Sierra Trails

La Buena Vista Ride

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This is a stunning circular trail through the east of the Alpujarras and Sierra Nevada National Park, riding over very diverse and varied terrain, 3 days at high altitude. An amazing display of  Mediterranean and Alpine flowers cover the mountains in May and June.

The first two days of this spectacular ride pass through the southern slopes of the Alpujarras following the ancient Moorish paths and forestry tracks between the picturesque white villages.

The third day we climb to the Peñon del Puerto and maintaining an altitude of over 2,700 metres follow the ridge east to the Puerto del Lobo and the Altos de San Juan.

Seemingly endless vista of mountains and plains give an amazing sense of space and wilderness. The fourth day keeping an altitude of between 2,000 and 2,500 metres the trail passes through the summer pastures and woodlands of the northern slopes.

Day five the path crosses the high peaks at nearly 3,000 metres to the south side of Sierra Nevada and the Sierra of Trevelez. Day six head home on forestry tracks.

A reasonable level of fitness is required as much of this ride is at high altitude (2 days at over 2,700 metres), on three days there are sections where it is necessary to lead your horse down hill on rough uneven ground for up to an hour. One night we are in a high mountain refuge of Postero Also where it is necessary to share rooms.

The other nights are all in comfortable hotels or guest houses.

Itinerary

Day 1

Collection from Malaga airport at designated time and transfer to the picturesque village of Bubion, approximately a two hour drive.

While in Bubion you will stay in the comfortable guest house Casa la Sevillana.

Dinner with your guide.

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Day 2

After breakfast you will be driven the 5 kilometres to the stables and introduced to your horse for the week.

Today we head east to the village of Trevelez. The ride starts with a leisurely morning allowing you to become acquainted with your horse.

Following a combination of tracks and bridle paths through pine and oak woods we cross over into the valley of La Taha passing the villages of Pitres and Portugos.

After a picnic lunch in the shade of the pines we join the main forestry track leading to the village of Trevelez. During the afternoon there are opportunities for some good trots and canters.

Overnight in the village of Trevelez, renowned for its air cured ham (serrano ham) and at an
altitude of 1,476m the highest village in Spain.

The final descent into the village is approximately a 15 minute walk on the old bridle path.

Overnight and dinner at Hotel La Fragua. Swimming pool.

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Day 3

Approximately 6 hours riding.

Continuing east we cross the river of Trevelez and follow the centuries old bridle path winding it way along the Moorish irrigation channel.

Leaving the oak woods below the path climbs steeply through pine woods to approximately 2,200 metres to join a forestry track leading over into the valley of Berchules.

After a picnic lunch in the shade of the woods we continues along the track passing high mountain farms and pastures.

The track follows the contour of the valley deep into the mountains, maintaining an altitude of approximately 2,000 metres there are wonderful views of the high Sierras ahead and the valley below. During the afternoon some nice canters.

The horses spend the night up in the mountains and the riders are driven down to the village of Berchules. Approximately 45 minutes.

Overnight in the very comfortable Hotel Berchules. Swimming pool.

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Day 4

Approximately 8 hours riding.

A spectacular route taking us up to approximately 2,800 metres, following the ridge forming the very backbone of the east mountains of Sierra Nevada. After breakfast drive back up the mountain to the horses.

The first 4 kms of the ride continues on the main forestry track until picking up the path leading cross country high into the mountains; picnic on route.

On reaching the summit we leave the path to follow the vast open ridge east to the peak of San Juan. It is difficult to convey in words the grandeur, space and wilderness of these mountains.

From San Juan a steep and stony descent on foot of approximately 40 minutes. After which we mount up and ride the final hour down to the edge of the pine woods where the horses spend the night and we are driven to the village of Yegen. Approximately an hour.

Overnight in Yegen.

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Day 5

Approximately 6 hours riding.

Today we pass over to the north face of Sierra Nevada and another day of spectacular views and unspoilt nature.

The terrain today is very varied as we make our way west crossing numerous steep summer pastures and snow fed mountain streams.

Following small and often steep cattle paths we cross deep gullies and ravines, mountain streams and old irrigation channels passing through small summer farms now just used for cattle and sheep.

Dropping down to the tree line we follow the path through the shade of the pines to reach the mountain refuge of Postero Alto (1,900metre) where we will spend the night.

Picnic on route. Overnight and dinner in refuge, shared rooms, blankets are provided but you need to bring your own sheets or a sleeping bag and towel.

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Day 6

Approximately 8 hours riding.

The morning starts with a climb of nearly 1,000 metres to cross over the Puerto de Trevelez to the south of Sierra Nevada.

Near the summit we often skirt round snow drifts, stopping to rest the horses at the snow fed streams.

Once on the south side we follow small cattle and sheep trails maintaining an altitude of approximately 2,500 metres. Spectacular view across the valley to the snow capped peaks of the Mulhacen and Alcazaba.

Late morning we ride along an old Moorish irrigation channel for about 30 minutes, often the channel is running and horses and people enjoy the cool splashing water.

Early afternoon commence the descent to the tree line where we will picnic.

The later part of the afternoon we follow a steep and narrow path down to the river of Trevelez.

The descent takes approximately two hours of which at least an hour and a half is on foot.

Overnight in Hotel La Fragua. Swimming pool.

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Day 7

Approximately 3 to 4 hours.

Today is a short ride. Following the forestry track through pine and oak woods we return directly to the stables high above the villages of the Poqueira.

This route not only offers wonderful views out over the Contraviesa mountains and the Mediterranean sea, but some good opportunities for canters.

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Late lunch in the village of Capileira or Bubion. Afternoon free for some last minute shopping and a well deserved siesta.

Overnight in the village of Bubion and farewell dinner.

Day 8

Transfer to Malaga.

Dates, Prices, Accommodation and Transfers

PRICE:

 1,470.00 Euros 

Single Supplement: 175 Euros (Payable on arrival in Spain)

INCLUDES:

6 days riding.

7 nights accommodation with breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Guide, backup vehicle for luggage.

Transfer to and from Malaga at prearranged time.

NOT INCLUDED: 

Flights.

Personal and medical insurance. 

2018 Dates for La Buena Vista

Dates Ride Price S/Sup
May 26th - 2nd June La Buena Vista 1,470.00€ 175 €
June 23rd - 30th June La Buena Vista 1,470.00€ 175 €
August 09th - 16th August (Thursday to Thursday La Buena Vista 1,470.00€ 175€

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