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Secrets of the Andes: 9D8N/8D7N Horse Riding Adventure

Discover the secrets of the Andes on our 9D8N/8D7N tour! Explore Yungilla village, the Pululahua volcano crater and ride in the paths of history.

USD $1,550.00USD $2,070.00

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Discover the Secrets of the Andes on a Horse!

What are the Secrets of the Andes, you may ask? Join us on this 9 days 8 nights / 8 days 7 nights trip into the Ecuadorian nature, where we will take you through the very heart of the Western Andes and their unbroken beauty.

On this Secrets of the Andes tour, you will have the opportunity to hike through lush green cloud forests as well as desert-like landscapes, deep river canyons and steep mountain slopes, hot sunny valleys and cool windy heights, picturesque farming land and tropical wilderness. Enjoy an incredible variety of Andean landscapes, combined with fascinating in-looks into Ecuador’s natural and social history.

What are you waiting for? Come join us and discover the secrets of the Andes now!

Highlights 

  • Visit the Yungilla village and the Pululahua volcano crater
  • Ride through Mother Nature on a horse
  • Put your mental and physical abilities to the test

Tour Information 

Duration: 9 days 8 nights / 8 days 7 nights
Start/ End Location: Quito, Ecuador
Availability: Year-round (Except December 25th and January 1st)
Miscellaneous: Maximum rider weight of 90 kg (200 pounds) for a 9-day tour, and 85 kg (187.3 pounds) for a 8-day tour. Required riding level is strong intermediate to expert. Minimum of 2 and maximum of 8 travelers per tour – if your group has less than 2 or more than 8 people, please write to us at info@ketaka.com and we will try our best to find a group for you.

Itinerary 

Day 1: Quito – Equator Museum – Pululahua National Reserve
You will be picked up from Quito at around noon on the first day, and be driven westwards in the direction of the Pacific Cloud forest on the slopes of the Pululahua volcano, until you reach the Equator Museum Intiñan, 15 kilometers north from Quito.  This is where you will have lunch and visit the museum, getting a better understanding of the ancient cultures that have determined the equator line more than 1000 years ago, some interesting facts about geo-physics and the people which once ruled the Center of the Earth. After that, you will go on a horse riding afternoon through the Pululahua volcano crater till the evening, where you will head back to your eco-hotel and have your dinner before spending the night.

Day 2: Pululahua National Reserve
You will embark on a horse ride after breakfast,  through the Pululahua volcanic crater, this time at day-light – which will show its constantly changing sceneries and huge biodiversity. While circling the central lava cone, you will witness volcanic history and nature, interesting geological formations, mineral avalanches blooming with wild orchids and traditional Andean agriculture. You will also have the option to enjoy an outdoor Jacuzzi under the stars after dinner should your body require it.

Day 3: Pululahua National Reserve – Aguacatal
You will start this day along cloud-forest covered mountain slopes, passing by deep gorges, carved by lava streams thousands of years ago to enter the narrow Valley of the Rio Blanco – where with its warm and tropical climate you will find coffee trees, fields of sugar cane and lots of tropical fruits along the way. You will also pass by the pre-Inca-fortress Portalanza in the afternoon, before arriving at Aguacatal, the farm with cozy wooden cabins that will provide you accommodation for the night.

Day 4: Aguacatal – Guayllabamba River Valley – Aguacatal
On the 4th day, after breakfast, you will ride along and above the dramatically beautiful Guayllabamba river valley, combining steep adventurous climbs through dense vegetation with gallop stretches on mountain ridges, overlooking the winding gorges, grave hillocks, terrace hills and 1300-year old stone carvings. As you zigzag through dense forests and bushland, cross pristine water streams and wind through ancient paths, you will then make your way back into the volcano to spend the night there.

Day 5: Aguacatal – Quitu-Cara – Aguacatal
On day 5, you will ride through the narrow ridge between Rio Blanco and Rio Tanache, before arrive to the village of Quitu-Cara, where you will have lunch before returning back to Aguacatal for the night.

Day 6: Aguacatal – Yungilla Village
On day 6, you will start your day by going westwards climbing through forests of bamboo and passing over narrow mountain ridges with spectacular views before reaching the village of Yungilla, where a cottage camp awaits you. This is also where you will have a bird’s eye view of cloud-forest covered mountains and valleys. Yungilla village is dedicated to a self-sustaining community-tourism project for many years, and for those who are interested to know more about sustainable development, there is a lot to learn.

Day 7: Yungilla Village – Pelagallo
This day will see you getting a better understanding of cheese and marmalade production, before riding along the ridge and then diving into the northwestern cloud forests and the land of the Tucans. You will emerge on the other side to more spectacular Andean viewpoints, before arriving at Pelagallo, the private guest house of Marcelo and Maritza. This is where you will spend the night.

Day 8: Pelagallo – Quito (only for 8-day tour travelers)
You will have a relaxed return ride to the ranch, while overlooking the places you had been to, from up high. This will be an easy day with time to let impressions sink. For 8-day tour travelers, you will have a farewell drink and will return to Quito around 16:00 pm.

Day 9: Pelagallo – Cloud Forest – Quito 
For those who opt to stay for an additional day, you will be taken into the Cloud Forest by car to end your Andean riding experience on a good note. You will arrive at a lodge which allows a 360-degree view on the vivid bird and plant life, surrounded by hundreds of colorful hummingbirds. There is also an option to tour the Bellavista reserve, before lunch and the return back to Quito. It is estimated that you will arrive in Quito by 16:00 pm.

What’s Included

  • Transport to and from Quito
  • Accompanying provisions vehicle
  • Transportation of the horses (where necessary)
  • All meals and beverages (except breakfast on first day and dinner on final day)
  • Accommodation
  • Horses and related equipment
  • Multilingual tour guide and helpers
  • Entrance fees to national parks and pools
  • Wellington/rubber boots, helmets, hats, chaps and other equipment

What’s Not Included 

  • Travel insurance
  • Additional services
  • Tips

What to Bring 

  • Light, long-sleeved tops
  • Sweatshirt, pullover or fleece jacket
  • Gore-Tex jacker or similar
  • Rain gear
  • Hat with a brim
  • Solid shoes/boots with good grip
  • Insect repellent
  • Sunblock and sunglasses
  • Camera
  • Small water bottle
  • Small towel and swimsuit
  • Flip-flops
  • Bandanna
  • Personal medicine
  • Flashlight or torch
  • Change of clothes
  • Dry socks
  • Fanny-pack/Bum-bag

Important Notes 

  • Instructions from the guide must be strictly followed.
  • There may be changes to the Secrets of the Andes route due to weather conditions. The tour operator reserves the right to implement these changes.
  • Participants are strongly urged to take up travel and health insurance for this Secrets of the Andes tour, as the tour operator and guide do not accept any responsibility for possible accidents or illnesses which might occur during the tour.
  • If the Secrets of the Andes tour is curtailed early due to the fault of the company or weather conditions, the participants will receive a refund for the missing days based on a percentage of days cancelled. If the tour is curtailed early due to the participant’s own fault or decision, illness or bad condition, no refund can be given.

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