Tired of touring Medellin on traditional means of transport? Then you should try enjoying the stunning landscapes and beautiful mountains on horse riding.
Horseback riding tours in Medellin are a family-friendly experience not to be missed. You’ll feel like a cowboy riding into the wilderness.
Does this sound like something you might like? Then keep on reading to discover the best places to go horseback riding in the city!
Types of Horseback Riding Tours in Medellin
Depending on your budget or the desired kind of experience, you’ll be able to enjoy different types of horseback riding tours.
Let’s get into the three main options when it comes to horseback riding tours so that you can pick the right one for you.
Small Group Tours
This is the most budget-friendly option where you can enjoy the stunning landscapes in the company of a small group of people. Usually, these small groups are made up of 10 to 12 riders.
Personally, I think it’s the best way to enjoy the ride while practicing Spanish and meeting new people. You might even make a friend or two to grab a drink with afterward!
This is also a good pick if you don’t know too much about horseback riding. These groups teach you the basics of horseback riding before you hit the trail, so you’ll be all set to go on a great ride.
In these small groups, you can surround yourself with people looking for a cross-country race or groups that prefer slow but safe rides—it all depends on the type of ride you ask for.
If you want a slightly more exclusive and personalized experience, then a private tour is the right choice for you. It’s a great option for couples, families, and even groups of friends.
Usually, private tour agencies offer half-day and full-day excursions. They ask you about your skills, the type of tour you want, and the location.
These tours are super personalized, so feel free to have fun creating a tour you love!
Combination tours involve combining other activities or extreme sports with a horseback riding tour.
For example, you’ll ride the horses down to an epic waterfall where you can jump in and go canyoning! In essence, you’ll use the horse as a means of transport to spend all day doing adrenaline-filled activities.
These are great tours for thrill-seekers who want a little extra adventure on their tour.
How to Prepare
For some, riding doesn’t need any kind of preparation. However, this is an activity that many tourists aren’t used to, and often the next day, they feel muscle aches or find some bruising on their legs and arms.
Your tour agency will give you a list of instructions you should keep in mind for the tour. But, if you want to get a headstart, you can check out this list of things to bring:
- A wide-brimmed hat or sunhat
- Long-sleeved shirt
- Rubber boots or hiking shoes
- Water bottles
- ID card or valid passport
- First aid kit (Unless your guide has one)
- Small backpack
Most tours include transportation and pictures. So, you don’t need to bring valuables like cell phones, cameras, or keys. Just double-check with your guide beforehand to make sure he’ll pictures and videos of the adventure.
Best Horseback Riding Tours in Medellin
Now that you know how to prepare for your horseback riding tour, it’s time to choose among the best places in Medellin to carry out your adventure.
By far, the best place to go horseback riding in Medellin is Cabalgatas Medellín. Here, you get much more than just a tour through the most amazing landscapes of the city.
The agency has over 20 years of experience in training horses and leading guided rides. Plus, they have a wide variety of ecological trails that fit your requirements depending on your budget and skills.
One of the things that make Cabalgatas Medellin stand out is the fine horse rental, whether you already have experience in horse riding or just want to take a picture with a beautiful steed, a fine horse will always give a special status to your experience.
Another amenitiy that they offer to enhance the experience is a burroteca. This is basically a donkey carrying a boombox (Yes, really!) to brighten the mood on the tour
Despite being one of the most popular agencies in Medellin, the prices are super affordable. These are the three plans that they offer:
- Basic: 2-hour guided horseback ride.
- Parrandero: A longer tour with lunch included.
- Mega-plan: A full-day tour with alcohol included.
This is a great place to celebrate events or have two-hour or four-hours horseback ridings. You can also include lunch, alcohol, and transportation in your plan.
Celebrating your birthday on a horseback riding tour is a different and original way to celebrate another year of life. And, once you’re done, you can have a birthday party at the fonda while having lunch.
I highly recommend having the barbecue at the end of the tour (when everyone needs a break anyway) while enjoying the beautiful Antioquian landscapes.
Spend a Day Going Horseback Riding in Medellin
Doing a horseback riding tour is a different way to appreciate the city’s landscapes and get in touch with nature while enjoying the view with your family or meeting new people.
Now that you know everything you need to spend a day between horses and farms, put on your boots and get ready for the adventure!
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