Place: From Oiba (Santander) to Barichara(Santander), Colombia
Horse riding vacations, 10 days / 9 nights (5 days of horseback riding). Also available in an extended version, 13 days / 12 nights (8 days of horseback riding) including 3 more riding days in the Yariguies National Park influence area ( between days 5 and 6 of the standard version)
Weather: Moderate to Warm
Group: Min 08 / Max 12 (The value is subject to the change of the dollar of the rate of the day)
Price: USD 2.600 (The value is subject to the change of the dollar of the rate of the day)
Single supplement: USD 40 per night
We can do also medium size (4-7 riders) and small (2-3 riders) groups
Age: Min 12 / Max 70
Difficulty: Strong intermediate – Advanced
Departure dates: See calendar
Rainy Season: April – May, October – November
2 nights of accommodation in a Hotel in Bogotá (double rooms).
Transfer from Bogotá until the start point of the activity (round trip).
Professional guide (Spanish –English).
Horses with saddles.
All meals and drinks during the riding program (lunch box and dinner in restaurants).
7 nights of accommodations in hotels during the riding expedition (double rooms).
Transport of luggage in private vehicle (1 suitcase per person).
Satellite tracker monitored by an assistance company.
4 x 4 Support vehicle in permanent communication via 2 way radios and satellite tracker with tour guides and authorities.
First Aid Kit.
Accident Insurance during the ride
City tour in Barichara.
Services not included
Food not stipulated in the program (1st and 9th day).
Personal expenses (phone calls, tips, laundry, etc.)
Day 1: Bogotá Arrival in Bogotá.
Transfer Airport / Hotel. Check into hotel and overnight (no meals included).
Day 2: Bogotá – Oiba
We will drive through the beautiful roads of the departments of Cundinamarca, Boyacá and Santander, stopping at Puente de Boyacá, where the final battle for the independance of Colombia took place and after will head to Villa de Leyva for a mini tour and lunch. After lunch we will go up to the town of Oiba where we will spend the night. Time: 9 hours approx.
Day 3: Oiba – Charalá
The horses, already saddled, will be waiting for us at the hotel, and we will ride from Oiba to Charalá through beautiful woodlands and mountains with a pleasant temperature of approx. 68°F, surrounded by luxuriant vegetation and clear water streams. we will enjoy homestyle lunch at a very humble local´s house, be prepared to eat a lot, it is just not possible to have small portions in the countryside in Colombia! By mid-afternoon we will arrive in the noble town of Charalá, birthplace of our independence, where we will admire the Cathedral and the precious Arabian Saman tree planted in the main square in 1910, in honor of the martyrs of Independence. On August 4, 1819 more than 300 men and women were executed in this square, just 3 days before the final battle of Independence at Puente de Boyacá, near Tunja. This fact, no doubt, contributed to Bolivar’s victory at the Battle of Puente de Boyaca on August 7, 1819, since it prevented the troops of the Spanish General González, which had destroyed Charalá, from joining those of General Barreiro in Tunja. At sunset we will visit an artisanal cotton workshop run by women who use the same techniques coming from the Guane indigenous tribes that lived in this area before the spaniards arrived. After that we will have a short city tour and historical talk walking along Charala´s beautiful cobblestone streets and enjoy the pleasant weather, the architecture, and the kindness of its people before dining and retiring for a well-deserved rest at a local hotel.
Day 4: Charalá – Paramo
We will leave at 9 am, and ride along the majestic Fonce River valley, where we can see on the left-hand side how the river is formed by the confluence of the Pienta and Táquiza rivers, under a natural arch of trees and bushes. To the right-hand side we can see mountains planted with sugarcane and grass pastures. We will cross the Fonce River, and then continue to the Juan Curi falls where we can see water falling more than 80 meters into a natural pool. Here we can refresh ourselves from the midday heat, and enjoy a traditional lunch prepared in the local restaurant. Afterwards, we will climb the mountain and pass along the top of the Juan Curi falls on our way to the village of Páramo, where we will be able to see one of the most beautiful churches in the region, made of stone and wood. The night will be spent at a nice hotel with a beautiful pool.
Day 5: Páramo – El Palmar
On the way to the village of El Socorro, another breeding ground of patriots and martyrs of the Independence at the end of the 18th century, we will see coffee plantations and spectacular mountains. After crossing the paved road that leads to Bucaramanga, at the municipality of El Socorro, we will proceed towards the voluminous Suarez River, famous for its rapids where Level V rafting is practiced, cross it on a suspension bridge and start our descent towards the town of El Palmar. On this journey we can fully appreciate the magnificent basin of the Suarez River, a geographical formation carved over thousands of years by this river that is born in the Fúquene Lake, and which serves as a preamble to the spectacular canyon of the Chicamocha River which we will appreciate further on. In the afternoon we will arrive in the beautiful town of El Palmar which features, on its main square, an enormous ceiba tree of approximately 10 meters in diameter. We will spend the night at a beautiful local hacienda.
Day 6: El Palmar – Barichara
After crossing the Suárez River again, we will take the path to Cabrera, a small village where colonial architecture has been exceptionally well preserved. From here, the trail continues to the Barichara plateau by way of the old royal road, and enters this emblematic jewel of colonial architecture through the royal bridge. We will walk along its beautiful cobblestone streets, observing its parks and churches, on our way to a spectacular country house in the outskirts of town.
Day 7: Barichara Cañón
We will have a 3 hour ride trough beautiful tobacco plantations on the way to The Chicamocha Canyon, a Colombian natural attraction nominated as part of the group of 261 destinations in the campaign to select the top seven modern natural wonders of the world. This paradise-like place is a not-to-be-missed visual spectacle. Imposing, majestic, and fascinating is how tourists describe the Chicamocha Canyon, a geographic accident located in the department of Santander. After having a delicious goat, the specialty of this region, we will return to Barichara to enjoy a delicious dinner and a well deserved rest.
Day 8: Sightseeing in Barichara
The real treasure of Barichara is its pristine colonial architecture. Many come to this pueblo just to wander its flagstone lanes, snapping photos of the white-w