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Exclusive service for a small group. 1 week horse riding in ECUADOR!  Saturday 14 to Sunday 22 – November 2015     

The best way to Experience the beauty of the Ecuadorean Andes it is on a horse. Each morning brings new experiences and a chance to admire the beauty of the mountains and valleys. Friendly Chagras (Andean cowhand) usually pause from their work to greet you, to exchange news, or even to offer a drink and wish you luck on your journey.

Our rides include amazing journeys from 3 to 9 days depending on the riders skills and itineraries, we offer rides in the northern Andes and also in the Central Andes where we find the most striking landscapes and also an interesting anthropological experiences.

Comments: The itinerary can be modified according to clients needs and riding skills. First day to acclimatize and have a briefing about the journey will be necessary. Detailed dossier about the trip will be provided once the trip is confirmed. As this trips are tailor made, please inquire with us about rates.
Highlights: Avenue of the Volcanoes, Cloud forest, San Pablo Lake, Zuleta Valley, Cayambe & Cotopaxi Volcanoes, Indian Villages, old colonias farms from 17th to 18th century, Condor Project, La Alegria & Zuleta horses
Duration: 9 days/8 nights (7 riding days)
Location: Central Andes and Northern Andes
Meals:  7 L or PL, 6 D, 8 B / soft drinks
Drinks included: Soft drinks
Accommodation: Old Colonial working farms SGL or DBL rooms w/private bathroom
Extras included: Snacks, soft drinks, water
Altitude & Weather: Between 1800 mts to 4000 mts to 2800 mts. – Jan to Jun: am sunny/late afternoon rain – Jul to Dec: am/afternoon sunny/Night possible rains. Temperatures varies from 5C to 20C
Topography Conditions: Most of the time easy and flat. There are some slops not considered too steep, very pleasant and relaxed rides.
Riding Ability Experience: Intermediate to above, able to canter in open spaces, average riding time between 4hrs to 5 hrs a day, fit riders. Suitable for families with children 12 year old and older.
Guides and Grooms: Experienced bilingual guide and local grooms with technical knowledge of the country side and horses
Horses: In La Alegria: Arab or Argentinian mixt with Ecuadorean ponies. In Zuleta: Zuletano (3/4 Andalusian, Thoroughbred, Quarter horse) adapted to high altitudes and mountain terrain, sure footed.
Tack: In la Alegria: Argentinian Recados; in Zuleta: Western saddles. Horses used to neck reining or English style (2 hands).
Additional Equipment: Rain ponchos, rain chaps, rain hats, helmets, saddlebags for each rider, half chaps.

Ecuador Volcanoes,  Central and North Ecuador Andes

One of the best ways to Experience the beauty of the Ecuadorean Andes it is on a horse.  Each morning brings new experiences and a chance to admire the beauty of the mountains and valleys. Friendly Chagras (Ecuadorean Andean cowboys) usually pause from their work to greet you, to exchange news, or even to offer a drink and wish you luck on your journey.

Day 1 – Quito:

Arrival to Quito and transfer to the hotel Casona de La Ronda (located in the colonial part of Quito)

Day 2 – Quito – Avenue of the Volcanoes

From Quito we drive 1 hour to Hacienda La Alegria, located south of the capital city of Ecuador in the verdant valley of Machachi, nestled in “The Avenue of The Volcanoes”.

In the morning we ride in the ring and get familiar with the horses and tack that we will use during the ride, taking a short ride around the neighboring Haciendas. Our first experiences at altitude starts this first day. Lunch in the Hacienda house, visit the milking barn and aging cheese cave, and enjoy the hot tub and fireplace.

Accommodatión: Hacienda La Alegria / Meals : B, L, D

 

Day 3 – From the Andes to the Cloud Forest

We are extremely fortunate to have an area of primary cloud forest close to La Alegria farm, where we will start our ride. These luxuriant forests rank among some of the most bio-diverse habitats on the planet, with an astonishingly profusion of plant life, wax palms, big trees covered with moss, orchids, epiphytes (air plants), high-altitude bamboo and tree fern, the oldest species in the world. There are hundreds of different Orchids. Bird-watching is popular, with hummingbirds, nightjars, and other exotic species.

