Horseback Riding through the Andes
Horseback riding through the Andes Mountains at Cascada de las Animas couldn’t have been more perfect. The breathtaking view was incredible-this was truly a once in a lifetime experience!!!!
Cascada de las Animas owns 80 horses, all of which are experts at navigating the rocky and steep mountain slopes. We began our horseback riding journey at the stables, where to no surprise a bunch of dogs were frolicking in a mountain of horse manure. Upon saddling up, we were ready to hit the trail! Our two hour trail ride began with trip up the steep and narrow mountain side where we went through small pools of water and over rocks. While heading up the mountain, there was the gorgeous view of bright green fields and orange and yellow trees below. Surrounding us were the big brown mountain peaks of the Andes and we could see the snow covered caps in the distance. It was unlike anything we had ever seen before. The further we got up the mountain, the cooler the temperature dropped. The cool and refreshing wind only added to the experience, and it was so nice to be completely surrounded by nature. After surviving the climb, we reached a flat area, giving the horses a chance to rest as well as us the opportunity to get some great photos.
The relaxing ride became slightly terrifying as we began our downward descent. Being close to the edge of the cliff was nerve-racking, and every time our horses slipped on a rock, our hearts went racing. Although it was a little scary, we were in good hands. The ability of the horses is amazing and our tour guides were very good at comforting the group and assuring us that we would be fine. Reaching the stables again came with mixed feelings. It was a relief to have survived the ride, but sad to know we were done with the amazing horse ride. It was an experience we will never forget. It is experiences such as this one that remind you to take the time to appreciate the beauty of nature. Being surrounded by immense mountain peaks on all sides reminded me of just how small and insignificant I am in the scheme of things. There is so much beauty and wonder out in the world, and being exposed to the beauty of the Andes makes me want to keep exploring the world until I can see all I can see!!