Hidden Trails November 2014 Newsletter

by Hidden Trails 11/26/2014

 

Happy Thanksgiving from Hidden Trails!

 

Hidden Trails November 2014 Newsletter


As usual the horses are always the first to sense that winter’s heading our way; every year around this time those fluffy winter coats appear.  With fall in full swing and winter just around the corner, this time of year has most of us thinking about a holiday and as in past years we at Hidden Trails has some great suggestions.


Warm Destinations / Tropical Escapes:

For those of you seeking a warmer climate and perhaps some sun and sand, we have a wonderful selection of riding holidays to choose from in Central America: Belize, Costa Rica and Mexico and more.

http://www.hiddentrails.com/continent/CentralAmerica.aspx


The African Continent:

The media has made us all aware of the current Ebola virus that has affected certain areas of Africa. As serious as this is, Africa is a huge continent and the trips that we offer are nowhere near the small areas of Africa that are currently affected by this virus.

If you’ve always dreamed of going on a Safari, we have some amazing riding Safaris in Africa to choose from. http://www.hiddentrails.com/continent/africa.aspx


Safari Special

  

One current special that we feel our solo travelers should know about is at the beautiful Waterberg Safari Lodge in South Africa. http://www.hiddentrails.com/tour/africa_south_waterberg_lodge.aspx  

For the whole of November and up until December 20th of this year, they will waive the single supplement on new bookings! AND… this special doesn’t end on the 20thof December. They are also extending this offer from January 7th to January 31st of 2015, so all you solo travelers out there, if you’ve always wanted to go on an African Riding Safari, don’t miss out on the savings that this limited time offer brings!


Canada Special

Banff, Alberta.

http://www.hiddentrails.com/tour/ab_banff_lodge_rides_5.aspx

Our friends in Banff Alberta have a fantastic offer for those thinking about riding in the mountains and meadows of Banff next summer.

‘The Banff Lodge rides’ will have the following discounts:

  • 20% discount on scheduled trips if you book before April 1st 2015
  • Groups of six or more-- the group leader is free!

Note: The above two offers cannot be combined.


Quebec.
http://www.hiddentrails.com/region/quebec.aspx
Our riding trips in Quebec continue to be some of the most popular riding trips we have. For any of our Appalachian trips (except Inn to Inn) in 2015 we are offering 10% discount! Just mention this newsletter and we'll apply the discount to your reservation!

Most rates and dates for 2015 are now published on our website. We will soon have all of them updated. Make sure you contact us by email at info@hiddentrails.com or give us a call toll-free at -1888-9-TRAILS to let us know about your plans and to inquire about any trip that has not been published for 2015. 
The current strong US$ exchange rate is something to get excited about! Many of our trips are priced at a lower rate in 2015! Find your dream horseback riding vacation on our website at www.hiddentrails.com

We look forward to hearing from you soon! We are open during Thanksgiving Holiday from 9am to 5pm PST.

Have a great day and Happy Thanksgiving!

 

Kind Regards,

The Hidden Trails Team

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2013 Happy Thanksgiving!

by Hidden Trails 11/20/2013
Happy Thanksgiving!

We've been busy updating our trips for 2014! Be sure to check out our website before you meet your friends and family for your Thanksgiving dinner! There's lots to talk about. Start building your list of favorite trips using the "Add to Favorites" button on every tour page, then email or print the details!

Christmas is just around the corner and if you're still looking for a gift -- your loved ones will truly enjoy seeing a Hidden Trails Gift Voucher for their dream riding vacation! Gift Vouchers are available starting from $350
... check it out here

Trip Reports and Travel Stories

We love reading trip reports and travel stories that's why we've created special index pages so that you can easily view them from one report to another.
... travel stories, magazine articles, and trip diaries
... trip evaluations from Hidden Trails clients

Don't forget to read Francisca's report when she visited some of our partners in France, Italy, Greece, and Spain! See below.
Thanks Fran!
Happy Thanksgiving from Hidden Trails! 1-888-9-TRAILS www.hiddentrails.com
Francisca 2013 Trip Report
Provence, France

