New October and November Dates Comfirmed

We are pleased to announce that new dates for October and November include Colonial Haciendas, Ecuador from 5th-12th October 2019 (4 riders booked, 2 more inquiries, no room share at the moment ) and Volcanoes & Vistas, Ecuador from 27th November – 7th December 2019. Please do contact us for details and information.

Here is what guests had to say about our last Volcanoes & Vistas ride, which ended in March:

 

“ Sally is an exceptional guide and has nice horses and runs an excellent operation. ..we definitely benefited from her extensive knowledge about horses and about Ecuador. She was really interesting,, so impressively hard working and good company The horses were lovely, and it was a pleasure to see how much she valued them and the care that she took looking after them…

The trip [on horseback to the remote village] was outstanding. To ride those brave native horses was a privilege and an outing that I shall never forget. … It was absolutely fascinating and I would love to go back sometime … Riding a horse or hiking was really the only way to get there- again to be able to visit somewhere so remote and see how other people still live  differently in the 21st century was an wonderful experience.” C & P, March 2019.

19th-26th October 2019, Spaces Open on the Pantanal, Brazil Wildlife Safari.

 Riding between ‘fazendas’ in this fascinating, wildlife rich area.

The guide is a local who has been leading rides for us for a few years. He is passionate about the Pantanal and its wildlife, an excellent rider and speaks perfect English.

 

“Pantanal! What and where? Never heard about such place until we checked RideAndes website last summer. What a wonderful ride for riding nature-lovers, in the middle (literally!) of South America. Thank you Sally, for organizing this special ride, you have wrapped a splendid package. Our local guide, born in the saddle, knew everything about flora and fauna in the Pantanal. We felt very welcome - nice people, good food and wine, cool rooms for warm nights…” ER

 For more information follow this link. Please feel free to contact us directly with questions.

2019 Ecuador Tours

From 20th July, we have rides available – scheduled tours for experienced riders (please refer to tour dates) and private rides for guests of all/limited riding abilities.

Due to bookings received, we are not able to offer any scheduled tours prior to 20th July but may be able to fit in some private rides - please contact us for options and any questions.

We hope that you can join us soon!


“Thank you for a most amazing adventure and experience in the Andes! Your horses were excellent, and the pace perfect for enjoying nature, culture, and the magic rhythm of being one with a good mount. I’ve done many horse vacations, and this ranks amongst the best. “
 AK, January 2019.

 

5TH - 12TH OCTOBER 2019-Colonial Haciendas Tour-Spaces Available

5TH - 12TH OCTOBER 2019 the ever popular Colonial Haciendas ride is confirmed so please do email us if you are interested in hearing more and do have a look at the photos on the Ecuador page.

This ride takes in the stunning Andean valleys near Otavalo – and visits the famous market there- plus the wide open plains of Cotopaxi national park.

I hope that you can join us!

New Arrivals!

As part of our commitment to the animals of Ecuador, Ride Andes is passionately involved in grassroots programs that foster rescued horses and dogs. Our latest addition to the farm is this brood of puppies and their mother, who came to us pregnant about six weeks ago. We are actively seeking good homes for the newborns and are enjoying their company while they grow and play. Medical costs including sterilization and shots are being taken care of and we look forward to sharing more information about this aspect of our work in the future.

Ecuador’s high altitude haciendas

Following sandy tracks, we then descend into the Zuleta valley with dramatic views of the ancient tumili and earth pyramids erected by the pre-Inca population we ride on to a working farm in the middle of this tranquil valley seldom visited by tourists. Guests can walk into the tiny village and see examples of the hand embroidery that has made the valley famous.

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Colonial Haciendas, Ecuador- March 9th to the 16th-Spaces Available

A horseback riding tour through spectacular scenery between Ecuador’s Historic country houses including routes and lodgings exclusive to Ride Andes. Horse riding in two stunningly beautiful, yet very distinct areas of the Andean highlands. Breath-taking views as we cross vast plains and ride through pastoral valleys in a fascinating region dramatically sculptured by both glacial and volcanic activity. We follow the ‘Avenue of Volcanoes’, skirting the towering, snow-capped peaks of Cayambe and Cotopaxi (the highest active volcano in the world) and wandering through the maze of patchwork fields below.

Contact us for more info.

RIDE ANDES - Upcoming Ecuador tours...

Andean Adventure, 26th January-2nd February 2019, Ecuador


A route that takeshorse riders into the remote Andes in the eastern foothills of the perfectly conical, snow-capped Cotopaxi volcano.

We cross a huge variety of scenic terrain, firstly horseback riding across the patchwork of tiny fields on dirt tracks then riding through luna-like landscapes, picking up speed on vast grassy plains. The pace is varied, including plenty of chances for long canters across rolling hills mixed with a steadier pace over more challenging surfaces.

Contact us for more details.

 

Volcanoes & Vistas, 20th February – 2nd March 2019, Ecuador

Suitable for fit, experienced horse riders. This horse riding tour Includes a visit to the famous Otavalo market, stays at a working ranch, comfortable cottages in a local village & at a remote hamlet on an Inca trading route. 

