Andean Luxury Experience (Long)

5.0 (5)
8 days 7 nights
Ecuador
Difficulty
Moderate
Comfort
Premium
Weight limit
81 kg / 179 lb

You will have numerous opportunities to discover the stunning Andean countryside on high-altitude paths, ranging from 9,000 to 11,000 feet above sea level. All excursions will be guided by friendly and knowledgeable local guides. You will receive a delicious snack and homemade fruit juice, and full-day rides will include a delightful picnic, with the possibility of a luxury upgrade on specific routes. Dinner will be served at the Hacienda each evening.

Depending on the weather, the Hacienda can offer various routes of different lengths and durations, allowing you to choose the ones that appeal to you the most. The team can also tailor trails based on your interests and experience.

It's important to emphasize that this is a flexible program, so the provided itinerary is just a sample of what guests may encounter during their stay.

from US$ 3 815
per tourist for 8 days
Departing from
Pichincha, Mariscal Sucre Airport
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Number of individuals
Only in the Horse Tours Club
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Fernando P. is the provider of this trip
The provider speaks: English
We offer horses suitable for all skill levels and supply high-quality helmets, half chaps, rain ponchos, and a saddle bag, allowing you to experience our magnificent horse trails while feeling like a true caballero.

Tour highlights

Ride Exquisite Zuletano Horses
Through the stunning Andean mountains
A Glass of Malbec by the Fireplace
A truly delightful experience
Fresh Local and Handmade
You'll be impressed by our sustainability when it comes to the delicious meals we provide

Route details

Day 1
Arrival

Arrival in Quito. Upon your flight's arrival, you will be greeted at the airport and taken to the upscale Hacienda. There, your host family will personally welcome you and discuss your vacation preferences. Once your week's itinerary is confirmed, you can unwind and acclimate to the high altitude after a potentially lengthy flight. As the sun sets and the temperature cools, you may choose to relax by the warm fire with a glass of local wine and peruse the information materials in the library before dinner.

Riding: No riding.

Day 2
First Ride
Day 3
Choose a Longer Ride
Day 4
New Adventures
Day 5
Choose Your New Trail
Day 6
One New Trail
Day 7
Last Riding Day
Day 8
Departure
Difficulty
Moderate
Tour provider's comments

Beginner and higher. Private short rides and family rides are offered for less skilled riders or those with varying levels of ability. However, a decent overall level of physical fitness is still necessary because of the terrain and altitude. Children need to feel at ease riding at different paces - walk, trot and canter -t o participate in the trail rides. There's also a gentler riding program specifically designed for children.

Tack: Andean (similar to a Western one)

Horses: Gorgeous Zuleteno horses are a special blend of Spanish Andalusian, Thoroughbred and American Quarter Horse, resulting in a sturdy and dignified Andean horse ideal for trail riding.

Health: due to the high altitude a certain level of fitness is required.

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Accommodation

Comfort
Premium
Hotel
7 nights

The price displayed is for Standard room accommodation, sharing.

Deluxe accommodation, sharing: + $133 USD per night. Junior Suite, sharing: + $215 USD per night.

Single supplement: + $63 USD per night. Deluxe accommodation: + $240 USD per night. Junior Suite: + $342 USD per night. 

Children rates (aged under 12 years): Standard room accommodation: $292 USD per night. Deluxe accommodation: $360 USD per night. Junior Suite: $460 USD per night.

The nights of the 24th and 31st December: + $67 USD per night.

7 nights
Our Hacienda

The Hacienda's warm and genuine hospitality offers a sense of intimacy and privacy that is rare in the modern age. Guests are treated like family and can relax in cozy reading and living rooms that have hosted famous visitors. 

The guest rooms, located in the historic main building dating back to 1691, include standard rooms, deluxe rooms, junior suites and newly renovated suites, each uniquely decorated with antiques and family pictures. The rooms offer beautiful garden and mountain views, and some have access to private gardens or terraces. The beds are queen or king size with four pillows and anti-allergic bedding, and room service provides hot water bottles and fireplace lighting during dinner. 

Guests can also enjoy satellite television, movies, games and a bar service in the living rooms, as well as phone calls from public areas and offices.

