Discovering the world on horseback, a romantic image, but a passion that allows you to immerse yourself in enchanting places and is also and above all a sustainable way of living nature. In Latin America, a country with wonderful landscapes, there are many places where you can do equestrian tourism and among these, Torres del Paine National Park, in Chilean Patagonia, the Central Pacific Coast in Costa Rica and the Avenida de los Volcanes in Ecuador.
From forests to glaciers
The jagged peaks of the Andes in contrast to the wild pampas, these are the places in Torres del Paine in Chilean Patagonia, where you can go trekking on horseback through ancient forests, emerald rivers and valleys carved by the glaciers. Routes that can take several days with stages ranging from 20 to 40 km.
By the Ocean
The experience you can have in Costa Rica is to ride by the ocean, but in close contact with the rainforest where you can see the screaming monkeys, brightly colored parrots and red-eyed tree frogs. In this part of Central America it is also possible to ride on the agricultural land adjacent to the famous Arenal volcano and enjoy the spectacle of lapilli and incandescent lava at sunset.
Riding like the “los chagras”
Another Latin American town is the Avenida de los Volcanes in Ecuador. Here, just one hour from Quito, the capital of the country, you can ride to reach the farms that are located on the slopes of the volcano Corazon, located right in the middle of Avenida de los Volcanes, a valley that divides the eastern Andean mountain range from the western one. In this part of Ecuador, tourists on horseback can learn about the life of the Ecuadorian “los chagras”, cowboys, or they can completely immerse themselves in the everyday life of the Andean community, as well as ride in this land rich in agricultural land, alpine and rainforest.
The world on horseback
The places in the world where you can walk on horseback are many and, some time ago, CNN Travel had made the classification “World’s great horse treks” in which you could find places like: the Okavango Delta (Botswana), Hovsgol (Mongolia), Cappadocia (Turkey), Ring of Kerry (Ireland), Golden Circle (Iceland), Wadi Rum (Jordan), Bryce Canyon (Utah, USA), Tian-Shan Mountains (Kyrgyzstan), Haleakala National Park (Maui, USA), Banff National Park (Alberta, Canada), South Queensland (Australia) and Doñana National Park (Spain).