Riding Holidays Ecuador

Ecuador

Riding at altitude differs from Pampas rides: life in the High Andes is tougher and the air is thinner, so a tougher breed is required. Mix together the criollo, quarter horse and thoroughbred and you have a blend of high altitude pace and grace that suits this space!>

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Volcanos and Cloud Forest

Ride through the Avenue of Volcanoes in the Andes to the remote Quilotoa crater-lake. Guided by chagras (Ecuador's cowboys) and riding tough horses who are at homer in the mountain uplands.

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The Wild Andes

The Avenue of Volcanos has been popular with walkers for decades and now it’s possible to ride in the valley. Explore far from the beaten track riding fit, local horses tuned-in to the habitat and altitude. Explore pristine “Paramo” grasslands with condors overhead; charming farmhouse accommodation and excellent horses.

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Mandala Lodge

This lovely little family-managed seaside lodge is within the Machalilla National Park in the province of Manabi, just 5 minutes’ drive from Puerto López, Ecuador.

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Mashpi Rainforest Biodiversity Reserve

This newly open lodge in the Ecuadorean cloud forest really is something special...

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La Rabida Hotel, Quito

La Rábida is an old traditional home recently restored to a first class hotel. It’s just off Ave Cristobal Colon which is one of the main drags through Quito’s throbbing centre. Great location, wonderful hospitality and excellent value.

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Hacienda Zuleta, Cloud Forest near Quito

110 Km NE of Quito is a wonderful private hacienda (farm) with loads to do in a peaceful setting, with the added attraction of Condors!

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highlights and hidden gems

The Devil’s Nose Train: Tren Crucero

It’s back! 2013 saw the restoration work completed and one of the world’s most exciting railway journeys back on the Adventure Travel menu!

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Miguel de Cervantes Prize

Looking for a good read while travelling in Latin America? Then tune in to this prize and see some of the best Spanish authors (don’t worry! Translations are generally available!)

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Otavalo

A couple of hours north of Quito is the small town of Otavalo, famous for its markets and resident people who are recognisable by their traditional dress.

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Mindo Largo, Cloud Forest

If you enjoy natural habitats but don’t fancy the arduous flight/launch/dugout canoe trek to get into the Amazon, this is your solution. Fantastic birdlife, glorious surroundings and easy to get to!

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Ecuador weather and climate

Ecuador Weather

Find out more about the three zones of Ecuador climate...

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