Imagine riding amid high Andean peaks and through remote traditional villages on horseback, chatting to the local cowboys (chagras) and then taking a break for lunch at a beautiful ranch-house.
Venture deep into the rural heartland of the Andes on a spectacular horse-riding trip either as part of a group or a personalised itinerary, staying in remote local haciendas and meeting local people as they go about their daily business, be it in villages, small weekly markets or as you pass by a farm.
Following ancient Inca highways and Spanish colonial routes, you will be taken on your own high mountain adventure amid the spectacular Andean scenery.
Even if you are a little rusty, we can arrange some introductory rides before you head out for days in the saddle, riding from one beautiful old colonial hacienda to the next.
You will follow the Avenue of the Volcanoes and ride through local villages, where you might visit indigenous markets where the customs and rhythm of life have changed little over the centuries.
Explore the dramatic scenery around Cotopaxi volcano, looking out for Andean wildlife such as condors, eagles, foxes and deer as well as high-altitude hummingbirds.
Historic old haciendas or local inns and farmhouses and their gracious hosts are waiting at the end of a long day to greet you and welcome you to their homes. Sit on front of an open fire and relax with tales of the days adventures over a warming canelasso or a bowl of hearty locro – a delicious potato and cheese soup.
Families might choose to base themselves in just one hacienda in the beautiful Andean foothills where you can take day rides as well as explore the artisan villages around and combine it with some hiking or mountain biking as well.
Experienced riders looking for a marvellous and rewarding challenge can join one of two yearly cattle round-ups on beautiful horses, a truly exhilarating and challenging ride!
Experience the thrill of following the skilled chagras as you assist them and the hacienda owners to herd the cattle from their pastures to the corrals. The days are long and the pace is very fast but the reward is a huge barbeque as the cattle are seen home, listening to the music of the region around the campfire.
By Marcela Kunova - 20th April 2017
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