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Horseback Riding Tours - Hike and Ride Tour - 4 Days

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Horseback Riding Tours
Hike and Ride Tour - 4 Days

Duration: 4 Days / 3 Nights
Level of difficulty: Intermediate to advanced
Participants: 2 to 10 persons

Introduction:

We will be crossing different climate zones and the temperature on the Equator drops steeply at sundown. Calculate a temperature variation between 5 and 30 degrees Celsius. Both light and warm clothes are therefore a must.

The best equipped wear light, long-sleeved tops during the day (these provide protection from sun and insect bites, too). A sweatshirt, pullover or fleece jacket are required for the cooler parts. Furthermore you should bring a jacket (Gore-Tex or similar), rain gear, a hat with brim, swimming suite, small towel, flip-flop shoes and riding/trekking boots with a good grip.

Please note: Tours can be shared with other groups.

Horseback Riding Tours - Hike and Ride Tour - 4 Days
Horseback Riding Tours - Hike and Ride Tour - 4 Days
Horseback Riding Tours - Hike and Ride Tour - 4 Days

Itinerary:

From Pululahua Volcano to Maquipucuna Jungle Resort

Day 1: Transport from Quito to the Green Horse Ranch inside the crater and National Reserve Pululahua. While circling the volcanic cone - covered with cloud forest - on horseback, we witness volcanic history and nature, interesting geological formations, mineral avalanches blooming with wild orchids and traditional Andean agriculture.

Day 2: Forests of bamboo are marking our way, while we start climbing gently but continually in order to leave the crater to the west. On our way, we'll enjoy a close look on "Cerro Portalanza", a pre-Inca site that has been abandoned 600 years ago. From here, we only come across a few small farmhouses, where the highland farmers scratch a meagre income from the steep, infertile land beside the forest. The higher we climb, the wider the view over the cloud-forest covered mountains and valleys we leave behind.

Day 3: This section of the trip is not suited for horses anymore. In companionship of a local guide explaining about plants and wildlife, we hike along an old smuggler's path, through thick jungle and narrow hollow earth tunnels, down to the Maquipucuna nature reserve. Tonight's accommodation is in comfortable rooms.

Day 4: The 6000-hectare Maquipucuna reserve is one of the ten richest areas of natural variety in the world and is comprised of more than 80% primary forest. You'll have the opportunity to bath in the rivers and waterfalls of this virgin forest or find out more about the wide variety of animals and plants under the guidance of experts. Transfer back to Quito after lunch.

Horseback Riding Tours - Hike and Ride Tour - 4 Days
Horseback Riding Tours - Hike and Ride Tour - 4 Days
Horseback Riding Tours - Hike and Ride Tour - 4 Days

Prices 2014 per person: $596,70 per person (based on a minimum of 2 people)

The Price includes:

  • transport from and to Quito
  • an accompanying provisions vehicle for the whole tour
  • transportation of the horses
  • accommodation for 3 nights
  • your horse and its equipment
  • the tour guide and helpers
  • tours of the natural reserves

Doesn't include:

  • travel insurance
  • breakfast of the first / dinner of the last day
  • drinks
  • tips
 
 
 
 
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