RIVAS RIDING COLOMBIA
MULTI-DAYS TOURS TESTIMONIALS
For Adult Intermediate And Advanced Riders
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Incredible riding, food, and discussion from a very professional host
I worked with Hernando to customize the perfect three days, two night trip for my husband and myself during our honeymoon in Colombia. He was incredibly responsive and professional throughout the weeks and months leading up to our trip.
The trip itself was an amazing experience and highly recommended for anyone who is serious about horses. The ride was exhilarating and kept a fast pace through the beautiful countryside and rural roads. The horses and the ride were not your usual nose-to-tail type. As mentioned in many other posts there was a lot of cantering as well as creek crossings. The ride also provided such a unique way to see rural Colombia as you pass through homes and workshops.
The hospitality and food were also quite a delightful experience. And Hernando, himself, is such a treat to converse with. He is very knowledgeable across many topics and a great resource in learning more about Colombia.
Fabulous Amazing Day of Horseback Riding !!!
We are a family of three, experienced riders and we wanted an experience where we could enjoy the outdoors, horses, and be able to ride (canter), and enjoy the horses in a style fitting of our riding level. Hernando was amazing, friendly, very easy to communicate with in English ( all though 2 of 3 of us were fluent ). The countryside was beautiful, we learned a lot, he had snacks and water, we stopped in a small town for a break and drink, and after had a great meal in a small town. I highly recommend this experience. He will pick you up and has a lot of information about Bogota itself.
Great ride with these amazing Colombian horses
We had a great day horse riding in the region outside Bogota. It’s about 1-2 hours drive, Hernando will pick you up and drop you off after.
The ride and the scenery are amazing, the horses are super chilled and reliable and very safe in the difficult terrain; still, they are fast, agile, and energetic, so no boring stuff but a fairly fast and fun ride. These Criollos not only have the standard gaits but two more, very similar to the Icelandic horse (maybe more popular and known amongst Europeans), so the riding is extremely comfortable.
I used to ride these horses in my teenage years so for me it was a highlight being able to go on a ride in their homeland.
I highly recommend Hernando’s business as it involves local horse owners, lovely restaurants with really good food, small businesses like the Tejo place where you can stop for a game and a beer – this is the way he supports and involves others.
I will be happy to return to Colombia and go for a longer ride with Hernando, he can put together various trips and lengths so just contact him. Rides with Hernandon are for experienced riders only, even though the horses are great.
Thank you, Hernando! Hasta la Proxima 🙂
The best horseriding tour in South America
This is must go horse riding tour for all experienced riders. Horses are very friendly and in good shape. Hernando is a lovely person and you´ll get lots of good information about Colombia from him. I did a one day tour and enjoyed a lot of this beautiful area and energetic horse. So all the horse girls and boys, if you ever go to Colombia, visit this tour!
Colombian horseback adventure worth doing twice
When my friend suggested we go horseback riding I was skeptical at first. Mainly because I had ridden horses many times and in many different countries, and initially it didn’t seem that different from my past experiences, but this was an experience unlike any other. First, it wasn’t a boring trail where the horses just follow one another. No, this was really horseback riding in the Colombian countryside. The views were breathtaking, and we even rode up mountainous terrains! Second, the horses gallop a little differently, so it’s a new (FUN) experience in that aspect as well. Finally, because the tour is a bit more intimate you really get to enjoy it at your pace. It’s like a personal horseback riding adventure. Bonus: You will get some beautiful photos and videos for social media if that’s your thing. If you are in Bogota and want to experience a different side of Colombia, then book this tour! Our host, Hernando was amazing. He was knowledgeable, fun and his passion makes the tour a must-do. I would totally do this again!
Authentic, Historical and Cultural Riding Adventure
Our Riding Columbia trip was excellent and exceeded my expectations. Our adventure started with Hernando, our guide, meeting my friend Jo-Ann and I at the airport and we headed to a fabulous country hacienda, where we lodged for 6 days in comfort and style. The horses we rode were well trained, cared for, and in excellent condition. Our mounts were great for intermediate to advanced riders and a delight to ride. It was truly amazing horseback riding through the rugged, ever-changing, and unforgettable Colombia countryside. We rode our horses into towns, villages, to mountain top vistas, through rural farming areas, seeing, visiting, and experiencing the people, history, and culture. At times, stopping to relax, repose or to take on refreshment and enjoy the local scene. On the third day, we rested our horses, and Hernando, with the patience of a saint, took us shopping and sight-seeing to the small towns of Villa de Leyva and Boyaca, known for their pottery and wool products, and to see the Monastery Ecce Homo. On the last day of our ride, we stopped at the splendid La Chorrera waterfalls for a cool dip in the pool below the falls before continuing on to a tiny, remote adobe home where we met Rosa, a well-known, religious artist from the area. Rosa invited us into her home for coffee, to show us her work, and to meet her family and a visiting university anthropology student. We had such an incredible visit. Then with a great deal of patience, Rosa showed me how to work with clay and I created my own masterpiece (wish I could include the picture, for proof ;0). Our days with Hernando culminated in a remarkable learning and cultural experience I will never forget. I would highly recommend Riding Colombia Horse Riding and Hiking Tours to all experienced riders. Someday, I hope to return with my granddaughter to show her Raquira, Colombia from the back of a horse with Hernando and his team from Riding Colombia. Thank you, Hernando, José, and Julie.
