Ever wondered how surreal it would feel to ride on the back of horse steering clear though lyrical landscapes, lush pathways, wide terrains, glorious mountains, and so much more. Well, horseback riding is not just a quest, but it is a treat to your soul and we highly recommend you to take a trip to any of these 6 amazing locations for horseback riding adventures of a lifetime.
Khovsgol Province, Mongolia
A horseback ride here looks as spectacular as the scene from Games of Thrones, powerful and striking though the wild steppes of Mongolia. Historically famous for their horse breeders and fighters, Mongolian culture is still enriched with glory of horsemanship. Take a ride on a Mongolian horse to Khovsgol (Mongolia’s largest freshwater lake), and experience the wilderness, vast terrains, valleys, rivers, mountains, herds, reindeers, and the breathtaking beauty of crisp snow in winters and greener pastures in summer. This trip can be a little rough due to the terrain and long hours, hence plan accordingly.
The Andes, Peru
A horseback ride in the Andes is like a frozen dream where you swiftly move through the remote Sacred Valley of the Inca (extends from Cusco to Machu Picchu) on Peruvian Paso horses. On your way, you’ll discover the terraced fields and the sky-touching eucalyptus trees. You can also choose to visit the renowned Inca temples, local communities, caves of the Quechua community of Pichingoto, the Inti Punku archaeological site, and finally end the ride at Machu Picchu.
Okavango Delta, Botswana
You will fall in love with this experience where you horse ride through the canals and lagoons of the Okavango Delta, while your mind will be blown at the abundant wildlife including crocodiles, zebra, giraffe, elephant, leopard, and hippo. You can spend a night camping in a safe reserve nearby and enjoy sundowners, moonlight dinners in the pleasant night weather.
If perfect had a picture, it would be of the beautiful horses of Cappadocia in the backdrop of a sparkling landscape of orchards, plateaus, moonscapes, caves, rustic chimneys, intricate rock formations, and monasteries. You will fall in love with the warm Turkish culture, food, and be mesmerized by the old charm of this place where sandstone houses are still a reality. You could also camp a night under the stars.
The Masai Mara, Kenya
You will discover wildlife and more glorious wildlife including zebras, giraffes, and elephants while you ride through Masai Mara, where the dusty roads take you really into the vast savanna. The tranquility of nature in this area will touch your soul with sheer bliss. There is no disturbance, just nature existing in its purest form, occasionally interrupted by the sounds of the galloping horses. If you have cheap air tickets for Kenya, you can witness a huge group of zebras and wildebeest migrating from Tanzania’s Serengeti plains to Maasai Mara.
Blessed with one the most stunning landscapes in the world, Patagonia also makes for a great horseback riding adventure. You can ride on Criollo horses through the finest national park in South America – he Torres del Paine National Park loving every bit of the gorgeous glacial valleys, virgin beach forests, spectacular meadows, pea-green rivers, and mighty glaciers. At the end of the day, you can stay at a traditional ranch and enjoy livestock farming or dinner under the Chilean night sky.
Happy Horse Riding!