Horse Riding Around the World: Our Recommendations

Simon and Erin horse riding on beach with Rancho Baaxal

Riding on the beach near Playa del Carmen, Mexico with Rancho Baaxal

We love to horse ride whenever we can on our travels but it’s important to us that the horses we ride are well cared for and that the stables are run in a safe and professional manner.  In this list we’ve carefully selected the stables that we most recommend so that you can enjoy the thrill of exploring a new place on horseback without worrying about your or the horses’ safety.

We’d love to hear your recommendations for places to ride around the world. Contact us if you have a suggestion or if you are a riding stables that would like to be considered for inclusion in this list.



  • The Happy Ranch, Siem Reap – There’s more to Siem Reap than the temples of Angkor and horse riding is the perfect way to get out into the countryside and gain a fascinating insight into life in rural Cambodia. On our two hour trail ride we rode through villages and rice paddies with a fantastic guide who explained about the plants and customs we saw along the way. Read our review of The Happy Ranch for more details. 



  • La Fiaba, Tuscany – In an unspoilt corner of Tuscany near Volterra and San Gimignano we rode amongst rolling gold and green hills past vineyards, olive groves and ancient crumbling villages. It’s the perfect way to unwind after a hectic tour of the region’s churches and art galleries. Read our full review of La Fiaba for more details.

North America


  • Rancho Baaxal, Playa del Carmen – Riding along the beach is a dream for many people and there’s no better place to do it than on the powdery white sand of Mexico’s Caribbean coast alongside the shimmering turquoise waters. Lisa the owner of Rancho Baaxal has rescued mistreated horses and lovingly restored them to health in this rustic jungle stables. Read our full Rancho Baxaal review for more information.

Central America

Costa Rica

  • Establo San Rafael, Puriscal – We worked at Establo San Rafael as equestrian interns but this American-run stables also offers riding holidays and lessons. They practice Natural Horsemanship techniques and all the horses are well loved and express their own unique personalities. You can stay on the farm which we highly recommend as the surrounding countryside is beautiful and completely untouristy. Read more about our experience as equestrian interns at Establos San Rafael and riding in a Costa Rican cabalgata alongside local cowboys.

South America


  • Lazy Dog Inn, near Huaraz –  This mountain retreat is a cosy comfortable base for hiking, mountain biking and riding in the Cordillera Blanca. We loved exploring the magnificent scenery on the lovely smooth Peruvian paso horses. Read more about Lazy Dog Inn.