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Colonial Hacienda and Inca Trail

Colonial Hacienda and Inca Trail
Highlands Riding Tours Ecuador

Take a special journey back in time along ancient Inca and Spanish colonial routes laced between the amazingly preserved 'haciendas' (grand colonial farming estates) of Ecuador, in two stunningly beautiful, yet very distinct areas of the Andean highlands. Crossing vast plains and riding through pastoral valleys we follow the 'Avenue of Volcanoes', skirting the towering, snow-capped peaks of Cayambe & Cotopaxi and cantering through the vast meadows below.

The days are packed with varied rides through forests, up into the mountains and along Inca roads with visits along the way to the local indigenous markets and craft villages where the customs and rhythm of life have changed little over the centuries. Most nights are spent in 16th, 17th and 18th century haciendas at the historic country houses where guests can relax in front of open fireplaces and enjoy the fine period detail, grand courtyards and flowering gardens. The prestigious haciendas that open their doors to us are unique and hold an important place in the history of Ecuador; most are still the homes of the noblest of Ecuadorian families including past presidents. Hundreds of years after they were first built, the haciendas continue to welcome visitors to Ecuador as they once did to such famous guests as Simon Bolivar and many of the 16th-19th century's greatest scientists and explorers!

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Progressive Ride (no camping)

Meeting: Quito Hotel
Airport: Quito
Transfer: Quito hotel Sebastian on Day 1
Riders: Min 4 riders
Max 10 riders

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    Colonial Hacienda and Inca Trail
    Tour Code: IT-ECRT03
    8 days / 7 nights ~$3,635.00
    Dates : Available all Year

    Trip Rating :
    Difficulty : Riding Level
    Riding Level Explained
    Beginner A rider who has limited experience, is unable to post the trot and does not canter.
    Novice A rider who is capable of mounting and dismounting unassisted, capable of applying basic aids, comfortable and in control at the walk, moderate length posting trots, and short canters.
    Intermediate A rider who has a firm seat, is confident and in control at all paces (including posting trots, two point canters and gallops), but does not ride regularly.
    D Strong Intermediate
    Strong Intermediate An intermediate rider who is currently riding regularly and is comfortable in the saddle for at least 6 hours per day.
    All of the above, plus an independent seat, soft hands, and capable of handlinga spirited horse in open country.
    Lodging: Standard
    Lodging Level Explained
    = Facilities in lodges, estancias, haciendas, resorts, etc.
    Basic lodging - some with shared bathroom facilities, usually no AC or room service.
    Regular standard room - usually with private bath.
     Accommodations with superior comforts.
     = Trips with nights in tent camps. Sometimes the first and last night are in hotels.
    Basic tent camping - everyone helps out with camp chores.
    Regular standard with some camp amenities and camp cook.
    Camping facilities with superior comforts like camp shower, bathroom facility..
     = Trips that combine nights in hotels and camping.
    Basic accommodation and basic camping facilities can be expected.
    Regular standard with some nicer amenities.
    Only assigned to hotel and camping facilities with superior comforts.

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    Season Tour Dates  Min / MaxReserve
    A 2016 10/01 - 10/08 8d / 7n 8 day trip, AP 4 /10 Expired
    A 2016 11/19 - 11/26 8d / 7n 8 day trip, AP 4 /10 Expired
    A 2016 12/24 - 12/31 8d / 7n 8 day trip, AP 4 /10 Sold Out
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    Tack: ‘McClennan’ western style saddles with...
    Horses: Local criollo crossed with Andalusian,...
    Pace: Moderate with trots and canters

    Airport: Quito
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