Part of 2014 CNN´s 15 world’s greatest horse treks!
This 5 day trekking shows you the best of the Andes. The number of species found here are incredible, you can find there the Andean deer, spectacled bears, Andean fox and pumas, as well as a variety of birds like the guarro (Andean eagle), curiquingeu (cara-cara), the kilico (falcon), chugshi (owl), bandurrias (black ibis), urco paloma (sea gull), ducks, and the majestic condor. In warmer ravines, you’ll also see colourful hummingbirds sipping nectar from flowers. Uniquely, the only form of transportation during your trip will be your horse. They will be your partner throughout this adventure. And, of course, you will have the opportunity to admire the majestic Cotopaxi, the highest active volcano on earth.
Day 1: Pick up from your hotel in Quito and drive to the Hacienda in the Avenue del Volcanoes. We start with a ride in the arena to get acquainted with the horses and tack that we will use during the ride. We then ride around the neighboring Haciendas. Our first experiences at altitude starts this first day. Lunch in the Hacienda house, visit the milking barn and aging cheese cave, and enjoy the hot tub and fireplace.
Riding hours: 4 hours
Day 2: We ride to the west mountain range and through the valley toward Machachi. We stop at the Machachi market (on Sundays), continue toward the Ruminahui and stop at a beautiful Hacienda for a snack. We continue riding until we arrive to the Pedregal valley and stay overnight in a Hacienda at 3,500 meters.
Riding hours: 4 hours
Day 3: We enter the Cotopaxi National Park, ride towards the Sincholagua volcano, make a large loop downhill to the valley, and after a snack we continue crossing the different lava flows, ascending north of Cotopaxi up to 4,100 mts to the highest plains, where we complete the highest canter in the world. We ride in close proximity to berber wild horse herds that live in the park and are descendants of the horses brought by the Spanish in the 16th century.
Riding hours: 6+ hours
Day 4: Ride at Ruminahui continuing west; pass to the highest point of our ride (4,250 m) on the edges of the rocks of the Ruminahui Volcano. We continue our ride toward the green Machachi valley as always guarded by the volcanoes avenue. We cross the Machachi plaza where horsemen are always welcomed; we pass the town of Aloag and arrive to the Hacienda for a pleasant dinner and enjoy the hot tub and rest with the memories of the long journeys in the mountains.
Riding hours: 7+ hours
Day 5: After breakfast it is time to say goodbye to the horses and the Hacienda. Transfer out to Quito or airport.
Professional and bilingual guide
Transportation from and to Quito (hotel)
Guided horse tour on healthy strong horses for all levels
Four nights of accommodation
4 x breakfasts, 4x lunches, 4x dinners (All meals feature delicious, gourmet international and Ecuadorian food, wine and beer included.)
Use of boots, helmets, hats, chaps and other equipment
Support vehicle on part of the ride
Lunch boxes on most of the rides
Your choice of wool protected saddles. You may also bring your own equipment.
Tips for guide
Extra food and drinks
- Longsleeves and long pants (preferably riding pants)
- Sun block
- Waterproof jacket
- Riding boots or other solid shoes with good
- Riding helmet if available
- Mosquito repellent
- Small bottle of water
$1500 USD p.p. from 3 riders to 12 riders
Two riders will incur an additional fee of $100 USD per rider.
*Suitable for families with children 12 years and older with good riding skills and capacity for long journeys. 15% discount for children up to 15.
* 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.
* Important things to bring: waterproof clothing, comfortable shoes (no flipflops or other type of open shoes), water, sun block, mosquito repellent, sunglasses and your passport.
* It is important that you will have current travel insurance including personal medical insurance. Please inform us of any known medical conditions you have.
* The operator reserves the right to change the itinerary without previous notice due to weather, National Park regulations or notifications and unpredictable circumstances.
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