Personal experience:
“I had a great time in the Provence, what a beautiful country! I enjoyed staying at the main guesthouse, which is rustic, but has a lot of atmosphere. First of all, it has a real feeling of a country stay, with the paddocks right beside the rooms, so you can see and hear the horses at all times. There is a nice grassy yard set up with eating tables and hammocks. Dinners are eaten outside in the summer, prepared by amazing chef, Gael, who also happens to be a DJ, so you will never lack good music when he’s around! He will surprise you with impressive looking and tasting French and international dishes. The picnic lunches while on the rides were amazing too. They’d bring up a tablecloth and a variety of dishes, salads, breads and cheeses, local wine, and set up a yummy gourmet picnic in the middle of nowhere! And of course, the Provence is just perfect country for horseback riding. It has the most amazing scenery, especially in early summer, when the lavender fields bloom. We rode across vineyards, forests, meadows, and one of my highlights: we went swimming in the river with the horses! Another beautiful experience for me was to witness one of the girl guides initiating a young horse into the saddle. I saw how she patiently first showed him the bridle and the saddle, and then started fitting him with the gear, very slowly and respectfully, always patting and reassuring him. And he would willingly allow it because he trusted her! She then made attempts to mount, she put some weight on his back so he would get used to how it felt. One step at a time, she finally mounted and was helped by Cedric, who was holding the horse by the reins. And they went for a little walk. I will never forget the shine in the eyes of that horse, his youth showing, his look of wonder and curiosity, and above all, his trust in the girl who was working with him. I feel blessed and honoured for having this experience, for being there to witness this magic happening, and the beauty of natural horsemanship. I am touched by it even when I’m writing these lines…”.

Horse story:
“I rode lovely Kaki, a cross-bred that I couldn’t really identify, a short but strong and sturdy mount. I confess at first I wasn’t so thrilled when they assigned him to me, I wanted a bigger, fancier horse… but most of them were away working on another trail. So there was Kaki for me, and he taught me a lesson: he turned out to be the sweetest horse, so patient and with such good disposition! I loved him dearly. It was amazing to go swimming with him in the river. When I asked our guide, Cedric: “Does he like to swim? He said: “Mmm, depends. Sometimes”. This was not very encouraging... Nontheless, the start seemed good; he went right in. Yes, but to drink! When he was done, he played a little with his front legs in the water, and then he made a sneaky attempt to go back to the beach. Almost at the edge of the low water we stood, the two of us, pondering… I didn’t want to push him, so gave him some time, then slowly tried to coax him back in. After a bit of hesitation he finally agreed and in we went, splashing around joyfully. He was powerful in the water! And he looked so cute sticking his nose up to the sky! And one more adorable memory: one night I decided to go out to the paddocks to visit the horses, under the bright moon. Kaki came to say hi and I gave him a back massage, in gratitude for all his nice work carrying me along amazing country and adventures. With a balancing movement, my palms pressed against his spine, I moved him from side to side in a gentle rocking… He loved it! He was so relaxed; his eyes were closing in delight… and it was such a delightful experience for me too!”

Vicenza Veneto, North of Italy

Personal experience:
“This is a wonderful place, it’s just how you imagine Italy! I can’t say enough about it. Beautiful, lush and green country, delicious food and entertaining hosts, where you will get to stay at a spacious and comfortable farmhouse, with very nice and tastefully decorated rooms overlooking the paddocks. And you will get to ride the most awesome and fast quarter horses ever! These horses are exceptional, fit, well trained, so willing and responsive! They are a real pleasure to ride. You will canter on grassy hills, ride across forests, villages, churches and castles. But the highlight for me, was riding in the mountains near Malga San Giorgio. The landscape here is incredible: perfect green hills and slopes crossed by white dusty roads, scattered with small ponds, pasturing cows, goats and sheep, on a background of high snow caped peaks and impressive rock formations. We were taken on a beautiful old-fashioned carriage pulled by two gorgeous Lippizan horses and driven by a friend of Antonella, who is the president of the Italian Carriage Association. He is a delightful man himself, and has a masterful command of the carriage and the horses; it is impressive to see what he can get them do by just using his soft voice. This is one of the most beautiful and scenic experiences I’ve ever had in my life. I will confess the beauty of it was such; it made me want to cry…. Highly recommend it! Antonella can arrange to take guests, especially non-riders, through these highlands on the carriage. It’s so worth doing it! We stopped for lunch at a small country eatery/cheese factory, where we had some home made ñoquis and local wine, while the horses were grazing nearby. Then we visited the cheese factory where visitors can buy some fresh cheeses”.

Horse story:
“On my stay, I got to ride the beautiful and spirited Charly. He is such a sweetheart of a horse. Antonella called for an experienced rider for this horse, and I volunteered. Not that he was difficult or anything, he’s just very eager and happy to go. It felt like as if he was trying to read my mind, guessing that I wanted to increase the pace, even before I knew it! But he is very sensitive and we got along perfectly. He had an amazing start and the fastest gallop I’ve ever experienced. So thrilling, but it never felt unsafe because he was very responsive and smooth to stop, no problem. This is what I call a well-trained and happy horse.

I couldn’t state enough how much I loved it here, everything: country, farmhouse, hosts, food and horses!”

