Reviewed 1 week ago
"Just back from a fantastic 8 days riding in the Zuleta Valley and the Cotopaxi National Park with Sally, her assistant Clairy, chagra Patricio and 3 other guests. Simply the best riding adventure I have ever had. Interesting, forward-going and responsive horses, amazing variety of scenery and riding, interesting and varied accommodation, fine food and great company!"
14th-24th June 2017
Volcanoes & Vistas ride
“What a wonderful holiday! So varied through the most beautiful mountain scenery and local villages. A great cultural insight into Ecuador as well as fantastic horses – sure footed, energetic and very honest and genuine. Excellent accommodation… The horses are well looked after and a pleasure to ride…”
Steph, Volcanoes and Vistas ride. 30th January 2017.
This is located at the edge of Cotopaxi, where we ride on all our tours!!
'Join us on private or set date tour in this stunning area close to Cotopaxi national park. '
Riding to a very comfortable Hacienda in Pedregal today when we leave Cotopaxi national park after a day of fast paced riding. Tomorrow we will ride into a hidden valley in the Ruminahui foothills where we often spot condors and wild horses at the cliff base.
Spaces available on:
Andean Crossing Ride, CHILE to ARGENTINA
27FEB to 04MARCH 2017.
A lovely time of the year for this ride through the pristine Andes. No camping -staying in pioneers houses. Please email us for details.
Add a stay with us at 'La Finca' , in the northern sierras not far from the
famous Otavalo market to your Ecuador trip, flexible dates, flexible riding.
We have horses for advanced riders and for beginner riders.
Coming very soon- from March 2017- NEW Uruguay tours. 7 day set date tours
and 2 or more day rides for private groups. Riding along the pristine
beaches, around lagoons and through palm groves. Journeying on through very
varied scenery between charming lodges, some tour options with camping. No
driving at all during the rides. Watch this space or contact us now for more
Riding into a hidden Andean Valley yesterday at the end of the 10 day Volcanoes & Vistas tour here in Ecuador, having ridden through a huge variety of areas, including into the cloud forest.
"I had a great time in Ecuador and enjoyed very much the variety of landscape, terrain, accommodations, food and horses!" Sandra, 6 December 2017, V&V tour, Ecuador.
Volcanoes & Vistas - 21st-31st January 2017 spaces available
Also tours with spaces available later in the year. Dates are available here.
Luxury Haciendas, Ecuador
3 Days and up
Private horseback riding tour
- enjoy 5* luxury
- journey through spectacular scenery between Ecuador’s historic country houses
- this ride can be adapted in length and content to suit the wishes of each individual group. Ideal for groups with ‘part time / non riders’ and for families or those looking for a romantic and indulgent break.
In this relatively small, incredibly diverse country there exists a huge range of activities besides the horse riding tours. As well as the famous Galapagos Islands and some of the very best Amazon Rain Forest there is the cloud forest, natural thermal springs and colonial cities. Climbing tours with expert guides, white water rafting and mountain biking are all available as well as more leisurely visits in the company of very experienced bilingual guides, or with a local driver.
Activities such as bird watching & archeological site studies can be arranged with experts in the respective areas.
No booking fee or extra costs are added on by Ride Andes for booking any of these excursions for their guests.
Join us in Ecuador for our La Finca centre based rides ( & NON RIDES!).
From La Finca there are a variety of circuit rides covering different terrain and of different lengths, allowing us to tailor the rides to our guests' requirements. Some routes lead us up into the surrounding hills, providing breath-taking views over the valleys below us or of the snow-capped peaks, the closest of which is Cayambe. Other routes wind along wide grassy trails, through conifer forests, and past some of the local hamlets, allowing for some faster paced riding.
La Finca is very flexible to both riders and non-riders. While some guests are riding there is the option for half and full day trips that can include walking, hiking, bird watching, visits to local markets, mountain biking and trips to Cayambe Volcano.
Visit https://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/ShowUserReviews-g294308-d1454121-r436780673-Ride_Andes-Quito_Pichincha_Province.html# to read the latest Trip Advisor review about the wonderful time we've just had in beautiful Urugay. - Thanks Eddy, we look forward to seeing you again!
Ride with us along the pioneers’ route of plowing fields of the Puelo River Valley amidst the Andes. We offer a unique journey through Chilean Huaso culture. Enjoy the adventure and relaxation of an ancient way of life in the wild and pristine Patagonia.
We have spaces available for the 2nd - 8th of December tour. It will be a nice small group with a number of different parties.
This is a beautiful circuit tour that really explores the Patagonian wilderness. Escape the Northern Hemisphere winter and join as at the most lovely time of year.
Did you know that the Chilean Horse is the only American stock horse that has maintained a closed registry that has not been purposely crossed with any other breed before or after its formal registration started in 1893? Like many other Creole breeds across Latin America, the Chilean Creole is extremely strong. It has a low metabolism, a high threshold for discomfort, a great immunity to disease and a remarkable rate of recuperation. Their hooves are strong and their thick double hair coat makes them well suited for both cold and dry/hot weather. It is doubtful any other breed surpasses their productive energy level. Although abundant manes, tails and forelocks are characteristic of all Iberian breeds in the Americas, none can compare with the volume and thickness that typifies a good Chilean Creole specimen.
All breeds of Iberian origin also have some incidence of semi-convex facial profiles, but the Chilean Creole breeders proudly state their preference for this characteristic. It is truly ironic that a breed like the Chilean Creole is virtually unknown to anyone outside of the meridian South America. The fact is that this breed is the oldest registered Creole breed, the oldest registered horse breed of South America, the oldest registered stock horse breed in all the Americas and the third oldest horse breed of any kind in all the Western Hemisphere. This "antiquity" comes from the fact that the Chilean Horse registry was officially inaugurated in 1893 when formalizing breed status was still a new concept in the Americas. The maximum stability in the huaso seat comes from pushing the heels down against the extended stirrups, while pressing the lower back against the cantle. It must be remembered that the allocation of weight in huaso equitation is balancing pressures in front and behind the centre of gravity, rather than concentrating all the weight distribution in a column over it. The modern Chilean saddles now offer more support for the body so that the rider can make these opposing pressures that secure his position in the unpredictable clashes with the pinned steer.
If you fancy a different way to spend Christmas, join us on our 24th to 31st of December Colonial Haciendas ride.
A journey through spectactular scenery between Ecuador's historic country houses, including routes and lodgings exclusive to us.
The 27th November - 7th December Volcanoes & Vistas tour is now full. Perhaps you can join us on this fabulous ride on January 21st or February 18th or after June?
The 21st - 31st of January ride has one female rider willing to share with another female rider, so there will be no single supplement to pay. Please contact us for more details.
We only take small groups on all of our rides, these all have a maximum of 8 riders and are booking up fast:
27th November-7th December VOLCANOES & VISTAS
24th-31st December COLONIAL HACIENDAS
7th-14th January COLONIAL HACIENDAS
1st-31st January VOLCANOES & VISTAS
4th-11th February ANDEAN ADVENTURE