RIDE ANDES - Chile Breaking News - 11 million acres of national parks

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

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/

Take advantage and enjoy Chile’s huge areas of national parks with Ride Andes.

The 2017-18 season starts 1st November and prices will be available shortly.

Our Pièce de résistance is a 14 day itinerary - Argentina to Chile, starting in the famous town of Bariloche, northern Patagonia – Sue participated last November, see her review below.

Sign up for a group ride -starting the first Monday of each month (November-March) or form your own group of friends/family for a private ride.

Here's Sue's Review.....

"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…

We were really well fed at all the farms we stayed in - lovely homemade bread, jam, butter and cakes. There were always scrambled eggs for breakfast from the farm hens as well as fruit, bread and sometimes yoghurt…

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 had to stop a couple of times because the pack horse had his load slip and then shed his load. It was a long day (8-9hrs) and we were all looking forward to a proper bed and a hot shower .... we arrived in glorious sunshine, any tiredness was forgotten. We were so warmly greeted by the lady of the house and their 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 baquiano [local horseman] 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 occasion 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 (UK). 14 day itinerary, November 2017.

 

 

RIDE ANDES - Photos from 'La Finca' ride

Enjoying a ride during a stay at 'La Finca' ...

Here you can enjoy 2 or more days riding based near Cayambe snow-capped peak (in the distance).
We have horses available for all levels of riding ability.
This is also one of the routes on Colonial Haciendas ride.

RIDE ANDES - Volcanoes & Vistas

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

RIDE ANDES - Space available January Volcanoes & Vistas Tour - incl. no single supplement

21st - 31st January 2017

Volcanoes and Vistas Ecuador ride

If you think you're going to be sick of the cold mornings and dark nights by January, come and join us in the Southern hemisphere! We have some spaces left for the 21st January Volcanoes & Vistas horse riding tour, including one place without a single supplement fee - please contact us for details. 

RIDE ANDES - Honeymoon Specials

 

 

We have many tailor made tours that make an incredible honeymoon experience, with a vast choice of accommodation – from five star historic haciendas, estancias in the heart of gaucho country to remote mountain lodges.

Please contact us to request more details.

RIDE ANDES - Upcoming tours: BOOK NOW !!!

Volcanoes & Vistas, Ecuador    -    21st-31st January 2017

Andean Adventure, Ecuador   -     4th-11th February 2017

 

 

 

 

 

RIDE ANDES - SPACES AVAILABLE - 4th-11th February Ecuador Andean Adventure

 Thanks for a great great week .. I loved all of it and felt very privileged to ride your lovely horses... It was a great route and all the places we stayed were special.” Amanda, July 2016.

Contact us for more information on this really special ride. We have a few spaces available for the February tour. 

RIDE ANDES - The Magnificent Andean Condor

ride andes horse trek ecuador andean condor

ANDEAN CONDOR

(Vultur gryphus)

The Andean Condor is the national bird of Bolivia, Chile, Colombia and Ecuador and is very culturally important to South America. In folklore and Andean mythology, the Condor is associated with the sun god and is a symbol for the Andes. This magnificent bird has the largest wingspan of any land bird (up to 3.2 m or 10.5 ft. The sea albatross has a wider wingspan). The Condor also has the distinctions of being a bird that mates for life, has only 1 or 2 offspring and can live up to 100 years in captivity. While the Condor is primarily a scavenger, it has received a bad reputation for feeding on livestock and many indigenous farmers see the bird as a pest. The recent conservation efforts have really paid off and the Condor population is on the increase. During the last few years, the Andean Condor has been seen regularly on all of the Ride Andes itineraries, and is almost guaranteed on the Cotopaxi Adventure tour. 

RIDE ANDES - The Queen of Water - Highly recommended

ride andes ecuador the queen of water

Born in an Andean village in Ecuador, Virginia lives with her large family in a small, earthen-walled dwelling. In her village of indígenas, it is not uncommon to work in the fields all day, even as a child, or to be called a longa tonta—stupid Indian—by members of the ruling class of mestizos, or Spanish descendants. When seven-year-old Virginia is taken from her village to be a servant to a mestizo couple, she has no idea what the future holds.
In this poignant novel based on a true story, acclaimed author Laura Resau has collaborated with María Virginia Farinango to recount one girl's unforgettable journey to self-discovery. Virginia's story will speak to anyone who has ever struggled to find his or her place in the world. It will make you laugh and cry, and ultimately, it will fill you with hope.

http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/8621850-the-queen-of-water

RIDE ANDES - Ecuador - Yellow Southern Grosbeak Bird

YELLOW SOUTHERN GROSBEAK (Pheucticus chrysogaster)

ride andes ecuador yellow southern grosbeak bird

The Yellow Southern Grosbeak (Golden-Bellied Grosbeak) is a species of Cardinal, mostly found in northwestern South America. For habitat, this Grosbeak prefers subtropical and tropical forests and shrub land. Visually, this bird is an olive-yellow, with slight variations of this color on its breast and crown and a black face. The wings are dark gray with white and yellow spots. The Yellow Southern Grosbeak lives in pairs or noisy flocks of up to 20 birds.  

RIDE ANDES - Come and experience beautiful Uruguay - October to April

ride andes horse trek uruguay

 

URUGUAY-

 

with rides from October to April (Spring-Summer-Autumn) and a choice of both private and scheduled tours, Uruguay is an excellent place to escape from the cold, damp winters and enjoying sunshine and also amazing wildlife viewing. We ride past these Maguari storks and Ibis as well as a huge variety of other birds -including the stunning, bright pink spoonbill - while staying at a rice farm. Then, picking up the pace on the pastures, we see Rhea (South America's ostrich) and very cute armadillos & capybaras.

RIDE ANDES - Ecuador - The Agave Plant

AGAVE (the tequila plant)

ride andes horse trek agave plant

Agave is a genus of 208 species of perennial (living longer than two years) plants, where each circular arrangement of leaves only flowers once. A succulent, agave is a widely believed to be a type of cactus or related to Aloe Vera, however, neither are true. Found in southwestern United States, Mexico and tropical South America, agave was especially important to the Aztecs. These people used the leaf paste to make paper, fermented the juice into alcohol (tequila is also made from agave), used leave to make thatch, spun fibers into cords, fashioned pins and needles from thorns, and cooked the root to make a nutritious meal. In short, the Aztecs used this one plant to make food, drink, shelter, clothing and writing implements. The two most commonly cultivated types of agave are Agave americana, which is sold as an ornamental plant and Agave azul, used in the production of tequila and a sweetener called ‘agave nectar’. However, there are several types of agave that should not be handled. Upon contact, the juice from these types can cause reddening of the skin, itching and blistering that can last up to two weeks.   

Read about the health benefits of agave here http://www.allaboutagave.com/health-benefits-of-agave-nectar.php

RIDE ANDES - Uruguay Emerald Coast - SPECIAL CHILDREN'S RIDE

26th November- 3rd December 2016

We are pleased to announce a SPECIAL children’s Emerald Coast ride, Uruguay.

An early summer ride will give opportunities for swimming in the sea and the possibility of seeing whales. Please contact us for more details.