One of the highlights of our Ecuador tours is riding in the midst of wild horses within the borders of Cotopaxi National Park. Frequently part of our days riding, these herds come from noble roots.
The Spanish changed the landscape of Ecuador by introducing horses, which were used to tend to cattle (also introduced) at many of the stately haciendas built in the southern Andes.
Some of the Andalusian breeds escaped from captivity and over centuries have evolved into the 200 or so horses that roam free on the plateaus of Cotopaxi National Park.
Long canters over the wide open paramo in the shadow of Cotopaxi with wild horses is an experience that is seldom found elsewhere and somehow defies description until experienced firsthand.
For more information about how you can discover the natural highlights of Ecuador’s Andes by horse for yourself and the extensions we can arrange before or after your trip, please feel free to contact us. We also offer in-depth descriptions under the ‘Our Journey,’ section of this site.