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Horseback Riding with Chagras cowboys 5 Days Private

This is the perfect opportunity to experience a unique cultural insight into the Chagra or Andean Cowboy lifestyle.
Enjoy some of the most impressive landscapes of the Central Andes of Ecuador on horseback while riding with authentic Chagras that will share their skills and expertise on handling horses.
Reconnect with nature and learn some of the basic skills of an Andean cowboy.

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5 days


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  • What's included :
    • 4x Breakfast
    • 3x Dinner
    • 5x Lunch
    • Accommodation included: 4 nights
    • Accommodation based on double occupancy
    • Described activities
    • Licensed English speaking guide
    • Entrance fee to Hacienda El Tambo Private Conservation Area
    • Entrance to APU Mountain SPA wet area
    • Private transportation
    • Riding gear (riding helmets, wool poncho, water poncho, saddlebags and chaps)
    • Entry/Admission - Hacienda El Porvenir by Tierra del Volcán
    • Entry/Admission - Cotopaxi National Park
    What's excluded :
    • Dinner at El Porvenir
    • Insurance
    • Tips
    • Mandatory single supplement in case of being 1 person in a room for two
    • Anything else not described on the tour

  • Day 1: Rumiñahui Volcano horse ride and Horse handling techniques

    Stop At: Rumiñawi, Ecuador
    You will be picked up by our guide and transported from your Hotel in Quito to the Hacienda El Porvenir (at 3600 mts - 11,808 ft). The drive takes approximately 1H30. At the Hacienda you will meet a local guide or chagra. After a welcoming drink and room designation, we start riding towards the slopes of the extinct volcano of Rumiñahui following exclusive Hacienda paths. As we travel across majestic Andean panoramas, we will see herds of wild bulls, birds and other wildlife. We will eventually arrive near the rocky peaks of Rumiñahui where one can see 12 more volcanoes on a clear day. Return to the Hacienda.
    Duration: 4 hours

    Stop At: Hacienda El Porvenir by Tierra del Volcán, A 4k Ingreso Norte Parque Nacional Cotopaxi, Machachi 171110, Ecuador
    After Lunch, you will join the Chagra in the fields to gather your horses and bring them to the hacienda corrals. Back at the hacienda, you will learn how to saddle your horse (western saddles) and get acquainted with the gear provided (wool ponchos, animal skin chaps). Approximate riding time: 3 hours. Overnight stay at Hacienda El Porvenir.
    Duration: 3 hours

    Meals included:
    • Lunch: Lunch Menu + One Soft Drink

    Please let us know of any food restriction ahead of time
    Accommodation included: Overnight at Hacienda El Porvenir, a working ranch on the slopes of Rumiñahui Volcano

    Day 2: Horseback riding Cotopaxi Volcano to Hacienda El Tambo

    Stop At: Cotopaxi National Park, Ecuador
    We set off from Hacienda El Porvenir towards Hacienda El Tambo on the eastern mountain range. The ride takes 6 to 7 hours and covers roughly 43 km. With the colossal Cotopaxi looming over our trails, we will eventually visit the Pucará del Salitre, an ancient Inca fortress. We will have a packed lunch in the middle of the day. The ride takes us through a wide variety of landscapes such as mountain rivers and small lakes. When we finally reach the farmhouse of El Tambo, we will be rewarded with a traditional dinner and a warm fire.
    Duration: 6 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch: Packed lunch
    • Dinner: Menu Dinner + One Soft Drink
    Accommodation included: Overnight at Hacienda El tambo, a rustic refuge on El Condor Bio-reserve

    Day 3: Horseback riding Quilindaña Volcano

    Stop At: Cerro Quilindana, Ecuador
    After breakfast we will ride over the foothills of Quilindaña, an old volcano that has been dormant for millions of years. The trek crosses the plains and slopes of this beautiful peak of 4,878m. (15,999 ft). Here there are still pristine woods of native trees such as the pantza or polylepis (paper tree). We will get off our horses for a while and wander through a gorgeous woods full of moss, lichen and high-altitude bromeliads. Pack lunch is included during the the trip. After strolling in the woods and hearing some local legends, we ride back to the farmhouse at Hacienda El Tambo, where a delicious dinner awaits us
    Duration: 5 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch: Packed Lunch
    • Dinner: Menu Dinner + One Soft Drink
    Accommodation included: Overnight at Hacienda El Tambo, a rustic refuge in El Condor Bio-reserve

    Day 4: Learning the chagra skills and small cattle drive

    Stop At: Cotopaxi National Park, Ecuador
    * Location of Hacienda El tambo not available on the map
    After breakfast, we start our chagra skill training program. We will learn to handle the lasso, how to handle the cattle, how to tie knots, and the overall skills needed for a small “rodeo” (the local given name to a cattle drive, comes from the verb “rodear” which means surround) that will be held after we learn and practice the skills. Lunch at the hacienda. We will then go trout fishing during the afternoon. The chagras will show us how they catch and prepare trout, a very important part of their diet.
    Duration: 7 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch: Lunch Menu + One soft drink
    • Dinner: Menu Dinner + One soft drink
    Accommodation included: Overnight at Hacienda El Tambo

    Day 5: Horse pack expedition towards Hacienda El Porvenir

    Stop At: Cotopaxi Province, Cotopaxi Province
    Hacienda Breakfast. We ride out early in the morning, heading back to civilization. Following the course of the River Tambo towards the base of Cotopaxi, we take the high route used by the locals and ride though the slopes of Sincholagua Volcano. Packed lunch included. On the way back to Hacienda El Porvenir, we once again cross Cotopaxi National Park, taking a spectacular, panoramic route. We will then reach Hacienda El Porvenir and transfer to our vehicle for the drive back to Quito.
    Duration: 5 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch: Packed Lunch
    No accommodation included on this day.
  • Departure Point :
    Traveler pickup is offeredAirports
    • Mariscal Sucre Airport, Quito Ecuador
    Departure Time :
    7:00 AM
    Return Detail :
    Hotel Pickup :
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 8 days of travel. In this case confirmation will be received within 48 hours, subject to availability
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
    • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
    • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
    • Travelers should have a strong physical fitness level
    • Horse Riders can’t exceed 220 pounds of weight.
    • We recommend you to buy a travel health insurance plan.
    • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
  • You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.
  • If you cancel at least 7 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee.
    If you cancel between 3 and 6 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is a 50 percent cancellation fee.
    If you cancel within 2 day(s) of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.


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Organised by Tierra del Volcan

Activity ID: V-147560P25

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