RIDE ANDES - Pantanal Wildlife Safari

Contact us for more information on our Brazil Wildlife Ride

In case you want to find out more about the type of wildlife you might get to see on our horse trek safari.....

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The Pantanal of Brazil, Bolivia and Paraguay is South America's Serengeti: its wetlands are the largest on earth (they're half the size of France) and, in the dry season, crocodiles and storks jostle to gobble the last of the dying fish. Here, the continent's largest cat, the jaguar, lives alongside giant otters, anacondas and the world's largest parrot. A comprehensive introduction to the best place to watch wildlife in South America, and beautifully illustrated throughout, Bradt's Pantanal Wildlife is the only portable book to cover all the main wildlife groups while focussing exclusively on the Pantanal. Bradt's fully illustrated wildlife guides focus on regions of the world particularly celebrated for their amazing and often unique species. With spectacular photography or exclusive water-colour drawings throughout, each visitors' guide provides an introduction to the region's principal flora and fauna alongside suggested wildlife itineraries, practical information on when to go and what to take and photography tips. Written in a deliberately engaging way, they offer something different from dry field guides, and will appeal to the interested layman as much as the wildlife devotee. Ideal as a lightweight companion to any wildlife trip they also make a handsome souvenir.

 

 

 

RIDE ANDES - Volcanoes & Vistas, Ecuador - Ride with us in Cotopaxi National Park

“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

2018 Volcanoes & Vistas Dates...

17th  January - 27th January      

15th February - 25th February

18th July - 28th July

1st August - 11th August  

26th September- 6th October

5th December - 15th December

RIDE ANDES - Colonial Haciendas, Ecuador, June 2018

Colonial Haciendas, Ecuador 

13th-20th June 2018

Join us at the start of summer on this ever popular trip that we have run since 2000- described by the riding agents that sell our tours as one of their top options in the world.

Incredible value- staying at very comfortable historic haciendas and riding through stunning Andean scenery.

Please do request other dates or a private trip.

RIDE ANDES - Patagonia, Across the Andes ride - February 5th

Across the Andes, Argentina & Chile

5th-18th February 2018

We have a few places left on this incredible trip in February.

Horse ride across pioneer trails in the rural Puelo Valley. In the middle of the Andes Mountains, we offer you an exclusive horse riding tour into the ‘huaso’ culture (local horsemen). Enjoy this fantastic adventure, relaxing amidst the magic of this isolated area; getting to know local people’s fascinating traditional way of life, all in pristine Patagonian wilderness. 

We can also help with ‘bolt on’ tours. Including a fly fishing trip with the experts in this world renowned trout fishing area.

Click here to read a recent, detailed review of this trip.

RIDE ANDES - Argentina Ride Review - a magical experience and BEST STEAK EVER :)

The most memorable meal was in Argentina while camping. It was the best steak I have ever tasted which was cooked on an open fire beside a river running with clear clean water over beautiful pebbles. The steak of course was from a Hereford! ( I work in Hereford and have eaten plenty of steak but this was by far the best).

We were really well fed at all the farms we stayed in - lovely home made bread, jam, butter and cakes. There were always scrambled eggs for breakfast from the farm hens as well as fruit, bread and sometimes yoghurt. Bernadita killed a turkey for us for our evening meal - no food miles there and all home produced.

The most challenging day was may be the day we were travelling to our first night in a house after camping (Argentina). There was a threat of snow in the morning as we set off, but fortunately this didn't materialise and I removed layers as the day went on- like peeling an onion!

We were so warmly greeted when we arrived at Dom and Tammy's farm was idyllic. It was set amongst short pasture on the bend of a river with the mountains all around. Built from logs and with open fires inside I expected Goldilocks and the three bears to appear at any moment.  We had a sumptuous tea with homemade cake and tea in china cups and that was before a delicious evening meal!

A favourite day is very hard to choose there were so many special days. One wonderful day we had in Chile was the day we first swam the horses across a river. I had never done anything like this before and we did it twice that day. The horses seemed to take it all in their stride. They were untacked and taken in pairs to the edge of the river. With a rope on each horse to guide them and a Banquero in the boat with the boatman, they were encouraged into the river. They were really good swimmers and just climbed out the other side and shook off the loose water. Once all horses and riders were across, they were allowed to graze for a short while to stock up on calories before being tacked up again and continuing on. It was a magical experience.

One memorable occassion was when we rode into one of the few villagers on the route. There were a couple of local men in their ponchos who stopped to chat to the guides. Even with my very limited Spanish I realised that the chap I was politely smiling at was looking for a wife! Being happily married for 33 years he was out of luck that day! But perhaps the most memorable moment was swimming at the end of The Universe. The water was REALLY cold but the weather was beautiful. The river was called the Universe and we swam where it met another river, hence being able to swim at the end of the Universe.

The local farms we stayed in were simple but lovely. Their charm came from their simplicity and their beautiful surroundings and the very practical solutions to problems. Rather than tiling the wooden walls around the bath / shower, lino was used which was cut just at the edge of the bath so that the water ran into the bath and not between it and the wall.

