La Hacienda, One Centre Based Tours, Northern Andean Valleys, Ecuador

1 or more days, comfortable accommodation at a working dairy farm in the heart of a beautiful Andean Valley. Only a few rooms; owned and hosted by a charming Ecuadorean couple.

Private horseback riding trips out into the stunning countryside.

‘Made to measure’ for all riding levels; almost all year – please send us your dates. No fixed date departures.

  • One centre based horseback riding

  • Accommodation in stunning location

  • Experienced & beginner horse riders welcome

  • Great, tranquil stop over on way to/from the famous Otavalo market

  • Combine riding with a variety of cultural and scenic ‘non-riding’ excursions


The small Hacienda sits on the valley floor in a stunning, pastoral location not far from the foothills of the snow-capped Cayambe Volcano. Just a 90 minutes drive from Quito airport and under two hours from colonial Quito.

A very good chance of sighting the Andean Condor.

After your stay with us, we can arrange a transfer for you to the colourful Otavalo market. 

This area offers wonderful horse riding opportunities through, what numerous riders have told us is ‘the most beautiful valley’ they have ever seen’. We have many years of experience in running horse riding tours and can cater, with great flexibility, for all horse riding abilities.

Guests horseback ride out daily – choosing the ride length that suits their group each day, returning to their comfortable, catered accommodation in the evening. This option is perfect for the time pressed; rusty riders looking to get back in the saddle; or those who simply wish to be based in one place, while they enjoy exploring Ecuador on horseback with us. 

From La Hacienda there are variety of circuit rides, covering different terrain and of different lengths, allowing us to tailor the horse rides to our guests’ requirements. Some routes lead us up into the surrounding hills, providing breath-taking views over the valleys below us or of the snow-capped peaks, the closest of which is Cayambe. Other routes wind along wide grassy trails, through eucalyptus and conifer forests, and past some of the local hamlets, allowing for some faster paced riding. This horseback riding tour has many different trails to choose from and the wonderful flora and fauna that surrounds us our guests finds a picture postcard around every corner.

The ‘La Hacienda’ options are very flexible. While some guests enjoy all day in the saddle, others prefer shorter horseback rides and to participate in other activities or to simply relax and unwind at this incredibly peaceful location. There is the option for half and full day trips that can include walking, more strenuous hiking, bird watching, visits to local markets, mountain biking (for the experienced and ‘non experienced’) and a trip up to and then onto the Cayambe Volcano’s glacier.