddle 5 hours.

Day 4 ZORITA-LOGROSAN
We will follow the greenway, an old railway built in the 20s that due to the Spanish Civil War was never finished. Along the greenway, we will see objects and buildings that remind us that there would have been a railway. During the ride we can enjoy the view over the impressive Villuercas landscape. Dinner and night at rural hotel.
Time in the saddle 5 hours.

Day 5 LOGROSÁN-CAÑAMERO
Departure after breakfast. We will go through the vineyard in Cañamero, which is famous in Spain for good wines and olives gardens. Here the landscape changes to the beauty of Villuercas mountains where we can see Ruecas river canyons. We will follow the greenway. Dinner and night at rural hotel.
Time in the saddle 5 hours.

Day 6 CAÑAMERO-GUADALUPE
This day is a short day from Cañamero to Guadalupe where we will go through the Cañada Real. We can enjoy the view over the impressive Villuercas landscape. On any day we can observe Vultures, Eagles, Azure-winged Magpies, Red-billed Choughs, Shrikes and Ravens. Villuercas has been declared Geopark (UNESCO, 2011) because of its Cultural and Natural Heritage and, of course, the great geological value of its relief, with a lot of interesting and visible geological elements.  Comfortable Lunch in the countryside. Horses go back to Trujillo by truck. Evening visit Guadalupe town and the Monastery. Dinner and night at Guadalupe Monastery Hotel. The Royal Monastery of Santa María de Guadalupe is located in the province of Cáceres at a location of great beauty, overlooking a valley surrounded by high mountains (Villuercas). The town of Guadalupe, built around the Monastery whose foundation on 1337, offers in its buildings a unique style with a traditional architecture.
Time in the saddle 4 hours.

Day 7 GUADALUPE – MADRID
After breakfast, departure from Guadalupe at 10 am, on time for flights. All riders will be transferred at the same time, so if any rider needs to arrive Madrid before, all riders depart earlier or we can arrange transfer (at extra cost).

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Option D (2019): “CONQUISTADORS RIDE” 7days trip/ 6 nights/ 5 days riding

Day 1 MADRID – TRUJILLO
Meeting point at Madrid Airport at 15:00h, transfer to Trujillo (2,5 h driving). Time to visit to the spectacular town of Trujillo before welcome dinner at the hotel in Trujillo where we learn about the ride and region on the map.

Day 2 TRUJILLO- HERGUIJUELA-GARCIAZ
Transfer from Trujillo to Herguijuela. Distribution of horses. Riding through the Dehesa, the Mediterranean forest, is considered the habitat most similar covered Extremadura thousands of years ago.
Comfortable lunch in the countryside with excellent paella, cooked by us, good wines, salad, fresh fruit and coffee or tea with chocolate and biscuit.
After lunch short afternoon to Garciaz where the horses spend the night, no accommodation for riders so, transfer (15 min) to Madroñera. Night and dinner at small and beautiful rural hotel.
Time in the saddle 5 hours.

Day 3 GARCIAZ- BERZOCANA
Beautiful views of the best preserved Mediterranean forests. The dominant species are the evergreen oaks, the holm or cork oaks and the deciduous oaks.
Comfortable lunch in the countryside, always with starters, main course, salad, fresh fruit, coffee or tea with chocolate and biscuit; good wines, beer, refreshment, the cool box is always open to everyone. Afternoon with magnificent views of the Sierra de las Villuercas, we get the Villuercas mountains in Berzocana. Night and dinner at very nice rural hotel with spectacular sunsets over the Villuercas Geopark,
Time in the saddle 7 hours.

Day 4 BERZOCANA-LOGROSAN
We can enjoy the view over the impressive Villuercas landscape. On any day we can observe Vultures, Eagles, Azure-winged Magpies, Red-billed Choughs, Shrikes and Ravens.
Villuercas has been declared Geopark (UNESCO, 2011) because of its Cultural and Natural Heritage and, of course, the great geological value of its relief, with a lot of interesting and visible geological elements. Very rural region, fields with stone walls. Comfortable Lunch in the countryside. Afternoon with good canters. Night and dinner at nice rural hotel.
Time in the saddle 6 hours.