Tickets to group meeting place

Group meeting place
Pichincha, Mariscal Sucre Airport
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Tour conditions

Included

  • accommodation;
  • 3 meals per day;
  • all soft drinks; 
  • alcoholic drinks when served with meals;
  • cheese tasting; 
  • visit to the community and sights;
  • horse riding with a Spanish-speaking guide;
  • riding lessons;
  • carriage rides; 
  • self-guided hiking trails;
  • taxes.

Extras

  • flights; 
  • insurance; 
  • transfer; 
  • extra alcoholic drinks;
  • English-speaking riding guide;
  • laundry;
  • extra activities (mountain bike, massages);
  • tips and personal expenses.

Group size

up to 10 tourists

Duration

8 days
7 nights

It's important to know

What extra charges are applied if hiring a private English speaking guide?

$150 USD, paid for a guide, not per person. 1 full day.

What activities are provided for non-riders?
What kind of food will be served?
Cancellation of booking

Tour reviews

5.0
Based on 5 reviews
  • P
    P
    14 Jan, 2024
    about provider
    This place is really nice and chill, with amazing food, fancy sheets and a long history dating back to the 16th century. It's nestled in the serene Alps. Learning about the farm's history and cheese-making was cool — it's been in an ex-president's family for a century, with all the old furniture to match. Every room is adorned with roses from Ecuador, which are apparently top-notch. We rode up the valley, passing ancient burial sites. The animals here, especially the dogs, seem happy and well cared for. We had a big furry friend named Tango join us on a hike, and he even took a dip in the lake to cool off. Despite being near the equator, the rooms stay cool thanks to the high altitude, and they're equipped with wood stoves and hot water bottles for cozy nights. The food here is abundant and delicious, although I struggled to resist overeating. I tried some local wine for the first time, which was surprisingly good. We also went birdwatching and managed to snap some photos of hummingbirds and other birds, though sadly, no condors. Before leaving, we toured a rose farm, which was pricey but fascinating. The service here was excellent, especially from David, who showed us around and took care of us. This hacienda is well-known and attracts visitors from all over, including two couples we met from our Galápagos trip, though they were from the USA. All in all, it was a great stay.
    14 Jan, 2024
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    Lyle
    13 Jan, 2024
    about provider
    We stayed at the hacienda for four nights after visiting the Galapagos. It's a huge place with lots of land, and the main building used to be where the owner lived. The rooms are really nice and cozy – they even light the fireplaces every night and put hot water bottles in the beds. Plus, all the rooms have access to these chill "living rooms" where you can grab coffee, juice, snacks and drinks from the honor bar whenever you want. Meals are included and they're pretty big (maybe a little too big!). There's loads to do too, like cooking classes, horseback riding, hiking and mountain biking. The staff know their stuff and are super helpful. Big shout out to Santiago and Noah.
    13 Jan, 2024
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    robert-not-home
    26 Nov, 2023
    about provider
    I stayed here for 4 nights and absolutely loved it. The place has such a cozy and authentic vibe because, well, it's authentic! My room was really nice, the bed was super comfy, the bathroom was spacious. Everything was super clean. They even lit a fire in the fireplace at night to warm up the room, or you could opt out if you wanted. Plus, they put a hot water bottle in the bed which was a nice touch. I don't think there was any other heating source, but I never felt cold. I don't think they had AC either, but it never got hot enough to need it. The restaurant was fantastic, although they really love their cheese (they make it there), but they were happy to accommodate if you weren't a cheese fan. The staff were incredible! So friendly, helpful, just really made you feel at home. I got involved in the cheese making tour, went horseback riding, did some mountain biking, went hiking. The horseback riding was pretty standard, just following along in a line with a bit of trotting. One person in our group managed to extend it a bit for more trotting and cantering, so maybe if you did a private ride it would be less nose to tail. The mountain biking involved getting driven to the top of a 12,000+ foot mountain and then riding down on a good road. The views were absolutely stunning and it wasn't too physically demanding since it was mostly downhill. The hiking was enjoyable and offered some amazing scenery.
    26 Nov, 2023
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