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Cotopaxi Cattle & Horse Round Up in Ecuador


Cotopaxi Cattle & Horse Round Up in Ecuador
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This extraordinary ride will introduce you to a side of our spectacular country that few Ecuadorians, let alone visitors, ever see. You will participate in a traditional "rodeo" (literally "round-up") of fighting bulls in the remote fastness of the Cordillera Oriental of the Andes.

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The "rodeo" in Ecuador means is the harvest of the year and literally means  - "walk around the farm" -  to collect the horses and cattle that are spread out all over the mountains in the wilds - isolated grazing on their own. On several Volcano Avenue trip dates we have the opportunity to take part in these local round ups of horses and cattle. It all takes place what is called environmental wasteland of the Ecuadorian Andes that is at an elevation of over 3500 meters - here is where the Chagras (cowboys)  live. Over the centuries the Chagra horseman learned from his predecessors the Spanish and Natives to handle wild cattle using their horse and lasso that allow them to maintain their traditions such as "play the bull," get some "passes" and finally if he is "brave" - take it to the bullring in the town for the "festivities".


All this makes this collection of livestock in the Ecuadorian Andes an activity unique in the world, full of adrenaline and history. To reach these hidden corners we must travel the eastern mountains on two long riding days. We meet with the "Chagras " at the remote farm Chalupas and help them during their round ups. We will then return along the south side of the Cotopaxi Mountain -the highest active volcano in the world. On day seven we can all help rounding up a wild herd of horses and drive them back to the home ranch. Our ride will have long riding days and we will need to bring along an extra set of horses to switch every day.


This is not a spectacle organized for the benefit of tourists, but a time-honored annual event in the calendar of the working ranches. You will ride with real Chagras (Andean cowboys) whose life and work has changed little for generations. The spectacle of chagras at work, resplendent in their traditional ponchos and llama or goat hair chaps and intricately carved wooden bucket stirrups, will leave you with life-long memories of the "real Ecuador.


Cattle Drive, Round Up
Progressive Ride (no camping)

Meeting: Quito Airport or Hotel
Airport: Quito
Transfer: Quito
Riders: Min 4 riders
Max 8 riders

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    Cotopaxi Cattle & Horse Round Up in Ecuador
    Tour Code: IT-ECRT05-CA
    10 days / 9 nights ~$0.00
    Dates : March and November

    Trip Rating :
    Difficulty : Riding Level
    Riding Level Explained
    ABeginner
    Beginner A rider who has limited experience, is unable to post the trot and does not canter.
    BNovice
    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.
    CIntermediate
    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.
    EAdvanced
    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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    Horses: mixed Criollo (native South American),...
    Pace: 5-8 hours of riding. Moderate with tr...

    Airport: Quito
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