Day 5 LOGROSAN-ZORITA
Good trots and canters in the morning by the Dehesa. Cattle can be seen everywhere, cows, sheep, goats and iberic pigs still live in a way which is reminiscent of bygone days.
In the afternoon good canters. Night and dinner at rural hotel.
Time in the saddle 6 hours.

Day 6 ZORITA-TRUJILLO
We will ride in Dehesa Extremeña with good and long trots and canters to return to the beginning of the ride. We will spend the night at the same hotel in Trujillo than the first night. Goodbye dinner at the hotel.

Day 7 TRUJILLO-MADRID
Breakfast at hotel, departure from Trujillo at 10 a.m., to be at Madrid Airport about 12.30 p.m. so, flights not before 2 p.m. All riders will be transferred at the same time, so if any rider needs to arrive Madrid before, all riders depart earlier or we can arrange transfer (at extra cost).

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2020 Sample Itineraries - Subject to changes

The following are sample itineraries but please note that changes are possible due to weather and other circumstances.


Option A (2020): Transhumance North Ride - 9 days / 8 nights / 7 days riding (progressive ride)

Day 1: MADRID AIRPORT – TRUJILLO
Meet at Madrid airport for 3:00 pm and transfer to Trujillo (2.5 hours’ drive). We visit the spectacular town of Trujillo before our welcome dinner at the hotel.
 
Day 2: TRUJILLO-HERGUIJUELA - TORRECILLAS DE LA TIESA
Transfer from Trujillo town to Herguijuela (10 min) where the horses are, distribution of horses. Riding through the “Cañada Real”, Lunch in the countryside with excellent paella cooked by us at the spot. In the afternoon across flat terrain to Torrecillas de la Tiesa. Night and dinner in very nice rural Inn.
Riding 5 hours
 
Day 3: TORRECILLAS DE LA TIESA - CASAS DE MIRAVETE
Departure after breakfast, we ride in the morning in opened countryside trough Dehesas and beautiful landscape. Good trots and canters in the morning. Lunch in the countryside. In the afternoon a short ride to Casas de Miravete, a small village in a spectacular enclave in the Monfrague National Park. Dinner at local bar with good local food and overnight at rural Inn.
Riding 6 hours
 
Day 4: CASAS DE MIRAVETE - NAVALMORAL
Riding in the morning along the “Cañada Real”, with impressive views of Sierra the Gredos in front of us. Crossing the Albalat Bridge (16th century) over the Tagus River, one of the important public works built during the reign of His Catholic Majesty Charles I of Spain and V of Germany with a great shield in relief of Emperor Charles with the double eagle. Pic-nic by the Tagus river reservoir water. Riding in the afternoon to Navalmoral de la Mata. Dinner and night at small hotel.
Riding 7 hours
 
Day 5: NAVALMORAL – LAS VENTAS DE SAN JULIAN

Departure after breakfast, we follow the Cañada Real in a flatter area with good trots and canters. Here the Cañada has an unusual wide of 200m. Horses spend the night at Las Ventas de San Julian. Transfer for dinner and night at beautiful Rural Inn in Calzada de Oropesa.
Riding 6 hours

Day 6: LAS VENTAS DE SAN JULIAN - NAVALCÁN
Departure after breakfast. We continue following the Cañada Real. The landscape changes. We ride along the reservoir close to Navalcan with beautiful views of the Gredos Mountains. Dinner and night at lovely rural Inn in Navalcán.
Riding 6 hours

Day 7: NAVALCÁN - MOMBELTRÁN
This day is a beautiful day from Navalcán to Mombeltrán. We change the Cañada to take another Cañada to go to the Gredos Mountains. Beautiful views! Toledo province is to our left and we cross to Avila province in Castilla y Leon. Dinner and night at hotel in Mombeltrán.
 
