OF THE ANDES
8 DAYS | 7 NIGHTS
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
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
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.
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.
“…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.