Horseback Riding In South America

One of active travel adventures in South America is home to an incredibly diverse range of experiences, making it one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world. Adventure into the Amazon, party with the locals in Rio de Janeiro and experience the lost Incan world at Macchu Picchu – any kind of holiday that you want is waiting for you in South America.

For horse riders and those that want a bit of a different experience, an eco travel adventure on horseback is an excellent way to see the continent. There are a number of different popular locations and treks you can take – see some of these top destinations for horseback riding in South America.

Pantanal Wildlife Safari in Brazil

50,000 acres of land owned by the Lemos Monteiro family offers diverse landscapes, seasonal wetlands, thick forests and an active ranch. The Pantanal is both the largest wetland area and biggest ecological sanctuary in the world – a horse trek will immerse you in beautiful surroundings and bring you close to some of the native bird and wildlife like the thousands of egrets that visit the Correntoso River.

Chile to Argentina – Through the Andes

A 10-day trip and one of the best adventures on horseback in the Andes, you’ll start your journey amongst the snowy mountains and head east through the rain forests, ranges and past the lakes of Huerquehue National Park. Experience ‘living off the land’ as you build campsites and places to sleep each night, your safety guaranteed by expert guides. This trek immerses you in the landscape of two countries over 120 kilometres – an unforgettable journey.

Cayambe Reserve, Ecuador

The Cayambe Reserve is home to vast valleys and forests through which you can ride, as well as the Inca roads where you …

Travel Tab Adventurer – A Rugged Desert Outback Trek and Adventure: The Spur Cross Ranch Trail, Elephant Mountain Loop Hike

Travel Tab Adventurer – Plenty of sunny days, mild temperatures and absolutely beautiful weather is really what Arizona is most famous for with the fall and winter months being the peak season for attracting millions of visitors from all over the U.S. and the world each year. Here in the central and southern regions of the state of Arizona, the fall and winter months are especially popular and “primetime” for hiking and getting out to enjoy the gorgeous Sonoran desert scenery and rugged mountain vistas. If you’re looking for an excellent place to go within the Phoenix area that’s beautiful and serene, a little less traveled and off the beaten path, and if you’re up for a great work out and more of a desert outback trek and adventure then check out the Spur Cross Trail-Elephant Mountain Loop hike, the Spur Cross Ranch Conservation Area, Cave Creek, Arizona.

The beautiful Spur Cross Ranch Conservation area just north of Cave Creek is absolutely one of my favorite places to getaway and hike without having to travel very far from Phoenix. It’s a beautiful yet very quiet and serene desert retreat where you can view wildlife, visit ancient Hohokam Indian Ruins, or just take in the beautiful desert mountain scenery. The Spur Cross Ranch Conservation Area, which centers around the riparian habitat of Cave Creek, consists of roughly 2,154 acres of undisturbed desert wilderness territory bordered to the north by the Tonto National Forest and only began in 2004, so its not widely known or visited. I hike the mostly easy-moderate trail system at Spur Cross Ranch every year and when I saw that the TLC Hiking Group, led and organized by Eric Kinneman, was planning on hiking out to Elephant Mountain, a 7.4 mile moderate level hike and loop, I was …

Worldwide Travel Adventures – An Extraordinary Pool Hopping, Rock Sliding, Waterfall Adventure Canyoneering the Salome Jug

One of Worldwide Travel Adventures with scorching temperatures and blazing heat, yes, summers in Arizona are in deed extremely hot! However, did you also know that in Arizona you can find something to do in the great outdoors, virtually any time of the year, even during the summer? More than any other geologic feature, Arizona is an amazing land filled with many beautiful and remote back country wildernesses and gorgeous slot canyons and gorges scattered throughout the state. So, while temperatures may be heating up during the day in excess of 100 degrees in the desert, the month of June, before summer rain storms arrive, is actually an excellent time to go canyoneering and exploring some of these remote wilderness canyons and gorges, with many of them containing deep pools of cool, refreshing water!

Located in the Sierra Ancha Mountain range, northeast of Phoenix, is the Salome Wilderness consisting of roughly about 18,500 acres. Within the Salome wilderness following along the lower reaches of Salome Creek, you’ll find the “Jug”, a beautiful slot canyon, with narrow towering walls of pinkish-tinted granite stone, and along its approximately a mile stretch, many pools of deep, cool water! So if you would consider yourself to be at least a moderate-advanced level hiker and in relatively good physical shape & condition, and you’re up for more of a challenge, an extraordinary pool hopping, rock sliding, waterfall adventure, and an excellent intermediate level canyoneering hike I recommend, is the Salome Jug, at Lower Salome Creek, in the Salome Wilderness, Arizona.

On a beautiful Saturday morning, in early June, I met up with the TLC Hiking Club, led and organized by Eric Kinneman, at the Fort McDowell Casino, northeast of Phoenix, at 6 am. After all attending members had arrived, and after receiving a quick overview …