Crete, Greece

Personal experience:
“This is a wonderful place to go for a holiday, where you will get to really relax and experience the island of Crete from up high, in a mountainous setting, with beautiful views of the valley. Our partners are exceptional hosts, gracious and very pleasant company, they try hard to look after guests and they will make you feel at home. Manolis is an extra friendly, very funny guy, with lots of charisma. He is a multi-tasker: besides running the hotel accommodation, he’s in charge of the cooking and helps with the horses. The other guests and I really enjoyed his old greek stories and fables after dinner. Sabine, his partner, is Dutch and she runs the stables and is the main guide. She’s very knowledgeable about horses. The atmosphere at the hotel and surroundings is quiet and serene. The mountains at the back of the hotel turn orange with the sunset light, so beautiful and romantic. I visited in June, the season when the loud tzitzikis are out and about. This variety of cicada hangs out by the millions on the olive trees everywhere, chirping non-stop their mating song, and blending the soundtrack of the long, dreamy summer days in Crete. Picture this: riding in the mountains, in between hundreds of olive trees, with the tzitziki singing at the background, climbing up high, watching the vultures soar from the high peaks above your head against a clear blue sky, with stunning views underneath, cliffs and rocks, and jumping goats that appear out of nowhere. It’s amazing! It was a real adventure on the second day, to go down an old donkey path, very narrow and rocky, on foot with our horses, to get to the Lassithi plateau, were we enjoyed a long canter on flat roads, between windmills and crops. I specially enjoyed swimming in the sea with the horses. It was at the end of a day’s riding, when we reached a small coast village where we spent the night. We took the horses to a stony beach and started walking them in… This was my first time and was very excited and a bit nervous. Sabine helped me get going and my horse Mangas, who I rode that day, was quite fond of water and he went in jumping like he was a dolphin! Once we were in deeper water he settled, I was holding his mane and we went for the most wonderful swim, were gliding together smoothly. After the riding, each day, we’d come back to the hotel for a refreshing swim in the pool, perhaps a greek coffee or a drink at the restaurant’s panoramic terrace, and a plentiful and delicious dinner afterwards. A truly enjoyable riding holiday!”

Horse story:
“I rode Eros most of the days, a handsome and tall thoroughbred, he is the son of one of their mares, Mama, and was born at the stables. He is very sweet and forward-going but calm at the same time. I enjoyed riding him up the mountain trails and specially his comfortable rhythm in trot and canter. He had some muscle soreness after a few days, so I switched to Selini, a mare who has a slower pace, but will still take you anywhere you want to go and is a good riding horse. Mangas was my companion in the water, the dolphin-horse!”

Catalonia, Spain

Personal experience:
“I spent some amazing riding days in Catalonia! The main house, Can Muni, is very much a country home, old and built mainly on stone, I got the feeling I was walking in the Middle Ages while there. The first day of the Mountain to Sea trail, we started riding through soft hills and meadows that were full of butterflies everywhere – I have never seen so many together, fluttering around! After the picnic lunch and a siesta in the middle of a pine forest, we headed off to a beautiful lookout point were we could see the ocean not far down. That was our destination for the day, a beach hotel by the village of San Martí de Empurias. We arrived there around 4pm, and had time to go for a walk and a swim at the beach, where a group of fishermen were casting their lines from the shore. There was a little beach bar too, were we had a beer. After a varied dinner with different courses, we went to bed because the next day was an early start. We got up at 6 A.M. and I’m not sure what time we hit the beach, but the sun was out and a pale golden light was shining on the horses and us. This was my absolute highlight of the trip: the most amazing non-stop beach canter ever! What a thrill! It was the longest canter I’ve ever done, we would just keep going and going, always by the edge of the water, which is where the sand is harder and safer for the horses to gallop. The feel of the salty sea air on the face, the beautiful morning light, the horse’s mane undulating to the wind, the sound of the splashing hoofs - it was a delightful experience of pure adrenalin and joy! I definitely recommend it to any intermediate and experienced rider!”

Horse story:
“I rode an amazing horse, Altiu, a beautiful golden coloured English-Arab cross who used to compete in endurance races. Because of this, he’s tireless and has the longest breath ever! I noticed how fit and used to the long trails he was, when we arrived at camp at the end of the riding days, and the other horses were sweaty, but he wasn’t – he looked like he’d just come back from a pleasurable little go out! At first I noticed he was just a little wary of me, like wondering who this new rider was, and when cleaning his feet on the first day I met him, he moved around a little nervous. But after a while of riding he got confident and relaxed, and I got the feeling he would happily take me to the end of the world! Or at least on the most wonderful beach canter ever! I felt so safe riding him, he was very sure-footed, never tripped, willing and forward going, but never tried to run away and was very sensitive and responsive to what I asked of him. A sweet, awesome and very handsome horse”.

