Ecuador Andes: Horseback Riding in Machachi Valley (4)

Tour/Activity in Quito, Ecuador

About this activity

Experience the Andean mountains, the mountain cloud forest and the wild terrain of the Machachi valley

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Day 1

Horseback riding to Viudita Mountain

After arriving at the Hacienda La Alegria, you get to know your horse. Today's riding route leads west past milk farms up to 3.500m. Pass the mountain Viudita (3,800m) and climb the summit (if weather permits). On the way, enjoy a quick snack and return to the hacienda in the late afternoon to have dinner there. You may can spend the evening by the fireplace listening to traditional music. Stay the night in the Hacienda Algeria. Riding time approx. 5 hours / suitable for experienced riders.

Day 2

Horse back riding in the cloud forest

In the morning, the Chagras (Ecuadorean "cowboys") demonstrate their lasso skills then teach you how to copy them. After lunch, ride to the Bomboli cloud forest at about 3,000 meters and stop for a short walk to admire the beautiful orchids, ferns and other plants. Dinner and overnight in Bomboli. Riding time approx. 4 hours

Day 3

Machachi Valley

On this day you will leave the cloud forest behind and ride on the old road that connected Quito with the coast until 1960. Ride through the green and fertile Machachi valley with vast pastures and eucalyptus forests. For lunch you will visit a local hacienda. Return to Hacienda Alegria in the evening. Riding time: 4 hours

Day 4

Return to Quito

After a big breakfast, say goodbye to your horse and return to Quito.

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