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Hacienda Alegria Riding Getaway

Hacienda Alegria Riding Getaway
Haciendas Ecuador
Join us for a few days or a whole week on this Ecuadorian hacienda - on a very special riding holiday. It is a family-run organic farm in the heart of Ecuador's "Avenue of the Volcanoes", just one hour south of the historic colonial city of Quito, the capital of Ecuador. The hacienda offers traditional hospitality and a touch of luxury. Above all, this hacienda specializes in horseback vacations in the beautiful surroundings of the high Andes of Ecuador. Your host Gabriel Espinosa comes from a family steeped in equestrian tradition, and his enthusiasm for riding and horses is at the core of everything they do at the farm. The riding programs can cater to experienced riders and total beginners in separate groups. We offer day rides for those new to riding, travellers with limited time, or those who just want a brief taste of the fresh mountain air! We also run a program of more adventurous multi-day trips travelling on horseback through the mountains, forests and paramo (high grasslands) of the Andes - see our Volcano Avenue rides. For groups of two or more we are also happy to organise itineraries customised to your requirements.

The horses are very important part of the day to day life at the hacienda. Most have been bred on the farm from mixed Criollo (native South American), English Thoroughbred and Arabian stock, resulting in a near perfect combination of toughness, agility, calm temperament and "mountain sense". Beginners and experienced riders alike have found them easy to ride, willing and good mannered. If you have previous riding experience you will be given plenty of opportunity to canter.

There is a range of tack including North American style, English style, Mclellan calvary, Chillean and traditional Ecuadorian "Chagra" style with its intricate leather-work and saddle horn.

You will be welcomed with a roaring log fire in the sitting room, and in your bedroom when the nights are cold. The ranch can accommodate up to 24 people both in the farmhouse and a recently completed extension.

Paty and her staff provide tasty meals that combine delicious Ecuadorian and international cuisine.  Vegetarian / other special dietary requirements can be catered to on request. Your hosts speak good English making for some very interesting conversations on the trail or around the dinner table.

The hacienda ideally situated on the lower slopes of Volcan Corazon (4788m) in the heart of the "Avenue of the Volcanoes", a spectacular valley dividing the eastern and western ranges of the Andes. From the garden of the hacienda you can enjoy breathtaking views across the valley to the extinct volcanos:  Ruminahui (4712m), Pasochoa (4250m), Atacazo (4463m) and in the distance the mighty cone of Cotopaxi, at 5897m the highest active volcano in the world.

Ecuador is a safe, democratic country and is widely regarded as one of the most hassle-free destinations in South America.

Working Ranch
Short Getaway
Center-based ride

Meeting: Aloag
Airport: Quito
Transfer: Aloag or Quito
Riders: Min 1 riders
Max 8 riders
(per riding group)

Max Capacity 24

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    Hacienda Alegria Riding Getaway
    Tour Code: IT-ECSRAL
    4 days / 3 nights ~$660.00
    Dates : 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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    A 2016 01/01 - 12/31 4d / 3n Hacienda Getaway, AP - 3 day... 1 /8 Reserve
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    Tack: North American style, English style, M...
    Horses: mixed Criollo (native South American),...
    Pace: 4 hours each riding day from the hacie...

    Airport: Quito
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