Terradelles, Girona. Catalonia, Spain

Personal experience:
“I greatly enjoyed my stay at Mas Alba and riding around the surrounding countryside. The house is a big old catalan masía, full of history. The rooms are comfortable, with their own bathroom and decorated in a country style. It has a big dinning room that opens to a backyard with a swimming pool and nice views. There is a goat cheese factory in the premises, so you will be delighted everyday, sampling different types of fresh cheeses! I went on a couple of pleasurable day rides, on forest trails, meadows and hills. We crossed a river and had lunch at a small village restaurant. The highlights for me were the canters on flat plains and forest trails, and especially riding along the sunflower fields! How much beauty and bright colours all around! Just the perfect spot for a photo session! Another thing I really enjoyed was the visit to the Senillosa Purebred Spanish breeding farm. The farm is in itself a work of art; it has a big lagoon with ducks and swans, and extensive green fields and pastures. Here we were introduced to the most beautiful Spanish horses; impressive stallions and sweet mares with their foals, and we were offered a riding demonstration - an amazing display of fine training and movement”.

Horse story:
“I rode Café, a Spanish purebred 6-year-old horse that even being so young, was well trained and responsive. He is in fact one of, if not the most, comfortable horse I’ve ever ridden. He has the softest movements and flow. His trot and canter felt like riding on heaven! He’s a fantastic horse. Our guide, Katrin, told me how it is very common that riders who come here on holiday fall in love with their horses and then offer to buy them! I would have certainly loved to keep Café for myself. Their horses are trained using natural horsemanship methods, and live in outside paddocks year round, which I think accounts for well balanced and calm horses that are tempered in character, used to life outside, so they don’t spook easily”.

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February 2012 Newsletter

by Hidden Trails 02/24/2012
Winter Escape to Mexico                                                   

Are the short winter days starting to get to you ?
Maybe it is time to have some fun ... and what better destination than the sunny parts of Mexico ... Escape, relax and come back rejuvenated.
Be part of a special "Hidden Trails Hosted" ride in Mexico
One week from March 17 to 24  - for experienced riders. 


Have a look at the
Highlands and Canyons Explorer Ride
Special Rate:  $1,195  (VIP clients  only $995)

On horseback in Mexico- Highlands and Canyons Ride
February  2012 Newsletter
 
On horseback in Mexico- Highlands and Canyons Ride

The Highlands Explorer Ride is just one of many fantastic riding tours in Mexico. Have a look at our Mexico Pages ... truly some of the best rides anywhere.

Mexico - the Ultimate Equestrian Vacation
Mexico makes you feel alive - the colors, the vibrancy, the friendly, welcoming people, the great hospitality, the superb cuisine, the great shopping, 1000s of years of history and culture and frankly, the good, old-fashioned values that make a place irresistible and unforgettable. Due to its reliable weather, it offers year-round horse riding opportunities! Mexican horse riding holidays combine the best Mexican culture, landscapes and cuisine with some excellent ranch style rides.
Forget about the media stories you may hear ... all of these rides are located in perfectly save parts of Mexico.
Gallop across open grassland, canter through beautiful woods, ride through small villages and at the end of each day relax in one the many superb fincas and haciendas - check out the Colonial Villages Ride to San Miguel de Allendes.
Other progressive riding tours are organized in a big circle ride, where the horses stay out on the trail, but you return to your comfortable finca at night, making it a relaxing and exciting trip at the same time.
Explore the green mountain valley of Valle de Bravo and see the spectacular Monarch Butterfly sanctuary or come and ride across the highlands in Central Mexico - and enjoy a Jacuzzi or swim in the pool at night - or some yoga in the morning.
The newest adventure is a spectacular ride in the southern part of the country - in the state of Chiapas. Explore mountains, canyons and canter on the beach. Whatever you choose, you’ll find riding in Mexico spectacular. Your Mexico expert and riding holiday organizer with trips all over the world is Hidden Trails.


If you prefer to save your holidays for the summer ... make sure not to book too late .. several trips are already starting to be full.

As always we strive to offer the widest selection of trips all over the world at the most competive rates. We continuously work on making the search for your perfect trip as easy as possible and improve the reservation process for you. 

For 2012 we have many new trips available, which you can view on our "NEW TRIPS for 2012" page, or if you are looking for the best deal - we created a specail "BEST DEALS" page for you.

As you know we collect trip reports from our clients, so you can have a look at the best rides on the "Best Top Trips" page.
Last, but not Least .. do not forget to check out our page with all the upcoming "Special Offers".

For all of you that are on Facebook - an easy way to follow us with new Specail Offers, new Slide Shows or Videos ... become a fan of our "Facebook Page" - we already have over to 12.500 followers!

