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Otavalo Ride


Itinerary for Otavalo Ride



Sample Itinerary - subject to changes

Day 1: Arrival
Arrival in the morning. Check in and have lunch. Afternoon 2 hour ride to get to know your horse and guide. Free time for walking or touring around, Otavalo Market, visits to weaving, leather or wood carving studious, or own arrangements. Dinner and overnight at the Hacienda.

Day 2: La Avra
This ride boasts a spectacular combination of indigenous communities, deep forest, and breathtaking views. It was one of my favorite rides with a nice mix of challenge, easy walking and opportunity for galloping. As we rode out of the stable doors, the horses seemed particularly frisky which was fortunate considering the long climb ahead. La Avra, a lush forested peak to the right side of Imbabura volcano, is visible from the stables, although don’t be fooled by how close it appears. 
For the first forty-five minutes we ascended the narrow, dusty roads up from San Pablo, passing through the indigenous communities of Imbaburita, Angla and Topo. The locals, particularly the children greeted us with a cheerful ‘Hola’ or ‘Buenos dias’. In the community of Topo, we passed a quaint, little church with lovely music wafting out. The socio-cultural exposure of this ride will be fascinating for all.  
After reaching a certain altitude, we entered a pristine forest of eucalyptus trees that might be mistaken for paradise. The view is magnificent from here and we took a moment to admire Imbabura to the right, the dark blue Lago San Pablo below and the Gualavi Valley to the left with Cusin Hill behind. The ascent through the forest was steep and a bit treacherous at points, but the horses moved along with great confidence and agility. Emerging from the forest, we encountered fields of golden wheat and green vegetation planted into the steep hillside. Up ahead was the peak of La Avra. Before beginning the descent along a different path closer to Imbabura, we observed the mighty, snowcapped Cayambe Volcano and also caught a peak of the monstrous Cotapaxi Volcano far off in the distance, to the south of Quito. 
During the ride back, we made our way through a different section of forest, through the community of Imbaburita and then across the town of San Pablo. The beauty of the descending is that you don’t have to turn around to admire the fantastic view because it’s right there in front of you. I was particularly struck by the view of Mojanda Mountain across from us on the southern side of the lake. It was lunchtime when we reached the Hacienda, and we all enjoyed a glass of fresh lemonade before a delicious and well deserved feast. 
Riding: 4.5-5 hours

Day 3: Cusin Mountain
We quickly cross the valley with its different farms and then start to climb Cusin mountain through eucalyptus forests to the above tree line and up to the top. After enjoying the 360° view of beautiful valleys, we descend to our picnic spot and come home in the afternoon. The ride goes up to the above tree line “paramo”, it might be cold and foggy up there.
This one is a steep ride with narrow paths. You will ride having a view of Rose Plantation greenhouses, through Eucalyptus forests, rocks, roots and slippery inclines. After a long climb through the woods, you come out onto an overgrown cobblestone road which continues upwards. Here you have a view way down to the lake. Dinner and overnight at the Hacienda.
Riding: 5 hours

Day 4: Agato Village
Excellent ride to appreciate the best landscapes of the area. You will be able to enjoy the quiet and relaxing view of San Pablo lagoon, realize the magnitude of Otavalo’s town and the always nice Imbabura volcano. During the ride you will stop for enjoy your picnic and then continuing with the view of forest, small villages and more.
Considered one of the nicest rides in the area. Dinner and overnight at the Hacienda.
Riding: 5 hours

Day 5: Pesillo- Zuleta (Departure if you are on the 5-day itinerary)   
If you are sticking to the 5-day itinerary, today will be your departure day after breakfast.
A 25-minute drive brings you to our starting point. This ride will be out through pine and eucalyptus forests and high-altitude grasslands to pre-Inca archeological sites amid magnificent volcano views. You can also hike, cycle, or take tours to nearby indigenous villages. We rise out of San Pablo valley, enjoying wonderful views across the lake and also of Imbabura volcano, riding onto the plains beyond for some fast-paced riding. Views of Zuleta valley, the verdant gorges and the 'paramo' (the unique Andean habitat of high grasslands) as we pass dewponds and hedges of aloe vera and spikey agave (sisal) atop mud walls. Following sandy tracks, we then descend into the Zuleta valley with dramatic views across to the hanging valleys and rocky ridges above. A chance of seeing hummingbirds and bright scarlet flycatchers.
Riding: 7 hours

Day 6: Cochasqui- Mojanda- Otavalo
It is the furthest ride from the hacienda. You will reach the spectacular complex of lagoons named Mojanda. This ride is perfect to get involved with nature and appreciate the forest and views of the area.
Riding: 7 hours

Day 7: Departure
Our trip concludes after breakfast.

--Additional full days expeditions can be added if you want to extend your stay by a couple of nights.
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Otavalo Ride
Tour Code: IT-ECSR02
5 days / 4 nights ~$865.00
Dates : Available All Year

Trip Rating :
Difficulty : Riding Level
Riding Level Explained
ABeginner
Beginner A rider who has limited experience, is unable to post the trot and does not canter.
BNovice
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.
CIntermediate
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.
EAdvanced
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 2019 01/01 - 12/31 5d / 4n 5 day trip, AP 1 /7 Reserve
B 2019 01/01 - 12/31 7d / 6n 7 day trip, AP 1 /7 Reserve
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Otavalo
Tack: Ecuadorian (similar to Western)
Horses: Creole, Peruvian
Pace: Moderate with trots and some short can...
Walk, Trot, Canter,
Airport: Quito
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