During this 6 day ride at the Pululahua crater, you will witness amazing sceneries, spot some wildlife and biodiversity, climb up mountains, wind through forests and you will also see historical sites. You will start with a night ride, which will give deep trust between you and your horse. Later you can find yourself circling around the lava cone and see volcanic history and interesting geological formations. On the end of the ride, you will be at a small mountain village, where you can also have a tour to learn how the people live and how they produce their own cheese and marmelade. There is so many to be explored here, history, culture and nature, and it is all waiting to be explored by you and your horse! You can also choose to have an optional day extra, to go to Bellavista bird lodge to enjoy some more nature.
Day 1 (D): You will have a pick up at 4.00PM from a central meeting point in Quito, to go to the pacific cloud forest on the slopes of the Pululahua volcano. Your first ride will be in the night through the Pululahua crater, winding in the darkness while seeing fireflies everywhere around you. You will get deep trust between you and your horse.
Riding time: Approximately 3 hours
Day 2 (B,L,D): Today you will make another ride in the Pululahua crater. This time in daylight, so you can see clearly how the scenery changes in this area together with its biodiversity. While circling the central lava cone, you will witness volcanic history and nature, interesting geological formations and mineral avalanches with wild orchids and traditional Andean agriculture.
Riding time: Approximately 4-5 hours
Day 3 (B,L,D): On this day you will be leaving the volcano along the cloud forest, surrounded by mountain slopes. You will pass by gorges, which were carved by lava streams. On the way you can see several plants, such as orchids or bromelias, rubber trees, guarumos and terrestrian corals. Meanwhile you will be zigzagging through dense forests, steep slopes, you will cross some water streams and wind through ancient paths. Some are nearly forgotten nowadays and only used by a very few farmers. Shoes with a good grip are recommended for this day, as we will have to dismount and lead our horse in some sections.
Riding time: Approximately 5-6 hours
Day 4 (B,L,D): On this day you will have a closer look on the pre-inca hill ‘Portalanza’, which you also could see the day before. All the ancient paths once leaded to this hill. You will get closer along flower fields, approaching the narrow ridge between the Rio Blanco and the Rio Tanache. You will follow this path down to the plains, where once stood a prehispanic Quitu-Cara village. The view is breathtaking. From there you can see vultures and hawks sailing above you. You will return through the jungely mountain forest and elephant grass. Back at the country house you can enjoy a well-deserved Jacuzzi.
Riding time: Approximately 5-6 hours
Day 5 (B,L,D): On your fifth day you will go up the mountains, while you are climbing up a picturesque bamboo trail. You will come across a few farmhouses. The higher you will go, the more views you will have over the cloud forest behind you. This night you will be staying in an eco-friendly cottage or you will have a family stay in the mountain village. This will be in a self-sustaining community tourism project. You can also learn about sustainable tourism here.
Riding time: Approximately 4 hours
Day 6 (B,L): On your last day you can have a little tour to learn how the villagers produce their own cheese and marmalade. After that, you will go back on the horses, to spot some traces of the Ecuadorian history. After a scenic ride, you will go back into the cloud forest and maybe you can even spot some toucans. Also you will see an ancient smuggler’s path, where caneschnapps used to be transported on mules from the coast to the highlands during the time of the prohibition. Then you will go to another path from where you can have high Andean view-points. Back at the starting point, you will have a transfer back to Quito.
Riding time: Approximately 5 hours
Optional Day 7 (B,L): If you choose to have an optional day 7, you will have a transfer to bellavista birdlodge after your ride on day 6. A 3 course menu is included. After a big breakfast on day 7, you will go for a nature park hike, on a self-guided trail and you can do bird watching. You will have a lunch with coffee/tea before returning back to Quito.
Private transportation from and to Quito
4 nights of accommodation in a hostal/country house inside Pululahua crater and 1 night at Yunguilla turismo comunitaro
5x Breakfasts, 5x lunches, 5x dinners
Guided horse tour on healthy strong horses for all levels
Support vehicle on part of the ride
Use of boots, helmets, hats, chaps and other equipment
Extra food and drinks
Optional tips for the guide
$1075 p.p. with a minimum of 2 people
$1315 p.p. single traveler
Optional extra day: +$190 p.p. with a minimum of 2 people
Important things to bring:
Long sleeves and long pants (preferably riding pants)
Solid shoes with good grip
Small bottle of water
* Since we will ride in the mountains where the trails could be steep and where there is less oxygen lead us to put a maximum on rider weights of 200 pounds.
*It is important that you will have current travel insurance including personal medical insurance. Please inform us of any known medical conditions you have.
* Important things to bring: warm and waterproof clothing, comfortable shoes (no flipflops or other type of open shoes), water, sun block, sunglasses and your passport.
* The operator reserves the right to change the itinerary without previous notice due to weather, National Park regulations or notifications and unpredictable circumstances.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us. We will be glad to help you.