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Riding on the traces of the Inka


Haciendas:

Hacienda Zuleta - Andes mountain lodge with comfort

Otavalo Ride/ Hacienda Cusin (5 days)

Hacienda Primavera Andes & Cloud Forest (7 days)

Highland Rides:

Highland Cattle & Horse Roundup (8/9 days)

Ride to historic haciendas (8 days)

Volcano Avenue (6 days)

Cattle-Roundup and Horse Roundup in Cotopaxi

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Horseback riding vacations in Ecuador

Ecuador is a country of boundless diversity, friendly people and spectacular natural wonders. Ecuador is bursting with tropical color – whether it’s the vibrant wild orchids, rainbow-hued toucans, indigenous costumes or the multi-colored butterflies. Horse riding in Ecuador is a time to immerse yourself in the sights, sounds and colors of Ecuador. To explore rainforests, ride past volcanoes, follow ancient Inca trails, or lounge in the quiet ambience of a colonial hacienda. Our Ecuadorian horse riding holidays offer a taste of Ecuador quite unlike anything else.
Horseback riding from one geographic area to another exposes Ecuador’s exciting ethnic diversity. The country has the second-highest percentage of indigenous people in South America, with over a dozen distinct ethnic and language groups. On our horseback vacations, you will visit the Indian markets and festivities, walk in the colonial streets of Quito (declared UNESCO cultural heritage sights), relax at a hacienda, or admire the wildlife in the Galapagos Islands or the Amazon.

Equitour has numerous horseback riding vacations in Ecuador. The Colonial Hacienda Trail and the Otavalo Ride, base themselves at beautiful colonial era haciendas (farm estates), and follow in the footsteps of the earliest Spanish settlers. Others, like the Andean Mountain Ride, ascend deep into the mighty Andes Mountain Range. On the Volcano Avenue Ride and the Cotopaxi Adventure Ride you will witness some of Ecuador’s finest volcanoes (including Cotopaxi Volcano). The Hacienda Primavera Ride is a wilderness horseback ride, based at an eco-lodge in the stunning El Choco rainforest. Our Cloud Forest to Highland ride is also another one of our great horse riding holidays (and more challenging than some of the Hacienda rides). Finally, our Cotopaxi Cattle Roundup and Cotopaxi Horse Roundup give you the awesome opportunity to experience an authentic rodeo (literally “round up”) of fighting bulls and horses.

Ecuador Weather and Climate
The coast is hot all year, with a humid rainy season between December and May. In the mountains climate depends on altitude, becoming cooler the higher you go. The Amazon region is hot, humid and wet while the Galapagos Islands are dry with a steady year-round average temperature of 77ºF (25ºC).

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Horseback riding vacations in Ecuador - Overview of tours

 




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HACIENDA Andes mountain lodge with comfort
Hacienda Zuleta - in the highlands on 3.000 m
Trail rides, tours (6 days) IT-ECSR01

  • Historic hacienda from the 17th century
  • very high standard with excellent service and very good meals
  • program rewarded by several international magazines and institutions
  • surrounding mountains Cotocachi, Mojanda and Imbabura, all over 5000 m
  • own horse breeding

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RIDING TOUR
Cotopaxi Adventure Ride
Snow covered peaks and gently rolling hills

Riding tour (8 days) IT-ECRT04

  • volcano avenue
  • vista of the highest active volcano of the world
  • Paramo, very special highland vegetation
  • moon-like plains
  • lava fields and streams, rock formations, canyons etc.
  • wild fauna
  • Humming birds, condors and ibis
  • long gallops over wide highland plains

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ROUND-UP
Highland Cattle & Horse Roundup
Adventure & cattle work

Round Up (8/9 days) IT-ECCD01

  • authentic insight into the hacienda life of Ecuador
  • accompanying and helping the ranchers during cattle drive and cattle work
  • adventurous experience
  • overnight at haciendas
  • demanding riding for experienced riders
  • volcano avenue
  • view of the highest volcano of the world
  • Paramo, special highland vegetation


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HACIENDA Andes and Cloud Forest
Hacienda Primavera
(7 days) IT-ECSR08

  • orchids and butterflies
  • exotic fruits
  • ancient tropic rainforest
  • 7 waterfalls
  • white water rafting
  • 1 day with the Manteneros, the ecuadoran cowboys
  • accommodation in comfortable colonial-style suites
  • organic food
  • pool and massages

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RIDING TOUR Colonial Hacienda Ride
small villages and fertile valleys
Riding tour with comfortable evenings (8 days) IT-ECRT03

  • "tomate tree forests" and other exotic plants
  • equator crossing
  • riding in the Cotopaxi National Park, with volcano
  • luggage transport by support vehicle
  • for experienced riders only
  • accommodation in historic, comfortable haciendas

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RIDING TOUR
Volcano avenue
From volcano to volcano through lush green

Riding in the national park
(6 days)
IT-ECRT06

  • pure adventure, e.g. overnight in a crater
  • from snow-covered peaks to tropic vegetations
  • cozy accommodation at haciendas and a mountain refuge (in the crater)
  • daily gourmet meals

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HACIENDA Otavalo Ride - Hacienda Cusin
Impressive haciendas from the 17th century
Trail rides (6 days) IT-ECSR02

  • hacienda on 2600 m in the ecuadorian sierra
  • surrounded by the mountains Cotocachi, Mojanda and Imbabura, all over 5000 m high

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