Everyone we met gave us such a warm welcome and we had lovely home grown and home cooked food. All had open fires or log burning stoves which were lovely and cosy on a chilly evening.

Sue, November

RIDE ANDES - New 2018 Uruguay - Beaches & Estancias

New for 2018 - Beaches & Estancias.

A seven day action packed ride in Uruguay, journeying on place to place through varied scenery: cantering along beaches, wading through wetlands. Staying at charming ‘posadas’ along the coast and at working ‘estancias’ inland.

 

RIDE ANDES - Pantanal Safari

Ride Andes has teamed up with ‘Fazendas’ in the Pantanal and a very professional company in Sao Paulo to bring you this itinerary. The trip has been developed specifically for those who are looking for a great riding experience in Pantanal (accompanying non riders welcome –a lot of alternative activities). It is a totally customized ride, providing a unique experience: Pantanal’s vegetation, wildlife and culture. This is the only trip offering the opportunity of journeying on between 3 lodgings, riding through very diverse zones of the Pantanal.

 

RIDE ANDES - Brazil, great for non riders / part time riders

Our Brazil Pantanal safari is also great for those who don't ride, or don't want to ride everyday. There are lots of walks to do and boat rides, with a guide and nature
spotting.

Riders and non-riders alike take boat trips, where it is possible to see mammals such as giant otters, capybaras and jaguar and many beautiful birds; kingfishers, skimmers, curacao etc).
 

Visit our Brazil page or contact us for more information. 

RIDE ANDES - Beaches & Estancias, Uruguay

New for 2018 we have Beaches & Estancias. A 7 day action packed ride in Uruguay.

Now available 2nd - 8th April

Also available as a private ride. This ride, as well as all our other rides can be adapted in contact and length to suit the wishes of private groups.

RIDE ANDES - New Uruguay for 2018

Beaches & Estancias, Uruguay

7 Days

  • riding between exceptional locations through stunning, varied scenery
  • sea lions, dolphins & rheas, just some of the animals often seen
  • ride across deserted beaches, pine forests, wetlands & pastures

Visit the Uruguay page for more details

RIDE ANDES - Brazil, Pantanal. Open for 2018 bookings now

Brazil, Pantanal - Safari Ride 2018

Rides in June and October. Please email us for details.


Here are some photos from the first couple of days of the October 2017 ride...

RIDE ANDES - LAST MINUTE VOLCANOES & VISTAS TOUR....

9th-19th December - Volcanoes & Vistas

A spectacular horseback riding tour journeying through the best of the Ecuadorian Andes. Stunning scenery, riding over incredibly varied terrain,  traversing the fascinating scenic northern valleys & remote highlands –two very distinct areas of the Andes. We ride down into the cloud forest passing tropical fruits and coffee – a complete change of vegetation. The birdlife is amazing- from tiny hummingbirds to the great Andean Condor. 

‘Very enjoyable thank you. Great variety across the three sections of the ride.’ Tony, December 2016.

RIDE ANDES - Unfortunately we're fully booked over Christmas & New Year - But we would love you to join us on these upcoming rides...

24th November to 7th December 2017 - 

We have a rare space in the diary here for you to choose your own ride depending on riding level & your time frame. 

All types of accommodation available – luxury to mountain inns, gentle to challenging riding Groups with NON RIDERS very welcome – we can provide guides to take non riders mountain biking, bird watching, hiking, walking, on cultural visits…

Contact us for options

‘Thank you so much, I have had a fantastic time in Ecuador, and much of that was down to your care and planning – and of course your fantastic horses’ Anna, December 2016.

RIDE ANDES - 2018

Dates for 2018 are now available and will be posted soon.

Please contact us for more details in the mean time. 

Colonial Haciendas tour 13th-20th June 2018 confirmed - spaces available.

 

 

RIDE ANDES - Volcanoes & Vistas December tour

9th-19th December

Volcanoes & Vistas, Ecuador

An incredible itinerary with some challenging riding.

Spaces left on this tour, a maximum of 8 riders.

Contact us for more information. 

RIDE ANDES - Last minute September availability - Ecuador

Last minute ECUADOR option,

23rd-30th September,

7 days riding in two stunning areas including riding with the wild horses beneath snow-capped Cotopaxi Volcano.

Please email us for more details.

RIDE ANDES - Join us on the Emerald Coast this November

The Emerald Coast, Uruguay  

8 Days

   

long canters along remote pristine beaches

have a taste of 'mate' tea and the gaucho life

incredible coastal wildlife watching

 

“Uruguay” – meaning River of the painted birds in the local language - is made for riding! On this horse riding tour riders will see the huge variety of birdlife, as well as enjoy varied paced riding in incredibly diverse landscapes: pristine beaches, palm groves, pasturelands, rice fields, sand dunes, forests & forts…

RIDE ANDES - Uruguay, Emerald Coast Tour - 3 spaces left - 11-18 November

Uruguay, Emerald Coast tour

11th-18th November 2017

Early summer, is a great time to visit Uruguay. We'll be expecting beautiful weather as we canter along the beaches and ride inland to stay at some amazing Estancias. At this time of the year, we often see the Franca whales close to shore as we ride along the pristine beaches.

 Please contact for more details.