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Cotopaxi Volcano Trail

5.0 (10)
days 8 days nights 7 nights
Ecuador
Difficulty
Challenging
Comfort
Basic+
Upscale
Weight limit
95 kg / 209 lb

This Volcano ride trail leads you through Cotopaxi national park to witness the highest active volcano on Earth, towering at 5,987m. You will be directed by the recognizable symmetrical shape of Cotopaxi's cone while venturing into its neighboring hills and the enormous boulders of Ruminahui volcano, as well as the vast grasslands of the park.

The availability of all programs and schedules is subject to weather conditions. If unfavorable or unforeseen weather conditions arise, efforts will be made to offer comparable riding experiences. The team may adjust or alter the plans but will strive to provide a similar experience.

US$ 2 300
per tourist for 8 days
Tour starts
Quito, prikhod Rumipamba
Date of Travel
Number of tourists
up to 12 tourists over 12 years old
Only in the Horse Tours Club
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Photo Gabriel E.
Gabriel E. is the provider of this trip
The provider speaks: English
I come from a long tradition of equestrian sports. My grandfather bred racing horses close to Quito and my father was a keen polo player. I followed in the same footsteps as a young man, horse-jumping and playing competitive polo. My three daughters are all keen riders, and the enthusiasm of the whole family is reflected in the quality of the horses at the family farm.

Tour highlights

Volcano Ride
You will ride amidst the famous Avenue of Volcanoes
Cotopaxi National Park
Visit the territory of volcanoes, forests and condors
Andean Beauty
Behold Andean mountains, cloud forests and paramo

Route details

Day 1
Arrival

Arrive to the hacienda for dinner and overnight, if you arrive early you can ride for 2 or 3 hours, with no extra charge. You will meet the horses and have dinner.

Riding: No riding

Overnight: our Hacienda

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Day 2
Getting Ready
Day 3
Cloud Forest
Day 4
Hacienda Ride
Day 5
Ruminahui Volcano
Day 6
The National Park
Day 7
Going Back
Day 8
Departure
Difficulty
Challenging
Tour provider's comments

Pace: Moderate, trots and canters. 

Tack: The saddles are traditional Ecuadorian "Chagra" style and very comfortable, with a sheepskin cover and spacious saddlebags for a rain poncho and waterproof chaps. The horses are ridden with Pelham bits, but some have other styles or are ridden bitless, with bridles made from local leather/rawhide.

Horses: Most of the horses have been bred on the farm from mixed Criollo, Arab and draft horses. They are generally smaller in size but there are larger and smaller options available. These horses are sure-footed, controllable and some are even gaited.

Health: You should be fit and in good health, capable of riding long distances at high altitudes.

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Accommodation

Comfort
Basic+
Upscale
Hotel
5 nights
Guest House
2 nights
4 nights
Our Hacienda Hotel

The Hacienda is situated in the verdant Machachi valley and boasts a sprawling 135-hectare organic dairy farm and ranch. Constructed over a hundred years ago in a Franco-Italian architectural style, the hacienda exudes an air of historical appeal. The hacienda prioritizes sustainability by utilizing organic produce, conserving energy and water and generating compost.

The Hacienda has rooms that can accommodate up to 28 guests, including single, double, triple and family rooms with split-levels that can comfortably sleep five people. The rooms have been renovated with high-quality cypress floors and beams, and modern bathrooms that have plenty of hot water.

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Travel recommendations

Group meeting place
Quito, prikhod Rumipamba
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Tour conditions

Included

  • accommodation in shared rooms;
  • all meals;
  • all drinks with meals (alcohol included);
  • all riding equipment;
  • bilingual Spanish/English guide;
  • 4x4 support vehicle.

Extras

  • flights, 
  • travel insurance, 
  • airport transfers, 
  • taxes;
  • tips & other personal expenses.

Group size

up to 12 tourists

Duration

8 days
7 nights

It's important to know

Personal equipment you need for the tour
  • cotton or wool long sleeved shirt;
  • heavy wool or fleece sweater or vest;
  • full length, wool, blend, pile or other warm pants;
  • light-weight (polypropylene) thermal underwear, top and bottom;
  • insulated or Gore-Tex jackets, or a rain jacket;
  • bandana;
  • water proof gloves;
  • waterproof lightweight hiking boots;
  • wool or polypropylene socks;
  • sunglasses;
  • sun-block +50;
  • lipstick ointments.
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Tour reviews

5.0
Based on 10 reviews
  • R
    Raul
    3 Nov, 2023
    about provider
    la amabilidad del trato y las impresionantes vistas naturales
    3 Nov, 2023
  • 三浦淳一
    11 Oct, 2023
    about provider
    Fue una experiencia extraordinaria. Definitivamente regresaremos!
    11 Oct, 2023
  • S
    Silvana
    6 Jun, 2023
    about provider
    Honestly, it exceeded all my expectations. It's a total paradise for nature lovers and anyone seeking peace and quiet. Gabriel, his lovely wife Patty, Guido and Mauricio went above and beyond to make sure we had the best possible stay. The Hacienda is just stunning, with a huge, well-kept garden and beautiful interior. The rooms offer breathtaking views, charming touches and everything you could possibly need for a short or long stay. They made sure we were never hungry, and the food was absolutely delicious. Of course, my main focus was horseback riding. The Quilotoa Tour left me speechless at times. The scenery changed every day - from crossing fields to climbing mountains, riding through clouds, sun, rain and even hail. There wasn't a dull moment. And I have to mention the horses - they're incredible. Strong, patient, gentle and safe - they're simply amazing. Thanks, Gabriel for making each day so special! P.S.: Hope Charlie is doing well 😉
    6 Jun, 2023

Dates and Prices

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