VOLCANOES & VISTAS
11 DAYS | 12 NIGHTS
Ecuador-picture postcard around every corner
A spectacular horseback riding experience through the incredibly diverse landscapes of the Ecuadorian Andes. Imagine riding through lush valleys awash with citrus and passionfruit, alongside a bubbling stream, picking coffee beans in the cloud forest then – a few days later – cantering across arid plains just below the snowline. Contrasting landscapes and inconceivably wide-ranging terrain and topography are accompanied by a fascinating variety of birdlife, from the tiniest hummingbird to the mammoth Andean Condor.
ITINERARY IN BRIEF
DAY 1 : Across the Equator Line
DAY 2 : Zuleta Valley
DAY 3 : Pre-Inca earthworks
DAY 4 : Into the wild country
DAY 5 : Piñan Lake
DAY 6 : Cloud Forest
DAY 7 : A complete change of scenery
DAY 8 : Cotopaxi National Park
DAY 9 : Wild Horses
DAY 10 : Stunning Secret Valley
DAY 11: Breakfast and Farewell
DAY 1 | ACROSS THE EQUATOR LINE TO CAYAMBE VOLCANO
After an early breakfast, we depart across the equator line for the Cayambe Valley where we meet the horses. Once guests are comfortable with their mounts, we ride onto the Pesillo plains below the magnificent Cayambe Volcano then descend through forests into another valley. Encircled by meadows, we cross the valley to arrive at a working hacienda (ranch)...
Overnight at small working hacienda (ranch)
PL, D, (approx. 4 hours horse riding)
FROM US$ 3,950
All accommodation (private bathrooms except days 4, 5 & 6. Twin/double rooms except days 4 & 5 – 2 to 4 per room depending on number of guests); all meals and water (from day 1 lunch to day 11 breakfast, except day 10 dinner); English speaking guide & 2nd local guide; 10 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; Dinner day 10; soft and alcoholic drinks (water provided); personal expenditure; tips and all services not mentioned in the detailed description.
‘This trip has been an absolute dream. It has been everything I’d hoped for and more. I’ve learned so much on this adventure about horses, geology, Latin America etc.. I am leaving this trip feeling relaxed, inspired and with a new perspective on the value of community. I hope to come back as soon as possible... Thank you for the adventure, the wonder and the kindness.’