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Just a brief report of a recent 9 day horse riding tour we took with Enduro Ecuestre http://www.enduroecuestre.com exploring the back coutry of Chiapas. We had a rather inauspicious start to our holiday when Aeromexico bumped us off our flight from Mexico City to Tuxtla and we arrived at 1am in the morning to the small hotel in Chiapa de Corzo. But the next day all thoughts of airports flew from our minds as we cruised up the magnificent Cañón del Sumidero. It really was a wow start to the trip, the canyon walls are sheer and incredibly high and studded prehistoric plants, while the banks home flocks of vultures and the occasional long fat basking crocodile! I can’t believe this place isn’t full of foreign tourists but we seemed to be the only ones in our boat full of laughing Mexicans.
The tour gave us a little time to get to know our companions for the next 9 days, a lovely couple from England who were travelling the world in their early retirement and of course Gloria. What a tour guide you really couldn’t do enough to make the trip as brilliant an experience as possible, interpreting the Mexican guides, pointing out the geology, the flora and fauna and ensuring we ate the very best of local Mexican food – the kind that outshines the fanciest Mexican restaurants in London but only the locals know about.
We spent the next 2 nights in San Cristóbal de las Casas – which is such a gorgeous little city I definitely want to go back to. With cobbled streets and clean mountain air, lovely artisan’s shops, great coffee and fab food it’s a reason to visit Chiapas in itself. We upgraded to the Guayaba Inn which was a great choice, a real fire in the bedroom took off the chill of the evening air and made it so romantic. The next day we went down to the stables where Gloria keeps her horses and started the actual ride with a trip to a nearby eco reserve. So I’m not going to spoil all the little surprises and treats (of which there were many) but yet again this is a beautiful site. My horse for the trip was the young but very brave Morito, he was very forward and full of energy but never running away from me and with endless endurance - which was needed over the next few days as we had some long and exhilarating canters across the Chiapas countryside. This is an area where the only people you will meet will be the local people – and really not even so many of them. We stayed at a very atmospheric ancient Hacienda and enjoyed delicious food and convivial meals together. After a few days the horses (and ourselves) were transported to the Pacific ocean and the sleepy fishing town of Puerto Arista. The pacific is stunning, just miles and miles and miles of wide open beaches and absolutely no one there. We were joined by Gloria’s husband and family and spent the day galloping up and down the beach and riding in the surf. I got the chance to ride Gloria’s stunning stallion into right into the big waves - I’ve been swimming in the sea with horses before but never with giant waves crashing all around! The next day said a tearful goodbye to our horses and drove to the truly magical Madresal Ecological Centre – an amazing ecolodge on the ocean. Maybe it gets busy on the public holidays but again we seemed to have the place mostly to ourselves. The views the food the sea are all really special here and we felt really privileged to be let into its secret.
What makes this tour special is that its much more than just a riding experience it’s a chance to immerse yourself in the real Mexico, go on a path less travelled, enjoy Gloria’s hospitality and eat the very best food. We have some brilliant photo’s of our trip not because I am a good photographer but because Gloria and her husband are! They took loads of amazing high quality photo’s and gave us the file at the end. I really can’t recommend the experience enough, if you are a confident horse rider and want a really different experience just go!

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