 
Order your Hidden Trails 196  page print Brochure
             -- for 2012 rates and dates, pleae refer to our website

         

Group Travel
Looking to go somewhere with a
group of friends ?
Now is the time to secure your best space for 2012!

Special Group Offers are online.
... check it out here

Mexico-Central Mexico-Colonial Villages and Haciendas Trail
-- Colonial Villages
Mexico-Central Mexico-Highlands and Canyons Explorer Ride
-- Colores de Mexico
Mexico-Central Mexico-Highlands and Canyons Explorer Ride
-- Highlands and Canyons
Mexico-Sierra Occidental-La Sierra Classic Cavalcade
-- Ride in Valle de Bravo
Mexico-Chiapas-Mountains, Canyons & Coast Explorer of Chiapas
-- Chiapas Adventure

 
Trip Finder at Hidden Trails
To make it easier for you, we have created a "TripFinder" where you can search for your horse vacation of a lifetime by entering the type of ride, the location, time period or riding level.  
Find your trip here !
 
 
What are these riding trips all about?
They are about galloping on endless beaches, forging rivers, cantering through forests, trotting along age-old trails, gazing at beautiful vistas, and encountering foreign cultures.
Most of all, these trips are about getting away from the cycle of work and never enough free time. Escape from the rituals, which long ago froze our nights and days into little more then routine, because deep inside we all feel the longing of the nomads, whose lives we lived thousands of years ago.
Leave your stressful life behind and explore a foreign place away from the tourist rush and off the beaten path - on Hidden Trails.
You will see the “real” country, its hinterland and meet the local inhabitants. The love for horses has no boundaries, but possesses a common language we all speak and understand.
 
www.hiddentrails.com
Toll Free 1-888-987-2457
E-mail: info@hiddentrails.com

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January 2012 Newsletter

by Hidden Trails 01/31/2012
A promising New Year                                                   view on our Blog

We have had a tremendous start into the new year with record setting reservations. The staff has been very busy in the last few weeks and we look forward to a great 2012

 January  2011 Newsletter   
 
On horseback in France - Palace of Versailles
 
Now that the holiday season is over, all of our focus is on the upcoming summer season ... but halt -- we are still in the middle of Winter!  So if you are getting tired of the cold and misery of the current weather ...  think about getting away for a week !  Maybe Mexico, Ecuador or Chile !!?  There are some great rides waiting for you with warm sunny days and perfect riding conditions.
Prefer to save your holidays for the summer ... make sure not to book too late .. several trips are already starting to be full.
But I am sure we can still find the perfect riding holiday for you - just give us a call, send an e-mail or use our online Chat - one of our staff members will be happy to guide you to the right trip.
As always we strive to offer the widest selection of trips all over the world at the most competive rates. We continuously work on making the search for your perfect trip as easy as possible and improve the reservation process for you. 

For 2012 we have many new trips available, which you can view on our "NEW TRIPS for 2012" page, or if you are looking for the best deal - we created a specail "BEST DEALS" page for you.
As you know we collect trip reports from our clients, so you can have a look at the best rides on the "Best Top Trips" page.
Last, but not Least .. do not forget to check out our page with all the upcoming "Special Offers".
For all of you that are on Facebook - an easy way to follow us with new Specail Offers, new Slide Shows or Videos ... become a fan of our "Facebook Page" - we already have over to 12.000 followers!
 
Recently added Rides
As you probably have noticed - we have been very busy in finding New and Exciting trips for you.  We are especially excited about our new rides in France and Spain ....

New Rides in France:
Bordeaux Wine & Castles Trails 
Bordeaux, France
8 days / 7 nights, regular rate $1,960
Dates : March to October
Exceptional horseback riding tours to discover the great wines of Bordeaux, the world’s most famous vineyards. You will ride through prestigious wine country. These are Médoc, Côtes de Blaye, Côtes de Bourg, Fronsac, Lalande de Pomerol, St Emilion, l’Entre deux mers, Premières Côtes de Bordeaux, Graves and Sauternes.

Renaissance Castles of the Loire 
Loire, France
8 days / 7 nights, regular rate $1,960
Dates : June to September
The Loire is the longest river in France and its banks are lined with beautiful forestland and handsome vineyards. Immersed in the landscape of beauty and nobility, the more you will come to understand why French aristocracy once flourished here and built their magnificent castles.