Fabulous Riding Holiday in the Boyaca Mountain
We have just returned from a wonderful trip to Colombia incorporating a private group trip with Hernando to the area around Villa de Leyva. We had three magical days riding in the fantastic Colombian countryside, stopping for the occasional beer, swimming in a waterfall, or to admire the stunning views. My two girlfriends and I ride regularly at home in Scotland but loved the opportunity to explore this wonderful place on horseback. The terrain means that a reasonable level of riding confidence is required, but the horses which Hernando uses have a lovely temperament and are well used to the trails. Our tour also included some non-riding elements, including visits to local towns for shopping and sightseeing. We loved the beautiful historic streets of Villa de Leyva which are packed with gorgeous restaurants and artisan shops. Similarly, we enjoyed bustling Raquira… Hernando had carefully chosen a lovely hotel for us in the countryside with stunning gardens and outdoor seating/dining areas. It was a delight to feel the warmth of the Colombian sun over morning coffee. The real highlight of this tour, however, was the opportunity to sample a wide range of traditional Colombian dishes, all of which were delicious. We were offered different indigenous fruits and juices each day and a hearty traditional breakfast each morning. We would return and do this trip again in a heartbeat and fell head over heels in love with this part of Colombia
Recommended six day tour with horseback riding near Villa de Leyva
Hernando has put together a varied and very enjoyable private tour in the area around Villa de Leyva. The horseback riding is for experienced riders with plenty of opportunities to canter as well as to stop for a beer. The horses are well looked after and responsive. The scenery is beautiful and we were riding on small country lanes away from the traffic. On our off days, we did some short hikes which we also enjoyed. Hernando has put together a program that includes a variety of local hearty food for lunch and dinner at selected restaurants. The “Lomo al trapo” (beef cooked in a salt crust and wrapped in a cloth) was excellent and the best beef we have ever had in Colombia. The hotel was good but we would have preferred somewhere a little closer (and within walking distance) to Villa de Leyva (which is apparently difficult to find). All together we can certainly recommend this six-day private tour.
Rewarding and exhilarating experience riding
My husband and I planned a trip to Bogota, Colombia for a quick vacation in February. We are both competent horseback riders; my husband is the strong athletic type with little fear, less knowledge but makes up for it in enthusiasm and natural athleticism. I am an experienced rider, having ridden most of my life, at times seriously, and in many places in the world. I used the internet to search for horseback riding possibilities in the Bogota area. A number of names came up, but after a little deeper investigation it appeared that many of the places offered “the Colombian Cowboy” experience. This was not what we were looking for.
Then I started reading what was offered on the site of RidingColombia: Hernando Rivas is the creator, proprietor, organizer, and inspiring guide for the horseback riding tour company RidingColombia, based out of Bogota with rides in the vicinity of Villa de Leyva, a region 2-3 hours north of Bogota and shorter rides closer into the city in La Sema. The horses Hernando uses are small, sturdy, eager Colombian Criollo Paso Fino type horses that offer a lively, and spirited ride. They are not horses for beginner riders. They are horses that require a rider to ‘ride’ them, not someone that expects to simply go for a ‘ride’. Being a relatively experienced rider, I found that riding Hernando’s horses satisfied my wish to ride the countryside in a manner that required the use of my riding skills and knowledge. And furthermore, because they are descendants of a gaited breed, for a rider such as myself, used to larger warmbloods and thoroughbred type horses, it was an interesting learning experience to adjust my skills to my mount. For my husband, who is a less experienced rider than myself, the experience was exhilarating and rewarding to find that he could manage his horse. Although a handful and required handling, it was still responsive to him, and with some minor instruction and pointers, he felt in control. Hernando does not offer a boring ride. He himself likes to move on a horse. Although completely respectful of our needs and wishes, it is clear that he enjoys riding at a faster pace whenever possible. We spent 3-5 hours each day of riding alternating between walking/trotting and cantering (a lot). It was fantastic. The trails and country roads we traversed were fantastically beautiful and we never retraced our steps; there seemed to be endless choices to travel. the trails are a combination of sometimes steep, twisty, and narrow trails, dirt roads, and field and woodland paths. We never rode on tar top roads or highways. The views of the mountains and farmlands were spectacular and one could not wish for more.