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Transhumance Trails in Extremadura

Transhumance Trails in Extremadura
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On this unique tour, you will have the opportunity to become the guardians of the ancestral tradition of the transhumance. You will ride from Extremadura to the Gredos Mountains in spring (North Transhumance ride) and from Gredos to Extremadura in autumn (South Transhumance ride).

Following the Cañadas Reales and crossing different regions you will ride a long distance from the winter pastures in Extremadura to the summer pastures in Gredos Mountains (or the other way around in Fall).
Spain is crossed by old cattle drove routes that served the pastoral economies of yesteryear. In Spain, these trails are called “Cañadas Reales”. 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.

This transhumance on horseback covers 200 km from Trujillo to Navarredonda de Gredos (or vice versa), crossing 3 different region in Spain (Extremadura, Castilla la Mancha y Castilla y León).
Your guide knows the Cañadas reales extremely well, keeping his family tradition alive. He will show you interesting facts along the way.

Progressive Ride (no camping)
Family Vacation

Meeting: Navarredonda de Gredos
Airport: Madrid
Transfer: Madrid airport
Riders: Min 5 riders
Max 10 riders

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    Transhumance Trails in Extremadura
    Tour Code: IT-SPER1-T
    9 days / 8 nights
    Dates : Jan & Nov-Dec

    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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    Season Tour Dates  Min / MaxReserve
    B 2024 11/03 - 11/11 9d / 8n 9 day trip - South 5 /10 Reserve
    B 2024 12/08 - 12/16 9d / 8n 9 day trip - South 5 /10 Reserve
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    Tack: English with saddlebag
    Horses: Pura Raza Española PRE (14), Pure Hisp...
    Pace: Moderate with extended trots and contr...
    Walk, Trot, Canter,
    Airport: Madrid
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