Ile-de-France Ride to Versailles 
Il-de-France, France
8 days / 7 nights, regular rate $2,090
Dates : July and August

An amazing horse trip in Ile de France through the destinies of Louis 14th (the Sun King) and his finance minister Nicolas Fouquet. From the Vaux le Vicomte castle to the Palace of Versailles

Perigord Noir Trails 
Dordogne, France
8 days / 7 nights, regular rate $1,960
March/April & Sept/Oct
Enjoy our new horseback trips which take you through the beautiful  Périgord region! The Périgord, which corresponds roughly to the current Dordogne département, is for many people the picture-perfect image of the French countryside

Auvergne Chateau Equestrian Escape 
Auvergne, France
6 days / 5 nights, regular rate $1,650
Dates : March to December 
This charming French Castle sits secluded in the bucolic countryside of Auvergne - aside the lush green forest of Tronçais. It is a most dignified mansion whose history dates back to 1836, when it was built by the Count Eugène de la Roche amidst the endless acres of parkland and beside the old ruins of the original, ancient castle, known as Château du Mont.

New Rides in Spain:
Bandalero Trail - Volcanoes, Mountains & Canyons 
Spain
8 days / 7 nights, regular rate $1,595
Dates : May to Nov
The horse riding adventure "Bandalero Trail" is based on the biography of the famous "Bandalero" Joan Sala Serrallonga, the Catalonian Robin Hood. In north-east Spain, the bandit Serrallonga wandered around the mountains of Guilleries and Garrotxa during the 17th century.

Ride and Swim in Catalonia 
Spain
8 days / 7 nights, regular rate $1,545
Dates : May to Nov
A Special trail from the Pyrenees to the Mediterranean Sea with daily opportunities to swim in fresh water lakes, rivers and finally in the salt water sea. On one day we can even swim with our horses.

Pilgrimage Route to Santiago de Compostella 
Galicia, Spain
7 days / 6 nights, regular rate $2,215
Dates : April to Oct
For a great many reasons, the Route of Santiago de Compostela is a special case within the context of Spanish heritage. It is an historic road which is partially comprised of ancient routes used in previous periods (mostly pre-Roman and Roman) and which has remained in use for over 1200 years, naturally with periods of splendour and decadence.

Costa Rica:
Caribbean Border Trail Adventure 
Caribbean Coast, Costa Rica
6 days / 5 nights, regular rate $1,095
Dates : Available all Year
This is a unique adventure trail along the Caribbean Coast all the way to where you can see Panama. It is a trip designed for people that are looking for a bit of an adventure and are interest in the "other side" of Costa Rica and its alternative lifestyle "off the grid". Beaches, Jungle, Wildlife, some of the best seafood and most delicious organic meals in the country await you. Costa Rica.

Argentina:
Deluxe Buenos Aires Equestrian Escape 
Buenos Aires, Argentina
3 days / 2 nights, regular rate $375
Dates : Available all Year
Discover a heavenly place, friendly and bucolic, perfect for those who love nature and beauty… Live the life of an Argentine aristocrat at this restored Norman-Tudor mansion just 45 minutes from buzzing Buenos Aires. Spend the days exploring the 180 acres of beautifully landscaped gardens on a guided walk, in a carriage or on horseback


 
 

 

 

 

 

 

  

Special Offers
Check out our trips with reduced rates
... check it out here

Group Travel

Looking to go somewhere with a group of friends ? Now is the time to secure your best space for 2012!
Special Group Offers are online.
... check it out here

France-Bordeaux-Bordeaux Wine & Castles Trails
-- Bordeaux Wine Country Trail

France-Loire-Renaissance Castles of the Loire
-- Renaissance Castles Ride

France-Il-de-France-Ile-de-France Ride to Versailles
-- Palace of Versailles Ride

France-Dordogne-Perigord Noir Trails
-- Perigord Noir Ride

France-Auvergne-Auvergne Chateau Equestrian Escape
-- Auvergne Chateau Ride


Spain-Catalonia-Bandalero Trail - Volcanoes, Mountains & Canyons
-- Bandalero Ride

Spain-Catalonia-Ride and Swim in Catalonia
-- Ride and Swim in Catalonia

Spain-Galicia-Pilgrimage Route to Santiago de Compostella
-- Pilgrimage Route to Santiago

Costa Rica-Caribbean Coast-Caribbean Border Trail Adventure
-- Pilgrimage Route to Santiago

Argentina-Buenos Aires-Deluxe Buenos Aires Equestrian Escape
-- Bandalero Ride

 
Order your Hidden Trails 196  page print Brochure
             -- for 2012 rates and dates, pleae refer to our website


Trip Finder at Hidden Trails
To make it easier for you, we have created a "TripFinder" where you can search for your horse vacation of a lifetime by entering the type of ride, the location, time period or riding level.  
Find your trip here !
 
