Sierra de la Demanda Trail

A route through prehistory. We will ride through the land that the first men trod, near Atapuerca. A horse trail in the middle of nature in the province of Burgos.

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Quintanar de la Sierra






8 days – 7 nights – 6 riding days

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6 to 9 PAX


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Day 1

Arrival to Quintanar de la Sierra

Arrival in Madrid and transfer to first nights hotel in Quintanar de la Sierra . Dinner and lodging in Posada las Mayas or Casa Ramón or similar.


Day 2

Quintanar de la Sierra – Neila.
From Quintanar de la Sierra we climb a hill, winding through dense pinewoods to Neila. Depending on the weather we may be able to visit the spectacular string of glacial lagoons called – Laguna Negra. These are 10,000 years old and are excellent examples of the power of glaciers and their ability to erode and modify the landscape. In Neila, the most important logging centre of the region, there are fine noble houses to admire. Dinner and lodging in Hotel Villa de Neila or similar.

Day 3

Neila – Huerta de Arriba.
Riding through the immense woods of pines, beeches and oaks make our way along the Green Mountain Trail. This is particularly impressive in autumn when the trees turn various shades of gold. Between the trees we can see (if we are lucky!) the wolf, wild boar, otter, royal eagle, goshawk and falcon that thrive in this area. In Monterrubio de la Demanda we can see the local church that represents one of the oldest works of the Romanesque Burgales. Dinner and lodging in Centro de Turismo Rural Virgen de la Vega or similar.

Day 4

Huerta de Arriba – Pineda de la Sierra.
Moving along the Green Mountain Trail and across the valleys and trenches we go towards Barbadillo de Herreras, across the túnel Ferrerias and then on to Pineda, en route descending the pass of El Manquillo. This trail is built on the remnants of the railway that carried minerals from the mines of the Sierra de la Demanda to Pais Vasco’s Blust Furnace. The railroad was dismantled in the Civil War. Dinner and lodging in Casa Rural el Hayedo or similar.

Day 5

Pineda de la Sierra – Arlanzón (visit to Atapuerca).
We leave Pineda, the town of beautiful country houses, and immediately ride along the border of Arlanzon’s dam to get to Arlanzón. Depending on the time of year of the year, we may be able to visit the Sierra de Atapuerca’s prehistoric sites, designated as a UNESCO world heritage site in November 2000. The Atapuerca’s archaeological site was found by accident when the railroad was constructed in 1902. This site has allowed us to improve our understanding of human evolution and determine a new human species, the Homo Antecessor. Tonight we lodge in a working monastery and dine with the monks – the Monasterio Cisterciense de San Pedro de Cardeña.

Day 6

Arlanzón – Monasterio de San Pedro Cardeña.
Today we go to Burgos and then to San Pedro Cardeña’s Monastery where El Cid, the famous Spanish hero, left his wife and daughter to walk into exile and fight the Moors. Today we may have the chance to visit  Burgos, the programme is open according season of the year and clients’ preferences. Dinner and lodging in hospederia del Monasterio Cisterciense de San Pedro de Cárdena as above or hotel in Covarrubias.

Day 7

Monasterio de San Pedro Cardeña – Covarrubias.
We leave the Monastery by a Royal Road that El Cid used in his exile, and ride across the Castilian land towards Sierra de las Mamblas, crossing the Sierra and finishing in Covarrubias, the birthplace of Fernan Gonzalez’s, Castillas’s founder and home to your horses! At the end of the route we visit Covarrubias and finish with a marvellous dinner a wonderful end to your horse riding holiday. Dinner and lodging in Hotel Nuevo Arlanza or Doña Sancha or similar.

Day 8


Departure and transfer to Madrid after breakfast.

This route includes


Hotel, breakfast and dinner


Single/double rooms


Liability insurance


Experienced Spanish and Spanish mix trail horses


Guide and minibus transfer


Picnic lunch


Traditional Spanish saddle: Silla vaquera

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