|On the trail near Pululahua.
Photo courtesy of Green Horse Ranch.
Horseback Riding Tours in Ecuador
Ecuador, and especially the Ecuadorian Andes provide limitless opportunities for horseback riding. Beautiful mountain vistas and snow capped volcanoes straddling the Equator are the norm. Many haciendas (historical colonial ranches) offer horseback riding opportunities as well as some tour operators that specialize in riding horses.
Choose from a reputable tour provider below to make sure you have a quality guide, a safe experience and choose a provider that treats the horses well:
Green Horse Ranch – offers horseback rides from 1 to 10 days through many of Ecuador’s most beautiful and biologically diverse areas. Experienced, multi-lingual guides lead all trips and the Ranch’s horses are sensible and people friendly. Green Horse tours start in an ancient volcano near Quito, which is part of a National Park with amazing landscapes and historic sites. Green Horse also offers an optional visit to the Ecuadorian monument La Mitad del Mundo. All tours include full transport, entrance fees and great meals.
Gulliver Travels – has one to three day horseback riding tours mostly based out of Hacienda Papagayo, just an hour south of Quito and near Cotopaxi National Park. Explore the neighboring volcanoes of Corazon and the Ilinizas and combine your horseback ride with a ride on a bike or a hike up a mountain with Gulliver’s experienced guides.
Hacienda La Alegria – This fascinating, traditional hacienda was built in 1910 with the charming style of old times. La Alegria is located in the Central Andes of Ecuador, where you can enjoy the most beautiful view of the Volcano Avenue in a family atmosphere. Hacienda La Alegria offers you warm hospitality with a touch of luxury. They cater to independent travelers and larger groups and can tailor a package for most requirements. They specialize in horseback riding vacations in the beautiful surroundings of the Andes of Ecuador and can accommodate experienced riders and beginners.
Hacienda San Agustín de Callo – Suitable for inexperienced and experienced riders. The chance to visit Andean towns and villages using old Inca paths. One of the favorite horse rides takes you towards the Cotopaxi through a pine forest to plains just below the volcano with magnificent views of the surrounding mountains. For special occasions, you might order an exquisite treat with canopy, table, hors-d’oeuvres, champagne or wine and then a pleasant nap somewhere in the magical Andes.