Criolla horseback riding in Mendoza, Argentina
The adventure in Mendoza continues and the next lined up activity was Horseback Riding through the vineyards. I kept thinking how the f*%ck am I going to ride a horse if I ended up being drunk at the end of the trip?
Good thing I didn’t. I was picked up really early at my hotel with a very bad hangover (okay, I think we’re not getting this right. HAHAHA!). The plan for the day was to do Criolla Horse Back Riding where we have to go 35 minutes downtown. Okay, I can sleep.
As soon as we arrived, we were asked if we ever rode horses before. My last memory was when I was 9 years old in Baguio City, Philippines but I still said I recently did. I was afraid he’d tell me I won’t be able to ride the horse. I wished he gave me a pony instead! Luckily, everyone’s allowed to ride horses, with or without experience. There was even a 9-year old in the group! The guides are trained to perfection and they were really helpful even if I had questions that didn’t make sense (I am blaming the hangover).
Everyone can get their own horses. If you’re not confident in riding, a tour guide can accompany you.
Meet my horse, Bob Marley.
The route of this tour is super scenic and relaxing!
We rode for almost two hours until we arrived at my favorite part — the wine tasting activity. We had a mini tour inside Bodega Doña Silvina, one of the most well-known wine companies in the country.
At the wine tasting, one of the guides is looking at me like “wow, she knows how to taste wine” with a combination of “she looks like an alcoholic.” HAHAHA! Kidding aside, there are proper ways on how to do these types of activities. You cannot just chug the wine down like what everyone you see on TV’s doing! It’s a form of art. A passion. There’s a ritual.
After the excessive wine tasting, we headed back and another favorite part was waiting for me — FOOD!!! The usual Argentine food was served — chorizo, potatoes, chicken, beef, meat and a lot of meat. And more meat. Probably they’re all meat I didn’t just notice because I was too hungry.
Bodega Doña Silvinia is one of the stops in this horseback riding tour in Mendoza
Introducing the Argentine Asado: the best of Argentina
FUN FACT: Argentina is a meat country. I have never eaten so much meat in my life but the quality is really different from what I have tasted all over the world.
- The Criolla Horseback Riding is available every day. The timeframe for the activity is 5 hours, where half of the time, you’ll be in the horse.
- Hotel pickup is available.
- The guides speak fantastic English!
- Barbeque lunch with wine is included.
- You also get personal insurance when booking this tour!
Additional Tip: Wear comfortable clothes, shoes, trousers and sun scream. This is going to be one hell of an adventure!
Planning to visit Mendoza and do this tour? Contact Kahuak Turismo in 234 Rivadavia Street or contact them at +54 9 261 154541976. They can also be reached via Facebook and Twitter.