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 - 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 - 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 - 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 - 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 - 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 - 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 - 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.

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 - 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 - 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 - 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 - Ecuador, Colonial Haciendas tour, spaces available this September

Join us this September:

23rd-30th September COLONIAL HACIENDAS, 7 days riding

Visit our Ecuador page or contact us for more details. 

 

A horseback riding tour through spectacular scenery between Ecuador’s Historic country houses including routes and lodgings exclusive to Ride Andes. 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.

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