Antisana Foothills, Ecuador
Private tour. No set departures
- close to Quito
- a choice of routes and pace depending on riding levels
- the magnificent Andean Condor is now regularly sighted on this ride
The day starts early in Quito, where you will be met and driven just one hour away to the picturesque farm near Pintag, in the Antisana foothills, where all the horses are kept. Your bi-lingual guide will introduce you to your carefully selected horse and accompanying 'chagra' (local Ecuadorian horseman), dressed in his traditional poncho and chaps. Once riders are comfortable and happy with their horses we will leave the enclosed area and head into the high Andes.
Sample itinerary: The ride begins by winding through the nearby hamlet, where you can enjoy views of the rolling Andean hillsides and observe families going about their colourful daily life. After passing a beautiful 'hacienda', an Ecuadorian country estate, and stud farm, depending on riding ability the ride can gather pace, enjoying long canters across lush meadows and negotiating more challenging pathways through denser vegetation before climbing to higher altitudes. There you can enjoy stunning views of the surrounding peaks including Ruminahui, Pasachoa, Sincholagua and the mighty snow-capped volcano Cotopaxi, over a relaxing picnic lunch taken from your saddle bags and provided by Ride Andes.
With an experienced bi-lingual guide accompanying you to answer all questions relating to the local history, fauna and flora, the tour will continue through eucalyptus and then pine forests before finishing back at the farm after approximately 5-6 hours in total. The tour can be shortened or adapted to cater for less experienced riders. Guests will be driven back to Quito.
For riders who wish to ride longer, we climb high into the ‘paramo’ vegetation
and the ride can be up to 7-8 hours.
Price includes: transport from & back to Quito (Mariscal area, other pick up points by prior arrangement), horse (usually a choice of horses), water, picnic, guide
and assistant guide, poncho & saddlebags and usually half chaps available for loan (used riding helmets also available, NOTE these helmets may not meet the latest European/North American riding safety standards).
Accommodation in Quito or at an ‘hacienda’ not far from the riding can be included if required. Please see detailed trip dossier for details.
Departure from Quito at 7:30am, returning at approximately 3:30 / 5:30pm.
Riding instruction and equipment, including half chaps and riding helmets, can be provided. Horses available for experienced riders as well as horses for beginner riders.
DATES: all year round. Please consult with us for availability.