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Volcano Avenue and Haciendas Ride

Itinerary for Volcano Avenue and Haciendas Ride

Sample Itinerary - subject to changes

Day 1: Arrival
Arrival to Hacienda la Alegria, dinner and overnight. Depending on your arrival hour you can have a short ride
Meals included: Dinner
Accommodations: La Alegria

Day 2: Introductory Ride
In the morning, ride in the arena and get acquainted with your horse. Then, we will ride around the neighboring Haciendas in the western Andes. This day is key to acclimatize with the altitude and environment as well as your horse and tack. We will have lunch in the Hacienda and visit the milking barn, the aging cheese cave. Finally, in the evening, you can enjoy the hot tub and fireplace.
Riding hours: 4 hours
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accommodations: Hacienda La Alegria            

Day 3: Ride to Cloud Forest
Crossing extensive pastures and eucalyptus forests, we will have a nice view of the “Volcano Avenue”. From there, we can appreciate the green and fertile Machachi Valley and we can also see the routes we will take the next day at the east mountain chain. We will ascend via the Corazon Volcano up to 4,000 meters and descend through the Cloud forest reserve.
At the cloud forest we will be able to observe a great biodiversity of plants and flowers, including giant guneras, orchids, and birds such as the turkey of the forest. In the afternoon, we will arrive to Hacienda Bomboli at 3,000 m, and relax by the fireplace enjoying the sunset and watching the lights of the villages near the coast, we will arrive at teatime, then enjoy a great meal.
Riding hours: 4 hours
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accommodation: Hacienda Bomboli    

Day 4: Back to La Alegria
In the morning we will walk around the Hacienda gardens to learn about orchids and cloud forest plants. We will ride uphill, admiring the forest and the hundreds of flowers and plants. Then, we will make our way back to La Alegria, using the old road that was built in 1873 to connect Quito with the coast. Arrive to Hacienda La Alegria for lunch, relax and enjoy the hot tub and the fireplace.
Riding hours: 6 hours
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accommodation: Hacienda La Alegria    

Day 5: Ride to Sigchos
Today is a long journey on the saddle. We will start the ride one hour south of Hacienda La Alegria; we will be transferred by car to this point to start our adventure in the southern Andes. We will ride by the Inca trail and dirt trails that will take us to Sigchos, the village that was known as the “last home” of the Inca general Ruminahui. From this day on we will ride through a dramatic landscape, including steep ravines and narrow passages.
Even though we can visualize where we are heading and it looks near, we will have to cross many mountains chains to get there. This area is a combination of forest, rock peaks and eroded land from the past centuries. We will arrive at the Hacienda San Jose, a working dairy farm and guesthouse, in time for a good meal, Jacuzzi, sauna and a comfortable night. Our horses will have lush fields of fresh grass.
Riding hours: 8 hours
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accommodations: Hacienda San Jose

Day 6: Sigchos to Quilotoa
After breakfast we head south to the Quilotoa Crater Lake. The trail goes across the highest mountain heading west. There we will find some small dairy farms and a couple of artisanal cheese makers. As we descend to the Canyon the environment becomes arid and desolate. The soil is composed by pumice from the Quilotoa volcano that erupted 1,280 years ago. In the afternoon, we will arrive to the Quilotoa volcano summit at 3,800 meters above sea level, where our hostel is awaiting. At the edge of the volcano we will enjoy and amazing view of the breathtaking Quilotoa Crater Lake. The 3 kilometer wide caldera was formed by the collapse of this volcano after the last eruption.
Riding hours: 8 hours
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accommodations: Kamay Kirutoa Lodge at Quilotoa

Day 7: Quilotoa to Insilivi
In the morning we will take a small walk to take the last photos at the viewpoint of the crater lake. We will then start our ride down hill the volcano via a beautiful old trail. It will take us half day to descend the Canyon, crossing a few villages that remind us of old images as those from The Good, The Bad and The Ugly. Volcano pumice and dry soil hinder agriculture thus, just a few people live on this region. The ride continues thru several hills, arriving to a small village called Insilivi founded in 1857. Here we will find our Hostel for the night, which was started by an entrepreneur from the UK 16 years ago and is now owned by a Dutch couple.
Riding hours: 4 hours
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accommodations: Hostal at Insilivi           

Day 8: Insilivi to Planchaloma
The last day riding at the region will pass through several narrow old paths ascending to the high Andes paramo. From here it is possible to admire the nice scenery form one valley to another. The colors and the mountains make the changes from paramo to eroded land full of different color patches. At the distance we will see the Eastern Mountain Chain. We will make our way back to Hacienda La Alegria.
Riding hours: 6 hours
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accommodations: Hacienda La Alegria

Day 9: Departure
Transfer back to the airport after breakfast.
Meals included: Breakfast
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Volcano Avenue and Haciendas Ride
Tour Code: IT-ECRT06
9 days / 8 nights ~$2,600.00
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: Basic
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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A 2020 07/31 - 08/08 9d / 8n 9 day trip, AP 4 /12 Expired
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A 2020 10/09 - 10/17 9d / 8n 9 day trip, AP 4 /12 Reserve
A 2020 12/11 - 12/19 9d / 8n 9 day trip, AP 4 /12 Reserve
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Pace: 4-7 hours of riding daily, moderate tr...
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Airport: Quito
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