Horseback Riding Package
Plan your mountain escape in Santa Fe
Do more with your holiday, saddle up and connect to the rural landscapes and people of Central Panama
5 DAYS, 6 NIGHTS HORSEBACK HOLIDAY ADVENTURE
Get away to the mountain hamlet of Santa Fe, Veraguas, where life moves at a more relaxing pace. Daily horseback rides radiate outward into backcountry Panama from your centrally located bed and breakfast. Rides of various lengths and terrains help build a deeper connection to our local landscapes and culture.
All-Inclusive Accommodation: Private room with hot water shower and expansive terrace vistas at Hotel Anachoreo
5 days of Riding Led by Expert Guides: Between 3 - 8 hours daily riding
Meals: Breakfast & lunch (alcohol not included)
Group Size: 2-8
Price: please enquire for pricing and availability
*Rider weight limit: 95kgs or 210lbs
Round-Trip Vehicle Transport: Panama City - Santa Fe - Panama City - prices available on request.
Private Charter Flights: Panama City - Santa Fe - Panama City - prices available on request.
Arrival in Santa Fe
Check in to your accommodations at Hotel Anachoreo and receive a warm welcome to Santa Fe.
Day 1 - Morning Ride in La Herradura Foothills
Riding time - 3+ hours
Early morning pick up at your accommodation with a 30 minute drive to the trail head. Today's ride explores the drier foothills of the Cerro Tute mountain range. Covered in low shrubs, the majority of your ride takes you through open spaces with expansive views and includes several wide river crossings. This is the perfect opportunity to test the speed and agility of your mount as the land is flatter and drier. After a full morning of riding we head back to Santa Fe town for lunch.
Day 2 - Full-Day Ride from La Herradura to Santa Fe
Riding time - 5+ hours
An early start to make the most of the cooler air before the sun starts to heat things up! We drive 30 minutes out of Santa Fe town to an old cattle corral, from here we ride into Panama's remote interior on horseback. Exploring, on horseback the valleys and hillsides, where, in pre-Columbian times, Chief Urraca and his Ngäbe people once roamed. We ride into Santa Fe town at late afternoon for a delicious meal and sundown drinks.
Day 3 - Ride on the borders of the National Park
Riding time - 3+ hours
A loop ride takes you from the village of Santa Fe along the boundaries of the Santa Fe National Park. With over 72,000 Ha of tropical jungle we ride on the fringes, along narrow trails crossing multiple water ways. You will be impressed with your horses surefootdness and level mind while we cross suspension bridges and pick our way through rocky river beds. We ride back into town for a late lunch. The afternoon can be spent relaxing in the hammocks with a book or down at the river's edge soaking up the sun on the warm boulders.
Day 4 - Bermejo Waterfall Ride and Hike
Riding time - 4+ hours
Ride to the trail head of the waterfall hike, hitch the horses and head into the jungle on foot to one of the most beautiful waterfalls in our area. There is a deep, clear water pool to swim in, a hidden cave with pre-columbian carved petroglyph rocks to explore and amazing jungle to get immersed in! Ending with a local lunch and a relaxing afternoon.
Day 5 - Mountain Loop Ride with a visit to an Organic Coffee Farm
Riding time - 3+ hours
An early morning ride starting with a visit to a locally owned organic coffee farm. We hitch the horses while we explore the self sustainable gardens and traditional coffee making process. With fantastic, enthusiastic local hosts we gain an insight into gardening and farming in tropical Panama. From here we continue with the horses exploring the rural farming areas and passing traditional homes before heading back to town for lunch.
Here we say goodbye and until next time!
Please note this program is exciting but not overly strenuous. This itinerary only serves as a guide; all scenarios are dependent on the season. Junglecat Panama reserves the right to alter the itinerary in any way and leaves this to the discretion of the guides. Local weather conditions may also affect activities.
CUSTOMIZED MULTI-DAY ITINERARIES
With a multitude of backcountry roads and paths running through our Central Highlands we are able to access unique trails, stunning vistas and constantly changing micro-climates. Over the period of your stay you will build a special connection and trust with your horse, while as a team you traverse along some of the most challenging terrains, unique to the isthmus of Panama.
Itineraries are designed to your interest. Below is a sample of what's available and much more: