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Ecuador may be relatively small in stature but it is home to a dazzling array of wonders. The verdant landscape of the high Andean peaks, provides the perfect backdrop for a riding holiday. Ride at high altitude on beautiful sure-footed horses, traversing steep slopes and challenging tracks. The Andes scenery is an ever changing vista, from the patchwork of small villages, rolling meadow and babbling streams of the Zuleta and San Pablo Valleys, to the snow encrusted volcano peaks.

Whether you choose to stay in traditional haciendas and canter across open plains, rounding-up cattle with friendly chagras (cowboys) or take an exhilarating trail ride, following the ancient Inca routes through colourful Quechua villages, overnighting in remote mountain lodges, you cannot fail to be immersed in the atmosphere of Ecuadorian Highlands. Explore the magnificent ruins of fortresses in the province of Pichinchaat, in the Cayambe Coca Reserve or head deep into the Amazonian Rainforest, where ecolodges in private reserves organise day rides into the lush tropical jungle. For those seeking the contrast of thrilling beach riding, the Pacific shores of Ecuador certainly don't disappoint.

There are several riding centres located on the unadulterated coastline, offering a range of lessons and day rides. Gentle trots over rolling hills in refreshing sea breezes, will revitalise you, before the excitement of fast cantering on quality horses on the golden sands of the Manabi province, or even take an extension to the inspirational Galápagos Islands, where ranches offer horse riding tours in the Highlands of Santa Cruz. The geographic diversity and vibrant culture of Ecuador make it a quintessential riding holiday destination.

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Hacienda Zuleta

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A beautiful traditional hacienda offering a flexible riding itinerary for all levels and abilities.
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  • Open: All Year
  • Type: Riding and Accommodation
  • Riding Style: English
Price: From $222 per person per night...
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Ride Andes

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A choice of trail riding itineraries, through the spectacular Andean countryside.
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  • Open: June to February
  • Type: Riding and Accommodation
  • Riding Style: English
Price: From $345 per person per night...
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“We had a lovely week here. The riding was great and it was good to be in a quiet rural area, away from the touristy areas.”
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