Horseback Riding Avenidad de los Volcanes

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5 Days - 4 Nights
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Quito
Ruta de los Volcanes
Tour Details

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.

Departure & Return Location

Quito. Ecuador (Google Map)

Departure Time

Always in the morning.

Price Includes

  • Professional and bilingual guide
  • Transportation from and to Quito (hotel)
  • Guided horse tour on healthy strong horses for all levels
  • Four nights of accommodation
  • 4x breakfast, 4x lunch 4x dinner (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
  • Local taxes

Price Excludes

  • Personal expenses
  • Gratuities
  • Own travel insurance
Important Info

The people interested in this tour must have riding horses experience

Itinerary

Day 1Haciendas Day

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 time: 4 hours

Day 2Machachi

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 time: 4 hours

Day 3Cotopaxi

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 time: 6+ hours

Day 4Ruminahui

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 Hacienda La Alegria for a pleasant dinner and enjoy the hot tub and rest with the memories of the long journeys in the mountains.
Riding time: 7+ hours

Day 5Return

After breakfast it is time to say goodbye to the horses and the Hacienda. Transfer out to Quito or airport

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