Full Day Ruins to Backcountry Ride

Towering native cacti line the trials

Open backcountry, big skies and exotic cacti.

This ride begins and ends at the pre-Hispanic archeological site of Danizu. Ride along an age-old trail flanked by Zapotec temples. Climb mountain passes with sweeping vistas of the Valle de Tlacolula. Native flora and strange geological formations make every step along this ride a fascinating experience. Encounter a Camino Real that meanders through old-growth candelabra and nopal cacti groves. Discover ancient bridges lost in hidden wetlands rich in birdlife. Ride past the exotic gardens of the Ex-hacienda de Guadalupe now a quiet retreat lovingly restored by talented artists.

Riding through an agave plantation.

Delicious snacks are served during the ride. A freshly prepared Oaxacan-style “comida” is served at the end of the ride at Rancho Pitaya where riders can relax in hammocks or explore the ranch and meet the other horses

The pace can be adjusted from laid-back touring to a faster paced ride for the experienced rider.

Cattle and shepherds on quiet mountain top.

Ride by massive cacti hundreds of years old


  • up to 4 hours of riding
  • entry fee to pre-Hispanic ruins of Dainzu
  • round trip transport from Oaxaca
  • English speaking guide
  • lunch
  • cold water, refreshments and snacks on ride
    View East through Dainzu Pass

    View East through Dainzu Pass

    Exotic ferns and cacti live together in this biosphere.

SPECIAL 2020 Rate: 3,750 pesos per person ( approx. $180.U.S. )

December 15 2020 through 2021:  4,200 pesos per person ( apex. $200 U.S. )

Min. of 2 max. of 6 riders, 1,500 pesos single rider supplement applies.

FALL LODGING SPECIAL: 50% Discount to Upgrade to Overnight Stay Rancho Pitaya.  Includes: cocktail, dinner and breakfast: ADD 1,000 pesos per person in double occupancy or 1,500 pesos for single occupancy. October 28 – November 3 excluded.

To inquire about rides or lodging at Rancho Pitaya please email: horsebackmexico@me.com

Thanks Mary Jane

Bridge to the wetlands

Big vistas from mountain tops


Ride Cancellation Policy Política de Cancelación

Rare Wild Succulents among the Cacti