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ECUADOR

Historic Haciendas, Remote Farmhouses, Hidden Valleys, Arid Andean Plains, Colourful Markets...

 
   

HORSE RIDING TOURS, ECUADOR SUMMARY

Ride Andes offers a variety of riding trips of one or more days in several areas of the Ecuadorian Andes.

The set date departures (group rides) are for riders ‘‘able to ride comfortably and in control at all paces a reasonably trained horse in open ground’. Riders are met at Quito International airport. (Please see below or request the detailed itineraries.) contact us
The private rides are adapted in length and pace to suit the riders. (Please request the 8 day itineraries and/or the SHORT TOURS document). contact us
The luxury ‘five star hacienda’ is a very special tour between the most prestigious historic haciendas, for private groups, adapted in length and content to suit guests wishes. (Please request the sample itinerary) contact us

Other riding options: lessons with a very competent instructor, rides on Peruvian Paso horses, & alternative activities: Spanish language lessons, salsa dancing lessons. PLUS Galapagos Island cruises, Amazon rain forest visit & lots more. (Please request the Quito hotels and activities document and the EXTENSIONS document for more details. contact us

Two 8 day itineraries (see below) are offered as set date departures (and as private rides): Colonial Haciendas and Cotopaxi Adventure. The Cotopaxi Adventure tour involves more challenging riding and with more basic accommodation than the Colonial Haciendas tour.

The rides are fully inclusive and details of dates, tour content and availability can be found on the appropriate pages or contact us – new dates are often added.

Options for non riders accompanying the group are available and the two 8 day tours are excellent tours for private groups and families (itineraries adapted for younger children).

Upon booking, Ride Andes will provide guests with travel notes, including a packing list and all possible assistance in preparing for their trip.

COLONIAL HACIENDAS RIDE

Colonial Haciendas map

Set date departure (intermediate level or above) or private ride

TOUR SUMMARY: Varied paced riding – with plenty of opportunities for long canters, on top quality horses in two stunning yet very distinct areas of Ecuador in the heart of the Andes. Each day we ride on to another stunning location. We start the ride on grassy tracks between the patchwork fields of the beautiful Andean valleys of the northern highlands and end the ride with long canters across the arid plains in the national park just below the magnificent snow-capped Cotopaxi Volcano. The tour now includes the wild Andean ‘‘paramo’ grasslands. Guests stay at and visit a wonderful selection of different historic haciendas –– some founded by the early Spanish settlers in the 1600s and one incorporates Inca walls –– also included is a stay at a working farm. Other visits along the way include market visits and visits to a rose plantation and a weaving centre. Meeting point is in the capital of Ecuador (Quito) -guests are met at Quito international airport.

Accommodation: very comfortable, character-filled locations, private bathrooms.

COTOPAXI ADVENTURE: A COMPLETE CIRCUIT OF THE HIGHEST ACTIVE VOLCANO IN THE WORLD

Around Cotopaxi Map

Set date departure (intermediate level or above) or private ride.

A ride for fit riders capable of riding in a multitude of challenging terrain and spending long days in the saddle.

A circuit of the perfectly conical, snow-capped Cotopaxi volcano, through breathtaking, wild open country including Cotopaxi National Park and seldom - visited open plains high in the Andes. A chance of seeing the Andean wildlife (the mighty Andean condor among other raptors, high altitude hummingbirds, foxes and deer) as we cross a variety of scenery including rugged passes, barren, luna-like landscapes and rolling, grassy hills. The pace is varied, including plenty of chances for long canters across the wilderness sculpted into intriguing landscapes by the glacial retreat, followed by the volcanic activi. On some days we ride along old Inca routes, on others we pass by adobe cottages and patchwork fields farmed by the charming and very friendly local people. Nights are spent in a wonderful mixture of haciendas and farmhouses, built of adobe with thatched roofs, original Inca stone and even a very comfortable lodge built of straw bales covered with adobe.

Meeting point is in the capital of Ecuador (Quito) -guests are met at Quito international airport.

Accommodation: stunning locations, mainly 2 per room, (some 3 & 4 bed rooms -depending on size of group; first to book get the smaller rooms), option private bathrooms & single room on 4 nights (limited availability).

ADDITIONAL ACTIVITIES

In this incredibly diverse country, a wide range of trips to complement the ride are on offer: Galapagos Islands, Amazon rain forest, Cuenca, hot springs/spa, cloud forest. Contact us for further details.

PRIVATE TOURS
Please let us know what interests you: for how many people, riding abilities, and how many days and we will send you some options to look at. There is a sample ride on the Colonial Haciendas page.

FAMILY TOURS
Horses suitable for all ages and abilities. Children on a lead rein (‘ponying’) no problem, nannies and babysitters. Contact us!

CATTLE ROUNDUPS, SPECIAL TOURS
Exciting roundups in the steep hills and open plains of the mountainous high Andes, not for the faint hearted –More details on the Andean Adventure page.

RIDING LESSONS & SPANISH LESSONS
Professional riding lessons in an indoor riding school. Very relaxed but a lot to offer riders of all levels.
Spanish lessons, one to one, in Quito – we work with two very reputable schools.

‘I never expected to find such a high standard of riding facilities and teaching in Ecuador. Kira is extremely modest and omits to tell you that she regularly competes in classes with Ecuador’s top riders. She has the great skill of being able to put you at your ease, whilst homing in on those irritating things you know could be better. Encouraging on good points and fun to learn with, I had a fantastic day.’ SH, Dec ’06

‘I would be astonished if there was anything she didn’t know about horses and riding. Anything! Her love of horses and the sport shines through. She was a wonderful teacher, patient and very helpful. She took a person who hardly knew one end of a horse from another and after only one afternoon’s work felt confident enough to go out on a hack.’ CH Sept ‘06

NON RIDING TOURS
We have a large selection of options to combine with your riding tour –from a Galapagos Island Cruise to an Amazon lodge stay. Relaxing or ‘sporty’: hidden haciendas, natural hot springs, mountain biking & white water rafting).

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