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Horseback riding tours in Ecuador

Cotopaxi National Park – Ruins – Springs – Limpiopungo Lake / 1 day

Cabalgata

We will assign a meeting place in Quito for that morning, there, our team and driver will be expecting you to start our journey. We will drive south through the Pan-American Highway along the Avenue of Volcanoes until we reach the small location of Machachi; here we will take a detour along a dirt road that will lead us passed the village of El Pedregal and on to the north entrance of the Cotopaxi National Park at 3,700 meters above sea level. Here, our horses will be waiting ready to start the adventure! We will ride through amazing Andean paths filled with flora, fauna, fresh air and amazing views. We will also visit the Pre-Incan ruins of El Salitre that used to serve as a strategic military viewing point for our ancestors. We will ride to the natural springs to finally arrive to the Limpiopungo Lake for lunch and a well deserved rest for us and our horses. We will return to Quito on our private transportation.

Price:
1 person: $ 220
2 people: $ 120
3 or more: $ 99

The price includes:

  • Meals inside the program
  • Private transportation
  • Horseback riding guide
  • One horse per client
  • National Park Entrance Fee Cotopaxi

Does not include:

  • Any type of insurance
  • Personal equipment such as gloves or mittens, waterproof clothing, etc.
  • Tips
  • Other personal expenses

The Pedregal – Cotopaxi National Park - Ruins / 1 day

Cabalgata

We will leave Quito behind and head south through the Avenue of Volcanoes along the Pan-American Highway until we reach the small town of Machachi, here we will detour on a dirt and cobbled paved road until we reach the small village of El Pedergal at 3,500 meters above sea level. Our local guide and horses will be waiting at this meeting point to start the tour. We will ride along the most amazing landscapes admiring the different activities that the indigenous populations engage on their day to day lives. We will be able to admire beautiful landscapes, enjoy the cold fresh Andean air, observe the endemic flora and fauna and finally arrive to the Cotopaxi National Park. Once inside the park we will ride our horses to the “El Salitre” pre-Incan ruins that served as a strategic military viewing point for our ancestors; here we will stop to rest and enjoy lunch. Afterwards we will ride back to El Pedregal to leave our horses and head back to Quito in our private transportation.

Price:
1 person: $ 220
2 people: $ 120
3 or more: $ 99

The price includes:

  • Meals inside the program
  • Private transportation
  • Horseback riding guide
  • One horse per client
  • National Park Entrance Fee Cotopaxi

Does not include:

  • Any type of insurance
  • Personal equipment such as gloves or mittens, waterproof clothing, etc.
  • Tips
  • Other personal expenses

Ilinizas Ecological Reserve – Refugee at 4,750 m/ 1 day

Cabalgata

Early that morning we will meet with you in a location in Quito previously assigned. Our driver will take us south along the Pan-American Highway, along the Avenue of Volcanoes until reaching the small town of Machachi. From here we will head west passing through the small village of El Chaupi until reaching the parking lot at Los Ilinizas located at 3,900 meters above sea level.  This first part of our journey normally takes about 3 hours. Here at “La Virgen” our local guide and horses will be waiting for us to start riding along the most spectacular Andean landscapes. On the first segment of our journey, we will ride through a Polilepis forest, also known as the “paper tree”; this will be followed by sand trails and rock roads, from which we will be able to admire much of the local flora and fauna, observe most of the volcanoes in the area and enjoy the virtually untouched nature. Our final destination is the Ilinizas refugee at 4,750 meters above sea level in between and north and south Ilinizas; here we will rest while enjoying a well deserved lunch. After that, we will ride back to “La Virgen” parking lot and enjoy our ride back to Quito. The estimate time riding is about 6 hours.

Price:
1 person: $ 220
2 people: $ 120
3 or more: $ 99

The price includes:

  • Meals inside the program
  • Private transportation
  • Horseback riding guide
  • One horse per client
  • Entradas a la Reserva Ecológica Los Ilinizas

Does not include:

  • Any type of insurance
  • Personal equipment such as gloves or mittens, waterproof clothing, etc.
  • Tips
  • Other personal expenses