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Horseriding in the Andes

Strangely inappropriate, since the Spanish first introduced the horse, but this must be the best way to really experience the Inca roads through the Andes. If you are not a serious rider, then many of the haciendas can offer day hire of horses with guides. If you are after the more serious long distance routes then there are some organisers listed below. If you plan to make your own arrangements, it goes without saying you should see both the horses and equipment on offer before parting company with any money.

Asociación Ecuatoriana de Criadores de Caballos de Pura Raza Española -Andalucian Horsebreeders Association (Spanish).
Equine Adventures -specialists in horse riding holidays around the world -run a 10 day tour in colonial Ecuador.
Finca Colibri -farm in Pululahua offering riding near Quito.
Green Horse Ranch -riding in Pululahua Crater.
Hacienda Alegria - family-run organic farm in the heart of Ecuador's "Avenue of the Volcanoes", one hour south of Quito, the capital of Ecuador. Specialise in horseback vacations.
Hidden Trails -a variety of riding tours in the Andean highlands -good slide show of the sort of landscape to expect.
Ilalo Expeditions -luxury one-day and multi-day horseback riding tours through Ecuador´s most beautiful landscapes using prize-winning Peruvian Paso horses.
Rancho Cheval -horse riding trail in historical Haciendas on the Avenue of the Volcanoes.
Ride World Wide -UK company specialising in horse riding holidays and safaris throughout the world.
Ride Andes -specialist company who offer horseback riding trips in the Andean Highlands of Ecuador, as well as along the coastline of Uruguay and in the gaucho heartland of north Argentina.
see also Hosterias and Haciendas as many offer horse riding for guests.

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