Day 8: MOMBELTRÁN - NAVARREDONDA DE GREDOS
After breakfast, we start to climb the Roman Road with more than two thousand years old, very well preserved. It was used for the Roman armies and the transport of metals crossing the Sierra de Gredos through the abrupt mountain pass Puerto del Pico. Later on, it worked as a cattle drive in the medieval time. Despite the passage of centuries, is still in good condition. We ride on the Roman road up the mountains with amazing views, crossing the picturesque mountain village: Cuevas del Valle.
When we get the Puerto del Pico, at the end of the Roman road, the landscape changes: beautiful mountainous landscape. Lunch at local restaurant at Puerto del Pico, after lunch riding in very different landscape, green mountain pastures with stonewalls and the highest peaks of Gredos in front of us to finish the amazing horse riding trip.
 
Day 7: NAVARREDONDA DE GREDOS - MADRID AIRPORT
Breakfast at the hotel and departure from Navarredonda de Gredos at 10 am, to be at Madrid Airport around 12.30 pm. Please, do not book flights before 2 p.m. All riders will be transferred at the same time, if any rider needs to arrive Madrid before, we can arrange special transfer at extra cost.

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Option B (2020): MONFRAGÜE NATIONAL PARK - 7 days / 6 nights / 5 days riding (progressive ride)

Day 1: MADRID AIRPORT – TRUJILLO

Meet at Madrid airport at 3pm and transfer to Trujillo (2.5 hours’ drive). Visit of the spectacular town of Trujillo before welcome dinner at the hotel with us. We review the ride on the map.

Day 2: TRUJILLO - JARAICEJO
Transfer to the stables (5 minutes). Distribution of horses. In the morning, riding through open landscape with beautiful views of Trujillo town. lt is possible to see bulls, sheep, goats, in freedom in the countryside, when we ride through the “Cañada Real Puerto de Miravete”. On this trip, we will ride through the “Cañadas reales”, a Spanish medieval network of paths for cattle movement, 75 m wide, perfect for riding. Short afternoon ride to Jaraicejo - very nice medieval village in the National Park. Overnight and dinner in rural hotel.
Riding 6 hours

Day 3: JARAICEJO - TORREJÓN EL RUBIO
Departure after breakfast. We ride by the cattle trail to Torrejón el Rubio. Good trots and canters in the morning through the Dehesa. Another luxury pic-nic is waiting for us in a beautiful spot on our way. In the afternoon, riding with great views of Sierra de Gredos in front of us. Dinner and night at beautiful 4* hotel with SPA and swimming pool, where we spend 2 nights.
Riding 6 hours

Day 4: TORREJÓN EL RUBIO - SALTO DEL GITANO - TORREJÓN EL RUBIO
Departure after breakfast. Today, we ride through the National Park to Salto del Gitano, crossing the most protected area of the park, the National Park Reserve. We get to the highest place in the Sierra de las Corchuelas, surrounded by oaks. Unique and stunning views to enjoy. We can see the Tajo river canyons. Lunch beside the river Tajo and after lunch time to visit the cliff “Salto del Gitano” to admire the black storks, vultures, Egyptian vultures and imperial eagles just a few of the many birds that nest in the area. Ride back to Torrejón el Rubio. Dinner at 4* hotel.
Riding 5 hours

Day 5: TORREJÓN EL RUBIO-ALDEA DEL OBISPO
Today is a beautiful day ride from Torrejón el Rubio to Aldea del Obispo, riding through the “Cañada Real”. We have lunch beside the Almonte river, amazing enclave where the Cañada Real crosses the river by another beautiful medieval bridge. After lunch, riding to Aldea del Obispo. Dinner and night at lovely country house.
Riding 7 hours

Day 6: ALDEA DEL OBISPO - TRUJILLO
This is a short day from Aldea del Obispo to Trujillo. Today, we will ride again through the “Cañada Real”. Fantastic lunch with paella cooked on the spot with magnificent views of Trujillo town. We have some time in the afternoon to visit Trujillo. Farewell diner in Trujillo main square with your hosts. 
Riding 3 hours

Day 7: TRUJILLO – MADRID
After breakfast, departure from Trujillo at 10 am. The transfer to the airport takes 2.5 hours, so please do not book flights departing before 2 p.m. All riders will be transferred at the same time, if any rider needs to arrive in Madrid before, we can arrange transfer at extra cost.