If you would like to save on a single supplement, we currently have 1 lady looking to share a twin.

Please contact us for more information.

RIDE ANDES - A unique Ecuadorian opportunity !!

Volcanoes & Vistas, 5th – 15th December 2018, Ecuador


A unique chance to ride our challenging, modified itinerary, including remote Cotopaxi and long days of riding!

Contact us ASAP for further details and to book your place.

 


RIDE ANDES - 17th - 24th November - Uruguay spaces available

17th-24th November 2018

Emerald Coast ride, Uruguay

Enjoy some southern hemisphere warm weather riding along pristine beaches with the gauchos.

RIDE ANDES - ARGENTINA THIS NOVEMBER

Chile has converted a staggering 11 million acres of land into protected national parks. 

Read about it here:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/mar/19/chile-route-of-parks-beauty-patagonia?CMP=share_btn_link

https://futurism.com/chile-just-converted-a-staggering-11-million-acres-of-land-into-protected-national-parks/

and then come and visit with us...

November

01/11/2018 to 07/11/2018  Huaso Trail  8 days / 7 nights

05/11/2018 to 18/11/2018  Andes Grande Traversée  14 days / 13 nights

11/11/2018 to 16/11/2018  Andean Crossing Ride  6 days / 5 nights

21/11/2018 to 26/11/2018  Andean Crossing Ride  6 days / 5 nights

Riders must check with us to reconfirm the situation before booking flights etc, in case of change in tour availability

RIDE ANDES - Ecuador 2019

19th-26th January  Volcanoes & Vistas 

26th January-2nd February Colonial Haciendas

26th January-2nd February Andean Adventure

20th February -22nd March  Volcanoes & Vistas 

9th-16th March Colonial Haciendas

9th-16th March Andean Adventure

14th - 21st April Colonial Haciendas

May open for private groups only

19th -29th June Volcanoes & Vistas

22nd-29th June Colonial Haciendas

RIDE ANDES - Spaces available - Volcanoes & Vistas - 29th February 2019

“Thank you so much for a really good holiday last week. I enjoyed myself so much, one of the best riding holidays I've been on. I loved your lovely horses and could have spent weeks riding around Cotopaxi national park.” Vivien, October 2017

20th February-2nd March 2019 

VOLCANOES & VISTAS (max 8 riders)

Contact us now for more information

RIDE ANDES - Join us this January in Ecuador....

19th-26th January Volcanoes & Vistas 

26th January-2nd February Colonial Haciendas 

26th January-2nd February Andean Adventure

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RIDE ANDES - A little Christmas getaway...

If you fancy getting away from it all this Christmas we have our beautiful Colonial Haciendas Ride from 22nd December - 29th December  in Ecuador. 

Or

Book your own tailor made, private ride, with dates to suit you from 18th December - 30th December. 

 

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RIDE ANDES - 5th-15th December VOLCANOES & VISTAS, confirmed & with space

fast paced horse riding across the Cotopaxi plains, alongside the wild horses

vastly varying landscapes - from the mountains to the cloud forest

ride the 'highest canter in the world'

 

5th-15th December VOLCANOES & VISTAS, confirmed & with space

Contact us NOW

RIDE ANDES - Catch some sunshine on the beaches of Uruguay...

17th -24th  November 2018 Emerald Coast ride, Uruguay is open for bookings

Escape the northern hemisphere winter and catch some sunshine on the beaches of Uruguay!

RIDE ANDES - BRAZIL 2019

“We had a fantastic trip – wonderful country – wonderful people – a really good break – a proper holiday.” Paul 2017

The 2019 dates for the most incredible wildlife experience in South America – our Pantanal, Brazil ride are:

08 to 15 June 2019

19th to 26th June 2019

20 to 26 October 2019

On every tour we have seen the tapir (South America’s largest mammal), on all but one tour we have watched a jaguar, the giant anteater has been sighted close up on several days of every tour, the magnificent hyacinth macaw is a common sight here as are close up viewing of toucans and several other species of macaws, parrots… the cute capybaras abound as do the coati and the list goes on and on!

Since 2013 Ride Andes has been offering an absolutely unique safari, riding on between three very distinct lodgings in three different vegetational zones of the Pantanal.

For private groups we can also offer dates from mid May to late June and late September to mid October. Detailed research has found that these are the optimal dates in very short riding seasons.

The guide is everything on this type of tour and our bilingual local guide, brought up in the Pantanal is a passionate rider and wildlife guide.

Riders have greatly enjoyed the cattle work at the first ‘fazenda’ we stay at, alongside the skilled local horsemen.

For NON RIDERS, a host of other activities on offer – including bird watching with a specialist guide and sport fishing.

 

RIDE ANDES - COLOMBIA 2019

COLOMBIA: For 2019, we have the following dates with spaces on our set date departures – open to experienced riders (please do email us to discuss)

10th-19th March 2019

15th-24th September 2019

For more novice riders, private rides on any length available.

If you would like to come as a private group please contact us to discuss date and itinerary options.