Love travel? Love horses? Then you’ll love these destinations. Some places can only be explored properly on horseback. Here are 10 horse trails you need to explore!
10 Horse Trails Around The World You Need To Explore
Horse trails can sometimes be the only way to reach certain places. This gives you a chance to explore the world in ways you couldn’t otherwise. While trail riding can be a sport, as well as endurance riding, there are many ways to adventure with a horse out there. In this article, and in no particular order, we’ll show you some awesome options for equine tourism and trail riding around the world.
1. Cappadocia, Turkey
Cappadocia is the “land of beautiful horses”. Quite literally: it’s a land made to explore on horseback. There are several riding tours in you can take in this region. You can ride for two to four hours and visit one of the several valleys in the area. Throughout the way, you may see Byzantine churches, volcanic trails and the amazing fairy chimneys. The latter is a popular feature, unique to the Cappadocian landscape.
2. Okavango Delta, Botswana
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Horse safaris are an amazing opportunity to explore nature. You may ride through the savanna and national parks — and come face to face with African wildlife. There is a possibility you will see animals you never would otherwise, in a way far more thrilling way. In Botswana’s Okavango Delta, it’s very likely you will see zebras and elephants, as well as giraffes, up close and personal. You can find more about the Okavango Delta horse safaris here.
3. Lake Hovsgol, Mongolia
Mongolia is home to some of the oldest nomadic horsepeople in the world. Here, you can have a taste of what that life was like. Since the Bronze Age, the Mongols made the horse their way of life. This 10-day tour begins at Ulan Bator, but it’s only after arriving at the lake that the horse trails begin. This lake is around 100km and stretches between Russia and Mongolia. It contains 3% of all the water in the world. Once there, you may choose whether you want to spend more time and explore the surroundings, or turn back. This includes the mountains, where you will see the lake from above.
4. Whakahoro, New Zealand
Blue Duck Station has tracks enough to last for days — 5000 acres of land, in fact. You’ll see native bush canopy, rainforests, pine forests and mountains — you may spend a week and not see everything. If you’d rather have someone with you, you can take guided tours through the land, so you can see it all. It’s also a wonderful place to stargaze!
5. Wadi Rum, Jordan
The red desert of Wadi Rum makes for a spectacular view. But this isn’t just riding; it’s riding with legitimate bedouins. Meet the authentic Bedouin Arabian horses and go out for a ride through mountain and desert alike, to the edges of the Dead Sea. These tours may take as much as six days in the desert — for a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
6. Mykonos, Greece
There are few places as beautiful as Greece, and fewer as beautiful as its islands. Mykonos is one of them, and riding horses alongside the Aegean sea is a sight to behold. The horse tours there will guide you through the wildlife and landscapes typical of this island.
7. The Andes, Chile
There are some places you can only explore on horseback. Quite literally; they’re unreachable otherwise. In the Andes, there are several horse tours, sometimes even crossing national borders, depending on the length and destination you follow. Whatever is the case, seeing the majestic landscapes of the Andes is unforgettable. You will see forests, you will see lakes, and you will see a corner of the world few ever will. These horse trails may be more demanding than others, though, so be warned.
8. Patagonia, Argentina
Patagonia is an amazing place no matter what. But exploring these steppes on horseback is something else altogether. There, you can go for multiple day horse trails, seeing different corners of the landscape. If you’re short on time, though, you can go on a single day ride out of an estancia (traditional South American ranches). Some estancias will allow you to stay there as well for a fuller experience.
9. Tian Shan Mountains, Kyrgyzstan
Kyrgyzstan, like Mongolia, still has a strong nomadic culture still. This land has so many horses that, if you go on a tour, it’s very likely your horse won’t have a name. The Tian Shan Mountain Range is unique in the region and has a very diverse look, unlike anywhere else in the world. Though, be warned: this land is remote, and you’ll likely need a first aid kit with you, just in case. This is because medical attention might be days away, depending on your tour. Still, this small country stuck between China, Tajikistan, Russia and Pakistan is a sight to behold.
10. Cotopaxi Volcano, Ecuador
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This one is not for the faint of heart. Yes, you can take a ride around the highest active volcano in the world. This horse trail leads you through the seldom visited highlands of the Andes, where you can see from condors to hummingbirds. It demands experienced riders, though, as the terrain is tricky and changeable. The high altitudes also don’t help, but riding along old Inca routes is certainly worth it.
So, what do you think? Would you like to explore some of these? Have you? Let us know!