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HACIENDAS
OF THE ANDES 
8 DAYS | 7 NIGHTS
YEAR ROUND

Ecuador - picture postcard views around every corner

Following trails across verdant valleys of patchwork fields, through forests then onto the open plains to gallop with the wild horses beneath the snow-capped Cotopaxi Volcano we ride between fabulous highland haciendas. Varied pace, incredibly diverse scenery, ending each unforgettable day at a unique, idyllic location.

 
8 DAYS / 7 NIGHTS 
ITINERARY

Overnight stops include lovingly restored centuries old haciendas; no two lodges are alike but all are in exceptional locations and absolutely captivating. All rooms with private bathrooms.

ITINERARY IN BRIEF

DAY 1: The enchanting Andes, introductory ride

DAY 2: Patchwork fields, exotic plants, San Pablo Lake

DAY 3: Andean Condors & the beautiful, pastoral Zuleta Valley

DAY 4: The wild Andes, five magnificent volcanoes

Day 5: Open Plains & Wild Horses in Cotopaxi National Park

Day 6: Rugged peaks and incomparable views

Day 7: Andean high pass & Avenue of the Volcanoes

Day 8: Breakfast and Farewell

DAY 1 | THE ENCHANTING ANDES, INTRODUCTORY RIDE

Heading northwards from Quito, after a quick stop on the equator line, we meet the horses and, once everyone is comfortable, head out along the grassy lanes. Having admired the magnificent view atop a hill carpeted with wild flowers, we descend to a family run Hacienda in a beautiful pastoral valley.

Overnight at a working Hacienda, six rooms.

 

PL, D (approx. 2hr drive, 4-5 hours riding)

FROM US$ 4,175

PER PERSON

Included: 

All accommodation (private bathrooms); all meals (from day 1 lunch to day 8 breakfast) and snacks & water while riding; English speaking guide & 2nd local guide; 7 riding days; horses & spare horses; ponchos & saddlebags; grooms services; all necessary transfers/transport as per itinerary; all necessary local taxes, private reserve & national park entrance fees.


Not included: 

Appropriate medical insurance (mandatory); visa (as necessary); international or national airport taxes; soft and alcoholic drinks (evenings/dinner); personal expenditure; tips and all services not mentioned in the detailed description.

Testimonials

“…the horses were top-notch; the food was delicious; the haciendas beyond belief (I'm trying to figure out how I can add a fireplace to my bedroom at home); … the scenery was spectacular” JH.