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Murgia Park Getaway

Murgia Park Getaway
Puglia/Basilicata Italy

Come explore the beautiful Murgia National Park on horseback.

The Murgia Park was established in 1990 with the name of Natural Historical Archaeological Regional Park of the Rupestrian Churches of Matera and it is part of the Unesco world heritage list, with the Sassi di Matera. 
The park is located among a spectacular rocky landscapes, one that testifies the ancient relationship between man and nature in the south of Italy. It covers about 7000 hectares between the municipalities of Matera and Montescaglioso, in Basilicata, a few kilometers away from the border with Puglia. 

The terrain is characterized by a soft rock- the so-called “tuff” -which has played an essential role in the local landscape, drawing cliffs, valleys, and caves used by men who settled there since prehistoric times. Some caves date back to the Paleolithic age and some villages date back to the Neolithic, Bronze, and Iron Ages. This shows that people inhabited the area since a very long time. It seems like some of the first occupants of these lands were mostly shepherds and herders. 
Nowadays, the landscapes are doted with farms, sometimes fortified, the characteristic sheep pens called “Jazzi”, cisterns, and wells.

The Murgia Park is host to about 1,200 botanical entities (one-sixth of the entire national flora), some of them very rare. Another evidence of the surprising natural richness is the abundant fauna that roams the park, including foxes, hares, porcupines, wolves, wild boars, wild cats, as well as important birds of prey such as the red kite, the lanner, the buzzard, the Egyptian vulture, and, above all, the hawk lesser kestrel, the small bird of prey that is the symbol of the Park.

Short Getaway
Center-based ride

Meeting: Matera
Airport: Bari Airport
Transfer: Bari
Riders: Min 2 riders
Max 4 riders

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    Murgia Park Getaway
    Tour Code: IT-GOITBA1
    4 days / 3 nights
    Dates : Available all Year

    Difficulty : Riding Level
    Riding Level Explained
    Beginner A rider who has limited experience, is unable to post the trot and does not canter.
    Novice A rider who is capable of mounting and dismounting unassisted, capable of applying basic aids, comfortable and in control at the walk, moderate length posting trots, and short canters.
    Intermediate A rider who has a firm seat, is confident and in control at all paces (including posting trots, two point canters and gallops), but does not ride regularly.
    D Strong Intermediate
    Strong Intermediate An intermediate rider who is currently riding regularly and is comfortable in the saddle for at least 6 hours per day.
    All of the above, plus an independent seat, soft hands, and capable of handlinga spirited horse in open country.
    Lodging: Standard
    Lodging Level Explained
    = Facilities in lodges, estancias, haciendas, resorts, etc.
    Basic lodging - some with shared bathroom facilities, usually no AC or room service.
    Regular standard room - usually with private bath.
     Accommodations with superior comforts.
     = Trips with nights in tent camps. Sometimes the first and last night are in hotels.
    Basic tent camping - everyone helps out with camp chores.
    Regular standard with some camp amenities and camp cook.
    Camping facilities with superior comforts like camp shower, bathroom facility..
     = Trips that combine nights in hotels and camping.
    Basic accommodation and basic camping facilities can be expected.
    Regular standard with some nicer amenities.
    Only assigned to hotel and camping facilities with superior comforts.

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    A 2024 01/01 - 12/31 4d / 3n 4 day trip 2 /4 Reserve
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    Tack: English
    Horses: Murgesi, Andalusians and cross breeds
    Pace: All paces. About 6-8 hours in the sadd...
    Walk, Trot, Canter,
    Airport: Bari Airport
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