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Option C (2020): “TRUJILLO-GUADALUPE RIDE” 7days / 6 nights / 5 days riding (progressive ride)

Day 1:  MADRID - TRUJILLO

Meet at Madrid airport for 3pm and transfer to Trujillo (2.5 hours’ drive). Time to visit to the spectacular town of Trujillo before welcome dinner at the hotel with us where we learn about the ride and region on the map.

Day 2: TRUJILLO - HERGUIJUELA - MADROÑERA
Short transfer from Trujillo to Herguijuela (stables). Distribution of horses.  Today, we ride through the “Dehesa”, a cultural landscape exclusive of southern and central Spain.
Dehesa is a multifunctional agrosylvopastoral system (a type of agroforestry). Used primarily for grazing, they produce a variety of products including non-timber forest products such as wild game, mushrooms, honey, cork, and firewood. The tree component is oaks, usually holm (Quercus ilex) and cork (Quercus suber). Dehesa is an anthropogenic system that provides not only a variety of foods, but also wildlife habitat for endangered species such as the Iberian lynx and the Spanish Imperial eagle.
Short afternoon ride through flat terrain to Madroñera. Overnight and dinner in rural hotel.
Riding 5 hours.

Day 3: MADROÑERA - ZORITA
Departure after breakfast. We ride by the cattle trail to Zorita. Good trots and canters in the morning through the Dehesa where cattle (cows, sheep, goats and iberic pigs.) can be seen everywhere. We have a lovely pic-nic in the countryside, and in the afternoon, ride to Zorita. Dinner and night at rural hotel.
Riding 5 hours.

Day 4: ZORITA - LOGROSAN
We will follow the greenway, an old railway built in the 20s that due to the Spanish Civil War was never finished. Along the greenway, we will see objects and buildings that remind us that there would have been a railway. During the ride, we can enjoy the view over the impressive Villuercas Mountains landscape (Geopark by UNESCO). Dinner and night at rural a hotel in the countryside.
Riding 5 hours.

Day 5: LOGROSÁN - CAÑAMERO
Departure after breakfast. We will go through the vineyard in Cañamero, is famous in Spain for good wines and olives gardens. Here, the landscape changes to the beauty of Villuercas mountains where we can see Ruecas river canyons. We will follow the greenway. Dinner and night at rural hotel.
Riding 5 hours.

Day 6: CAÑAMERO - GUADALUPE
This day is a short day from Cañamero to Guadalupe where we will go through the Cañada Real. We can enjoy the view over the impressive Villuercas landscape. On any day, we can observe Vultures, Eagles, Azure-winged Magpies, Red-billed Choughs, Shrikes and Ravens. Villuercas has been declared Geopark (UNESCO, 2011) because of its Cultural and Natural Heritage and, of course, the great geological features, with many interesting and visible geological elements. 
Comfortable Lunch in the countryside. Horses go back to Trujillo by truck. Evening visit of Guadalupe town and the Monastery. Dinner and night at Guadalupe Monastery Hotel. The Royal Monastery of Santa María de Guadalupe is located in the province of Cáceres at a location of great beauty, overlooking a valley surrounded by high mountains. The town of Guadalupe, built around the Monastery (dating back to 1337), offers a unique style with a traditional architecture.
Riding 4 hours.

Day 7: GUADALUPE – MADRID
After breakfast, departure from Guadalupe at 10 am. All riders will be transferred at the same time, so if any rider needs to arrive Madrid before, all riders depart earlier or we can arrange transfer (at extra cost).

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Option D (2020): “CONQUISTADORS RIDE” 7days / 6 nights / 5 days riding (progressive ride)

Day 1: MADRID – TRUJILLO

Meeting point at Madrid Airport at 3:00pm and transfer to Trujillo (2.5 h driving). Time to visit to the spectacular town of Trujillo before welcome dinner at the hotel in Trujillo where we learn about the ride and region on the map.

