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5 star rating
4 December 2019
Tony who has been on 28 In The Saddle rides. Hacienda Zuleta | A hugely enjoyable trip.
The vast majority of riders visiting Zuleta are beginners; I was the only experienced rider for the entire 10 days I was there. This had a considerable upside as it meant every day just myself and my 2 guides set out (Jose lead guide with no English, and Mauricio the English-speaking guide). We all had an absolute blast going on routes they had never been before - always great fun in stunning scenery.
The best ride (Ventana Grande plus The Towers), was one of the best day rides I have ever done. This route was a massive adventure, riding at 4,000m in stunning scenery, but it was very tough on both rider and horse, so for adventurous and experienced riders only.
I also had the pick of all 3 horse they describe as ‘advanced ‘ (Martina, Caracol II, Canela) and all were a joy to ride. The rides I ended up doing were better than the 10 night trail ride I did in Ecuador a few years ago.
5 star rating
9 June 2018
Gaitedfan who has been on 2 In The Saddle rides. Hacienda Zuleta | I had high expectations going to Hacienda Zuleta, and this place met all of them. It was the vacation home of two past Ecuadorian presidents for a reason. The scenery is stunning, very lush and bucolic. Its also very clean and safe and gives you a good look at rural life in Ecuador. The food and service is great. The beds are wonderfully soft which is welcome after a long day in the saddle. Each room also has a working fireplace which is stocked every night.
I rode 4 hoses and liked them all - soft mouths, super responsive, no vices. The tack is western style and is very comfortable. We went riding with a local guide who works at the hacienda taking care of the horses and an English speaking guide. Each ride was a combination of walking and long, controlled canters. The guides know what riders want and cater well to it. My friend and I loved it and would recommend it to anyone looking for a great South American vacation.