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Cotopaxi Adventure Ride

Accommodations for Cotopaxi Adventure Ride

This is a progressive ride, so nights will be spent in different locations.

At the end of each day's riding adventure, we overnight in a wonderful mixture of haciendas and farmhouses selected especially for your cultural enjoyment.
Wi-Fi is available at almost all lodgings and while coverage is usually very good, we cannot guarantee it.

Accommodation Itinerary for Cotopaxi Adventure Ride - subject to changes based on availability
Night 1: Hacienda in Zuleta Valley
Night 2: Indigenous Community near Ibarra
Night 3: Hotel in Otavalo
Night 4: Lodge in Pasachoa foothills
Night 5: Hacienda in Pedregal
Night 6: Hacienda in Quilindana
Night 7: Hotel in Quito

Accommodation Itinerary for Volcanoes & Vistas Ride - subject to changes based on availability
Nights 1 & 2: Hacienda in Zuleta Valley
Night 3: Indigenous Community near Ibarra
Night 4: Hotel in Otavalo
Night 5 & 6: Refuge in Pinan
Night 7: Lodge in Puelo
Night 8: Lodge in Pasachoa foothills
Night 9: Hacienda in Pedregal
Night 10: Night 7: Hotel in Quito

Hacienda in Zuleta Valley
This Hacienda belonged to the Order of the Mercedaries, until the late nineteenth century. The Guest House is located in the heart of the farm's productive activities; so that one can see from a window or from the garden daily tasks and if desired can be part of them.
The old rooming house of the farm’s employees has been restored to welcome our guests, with emphasis on comfort. As a fitting tribute to those characters who have made the history of mountain farms and have been part of everyday life of this estate until today, we wanted to identify each room with the name of each of these workers. Each of the 5 room is furnished with older wooden furniture and comes with private facilities. Fireplaces are available in most rooms. Wi-Fi is available in public areas and is free of charge. 

Indigenous Community near Ibarra
Following the desire of local families to welcome travelers, some families have decided to host travelers into their home. The village is located at an altitude of 2.800 m (approx.. 9.200 ft) above sea level.

Hotel in Otavalo
This charming colonial style hotel offers 12 uniquely decorated rooms with private bathroom and balcony overlooking the green inner–courtyard. with wooden floors and wooden beds. The inner patio filled with plants gives you a colonial feeling and lets you escape from the busy streets. There is free Wi-Fi access at this property.

Lodge in Pasachoa foothills
Built from local materials, this lodge is located at 3480 meters above sea level. It accommodates guests in comfortable rooms with rustic-style décor, equipped with private bathrooms as well as a wood burning stove, along with cozy ponchos and thick duvets to keep off the mountain chill. The main lodge is welcoming, with cozy nooks to relax, books to curl up with, and stunning views of Cotopaxi on a clear day. At night, you can sit by the campfire and gaze at the stars. There is free Wi-Fi access at this property.

Hacienda in Pedregal
The Hacienda offers 14 rooms, each with a unique decor and equipped with a heating system (stove or electric heaters), private facilities with hot shower and free Wi-Fi.
Another accommodation type at the Hacienda are the machai rooms which are designed to simulate sleeping on an Andean hut, but with all the comfort you need. Each of these 8 machai rooms have estera walls and doors and can accommodate two people and share 4 bathrooms and 3 showers (hot water).

Hacienda El Tambo in Quilindana
This Hacienda is located inside the Cotopaxi National Park and is part of a major conservation program that aims to protect local endangered wildlife. It sits on the slope of the Cotopaxi Volcano, at an altitude of 3,600m. The main house dates back to Inca times, when it was used as a Tambo (sort of Inn). Although the original building was destroyed by the Spaniards, it was rebuilt following the same ancestral methods.
Here, you will be accommodated in one of 6 machai room with thatched roofs and matting made estera walls and curtains as doors. The Machais share 3 bathrooms and 3 showers (hot water).

Hotel in Quito
This hotel is housed in a Spanish-style villa that keeps its colonial charm. The decor combines Ecuadorian handicrafts and furniture, hand carved in fine local woods.
The 20 guestrooms all come with private bathroom, telephone, television, Wi-Fi access and a digital safe.

Refuge in Piñán
This refuge, located at an altitude of 3112m high, was built with ancestral techniques meant to respect the environment. Its adobe walls and thatched roof keep the heat of the stoves and the fireplace in the circular room overlooking the Piñán River. There are 4 rooms with a total capacity of 20 people. Bathrooms are shared an include hot water. There is no Wi-Fi available at this lodging.

Lodge in Puelo
The lodge is located at 1890m high and is surrounded by a 7 hectares farm on the shores of Cristopamba river. It consist in a three floor house with 8 bedrooms with shared facilities (6 showers) and two extra rooms in a little wooden cabin with another toilet facility. There are also common rooms where guest can relax and enjoy the view. The lodge's garden is full of beautiful flowers and attracts many birds. There is no Wi-Fi access at this property.

Room Occupancy
Single occupancy is possible, but is limited in availability and extra charges will apply. If you are willing to share but we are unable to find a roommate for you, the single supplement fee applies.
Only a few of the accommodations have triple occupancy rooms available. If requested, we will confirm with you at time of booking what is possible.

On the Cotopaxi Adventure Ride, all meals are included except for dinner on the last day.

Whether staying in a hacienda, hotel or rural ranch, the food will be hearty, filling and not over-spiced. Guests are offered a mixture of traditional Western food alongside local dishes (such as empanadas - tasty savory turnovers stuffed with meat or chicken). Delicious local produce such as cheese from Ecuador's Zuleta Valley and delicious tropical fruits (papaya, mango and custard apple) are often available.  

Picnic lunches are freshly cooked and never consist of just a sandwich.
At dinner, the starter is often a tasty highland soup made with prime local ingredients including beans, pulses and vegetables.

Extra snacks and bottled water also provided each day. Guests must buy their own soft drinks & alcoholic beverages.

This trip includes and can accommodate special dietary requests.

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Cotopaxi Adventure Ride
Tour Code: IT-ECRT04
8 days / 7 nights ~$2,885.00
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
B 2020 07/22 - 08/01 11d / 10n 11 day trip, AP- Volcanoes &... 4 /8 Expired
B 2020 08/01 - 08/11 11d / 10n 11 day trip, AP- Volcanoes &... 4 /8 Expired
A 2020 08/01 - 08/08 8d / 7n 8 day trip, AP- Cotopaxi Adv... 4 /8 Expired
A 2020 09/05 - 09/12 8d / 7n 8 day trip, AP- Cotopaxi Adv... 4 /8 Expired
B 2020 09/19 - 09/29 11d / 10n 11 day trip, AP- Volcanoes &... 4 /8 Expired
B 2020 11/21 - 12/01 11d / 10n 11 day trip, AP- Volcanoes &... 4 /8 Reserve
A 2020 11/21 - 11/28 8d / 7n 8 day trip, AP- Cotopaxi Adv... 4 /8 Reserve
B 2020 12/23 - 01/02 11d / 10n 11 day trip, AP- Volcanoes &... 4 /8 Reserve
A 2020 12/27 - 01/03 8d / 7n 8 day trip, AP- Cotopaxi Adv... 4 /8 Reserve
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Tack: ‘McClellan’ western style saddles with...
Horses: Local criollo crossed with Andalusian,...
Pace: Pace is varied due to the terrain with...
Walk, Trot, Canter,
Airport: Quito
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