Day 2: TRUJILLO - HERGUIJUELA - GARCIAZ
Transfer from Trujillo to Herguijuela (stables). Distribution of horses. Riding through the Dehesa, which is thought to be the most common kind of habitat that covered the Extremadura region thousands of years ago.
Comfortable lunch in the countryside with excellent paella, cooked by us and good wines.
After lunch, short afternoon ride to Garciaz where the horses spend the night. Riders are transferred (15 min) to Madroñera. Night and dinner at small and beautiful rural hotel.
Riding 5 hours.

Day 3: GARCIAZ - BERZOCANA
Beautiful views of the best-preserved Mediterranean forests. The dominant species are the evergreen oaks, the holm or cork oaks and the deciduous oaks.
After lunch, we ride with magnificent views of the Sierra de las Villuercas. We get to the Villuercas mountains in Berzocana. Night and dinner at a very nice rural hotel where we can enjoy a spectacular sunset over the Villuercas Geopark.
Riding 7 hours.

Day 4: BERZOCANA - LOGROSAN
We enjoy the view over the impressive Villuercas landscape. We can observe Vultures, Eagles, Azure-winged Magpies, Red-billed Choughs, Shrikes and Ravens.
Villuercas has been declared Geopark (UNESCO, 2011) because of its Cultural and Natural Heritage and, of course, the great geological features, with many interesting and visible geological elements. This is a very rural region with fields and stonewalls. In the afternoon, we enjoy some good canters. Night and dinner at nice rural hotel.
Riding 6 hours.

Day 5: LOGROSAN - ZORITA
Good trots and canters in the morning by the Dehesa. Cattle can be seen everywhere: cows, sheep, goats and Iberic pigs still live in a way, which is reminiscent of bygone days.  After our luxury pic-nic, in the afternoon, good canters to Zorita. Dinner at local restaurant, night at rural Inn.
Riding 6 hours.

Day 6: ZORITA - TRUJILLO
We will ride in the Dehesa Extremeña with good and long trots and canters to return to Trujillo. We will spend the night at the same hotel in Trujillo than the first night. Farewell dinner at the hotel.

Day 7: TRUJILLO - MADRID
Breakfast at the hotel and departure from Trujillo at 10 am, to be at Madrid Airport around 12.30 pm. Please, do not book flights before 2 p.m. All riders will be transferred at the same time, so if any rider needs to arrive Madrid before, all riders depart earlier or we can arrange transfer (at extra cost).


Rates and Dates for Extremadura Rides

Rates include:

All transfers from the meeting point at MAD airport, meals, white and red wine with dinner and lunch, accommodation in twin bedded rooms with private bathroom, riding, horses, tack, English speaking guide, luggage transport and excursions described in itinerary.

Packages and Options



  • SeasonYearDescriptionEUR ~US$
    A
    20199 day trip, AP- Transhumance Ride- 7 riding days€1850$2220
    • Single supplement€275$330
  • B
    20197 day trip, AP- Monfrague National Park- 5 riding days€1410$1695
    • Single supplement€150$180
  • C
    20197 day trip, AP- Trujillo Guadalupe Ride- 5 riding days€1450$1740
    • Single supplement€150$180
  • D
    20197 day trip, AP- Conquistadors Ride- 5 riding days€1375$1650
    • Single supplement€150$180
The US Dollar Rate is Based on Exchange Rate of 1.2

Rates Note:

The price for non rider is the same than always, 20% less than normal price.

* prices are per person based on double/twin occupancy

Rates Note:

The price for non rider is the same than always, 20% less than normal price.


