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 - 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 - 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. 

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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 - 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 - 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 - February Colonial Haciendas - Last minute availability

We have some last minute availability in Ecuador this February: 

3rd-10th February

Colonial Haciendas, Ecuador.

Riding through stunning Andean scenery between historic country houses with fascinating visits along the way. Including cantering alongside the wild horses that roam the plains of Cotopaxi National Park.

 

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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 - 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 - 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 - 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 - Volcanoes & Vistas Ecuador ride, September dates available

Join us this September:

6th-16th September VOLCANOES & VISTAS, 10 days riding

Visit our Ecuador page to see a list of all our tours there or contact us for more information. 

 

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. 

Suitable for fit, experienced 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. 

“…We rode through awe inspiring scenery, through lush steep forests, rolling grasslands, past blue lakes, snowcapped volcanoes, through century old villages and farms to a picturesque village where time has stood still forever. We were humbled by the hospitality of the locals … Having had the opportunity to ride in many countries, this ride gets a ‘High Five’ recommendation from us.” K & A, October 2015

RIDE ANDES - Ecuador, Upcoming Tours....

As well as private tours we have the following progressive group rides with spaces:

 

14th-24th June 2017 – LAST MINUTE!   Volcanoes & Vistas ride

5th-15th July 2017, Volcanoes & Vistas

29th July-18th August, FULL

6th-16th September 2017, Volcanoes & Vistas

23rd-30th September 2017, Colonial Haciendas

9th-19th December 2017, Volcanoes & Vistas

17th-24th December 2017, Colonial Haciendas new date, open for bookings

RIDE ANDES - Colonial Haciendas 3 - 10 June - avoid single supplement

We have space on our June 3rd Colonial Haciendas ride and a lady looking for a room share, please email us if interested in joining this ride. Room share option if you wish, to avoid the single supplement charge.

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RIDE ANDES - Spaces available - 14h June & 5th July - Volcanoes & Vistas - Ecuador

Spaces available

14th-24th June 2017 & 5th-15th July 2017

Volcanoes & Vistas ride

 

Suitable for fit, experienced 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. 

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