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Horseback Riding

Horseback riding in Guatemala is as much of a pleasure as it is an adventure. Picture a day-trip through dense, tropical forests and green coffee fincas, or saddling up for a seven-day journey across terrain that is as diverse as the country itself. Horses can take you almost anywhere in Guatemala. No matter your skill—from novice to expert—seeing the countryside from the back of a horse is easily done.


Whether winding though the coble streets of Antigua, or around the base of one of the area’s many volcanoes, the region has several opportunities for horseback riding enthusiasts.

The Highlands

Riding though the lush hills of Santiago Atitlian is generally a relaxing experience but the narrow, steep trails can make for a bit of an adventure too. The horses are often small and gentle but they are not afraid to gallop if you want them too. Don’t be surprised if your guide shows up riding a mountain bike instead of a horse, it’s a fairly common practice. If that’s the case, don’t worry, the horses follow their leaders faithfully and most likely will not lead you astray. The guides are usually very knowledgeable about the area and are a good resource if you want to learn about the politics and the history of the region.

In Nebaj, horseback riders will find breathtaking views, rich culture, and trails that have been relatively untouched by tourism. Tours offer day-trips through the nearby mountains, which promise the rider a unique and fun way of viewing a region where many of residents continue to practice ancient Mayan rituals. Multi-day rides are also an option including trips that lead riders though open plains, up high mountain peaks, into wooded forests and across coffee plantations. More adventurous riders and can choose to be out on the trail for up to nine days, taking in Guatemala’s beautiful landscapes during the day and reflecting on the experience around a campfire at night.

El Petén

In the villages surrounding Tikal, visitors have several options for horseback riding tours. Travelers often recommend El Remate, a small village near the border of Belize. The town sits at the edge of a picturesque lake and offers horseback riders the chance to trot through abundant tropical forests and Mayan ruins that seldom see tourists.

06 Jul 2010

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