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Secrets of the Andes Ride

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Meeting: Quito
Airport:   Quito      
Transfer: Quito    Distance: 50 miles - 3 hrs

Pick-up/ drop-off for this trip is from Mariscal Sucre International Airport (UIO) in Quito. Transfers are available at any time on Day 1 of the trip. You'll be transferred to your B&B in Quito the night around 5:00pm before departure. The following morning you will be dropped off at the Quito Airport.

Tack: English and Montura de Vaquería (Western type), also Colombian saddles that are like a mixture between English and Western (deeper English or: flatter Western)
Horses: creole horses and several other cross-breads (as American Pinto, Andalusian, Anglo-Arab, Paso Fino, Polo Horse). Horse size ranges from 1,40m to 1,70m heights (about 13 to 16 hands)
Pace: Daily 3-6 hours Mountainous terrain, trip is designed as a trekking with the horse through the Andes, therefore our main pace is walking, but always nice trot-, canter- and gallop-sections as well.
| Walk | Trot | Canter | Gallop |
Level: Riding Level (Click for legend) (3.5 out of 5)    Good Intermediate
Age: Min 14
Weight: Max 185 lbs
Riders: Min 2 riders Max 8 riders

Riding Ability
We ride through varying terrain; some parts quite steep and open ground.  Enjoyment from these rides can be increased if you are physically fit and your riding muscles toned. Clients always have the choice to take the accompanying vehicle instead of riding.
With the help of guides and volunteers, we can also split the group into homogeneous parts if necessary.

We keep a group of 21 horses: creole horses and several other cross-breads (as American Pinto, Andalusian, Anglo-Arab, Paso Fino, Polo Horse). All our horses are very well trained, sure-footed and forward going. Some have a gait. Horse size ranges from 1,40m to 1,68m heights (about 13 to 16 hands).
According to the booking information that you will send to us, we plan the best match of horse and rider.

Guests are accompanied by a guide that speaks English/Spanish/French and German and one local groom. The guides and grooms have excellent local knowledge of the highlands of Ecuador and are expert riders. Professional guides speaking other languages are available on prior request.

Non-riders are welcome to join this trip and follow the riders by hiking or eventually by car.

Passport and Visa Requirements: Passport valid for at least six months required by all nationals referred to in the chart.Passport NotePassports must be carried at all times. Not required by all nationals referred to in the chart ab. more
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Secrets of the Andes Ride
Tour Code: IT-ECRT01B
10 days / 9 nights ~$1,930.00
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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Tack: English and Montura de Vaquería (Weste...
Horses: creole horses and several other cross-...
Pace: Daily 3-6 hours Mountainous terrain, ...
Walk, Trot, Canter, Gallop,
Airport: Quito
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