Ecuador is not a destination that would immediately spring to mind if you thought about riding in South America, but with a wealth of haciendas spread throughout the country, the riding possibilities are limitless. Each of our selected haciendas offers various forms of riding, whether it is around stunning volcanoes or through some of the smaller colonial towns that characterise this country.
Horse riding in Ecuador is an activity done hand in hand with other interests as the country is not a pure riding destination. Ideally this would be combined with visiting some of the local markets, colonial towns and even the Galapagos Islands. Opportunities to ride come when you spend a little more time at one of the countries many haciendas. Here you have the chance to ride through the low lying Andes for a day or a half day allowing you to cover a great distance and see more of this beautifully charismatic country.
Ecuador’s varied landscape offers the perfect place to ride. Most of the riding in Ecuador is done as either a full or half day ride, which takes you through local villages, allowing you to interact with the locals and see the real side of the country.
As with every place where we offer riding there are a range of horses to match your standard of riding and all our excursions include qualified and knowledgeable guides
South of Quito lies a wild landscape strewn with active volcanoes and the National Parks of Cotapaxi and Chimborazo. Cotapaxi national park is dominated by Mount Cotapaxi, the highest active volcano in the world, soaring to 19,700ft. The park contains excellent flora and fauna with herds of llamas and deer, hummingbirds, and the elusive Andean condor, as well as scenic walking trails.
The Valley of Mindo is within the protected Mindo-Nambillo forest and is located a short two-hour drive to the northwest of Quito. The 48,000-acre (19,200 hectares) forest stretches over the slopes of Pichincha Volcano and covers diverse ecosystems ranging from the cloud-high treeless plateau or "paramo" through subtropical forest to tropical jungle.
Situated north of Quito amongst the Andean foothills, is an area famed for its lakes, national parks and the bustling market town of Otavalo. For centuries, regional markets have played an important role in Indian life, providing regular gathering places for trade and socialising.