Take part in the annual Chagra Parade and visit Cotopaxi National Park at the same time via our 10 days 9 nights trip! Be part of the big celebration.
Once a year in July, the town of Machachi has its annual Chagra Parade – a 2-day event consisting of a lasso contest and bullfight commemorating Cotopaxi Volcano’s last eruption. Join us for a 10 days 9 nights tour, as we combine a visit to this parade with a 8-day horseback ride to Cotopaxi Volcano and the Haciendas.
About 2000 Chagras (local cowboys) participate on horses in this Chagra Parade – they come from different provinces just to be part of this parade. Spectators, including yourself, come from all over the country to soak up the festivities.
This 10-day tour is specifically designed for those looking for both a cultural immersion and adventure. On the first days, riders will have the opportunity to acclimatize to the altitude. On the following days, you will head towards the Cloud Forest and subsequently to Cotopaxi Volcano.
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Duration: 10 Days 9 Nights
Start/ End Location: Quito, Ecuador
Availability: 18 to 27 July
Miscellaneous: This tour needs a minimum of 2 travelers. If your group has less than 2 travelers, please write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will try our best to find a group for you.
Day o1: Quito – Hacienda La Alegria
On the first day, after arriving at Hacienda La Alegria, you will have dinner and call it a night. If you arrive early, there is an option to ride around.
Day 02: Hacienda La Alegria – Viudita Mountain – Machachi Market
For the second day, you will ride westwards for 4 hours through the dairy farms towards Viudita Mountain, 3800 meters (12467 feet) above sea level. Lunch will be at Hacienda La Alegria, before visiting Machachi Market in the evening where you will find lots of options to buy ponchos, hats and other items for the Chagra Parade.
Day 03: Hacienda La Alegria – Chagra Parade
For day 3, you will ride to Machachi, the capital of the Chagras, to honor the Chagras and their culture. You will be part of the parade that consists of 2000 horses on the streets of Machachi. After riding for 5 hours, you will head back to Hacienda La Alegria to call it a night.
Day 04: Hacienda La Alegria – Machachi Lasso Contest
On the fourth day, you will have the opportunity to attend the Machachi Lasso Contest in the morning, after breakfast. In the afternoon, as an option, you can take a look at the bullfighting festivity, before returning to Hacienda La Alegria for the night.
Day 05: Hacienda La Alegria – Cloud Forest – Hacienda Bomboli
The fifth day will see you riding for 6 hours west towards the Corazon at 4000 meters (13123 feet) above sea level, and then descending towards the cloud forest, where you will be able observe a great biodiversity of plants and flowers, including giant guneras, orchids, and birds such as guans (also known as the turkeys of the forest). You will arrive at Hacienda Bomboli – 3000 meters (9842 feet) above sea level – where you will have time for a short walk and appreciate beautiful orchids, fern trees and guneras before supper. The night will be spent at Hacienda Bomboli.
Day 06: Hacienda La Alegria – Machachi Valley
For day 6, you will head towards the Machachi Valley on your horse for 4 hours through secondary roads and dairy farms. After lunch at Hacienda La Alegria, you will visit a breeding herd of about 70 horses including breeds such as Andalusian, Arab, Criollo and Belgian Cross. You will have dinner at the manor house and can jump into the jacuzzi before calling it a night.
Day 07: Hacienda La Alegria – Ruminahui Volcano – Tambopaxi Refuge
On the fifth day, you will ride to the west mountain range and through the valley toward Machachi, then continue towards Ruminahui Volcano until youpass the highest point of your journey – 4250 meters (13943 feet) above sea level – on the edges of the rocks of the Ruminahui Volcano. You will stay overnight in Tambopaxi Refuge – 3750 meters (12303 feet) above sea level – in front of Cotopaxi Volcano. The total riding time for the day would be 7 hours.
Day 08: Tambopaxi Refuge – Cotopaxi National Park – Sincholagua Volcano – Hacienda Mortinos
On day 8, you will enter the Cotopaxi National Park in the morning and ride towards Sincholagua Volcano, including making a large loop downhill to the valley. You will cross the different lava flows and ascend northwards of Cotopaxi up to 4100 meters (13451 feet) above sea level to the highest plains. After riding the entire day for 7 hours, the night will be spent at Hacienda Mortinos.
Day 09: Hacienda Mortinos – Hacienda La Alegria
For the second last day of the tour, you will ride for 6 hours toward Machachi Valley, crossing the Machachi Plaza and the town of Along before arriving at Hacienda La Alegria for a late lunch and hot tub. You will stay the night at Hacienda La Alegria.
Day 10: Hacienda La Alegria – Quito
You will be driven back to Quito after breakfast.
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