 
What are these riding trips all about?
They are about galloping on endless beaches, forging rivers, cantering through forests, trotting along age-old trails, gazing at beautiful vistas, and encountering foreign cultures. Most of all, these trips are about getting away from the cycle of work and never enough free time. Escape from the rituals, which long ago froze our nights and days into little more then routine, because deep inside we all feel the longing of the nomads, whose lives we lived thousands of years ago.
Leave your stressful life behind and explore a foreign place away from the tourist rush and off the beaten path - on Hidden Trails.
You will see the “real” country, its hinterland and meet the local inhabitants. The love for horses has no boundaries, but possesses a common language we all speak and understand.
 
www.hiddentrails.com   Toll Free 1-888-987-2457   E-mail: info@hiddentrails.com

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Mexico Moving Forward

by Hidden Trails 01/19/2012

Mexico is regaining its momentum with increased tourism arrivals; 2011 saw strong growth compared to 2010. And now, thanks to new hotel openings, fantastic new equestrian holiday opportunities and interesting Mayan prophecies about the end of one cycle and the beginning of a new one, travel authorities are expecting 2012 to be an even bigger year for tourism in Mexico
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Bariloche Airport open again

by Hidden Trails 01/13/2012

Today at 11AM the first Aerolineas Argentinas flight since June 4th flew to Bariloche and LAN is starting to fly again too. Authorities have informed that conditions are safe for flights not being the ashes a major concern now. Following up on our information of LAN regional flights from the Buenos Aires domestic airport, we are pleased to inform that the LAN Chile flight LA490 continues to fly to Santiago de Chile. All others have been rescheduled from Ezeiza international airport.

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Bariloche Airport open again

by Hidden Trails 01/13/2012

Today at 11AM the first Aerolineas Argentinas flight since June 4th flew to Bariloche and LAN is starting to fly again too. Authorities have informed that conditions are safe for flights not being the ashes a major concern now.
Following up on our information of LAN regional flights from the Buenos Aires domestic airport, we are pleased to inform that the LAN Chile flight LA490 continues to fly to Santiago de Chile. All others have been rescheduled from Ezeiza international airport.

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Update for Torres del Paine

by Hidden Trails 01/05/2012

We realize there is a lot of conflicting information on the internet and various government websites around the world and would therefore like to give you the facts relating to the situation in Torres del Paine without the sensationalism and political motives of some media organizations.
From our office base here in Puerto Natales we are monitoring the situation in the Park closely.

During the past couple of days we have been inspecting the trails and areas affected by the fire to
a) ensure the continued safety and security of our clients and
b) to ensure our itineraries are adjusted where necessary to ensure ongoing quality.

Our priorities have been and will continue to be this:

1. To ensure all clients currently travelling with us are safe and can continue with their trips as planned to the best of our abilities while ensuring the most memorable Patagonia experience possible.
2. To inform clients (and partners with clients) joining us imminently of any necessary itinerary changes which will occur as a result of the fire and to assure them of our dedication to offering the best experience possible while keeping as close to the original itinerary as possible. We will make changes in the following cases:
a) where a particular part of the Park remains closed and/or inaccessible; or
b) where we feel that due to the fire the quality of a particular hike or ride has been seriously diminished. We appreciate your patience with this.
3. To assess all of our itineraries for the longer term (February and beyond) making the changes necessary to maintain trip quality, diverse visual appeal (i.e. a good mix of forests, lakes, mountains and glaciers) and activity enjoyment.

The fire affected mainly the areas between Grey Glacier and Pehoe and south towards admin, Pudeto (heading east to Salto Grande, Explora and Camping Pehoe), Paine Grande and east towards Lago Skottsberg and then south east towards Laguna Verde.
The fire is now under control and the Park partially re-opened as planned yesterday at 0800 hours.
This tragic incident caused by the carelessness of one individual has had a big effect on residents, guides, local communities and all of Chile. Torres del Paine is a precious resource and one we must protect and value at all costs. We have been reminded of the power of nature and our own relative insignificance.
In spite of what has happened, it is important to remember that a relatively small portion of the Park’s surface area was affected by the fire (just 5% which equates to just over 12,000 hectares).
There are still many beautiful areas to explore and enjoy.

The re-opening which took place yesterday began in the northern sector of the park and includes: Laguna Azul, Laguna Amarga, Campamento Cuernos, Campamento Serón, Campamento Los Perros. Lago Paine and Dickson (the latter is restricted to guided groups). The community of Rio Serrano is also open as is the entire Serrano River and area which forms the Bernardo O’Higgins National Park. Hosteria Las Torres and associated refugios are open. No hotels or refugios were damaged in the fire. Hosteria Lago Grey is closed until 9th January as they are assisting and accommodating the fire and park authorities.

