Horse Riding

Trip Start Oct 03, 2006
Trip End Oct 02, 2007

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Friday, October 20, 2006

I spent today in a town called Pisco Elqui. Setting off early to make a full day of it I ended up arriving before the shops and restaurants opened. Tours to Pisco Elqui are offered from La Serena and from Vicuna. I travelled to Piso from Vicuna and would recommend this as accommodation in Vicuna is cheap and the buses leaving to Piso are very frequent.

From what I gather if you know the route of the buses you can flag a bus down and hop off during any part of the route. The length of your bus journey is determined on the frequency of stops as other passengers jump on or off.

On the journey to Piso Elqui I passed stunning scenery´s of mountains and rocks, and found Pisco Elqui to be a very tranquil place, a small friendly village where all the locals greet one another on passing. Having found the square and snapped a few shots of the scenery I went in search for a ranch.

The first ranch I found for some reason were not offering horse rides that day so I went in search for another option. I got lucky and ended up walking into Ramon´s house interrupting his and his wifes breakfast. They were very obliging and offered me coffee and I was able to join a group that had pre booked horse riding for 1pm that afternoon. Piso Elqui has stunning scenery and horse riding in this area is a great option to explore and take in the views.

The horse ride took us into the mountains and included a tour around an old pisco distillery where we were given a shot of very potent pisco. (The national drink). Up in the mountains I was fully exposed to the sunshine despite creaming up my typical British skin has already turned shades of red not quite the bronzed Chilean look I was hoping for!
Luckily I was loaned a hat and felt i had real potential to be a cowgirl... well until my horse started to trot or when my horse decided to walk off in the opposite direction to the rest of my group and I could hear Ramon saying ´Kelly, where are you going? This way please!´- as if I was in control of the animal!

The horse ride was fantastic, the horses were very competent and knew their route.Allowing a novice like me to spend a very pleasant day in Pisco with a good three hours riding the Chilean way, heels down, lean back and holding on tight, my arse is feeling the effects of three hours on a horse - what a work out!
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