In the morning we ride west towards the Corazon volcano up to 13,000 ft. and known as Paramo vegetation or the equivalent to Tundra, where we start descending to the cloud forest, in the afternoon, we arrive at Hacienda Bomboli home of one of the most important agro-scientific that we have in the Andes mountains – Osvaldo Aro, at 9900 ft, after 4 hours ride, relax by the fireplace, enjoying the sunset, and a great country meal.

Accommodation: Hacienda Bomboli / Meals: B, L,

 

Day 4 – From the Cloud Forest back to the Highlands

We leave behind the cloud forest and ride on the old road that until 1960 connected Quito with the coast. From there we can appreciate the green and fertile Machachi Valley, crossing extensive pastures and eucalyptus forests we arrive to the valley for a snack and return to the hacienda La Alegria to rest and get ready for the nexd day adventure in the northern part of the Andes in the pastoral valley of Zuleta.

Accommodatión: Hacienda La Alegria/ Meales: B, L, D

 

Day 5 – Zuleta Valley

 In the morning we drive 3 hrs. From Hacienda La Alegria to the northern part of the Andes towards the beautiful valley of Zuleta and the famous Hacienda Zuleta, A historic retreat in the Andean cloud forest about two and a half hours northeast of Quito. The adobe hacienda, built in 1691, is the centerpiece of a 4,000-acre working farm that includes a dairy, cheese factory, organic garden, tree nursery, trout farm, embroidery workshop, and condor-raising project.

Most guests saddle up one of 90 horses and ride out through pine and eucalyptus forests and high-altitude grasslands to pre-Inca archaeological sites amid magnificent volcano views. You can also hike, cycle, or take tours to nearby indigenous villages. The guest rooms are appointed with Spanish Colonial antique furniture, down comforters, and linens embroidered by local Indian women.
Of special interest to many guests are the hand-embroidery workshop, condor rehabilitation project, trout farm and cheese factory and the best horse riding of Ecuador.

Horseback riding in Ecuador has been a Plaza family (the owners of Hacienda Zuleta) tradition for over one hundred years, and today Zuleta reflects this equestrian affinity by boasting one of the most exclusive stables and horse riding in Ecuador. Zuleta is also known for its Zuleteño horse, a unique mixture of Spanish – Andalusian, English and Quarter horses. The outcome of this crossbreeding is a robust, noble and smooth Andean horse with a perfect disposition for trail riding.
After arriving to the farm we check in and enjoy of a delicious lunch.

In the afternoon we get acquainted with our new and beautiful Zuleteno horses, with a 3 hour ride to the Condor project with excellent possibilities to see wild Condors and Spectacle Bears.
Late afternoon back to the hacienda for dinner. Accommodation: Hacienda Zuleta.  Meals: B, L, D

 

Day 6 – The Community and Cubilche Volcano

After an amazing breakfast we start our amazing 5 hour ride through the pastoral valley of Zuleta and its community, admiring how the local people leave and the beautiful dresses of the Zuletena woman as they walk by or work in the fields, a great anthropological experience and interaction.

This is considered one of the most stunning areas in het Ecuadorean Andes, after a couple of hours riding we reach the 11,500 ft where the bushy Paramo starts and continue over the mountain to reach the top of the Cubilche volcano which has a lagoon, great moment for pictures and admire the beauty of the high lands.

After a short break we start going down trough potatoes, barley and wit fields, towards a striking view of San Pablo Lake for a picnic lunch and a short break enjoying this amazing moment.

After lunch we start descending towards the Hacienda to enjoy of a coffee break or a sundowner and a traditional country dinner accompanied by the Zuleta chees made in the hacienda.

