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Volcano Cotopaxi Adventure

Volcano Cotopaxi Adventure
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Come explore 'The Volcano Avenue': a region surrounded by eleven volcanoes!

Uniquely, the only form of transportation during your trip will be your horse. They will be your partner throughout this adventure.  We will thoroughly explore and experience the grandeur of the Andes from the west to the east mountain chain, marveling at the diversity of flora, fauna, and landscape. And, of course, you will have the opportunity to admire the majestic Cotopaxi, the highest active volcano on earth.

Indeed, you will come to appreciate the tradition and customs of the  chagras’ abilities.  In their goat-skin chaps and woolen ponchos, they welcome tourists and demonstrate their centuries-old tradition of herding cattle. The chagras’ skill on horseback and knowledge of the landscape legendary. We will ride through the Andean paramo, an ecosystem which encompasses a vast expanse of 12,500 square kilometers. We follow rolling hills of high-altitude grassland dotted with little flowers that have adapted furry leaves to protect themselves from the cold, and ravines that create micro-climates that sprout a surprising variety of life. It is a wondrous place for both new and experienced visitors.

After we have prepared for the main part of the ride, we shall start towards the mighty Cotopaxi. We will visit the colourful animal and produce market of Machachi on our way where you can enjoy the unique beauty of an Andean market as well as have the opportunity to buy any handicraft or leather-work you find interesting. We will then continue our trip to Cotopaxi, the tallest active volcano in the world (5,987m). As we ride through the Andes Mountains, you will experience a diversity of geographical landscapes and climates. Be prepared for a period of intense  equatorial sun followed by chilly Andes’ wind—all within the space of a few hours.  The locals say that the highlands experience all four seasons within the same day.

With our sturdy and well-trained horses, we climb to altitudes exceeding 12,000 feet (4,200m) and ride down to hidden valleys, where we are able to experience the exhilaration of full gallops at high altitudes.  It is in these valleys of Machachi where men, shaped by the land together with their horses, have tamed the wild bulls and produced the culture of the paramo, a world apart. Long after our return and the end of our journey, our memories of this rugged but beautiful world will linger as a life-time ride.

Progressive Ride (no camping)
Family Vacation

Meeting: Aloag
Airport: Quito
Transfer: Quito (airport, hotel, or bus stop)
Riders: Min 4 riders
Max 12 riders

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    Volcano Cotopaxi Adventure
    Tour Code: IT-ECRT12
    8 days / 7 nights
    Dates : Available all Year

    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: Basic
    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 2024 05/10 - 05/17 8d / 7n 8 day trip (6 riding days) 4 /12 Expired
    A 2024 08/16 - 08/23 8d / 7n 8 day trip (6 riding days) 4 /12 Reserve
    A 2024 12/06 - 12/13 8d / 7n 8 day trip (6 riding days) 4 /12 Reserve
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    Tack: North American style, English style, M...
    Horses: Mixed Criollo (native South American),...
    Pace: Moderate with trots and canters. 4-6 h...
    Walk, Trot, Canter,
    Airport: Quito
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