Hacienda to Hacienda- Ride in Ecuador

Hacienda to Hacienda Ride

Ride Overview

Ecuador’s stunning scenery, colorful culture, friendly local people and temperate climate combine to make it one of the most rewarding destinations in South America. The Hacienda to Hacienda Ride follows a stunning route through two distinct areas of the Andean cordillera with the ride taking place between the elevations of 8,000 and 14,000 feet.  In view of Cayambe and Cotopaxi, the ride crosses vast plains and passes through pastoral valleys, following the “Avenue of Volcanoes.”  See the local people working the fields in much the same manner as their ancestors and relish the chance to take ancient Inca trails and visit Inca ruins as you ride in Ecuador.

Along the way you will have the remarkable experience of staying in several very distinct historical haciendas (colonial manor farms) in Ecuador, some dating back to the early 1600s.  The Hacienda Ride is a spectacular way to experience some of the finest accommodations, beautiful scenery, and colorful culture Ecuador has to offer. Two sets of horses in different locations make it possible to see a larger part of the area and there are opportunities to shop for a wide range of ethnic handicrafts.

Accommodations & Food

Accommodations will be in some of the most well known haciendas and hotels in Ecuador. Hacienda Pinsaqui and Hacienda Cusin are among those visited and the second to last night is spent in a luxurious, recently restored old Jesuit Hacienda: Santa Ana.

Many of the rooms at the haciendas have fireplaces and all are decorated with local crafts and colonial furniture. Nearly all breakfasts and dinners will be at the haciendas; the majority of the lunches will be picnics. On your last evening, spent in Quito, you will have the opportunity to dine on their own.

Vegetarian or other dietary requirements can be accommodated with advanced notice. Please contact Equitours with requests.

Ride & Horse Details

  • Overview:
    The horses are European imports (mostly English, Andalucian, Arab and Pasos) crossed with local ‘Criollo’ breeds. These fine horses are responsive and ideally suited for the terrain. There will normally be two changes to fresh horses during the ride. The McClellan saddle is used and the riding is mainly western style with neck reining, however, some horses do respond better to direct reining. The saddles have a deep seat but are much lighter than American western tack to allow riders to ride either English or Western style. Some English saddles are available upon request, but due to the long hours in the saddle and steep terrain they are not advised. Riding helmets are not required but strongly recommended. We encourage you to bring your own. You are not expected to groom or feed your horses. Grooms will accompany the ride.
  • Horse Breeds:
    Criollo crosses
  • Trip Pace:
    moderate, with long canters and gallops
  • Tack:
    McClellan or English
  • Weight limit:
    185 Ibs (riders up to 210 lbs must pay a fee)

Meeting Point

Mariscal sector of Quito

With first-hand knowledge of the exciting tours we offer, the ride consultants at Equitours look forward to answering any questions you might have about this ride. We want to help make sure that you select the trip of your dreams. Please call or email and get ready to pack your bags for a wonderful adventure!

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1.800.545.0019

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