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 - ARGENTINA THIS NOVEMBER

Chile has converted a staggering 11 million acres of land into protected national parks. 

Read about it here:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/mar/19/chile-route-of-parks-beauty-patagonia?CMP=share_btn_link

https://futurism.com/chile-just-converted-a-staggering-11-million-acres-of-land-into-protected-national-parks/

and then come and visit with us...

November

01/11/2018 to 07/11/2018  Huaso Trail  8 days / 7 nights

05/11/2018 to 18/11/2018  Andes Grande Traversée  14 days / 13 nights

11/11/2018 to 16/11/2018  Andean Crossing Ride  6 days / 5 nights

21/11/2018 to 26/11/2018  Andean Crossing Ride  6 days / 5 nights

Riders must check with us to reconfirm the situation before booking flights etc, in case of change in tour availability

RIDE ANDES - Spaces available - Volcanoes & Vistas - 29th February 2019

“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

20th February-2nd March 2019 

VOLCANOES & VISTAS (max 8 riders)

Contact us now for more information

RIDE ANDES - 5th-15th December VOLCANOES & VISTAS, confirmed & with space

fast paced horse riding across the Cotopaxi plains, alongside the wild horses

vastly varying landscapes - from the mountains to the cloud forest

ride the 'highest canter in the world'

 

5th-15th December VOLCANOES & VISTAS, confirmed & with space

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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 - 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 - 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 - 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 - 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 - 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 - 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 - 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 - 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 - 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 - 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.