Accommodation: Hacienda Zuleta. Meals: B, L, D

 

Day 7 – Ventanas and the High Paramos

An early morning start waits for us, after breakfast we start our 6 hour ride adventure towards the amazing geological formation of Ventanas, known by the indigenous people of the area due to a rock formation like a window located at almost 12,000 ft. with A fantastic view of the whole valley, an authentic “Charga´´ (Ecuadorean Cowboy) journey where the horses perform their best skills as they go over the mountain.

This is one of the most interesting adventures as the landscape is totally different of what we have seen, as you will feel the untouched Paramo vegetation as you ride along huge grasslands.

After a picnic lunch we start descending to the farm to enjoy of our afternoon tea or sundowner.

Accommodation: Hacienda Zuleta. Meals: B, L, D

 

Day 8 – Hacienda Zuleta Cayambe Valley – Quito

After breakfast we start our last day of riding on a rather easy terrain towards the valley of Cayambe, riding on the foot hills of Cayambe volcano (18,000ft) accompanied by a fantastic landscape full of agricultural fields decorated with  different greens of the Ecuadorean lands, after 4 hrs ride, we leave our beautiful Zuleteno horses and get the vehicle to drive for 30 minutes to a the private hacienda of La Compania built in 17th century where a traditional lunch is waiting for us and the most important rose plantation of the Andes with a show room with more than 4000 different roses.

In the afternoon, and after a short visit to the house and the chapel we continue our trip to Quito for an overnight and pack to continue the journey next day, either home or any extensions like Galapagos Islands or the amazon basin.
Accommodation: Casona de La Ronda boutique hotel / Meals: B, L

Day 9 – Quito – Home or Extensions

Transfer to the airport to take the plane back home or extensions
Meals : B

 

 

Max 10 people – Saturday 14 to  Sunday 22 – November 2015

Michi Moments designs the most imaginative and authentic itineraries and select the finest accommodations, guides and transport.

We feature unique touches including picnics with excellent South American wines and the finest local ingredients, refreshment breaks, all in carefully chosen locations of great natural beauty.

4 to 10 people:  30,750 SEK / 3,285€ /  3,617 USD / per person in Double or Twin bedroom – Flying ticket not included

Flight: Regular KLM: Stockholm – Quito – Stockholm: 11,800 SEK approx – if booked before 01 Sept.
Payment 15% deposit when booking is made
KLM Cancellation policy: of whole reservation:
Up to 121 days before departure:        5% of the tariff
120-31 days before departure:          30% of the tariff
From 30 days before departure:      100% of the tariff

What is included?

Up scale private services during the whole itinerary
Private transfers on arrival and departure at Quito airport
Accommodation in Dbl or Twin standard rooms: 8 nights
Meals as specified in the itinerary (8 Breakfast/ 7 Lunch/6 Dinner)
Snacks and Soft drinks
Private vehicle with driver and guide to drive from hacienda to hacienda
Experienced bilingual guides from La Alegria and hacienda Zuleta
Grooms with technical knowledge of the countryside and horses
Spare horses and support vehicle in case of an emergency
Tack, rain Ponchos, rain chaps, rain hats, helmets,
Saddlebags for each rider, half chaps.
Radio communication
First aid kid 

Not included

Personal riding equipment
Personal expenses
Alcoholic drinks
Tips to guides and grooms

Insurance
Personal insurance compulsory

Packing list

Shirt: Layers of cotton, fleece or wool, long sleeved shirts or t-shirts
Sweater: Fleece and vest
Trousers: Full length riding pant or breeches (wool, blend, pile)
Underwear: Thermal underwear (top & bottom), light weight (polypropylene)
Headwear: Helmet (provided) bandana or buff, sunglasses
Jackets: Insulated or Goretex mountain parka for rain and wind
Gloves: Wool, waterproof
Socks: Wool or polypropylene
Footwear: waterproof lightweight riding boots and hiking boots
Sun block; +50, lipstick
Personal first aid kit

 

 

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