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Quilotoa Volcano: 6D5N Spectacular Riding Trip

Climb Quilotoa Volcano on a horseback! Join our 6 days 5 nights trip, immerse yourself in the works of Mother Nature and be wowed by the view it offers.

USD $1,950.00

Per Person
Number of TravelersPrice Per Person
2 - 3USD $1,950.00
4 - 12USD $1,800.00
2

Ascend Quilotoa Volcano on a 6 Days 5 Nights Riding Tour!

Quilotoa Volcano is a water-filled caldera and the most western volcano in the Ecuadorian Andes. The 3-kilometre (2 mi)-wide caldera was formed by the collapse of this dacite volcano following a catastrophic VEI-6 eruption about 600  years ago, which produced pyroclastic flows and lahars that reached the Pacific Ocean, and spread an airborne deposit of volcanic ash throughout the northern Andes. Join us on a 6 days 5 nights horseback trip where we bring you to explore this region on a horse!

Highlights

  • Ride through Mother Nature on a horse
  • Visits to friendly haciendas throughout the countryside
  • Observe a great biodiversity of flora and fauna in the forest
  • Put your mental and physical abilities to the test

Tour Information 

Duration: 6 Days 5 Nights
Start/ End Location: Quito, Ecuador
Availability: 1 to 12 November (Dates open to demand)
Miscellaneous: This tour needs a minimum of 2 travelers and a maximum of 12 travelers per group. If your group has less than 2 or more than 12 travelers, please write to us at info@keteka.com and we will try our best to find a group for you.

Itinerary

Day 01: Hacienda La Alegria
On the first day, you will arrive at Hacienda La Alegria and ride at the paddock to get acquainted with the horses and tack that you will use during the trip. Then, you will ride around for 4 hours at the neighboring Haciendas, before having lunch in the Hacienda house. The afternoon will see you visiting the milking barn and aging cheese cave, and enjoying the hot tub and fireplace before calling it a night at the Hacienda.

Day 02: Hacienda La Alegria – Isinlivi
On the second day, you will start your 4 to 5-hour ride southwards of Hacienda La Alegria, passing by friendly locals, small farms with a variety of crops and a few dairy cows. You will ascend from the small valley to the ridge with scenery of rock peaks and mountains that make up Quilotoa Volcano. You will also ride along ancient mule tracks – used for hundreds of years by the Incas, colonists, alcohol smugglers, and merchants – before stopping for lunch. After lunch, you will ride to a tiny town called Insilivi, composed of two main streets and about 50 houses. Here you will find a comfortable hostel to spend your first night at the mountains. You will have the option to see the valley from a viewpoint that will allow you to observe the arrival points for the next few days. At the hostel you will be able to enjoy a hot tub and steam room, a delicious dinner and a fireplace.

Day 03: Isinlivi – Hacienda San Jose – Hacienda San Gabriel
On the third day, you will continue riding down the path towards the Toachi River and Canon. You will then make your way up to Hacienda San Jose for lunch. After lunch, you will continue the ride towards Hacienda San Gabriel and in the afternoon you will have the opportunity to see the sun set. Dinner will be at the Hacienda San Gabriel before spending the night there. The riding time in total is around 4 to 5 hours.

Day 04: Hacienda San Gabriel – Chugchilan
On day 4, you will continue your way for 4 hours toward the western mountain chain, and will ascend to the edge of the mountain range, passing by ancient observation points called “pucaras” on the way. Then you will start your descent and stop by at one of the artisanal cheese factories, where you will learn about cheese-making, the local traditions, culture and their lifestyle. After that, you will arrive at Chugchilan, a small town with important tourist activity based on the beauty and popularity of the Quilotoa Volcano and its canons. Dinner will be at the Black Sheep Inn, an eco-lodge in the town and you will also spend the night there.

Day 05: Chugchilan – Quilotoa Volcano – Quilotoa
On day 5, you will set off from Chugchilan and arrive at Quilotoa Volcano, with its unique emerald blue lagoon that was formed at its crater. You will then descend to one of the canons and then ascend to the edge of the volcano. You will ride for 1.5 hours following the path at the edge of the crater, until you reach your hostel along the edge of the crater. You will have the chance to walk towards the edge of the crater and explore the lake, before dinner and spending the night in an inn in Quilotoa. The total riding time for this day is 4 hours.

Day 06:  Quilotoa – Hacienda La Alegria
On the last day, after breakfast and a visit to the viewpoint of the lagoon, you will be transferred by car for 2.5 hours back to Hacienda La Alegria.

What’s Included

  • Accommodation
  • Bilingual guide (Spanish and English)
  • Support vehicle during part of the ride
  • All meals
  • Alcoholic drinks (Wine and beer)
  • All necessary equipment (wool ponchos, rain ponchos and chaps, horse bag, helmets and wool protected saddles)

What’s Not Included 

  • Transfers to and from airport
  • Tips and taxes

What to Bring

  • Cotton or wool shirt (long sleeved or turtleneck)
  • Heavy wool or fleece sweater/vest
  • Full-length wool trousers or other warm pants.
  • Light-weight (polypropylene) thermal underwear, top and bottom
  • Bandana, sunblock and sunglasses
  • Insulated or Gore-Tex mountain parka
  • Polypropylene waterproof gloves
  • Wool or polypropylene socks
  • Lightweight hiking boots
  • Flashlight
  • Washcloth
  • Camera with extra batteries

Important Notes

  • An additional full-day option is available at USD 220 per person, all inclusive.
  • Transportation to and from hotel in Quito is available at additional cost.
  • Suitable for families with children 12 years and older with good riding skills and capacity for long journeys.

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What Happens After I Book?

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