This tour is designed for people who love to experience the Andean mountains of northern Ecuador at the Hacienda Zuleta and visit the Andean Condor Huasi Project.
Hacienda Zuleta is a luxury Eco-farm from the 17th Century which is home to the Plaza family. Hacienda Zuleta is located in the Andean mountain range of Ecuador and is 2800 meters above sea level. The Luxury Eco-farm is only 2,5 hours from Quito. The Hacienda belonged to the family of former president Mr. Galo Plaza Lasso for more than 100 years.
For the Plaza Family, horseback riding has been a tradition for over one hundred years. Now, The Hacienda Zuleta is one of Ecuador’s exclusive stables horse riding vacations. Besides, Zuleta is also known for its own breed horses called Zuleteño. This is a exceptional mixture of Spanish (Andalusian), English and Quarter horses. The result are robust, noble and calm Andean horse perfect for trail riding.
Andean Condor Huasi Project
Zuleta has been internationally recognized for its work with the Andean condor of Ecuador. You will be visiting the Condor Project during the horse ride. The Andean Condor Huasi Project is located only 5 km the house in the valley and is surrounded by native forest. At the Condor project you will be able to see eight Condors that the project has in captivity. If you are lucky you can actually see wild Andean Condors flying above you or landing on the aviary.
Itinerary (Note: All times are approximately)
|07:00||Pick-up at hotel in Quito and start driving to the ranch|
|09:30||Arrival at Hacienda Zuleta with Welcome drink|
|09:30-10:00||Start horseback ride for 4 hours plus visit of Condor Project|
|12:00-13:30||Lunch at Hacienda|
|19:30||Back in Quito|
Half chaps, helmets, rain ponchos and saddle bag
Transportation from and to Quito
Guided horse tour on healthy strong horses for all levels
Welcome drink, tea or coffee
Optional tips for the guide
2 hour ride: $350,- USD p.p. (4-15 persons), $430,- USD p.p. (2-3 persons)
* 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. Slight exceptions can be made on the one-day-rides.
* 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.
* 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.