05 Mar Sunsets and Cantinas on Horseback with Coyote Canyon Adventure Tours
We start at 5 pm; the sun is sinking in the sky, but sunset is still a trek away. Cruising along the streets of a Mexican neighborhood, we spotted our first destination in the distance: a vantage point in the countryside surrounded by mountains with a large cross marking it. Excited, we meander down; merge into traffic briefly, cross a roundabout and then slip into an open field. Interestingly enough, horses have the right of way over cars, but not bicycles and pedestrians. Our horses are well-fed, strong and spry, happy to be sharing the adventure with us.
Then we’re free to gallop. After a lesson on all the key points, we take off. It’s exhilarating to ride at the horses full gait, enjoying the wind in our hair and watching the sky take on a whole new palette of blended color. We climb to the top, all the while watching the scenery change as more of the city comes into view in the distance.
Once the sun has set, we descend on the city, pausing in moon-lit plazas and listening to the sound of our horses hooves on the cobblestones. Arriving in the Jardin, or town square, mariachis surround and serenade us.
Next up, it’s cantina crawl time. Stumbling back through time we goof off drinking in old swinging door cantinas, the kind that in the past were for men only, and ever today, most women don’t frequent. We park our horses on the street, suddenly noticing how many horse ties are strategically placed around the city.
It’s a magical experience. Once we get home, all we can talk about is when we can do it again.
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