1 day riding, option of routes depending on rider(s) experience, rider(s) wishes & weather conditions.
A great ride option for those with a restricted time frame. A circuit ride, combining a variety of pace and terrain depending on the rider’s ability. The magnificent Andean Condor is now regularly sighted on this ride.
“This ride is ideal for those with limited time, who wish to see the beauty of Quito’s surrounding countryside and authentic country life. The tour included happy, fit horses, excellent guides, great company, over a variety of pace and terrain. Thoroughly recommended.” AP, April 2010.
The day starts early in the ‘Mariscal’ part of Quito, where you will be met and driven just one hour away to the picturesque farm near Pintag, in the Antisana foothills, where all the horses are kept. Your bi-lingual guide will introduce you to your carefully-selected horse and accompanying 'chagra' (local Ecuadorian horseman), dressed in his traditional poncho and chaps.
Once riders are comfortable and happy with their horses we will leave the enclosed area and head into the high Andes.
Sample itinerary: The ride begins by winding through the nearby hamlet, where you can enjoy views of the rolling Andean hillsides and observe families going about their colourful daily life. After passing a beautiful 'hacienda', an Ecuadorian country estate, and stud farm, depending on riding ability the ride can gather pace, enjoying long canters across lush meadows and negotiating more challenging pathways through denser vegetation before climbing to higher altitudes. There you can enjoy stunning views of the surrounding peaks including Ruminahui, Pasachoa, Sincholagua and the mighty snow-capped volcano Cotopaxi, over a relaxing picnic lunch taken from your saddle bags and provided by Ride Andes.
With an experienced bi-lingual guide accompanying you to answer all questions relating to the local history, fauna and flora, the tour will continue through eucalyptus and then pine forests before finishing back at the farm after approximately 5-6 hours in total. The tour can be shortened or adapted to cater for less experienced riders. Guests will be driven back to Quito.
For riders who wish to ride longer, we climb high into the ‘paramo’ vegetation and the ride can be up to 7-8 hours.
DATES: all year round. Please consult with us.
ONE DAY TOURS COST PER PERSON in USD:
3-5 riders: USD98
2 riders: USD129
1 rider: USD170
Please request prices for larger groups
Pre-ride ‘de rust’ or work on your riding skills: Riding instruction adapted to suit your wishes – professional courses (half day or more) available at incredibly good value with one of two European riding instructors. Please ask for details.
ACCOMMODATION – prior to and/or after the ride guests can spend a luxurious night at a converted Jesuit Hacienda close to Quito. The rooms are beautifully decorated – single, double/twin, triple and quadruple rooms. Stroll the gardens or relax on the verandas, enjoy delicious home-cooked Ecuadorian food.
The current cost per person in a double/twin room, en suite bathroom, with dinner and breakfast is USD70.