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.

RIDE ANDES - 2019 Dates now announced

Join the wild horses in Cotopaxi national park on our Ecuador rides. If you
choose the Colonial Haciendas ride with the luxurious accommodation or the
more challenging Andean Adventure (7 days) or Volcanoes & Vistas (10 days)
itineraries -riding in remoter locations, you will have a chance to ride in
this stunning scenery alongside the wild horses. 

Ride Andes horse trek volcano ecuador south america

RIDE ANDES - SINGLE SUPPLEMENT special – no charge!

Come and stay at this luxurious historic hacienda as the grand finale on our
Colonial Haciendas tour, close to Cotopaxi National Park, no extra charge
for a single room.

ride andes horse trek ecuador

SINGLE SUPPLEMENT special – no charge!

As we ride on place to place and do not stay at any Ride Andes accommodation, the historic haciendas and mountain inns charge a single supplement, but we have agreed to waiver that charge for the Ecuador set date departure rides, bookings made with us during May 2018.

This special offer applies to the remaining 2018 & January to June 2019 set date departures: 

the single supplement will be waivered on Colonial Haciendas (7 days riding), Andean Adventure (7 days riding) and Volcanoes & Vistas (10 days riding) tours.

There is a limited number of single rooms available with no single room supplement, so please do not delay. Contact us for more information. 

RIDE ANDES - Come and meet the very friendly locals here in Ecuador!

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As well as private tours, catering for all riding abilities and also accompanying ‘non riders’, here is an update for 2018:

ECUADOR confirmed scheduled rides with space (maximum 8 riders):

13th-20th June COLONIAL HACIENDAS

6th-13th July ANDEAN ADVENTURE

26th September-6th October VOLCANOES & VISTAS

5th-15th December VOLCANOES & VISTAS

22nd-29th December COLONIAL HACIENDAS

RIDE ANDES - PANTANAL, BRAZIL, 2019

PANTANAL, BRAZIL 2019

Ride Andes developed this route, very unusually for Pantanal rides, riding between three different locations.

For 2019, two date options for our incredible wildlife-packed Pantanal safari:

8th – 15th June

19th – 26th October

 

Non riders are very welcome - wildlife walks, bird watching with guides and other activities are organised.

Please contact us regarding bookings.

RIDE ANDES - Join us in Ecuador in 2018

The following ECUADOR  rides have been confirmed and have spaces available (maximum 8 riders):

 

13th-20th June

COLONIAL HACIENDAS

Horse riding in two stunningly beautiful, yet very distinct areas of the Andean highlands.

 

6th-13th July

ANDEAN ADVENTURE

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

 

26th September-6th October

&

5th-15th December  

VOLCANOES & VISTAS

 Stunning scenery, riding over incredibly varied terrain,  traversing the fascinating scenic northern valleys & remote highlands

Ride Andes - Beautiful Estancias & Haciendas in Ecuador...

Riders never cease to be impressed by our selection of accommodation on the riding tours... 
- Volcanoes & Vistas tour: lodgings in stunning, remote locations
- Colonial Haciendas tour: incredibly comfortable rooms in historic haciendas, amazing locations such as these....

RIDE ANDES - Coming up in Ecuador...

Confirmed scheduled rides for ECUADOR with space:

 

13th-20th June COLONIAL HACIENDAS

 

6th-13th July ANDEAN ADVENTURE

 

26th September-6th October VOLCANOES & VISTAS

 

 

Rides are constantly being added so please keep checking for new dates and/or contact us for specific dates to see if we can arrange something for you.

 

RIDE ANDES - Horse ride with us in COLOMBIA

Colombia 2018

These photographs were taken on the February 2018 ride, in the coffee region – the first part of the 10 day ride.

We expect to run a tour in September, dates to follow shortly.

Contact us for more details or visit the Colombia tour page. 

RIDE ANDES - VOLCANOES & VISTAS 5th - 15th DECEMBER 2018

5th-15th December 2018, the exciting Volcanoes & Vistas 10 day ride in Ecuador is confirmed.

This route, journeying on through the remote Andes, through stunning scenery, ending with gallops with the Cotopaxi national park wild horses takes in the absolutely best of Ecuador  – a country made for riding!

RIDE ANDES - Thinking of riding in Colombia? - here's what some of our guests have said...

Thanks to our guests who take the time to write to  us about their experiences on our trips. 

Here they share some of their thoughts on our new COLOMBIA ride....

 

"What an amazing experience with Ride Andes, to see parts of Colombia by horseback.
Sally took the time before the trip to find out what kind of horse each guest likes to ride, so
we were well matched with horses that suited our confidence and riding ability - there were
even mules to ride if anyone fancied a change... The riding was very varied throughout the trip … we rode through beautiful coffee plantations, chopped our way through dense jungle, climbing quite steeply at times and were rewarded with views of beautiful hidden waterfalls. On some days there were nice long canters and on others we enjoyed riding into the cobbled streets of whichever village we would be staying in that night. Some of our most beautiful haciendas weren't in towns but were hidden in the countryside and could only be reached by horseback - perfect! We had great local guides, fantastic local food, beautiful horses and stunning haciendas ... What made it even better was how we got to mix with local people in their everyday lives,
whether making pottery, playing the local game of tejo, or just riding to their house to share
a cup of ‘aguapanela’. Overall very well organised, authentic and adventurous trip and one I would highly recommend."
 ANNE