There is normal transit to/from Torres del Paine with the Laguna Amarga entrance open.
Our guides are today in the Park checking the hike to the base of Las Torres but hope to offer this again very soon. The areas that were unaffected by the fire offer a multitude of magnificent vistas, mountain and lake views, glaciers and wildlife. We are planning on taking pictures shortly so you can see for yourselves that Torres del Paine is still there in all its splendour.
We see recent events as an opportunity to innovate and explore new trails - both in the Park and beyond. As we speak, we are looking at some pristine new areas such as Balmaceda, Serrano, the border area close to Argentina and more. We know the area better than anyone, leaving us plenty of options and alternative routes which are as beautiful and exciting as the originals. We have the advantage of the exclusivity and privacy in some of these areas that our clients prefer. Given that the hike close to Grey Glacier was affected we are hiking new routes close to other glaciers. We have always loved Glacier Dickson and will be diverting some groups there. We also love Glaciers Pingo, Tyndall, Geike, Serrano and more.

Please see below a map of the Park which shows the area affected by the fire in the grey shading.
Note: this map has been produced as close to reality as possible.

We will be informing you of new trips we are about to launch shortly and will confirm any permanent itinerary changes to existing trips in the coming weeks. Some of the new trips and changes will take place in areas never before open to tourism.

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Charros Riding in Mexico

by Hidden Trails 01/03/2012

Story by Jenny at Rancho Mexicana

The term “charro” describes a riding style that has been handed down from Mexican cowboys. They would compete against each other to showcase their skill in ranching, such as riding and roping broncos. Today, charro riding is mainly reserved for entertainment during events known as Charreadas. A popluar recognized event here in Mexico, the Charreada, which basically translates to rodeo, is anoffical sporting event. It is part of Mexico’s living history because it was developed from the life of working on a ranch. Here, the charreada is viewed as a form of a living art. Charro riders, both men and women are allowed to compete in these events; there are nine events for men and one for women. During the Charreada there is a strict dress code for the Charro riders which incorporate colourful costumes with many silver accents, and of course a wide brim sombrero. The Charreada originated with the Spanish Conquistadors, who introduced bull fighting and riding horses in the new world. The Indian and mestizo who worked on the Spanish colonial plantations added their own unique style and contribution to the sport. Charro saddles are different then the common westerm saddle, they have a wider horn which is used to help the charro rider from being pitched off. The saddle is also designed with two back grips that they Charro may use if he needs to hold on while riding a bucking bronco.

The Events of the Charreada 
 

 

Cala de Caballo is a reining and training demonstration where the charro rider shows the ability and obedience of his horse. The demonstration of the horse is shown though a talents in the canter, gallop, slide stop, spin on its hind legs as well as backing.

Piales show heeling and roping a horse while the charro rider is mounted on horseback.

Colas is steer tailing.

Jineteo de toro is more commonly known as bull riding. This is where our charro riders show the riding skills by staying mounted on top of a bucking bull until he stops.

Terna en ek Ruedo is an event where a charro team of three uses different maneuvers and techniques to lasso both horns and the hind leg of a bull so that he remains under control.

Jineteo de vegua is where the charro rider must stay on top of a bucking bronco until he stops. The real art of this event is that the charro rider does it all bearback!

Manganas a pie, the charro rider must lasso the fore-leg of a horse while he is on the ground. Note: horse tripping is banned from this event and any charro who attempts this is fined accordingly.

Manganas a Caballo is the same sequence as manganas a pie except this event is done from horseback.

The ninth and final event for charro men is known as Paso de la Muerte or the jump of death. In this sequence the Charro rider must jump bareback from his running horse on to the back of a bronco. There is no tack on either horse and the rider must stay on top until he stops bucking.

The event for women is known as Escaramuza



Ay Caramba! It is the most beautiful aspect of the Charreada. Without this the La Fiesta Charra would not be considered an authentic, Mexican Fiesta. In this event there are eight women clothed in intricately custom handmade dresses. 
Escaramuza is also referred to as the women's mounted drill team. They execute a series of precision maneuvers riding side-saddle and at various speeds It is said by many that the Charro rider is an impotent part of Mexico’s history. They are the warriors of the past who fought for their independence and freedom.

Today they are brave and strong icons of Mexico, whose antics are immortalized in paintings movies and folk songs. 

Many of the Charro demonstrations can be visit during oyur stay at the "Rancho Mexicana - Colores de Mexico".

Galapagos Flights more expensive in 2012

by Hidden Trails 12/26/2011

The Ecuadorian government has eliminated the fuel subsidies for the flights to the Galapagos Islands.
Rates will have a "fuel surcharge" of $50 for Aerogal and $70 for TAME flights - each way.
If you pay for your ticket by Dec 29, 2011 - TAME has waived this surcharge for flights in 2012.

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