Ecuador - Volcanoes and Vistas Ride

  • Open Jun-Aug, Nov-Feb
  • Set arrivals
  • 10 nights / 10 days of riding | 4 to 7 hours riding per day | Nearest collection point:Quito
  • Weight limit: 13st 5lbs (85 kg) (187 pounds)
  • Usual maximum: 8

The ride begins close to the glacier-topped Cayambe Volcano, to the north of Quito. Following tracks across farmland, you ascend through eucalyptus and pine forests to open mountain pastures. Ride over a ridge and into the San Pablo valley towards Otavalo, home to the famous market which you will have the chance to visit during the trip.

The second part of the ride takes you to Cotopaxi National Park and onto the remote eastern side of the Cotopaxi Volcano. This is a wild place of seldom-visited plains high in the Andes. Here you may spot Andean wildlife such as condor, eagles and owls, hummingbirds and deer. If you are lucky, you may even meet some of the wild horses that roam the area.

The pace is mixed, with plenty of long flowing trots and canters where the terrain allows. The horses are keen and fit, but happily settle into a wonderful rhythm. The route is at altitude and so for the sake of the horses, it is not suitable for riders who wish to gallop flat out for long periods.

The local horses are Criollo crosses; they are fit and ideal for traversing the high Andes. They are specially selected, well-trained and good natured.

You should be a competent and confident rider in control of your horse at all paces in open and difficult terrain. There are also some steep slopes to negotiate. Due to the high altitude it is important that you have good overall physical fitness as well as riding fitness for the long hours in the saddle, (the longest days consist of seven hours of riding).

Western tack is used, South American style US-cavalry saddles with sheepskins provided. If you prefer to ride in English saddles, this may be possible but it must be requested in advance.

The weight limit is 85 kg in riding gear. By prior arrangement it may be possible to accommodate riders up to 95 kg subject to payment of an additional horse supplement. Please enquire for availability.

Accommodation on this trail is comfortable rooms in a mixture of small inns and guesthouses.

On most evenings the guest rooms have private bathrooms. On other nights the accommodation is more rustic, with shared bathroom facilities.

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Upcoming Dates

Below are the set dates. Additional dates may be possible for groups of 4 or more. Please enquire for details.

Holiday Experience LevelExp Lvl Arrive - DepartArr - Dep   Price Itinerary Availability
Volcanoes and Vistas Ride 13 Jul 2024 - 23 Jul 2024 10 nights 10 ngts £3,209.23 View (.pdf) Book
Volcanoes and Vistas Ride 27 Jul 2024 - 6 Aug 2024 10 nights 10 ngts £3,209.23 View (.pdf) Book
Volcanoes and Vistas Ride 28 Dec 2024 - 7 Jan 2025 10 nights 10 ngts £3,209.23 View (.pdf) Full


INCLUDES Accommodation; riding; most meals

Riders 85kg and over pay an extra horse supplement of £349.36

SMALL GROUP SUPPLEMENTS The minimum number to confirm the standard itinerary is 4 guests. If the group size is 2 or 3 people, the itinerary will be modified and a small group supplements applies:
2 riders in group: £1,386.27
3 riders in group: £949.57

SINGLE SUPPLEMENT £401.15 (refunded if we find you a sharer)

PAYABLE LOCALLY Tips; drinks; meals in Quito other than breakfast


TRANSFERS Transfers from Quito airport to Quito city are c. £40.62 and from Quito airport to an airport hotel are c. £22.57 each way per vehicle. On Day 1 the transfer to the start of the ride departs early morning so you will need to arrive in Quito at least the day before the start of the ride.

Getting There

The meeting point is Quito. Collection will be from the Mariscal part of Quito city.

You will need to overnight in Quito for at least one night prior to the start of the ride, because the collection on Day 1 is after breakfast. This will also help you to become accustomed to the altitude.

The precise collection point and time will be confirmed in your final travel documents. From here you are driven to the starting point for the ride.

After finishing riding on Day 10 you are transferred back to Quito, where you overnight at a hacienda within easy reach of the airport. On Day 11 your flight can depart at any time, although check-out is after breakfast.

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This ride takes place in the valleys of the northern highlands, the remote Pinan region and in the foothills of Cotopaxi Volcano.

Weather & Climate

As a general rule, the dry season is from June until the end of September. From November until the middle of March you can expect sunny mornings but occasional afternoon rain.

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Guest Review

The horses were extremely fit and happy in their work, they were so bombproof and didn't flinch at anything. The saddles were extremely comfortable with sheepskins for the long hours in the saddle. Sally is a really experienced horse woman and very accomodating. She has a brilliant knowledge of the local country, history and nature in Ecuador.

Hannah, Cheltenham

Ride Report

Abigail Wood
We feature three exciting trail rides in Ecuador, the Colonial Haciendas, Andean Adventure and Volcanoes & Vistas rides. But how can you choose between three such great options?

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