“… The first part we experienced the lush vegetation of the coffee plantations … the second part we rode from hacienda to hacienda to monastery to Villa de Leyva, we saw further evidence of the huge variety of scenery and ecosystems Colombia has to offer. Go soon before everyone discovers it! These holidays are 'full on' - expect to ride at least five hours a day on great horses with competent and friendly local guides, expect three good meals - a variety across the spectrum of good wholesome local food, comfortable accommodation and the chance to see somewhere special from the back of a horse. A variety of local 'experiences' are also included - e.g. lunch at a local pottery and the chance to play ‘tejo’ - the local explosive version of boule! We enjoyed Bogota and went on a city tour Sally arranged for us - we found the people in Colombia genuinely friendly and helpful and really enjoyed and brought home with us one local product - the coffee!”    PAUL & ANITA

RIDE ANDES - URUGUAY 2018 - 2019 Dates Announced !!

Uruguay 2018-19 season dates for group departures:

Please visit our URUGUAY page for more information on the rides, or contact us if you have any enquiries. 

2018:

October: 16th to 22th

November: 13th to 19th

December: 11rd to 17th

2019:

February: 7th to 13th

March: 7th to 13th

April: 4th to 10th

 

RIDE ANDES - Colonial Haciendas Ride in Ecuador...

If you'd like to get more of an idea of the type of rides we host, here is a little information from one of our guests Arlene, who rode on our Colonial Haciendas Ride in Ecuador in 2017. 

"The Colonial Hacienda ride meets expectations. Riding fit, forward going and well loved horses across scenic countryside and staying at historic haciendas whose list of previous guests includes Frida Kahlo and key figures in Ecuador's colorful past. Sally and the Ride Andes team go out of their way to ensure rider safety and comfort, matching riding ability to the horses and monitoring girths and tack along the ride. Not only a terrific horsewoman, Sally has an encyclopedic knowledge of the history, flora and fauna of Ecuador. I really appreciated the fact that you took the time to respond to all my email queries, the level of detail provided on everything, and your recommendations and booking of the other elements of my trip, [cloud forest], Galapagos and [hot springs], as well as the care and concern you showed after I injured my leg [BEFORE arriving in Ecuador] and I wasn't sure I would be fit to ride in time. The cloud forest lodge was an excellent suggestion, and I had my own guide for the 2 days who was very knowledgeable. The Galapagos boat was also a good suggestion and I ended up with a cabin to myself as there were only 8 people on the boat. The itinerary and food were good and the crew and guide also made the trip worthwhile. … The hot springs was a super finale to the trip, and your driver took good care of me and my luggage."

"What worked for me:
(In no particular order:)
The shorter ride on the first day to acclimatize and get used to the horses and tack.
The local flavours and foods at lunch, right down to the cooked lupins and Ecuadorian chocolate.
Tasty non meat options provided everywhere and the planning that had obviously gone into making this seamless, together with daily checks on what each rider would prefer for various elements of the picnics.
The great riding and wide open spaces of Cotopaxi national park.
Terrific choice of haciendas, packed with history and welcoming owners/hosts with great stories to tell.
Insightful and interesting details of the culture, flora and fauna on the ride.
Lunch at the rose growing estate and hacienda was a highlight.
The care and attention given to the wellbeing of the horses and the safety of the guests, constant checking of girths and tack, and soundness of the horses. Advice on zig zagging up and down hills, riding with one hand on the reins, help with mounting, dismounting etc.
Excellent fitness/condition of the horses and tack.
The wool and rain ponchos, saddlebags and water provided, all perfect for the conditions.
The McLellan (sp) saddles and sheepskins made for the most comfortable ride ever.
The effort and care that went into matching horses and guests. 
I really enjoyed Capuli and the Chagra horse, Apache, was one of the most responsive horses I've ever ridden.
The friendliness and helpfulness of the volunteers, workers and chagras. … always extremely helpful and kind and nothing was too much trouble. … were also very welcoming and helpful, even with the language barrier.
Visiting Otavalo market and the village weaving centre."

RIDE ANDES - Ecuador, Colonial Haciendas

BOOK NOW for the next Colonial Haciendas Tour, Ecuador.

13th - 20th June.

 

“Thank you so much for a brilliant ride, all the horses impressed me …The accommodation was excellent, some of the best I have experienced on trips and unfortunately I feel it is going to be a very hard act to follow.” Marilyn, Colonial Haciendas, Ecuador, 2017

RIDE ANDES - Upcoming rides with availability

13th-20th June COLONIAL HACIENDAS

 

6th-13th July ANDEAN ADVENTURE

 

26th September-6th October VOLCANOES & VISTAS

RIDE ANDES - Special price on our 2nd - 8th April beautiful Uruguayan coast tour

2nd -8th April

Beaches & Estancias

Uruguay

There is a special, discounted price for this 7 day ride: USD3385 per person (you can pay in Sterling or Euros).

PLUS

As a special offer, free hotel night 1st April included, single or twin/double room.

riding along the beautiful Uruguayan coast in wonderful warm late summer weather. Journeying on between charming and varied lodgings  along beaches, across grasslands, skirting lagoons and riding into the rolling hills. 

 

Additional activities/tours are also available:

  Montevideo city tours, sample the excellent Uruguayan wine on a vineyard visit and other activities can be arranged – relax on the beach, play golf…

Contact us for more information and to sign up.