La Buena Vista Ride

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 fittness 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.


La Buena Vista Ride 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.

Day 2

Approximately 6 hours riding.

Heading east to the village of Trevelez, the ride begins with a steep climb on an old bridle paths passing by ancient Moorish irrigation channels, sheep farms and old small holdings.

At 1,950 metres we join the main forestry track for 5 to 6 kilometres where some nice canters are possible through the pine woods before rejoining the path.

After a picnic lunch on the edge of the woods with panoramic views over the Contraviesa hills to the Mediterranean Sea the path starts the descent to the ravine 'Barranco de la Vina', approximately one hour with some sections on foot.

In the Barranco de la Vina we join another dirt track that takes us the final hour to the Village of Trevelez. At 1,486 metres Trevelez is the highest municipality in Spain, it is also famous for its air cured ham 'Jamon Serrano'.

Overnight and dinner in the comfortable Hotel La Fragua situated in the old Berber section of the village. Use of swimming pool

Day 3

Approximately 6 hours riding.

The route continues east to the village of Berchules. after a 10 minute walk through the streets of Trevelez we water the horses at one of the many springs, mount up and head down to the river.

Once across the river the path, many centuries old, follows first the Moorish irrigation channel and then works its way through oak and pine forests to the open pasture lands of the Sierra of Juviles.

Picnic lunch in the oak woods above the village of Juviles. After lunch the path continues for a while through the oak woods before joining the main dirt road for a steep climb to cross over to the small farms above Berchules. The final descent into the village of Berchules is on foot about 30 minutes walk.

Overnight and dinner in the very comfortable Hotel Berchules, Pool available June to late September.

Day 4

Approximately 9 hours riding.

A long ride leading to the summit of the eastern peaks of Sierra Nevada. A day of specatacular views and grandiose mountains. Leaving the village below we take the old path winding its way up through the valley above the cause of the river.

This path is over 1,000 years and a testimony to the craftmanship of the old builders. After a couple of hours leaving the path below us we join the main forestry track for about 4 km, here it is possible for some canters.

Leaving the valley of Berchules we climb for a couple of hours across open mountainside  to the Peñon del Puerto (2,760metres). From here we follow the ridge east for a further couple of hours to the Altos to San Juan (2,780metres), where we start a descent of approximately 600 metres.

This descent takes us down to the tree line to join up with a forestry track.   There are sections where it is necessary to lead the horses. Leaving the horses in the pine woods a vehicle will take us (approx.40 minutes) down to our hotel in the small village of Valor.

Day 5

Approximately 7 hours riding.

Saddling our horses we return to the ridge of Puerto del Lobo to cross over to the north of Sierra Nevada.

After an initial descent of about 400 metres we follow small sheep, cattle and bridle paths a between 2,400 and 2,000 metres west along Sierra Nevada's north face.

High Summer pastures, small streams and gullies, and lower down pine woods. Stunning views over the Altiplano and Guadix region. Tonight we stay in the high mountain refuge of Postero Alto.

Here it is necessary to share rooms and shower room. Bring sleeping-bag or sheets and a towel, the refuge provides blankets

Day 6

Approximately 9 hours riding.

Another spectacular day, following foot and bridle paths through the mountains. The morning starts with a step climb to nearly 3,000 metres, where if there has been a good Winter there will still be snow drifts.

Passing over the sumit we commence the descent into the valley of Trevelez on the southern side of Sierra Nevada. Small paths and old irrigation channels work their way along ridges and gullies and on down through pine and oak woods to the valley and village of Tevelez.

Spectacular views of the Mulhacen and the Alcazaba, at 3,486m and 3,378 m two of the highest peaks in Spain. To-day there are a number of descent where you need to lead the horse, the final one down to the village is nearly an hour.

Overnight in the comfortable Hotel Fragua in the village of Trevelez. Swimming pool..

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.

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.

Prices, Accommodation and Transfers

PRICE: 1,470.00 Euros 

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

INCLUDES: 7 nights accommodation with breakfast, lunch and dinner. Six full days riding. Horses, guide and backup vehicle for luggage.

NOT INCLUDED: Flights, personal and medical insurance, airport transfers. 

AIRPORT TRANSFER: Transfer to and from Malaga airport at agreed time.

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