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The 4000 Riders of Cristo Rey - México

Join the thousands of Mexican Cowboys on Pilgrimage!

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Practical information:

Good to know before you go

Riding level:

Suitable for intermediate to experienced riders. You should be confident on a horse at all paces. The pace is varied to include walk, trot and canter.

Group Size:

Minimum 10 riders

Maximum 14 riders
(this of course without counting the 4000 pilgrims of the first 3 days!)


Riders weight limit: 110 Kg


  • Horses: Mexican Quarters, average height: 1.50m1.60m

  • Adventure: average

  • Saddles: Charro & Western saddles

  • Guides: professional and multilingual guides – Tripleader: or Simon, or Paul or Angel.

  • Accommodation: Very comfortable + 1 night of Glamping = luxurious Camping. Rooms and tents based on double occupancy

  • International Passport:  Required for most foreigners (still 6 months valid)

  • Visa:  most European and Latin American citizens do not need a visa to travel to Mexico. Contact the Mexican Embassy in your country.

  • Vaccinations: not required in the area where we ride (for other regions consult your physician).

  • Age: minimum age is 14 years, only allowed if accompanied by an adult.

  • Gateway: LEON (BJX) in the state of Guanajuato.

Are you alone?

Do not worry, you can individually register/book and join in a group with other riders. Most participants are people who register individually and may just like you, not knowing the other riders in your group. Since everyone has the same points of interest (horseback riding, nature, travel, culture) there is always a good atmosphere and understanding among the participants. Participants come from all corners of the world, so you can be part of a group with riders from the United Kingdom, Belgium, Spain, France, Sweden, Canada, USA, Australia, Argentina and many other countries. Your friends are suddenly so much more international!  A standard group consists of 10 to 14 riders. In general, there are as many female as male participants.

Weather in Guanajuato-Mexico in January: 

The average winter temperature in Guanajuato is mild and generally very sunny, with temperatures at noon of about 21C°. Temperatures drop in the late afternoon to about 15C. Night temperatures are generally cooler with an average of 5 to 10C°.


The maximum allowable weight of your luggage depends from airline to airline. Check with the airline or travel agent how many kilograms and pieces of luggage you can take. Your personal luggage is transported during the trek to the various stopovers.


Guanajuato is one of the safest regions in Mexico, on the trail ride there is no need to worry at all!


No worries, your trip leader (Paul and/or Angel) is fluent in at least 3 languages and will help and translate with pleasure where needed.

Trips are always fun as we all speak the same equestrian language.


The region we visit in Mexico is safe in terms of health. You can easily eat and drink anything without being stomach bothered. Eating raw vegetables, salads and ice-creams in the places we take you is no problem. There are no vaccinations required for this part of Mexico.

travel gear...

  • Valid international passport 

  • Travel Insurance

  • Pocket money (you can change EUR/£/USD in the airport) 

  • A warm sweater and a warm jacket 

  • 4 to 5 shirts and minimum 3 shirt with long sleeves

  • Jodhpurs or jeans to ride with

  • Riding shoes or boots / riding shoes with mini-chaps or long chaps

  • A second pair of shoes for the evening

  • Comfortable clothing + a Hat to protect you from the sun 

  • Swimsuit

  • Toiletries

  • Water canteen

  • Sun Cream

  • Scarf/buff

  • Sleeping bag (comfortable: -3C / Nights can be cold!!))

  • Camera…

  • During the first 3 days of the pilgrimage we ask to be dressed classily out of respect for the religious happening. A hat looks better than a helmet. You will also receive a special pilgrim shirt.


travel insurance:

We request you take a travel Insurance. Ask your local insurance company or travel agent about it. You will not be allowed to participate without having a personal travel insurance. Your insurance details will be requested on arrival.

trip cancellation insurance recommended:
In order to protect yourself against unforeseen circumstances interfering with your vacation, we strongly suggest that you purchase trip cancellation insurance. You can use any travel insurance company you are comfortable with.

release agreement:

“The Cabalgata of Cristo Rey - Mexico” guests are required to sign a release agreement at the time of check-in. This is mandatory and guests cannot participate in the tour without signing the release agreement (all moneys paid are non-refundable). Please feel free to read the release agreement prior to your arrival. 


  • Currency: 

The Mexican currency is the Mexican Peso > $.  

Cash dispensers can be found in all towns and cities. In the cities you can pay with credit cards. (Visa, Mastercard, Maestro, American Express, ...)​

You hardly will need money during the trail ride.

  • The Electricity and plugs:

  • Mobile phone:  In towns and villages there is mobile phone coverage almost everywhere. During the riding trip, full-time coverage is not guaranteed.

  • Internet: In cities and bigger towns there is everywhere Internet access.

  • Time: 

  • General:  Wikipedia:

  • Rules: We are not so much into rules, but we reserve the right to refuse service to any individual who jeopardizes the health, safety and welfare of any of our guests, staff, family & community members, animals & livestock, or who refuses to follow the rules we have established for your safety and welfare during your visit with us.

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