Transfer and Other Charges:



 DescriptionEUR~US$
2019 Transfer included from Madrid Airport at 3:00pm on Day 1 (min. 4 pax) 0 $0
2019 Small group supplement on transfer if 2 pax only, pp, each way
- to be paid locally
50 $60
2019 Small group supplement on transfer if 3 pax only, pp, each way
- to be paid locally
33 $40
2019 Non-rider- 20% discount 0 $0

Season Tour Dates  Min / MaxReserve
D 2019 10/06 - 10/12 7d / 6n 7 day trip, AP- Conquistador... 2 /10 Expired
D 2019 10/13 - 10/19 7d / 6n 7 day trip, AP- Conquistador... 2 /10 Expired
A 2019 10/26 - 11/03 9d / 8n 9 day trip, AP- Transhumance... 2 /10 Sold Out
D 2019 11/17 - 11/23 7d / 6n 7 day trip, AP- Conquistador... 2 /10 Reserve
D 2019 11/24 - 11/30 7d / 6n 7 day trip, AP- Conquistador... 2 /10 Reserve
D 2019 12/08 - 12/14 7d / 6n 7 day trip, AP- Conquistador... 2 /10 Reserve
D 2019 12/15 - 12/21 7d / 6n 7 day trip, AP- Conquistador... 2 /10 Reserve

Dates Note:

Rates do not include:

International flights, single supplement, alcoholic and canned drinks other than wine with dinner, massages, items of a personal nature and gratuities. Transfers not included in cost if there's less than 4 riders in the tour.

Other Info
Meeting: Navarredonda de Gredos
Airport: Madrid
Transfer: Madrid airport

Climate:
                                            Cáceres‎ area


Month

Jan

Feb

Mar

Apr

May

Jun

Jul

Aug

Sep

Oct

Nov

Dec

Average High Temperature (°F)

52

56

61

66

73

84

91

90

83

71

60

53

Average Low Temperature (°F)

39

40

43

46

52

60

65

65

60

53

45

40

Average High Temperature (°C)

11

13

16

19

23

29

33

32

28

21

15

12

Average Low Temperature (°C)

4

4

6

8

11

15

18

18

16

12

7

4

Average Precipitation (days of rain)

7

6

5

6

5

2

0

0

3

6

7

7

Source: NOAA


Seasons
Extremadura has a continental climate with cool, mostly damp winters and hot, dry summers. Thanks to the many hours of sunshine you can easily be outdoors even in the winter months and enjoy the splendid scenery and the quiet.

Winter (December to February)
Although it can sometimes be chilly and wet there are generally enough warm days to enjoy and, when the sun is shining, it is possible to enjoy being outdoors. The landscapes in winter are beautiful. Towards the end of January and February, the approaching spring slowly starts to manifest itself. Many amphibians are active. Flowers, including several species of wild daffodils, slowly appear. Mimosa and almond trees are in blossom.

Spring (March to May)
Spring can be unpredictable weather-wise, but it is not unusual for the temperature to hit more than 20 degrees Celsius. Spring has arrived with a vengeance and wildflowers - including the many orchids – start to bloom. If the previous months have been rainy, Extremadura is a spectacular sea of flowers. Summer birds return and birdsong is everywhere.

Summer (June to September)
Despite the occasionally unpredictable weather, temperatures are usually warm and the sun is shining most of the time. Generally speaking July and August are the months with the most chance of really hot weather. Good weather is usually guaranteed! Although nature is resting, vultures and bee-eaters are still very active and easy to find. The landscape is colored warm yellow. In many places the bark of Cork oaks are harvested for natural cork. September generally enjoys summer weather, but with an increasing chance of heavy thunderstorms.

Autumn (October to November)
Fall is usually very pleasant, with the worst of the heat gone and the cold still to come. The fresh green of the landscape returns after the first rains. Deciduous oaks, cherries and chestnuts color the higher grounds of Extremadura. The ferns turn a deep red brown.

What To Bring:
Helmets can be supplied on request. Sizes 52 to 60.

What to bring:
-Travel documents 
-Flight tickets
-Passport
-Light summer jacket 
-Jacket or sweater
-Rain coat
-Riding boots
-Breeches
-Chaps long or short
-A hard hat
-Riding gloves
-Jeans 
-Shorts
-Underwear and socks
-Handkerchiefs
-Comfortable t-shirts
-Pajamas
-Swimsuit
-Flashlight
-Personal toiletries
-Insect protection
-Personal medication 
-Sore cream 
-Sewing kit 
-Adapter for electric appliances 
-Camera
-Sun glasses
-Suntan and lip balm