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Hacienda Primavera

Itinerary for Hacienda Primavera

Sample Itinerary - subject to changes

Day 1: Arrival
Possible pick-up in Quito or Otavalo for an extra fee. The scenic drive from to the Hacienda passes through the flower plantations of Cayambe, over the Andes Mountains and down to the valleys of the Imbabura province. Stop for some pictures at Cayambe’s own Equator Monument. Take in the beauty of the San Pablo Lake and drive through the city of Ibarra into the sugar cane valley of Salinas. Follow the Mira River and pass over the Guallupe Bridge along the Gualchan River to your destination. This will be a non-riding day but if you like (and if there is enough time) we could arrange a short afternoon ride or a trip to town before dinner time.
Meals included: Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at Hacienda Primavera

Day 2: Ride to El Carmen
Breakfast is served when you get up (no time constraints here!). Familiarize yourself with the cowboys and guides while they prepare the horses for the day. There are several trails that follow the Rio Blanco and Gualchan Rivers with a choice of 7 different destinations. On the trails, you will see the typical daily activities of the neighborhood mountaineers, enjoy the lush vegetation along the trail, and maybe spot the beautiful blue Morpho Eugenia butterfly and local birds. The horseback riding trips can take from about 2 to 4 hours, depending on the trail and rider capability.
Today, we will ride North from the hacienda towards the Chocó reserve, passing the Town of El Carmen and following the old trail back to the Hacienda. This trip is popular also for bird watching.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at Hacienda Primavera

Day 3: Ride to Espejo 2
Trip to South and North West from the Hacienda towards the town of Espejo 2 over the river and back to the hacienda. The trail follows the riverbed and has great areas for galloping.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at Hacienda Primavera

Day 4: Ride to Espejo 1
We will travel South from the Hacienda towards the town of Espejo 1 over the bridge and back to the hacienda. This trip has the sense of deep jungle and river views.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at Hacienda Primavera

Day 5: Ride through Cloud Forest
Today we will ride East from the hacienda towards the cloud forest for great views and photography opportunities, visit a cattle ranch and then back to the hacienda.
Ride the horses half way up the trail and then hike on foot from there through the cloud forest, up along the river towards the waterfall (rubber boots can be provided). Keep an eye out for sloths and the giant bromeliad orchids while enjoying the mountain lemons growing along the trail. Take a dip in the crystal waters of the spectacular waterfall.
Riding approx. 3 hours
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at Hacienda Primavera

Day 6: Ride to Las Juntas
On the last riding day we will ride South and North from the Hacienda towards the town of Las Juntas. This trip will bring you to the end of civilization -- great relaxation and river views all along.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at Hacienda Primavera

Day 7: Departure
Transfer to Quito after breakfast.
Meals included: Breakfast

The riding during your stay here is unlimited... This is a sample itinerary only! Scheduling is completely flexible and guests may choose their activity on a day-by-day basis with the guide.
* However, white-water rafting and the train ride must be reserved prior to arrival. Please advise Hidden Trails or the hacienda if you would like us to book this for you.

Non-Riding activities can also be arranged for an extra fee (please inquire): guided jungle hikes, mountain biking, white-water rafting, and autoferro train ride.
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Hacienda Primavera
Tour Code: IT-ECSR08
7 days / 6 nights ~$770.00
Dates : Available All Year

Trip Rating :
Difficulty : Riding Level
Riding Level Explained
Beginner A rider who has limited experience, is unable to post the trot and does not canter.
Novice A rider who is capable of mounting and dismounting unassisted, capable of applying basic aids, comfortable and in control at the walk, moderate length posting trots, and short canters.
Intermediate A rider who has a firm seat, is confident and in control at all paces (including posting trots, two point canters and gallops), but does not ride regularly.
D Strong Intermediate
Strong Intermediate An intermediate rider who is currently riding regularly and is comfortable in the saddle for at least 6 hours per day.
All of the above, plus an independent seat, soft hands, and capable of handlinga spirited horse in open country.
Lodging: Standard
Lodging Level Explained
= Facilities in lodges, estancias, haciendas, resorts, etc.
Basic lodging - some with shared bathroom facilities, usually no AC or room service.
Regular standard room - usually with private bath.
 Accommodations with superior comforts.
 = Trips with nights in tent camps. Sometimes the first and last night are in hotels.
Basic tent camping - everyone helps out with camp chores.
Regular standard with some camp amenities and camp cook.
Camping facilities with superior comforts like camp shower, bathroom facility..
 = Trips that combine nights in hotels and camping.
Basic accommodation and basic camping facilities can be expected.
Regular standard with some nicer amenities.
Only assigned to hotel and camping facilities with superior comforts.

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Season Seasons  Min / MaxReserve
A 2020 01/01 - 12/31 7d / 6n 7 day trip, AP 2 /8 Reserve
B 2020 01/01 - 12/31 5d / 4n 5 day trip, AP 2 /8 Reserve
C 2020 01/01 - 12/31 4d / 3n 4 day trip, AP 2 /8 Reserve
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Rates | Dates
Tack: Western
Horses: Criollos
Pace: Moderate with some trots and canters
Walk, Trot, Canter,
Airport: Quito
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