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 - Catch some sunshine on the beaches of Uruguay...

17th -24th  November 2018 Emerald Coast ride, Uruguay is open for bookings

Escape the northern hemisphere winter and catch some sunshine on the beaches of Uruguay!

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 - 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 - 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 - “Never will you want time to pass slower …” - Galapagos & more!!

“Never will you want time to pass slower …”

Galapagos Islands & other non-riding trips with Ride Andes:  A national British newspaper has published an article on one of the boats we have had the pleasure of working with for many years, booking 8 day cruises on this boat for single guests and also chartering this charming sailing boat for whole groups.

RIDE ANDES - Indulgent Colonial Haciendas - The perfect honeymoon or romantic getaway

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. 

RIDE ANDES - The Huaso Trail - 7 days / 6 nights this December

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. 

RIDE ANDES - Colonial Haciendas tour update

 

The Colonial Haciendas January 7th ride is now full. You can still join us on this ride with amazing accommodation on February 11th, or later next year. Contact us for more details. 

RIDE ANDES - Volcanoes & Vistas update

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. 

RIDE ANDES - Upcoming Ecuador rides with spaces left - BOOK NOW

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

 

RIDE ANDES - Ecuador center based ride - great for families, beginners, or if you're short of time!

'La Finca', Cayambe: for pre tour 'derust' rides & centre based options close to the Zuleta Valley - ideal for families, beginners & 2 or 3 day rides. 

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