Ecuador Horseback Riding Holiday: Haciendas, Volcanoes & Inca Trail

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Surtrek is excited to offer this 8-day/7-night “Camino Real” horseback riding tour that takes guests into the heart of the Ecuadorian Andes, passing through many of the country’s most beautiful and biologically diverse areas, including “the City of Flowers and Fruit” (Ambato), as well as typical Andean towns and villages such as Simiatug, Salinas de Bolívar and Guaranda.  As holidaymakers ride around mountain-top lakes and past snow-capped volcanoes, they are likely to see ancient pre-Incan earth mounds, waterfalls, wildlife and epic views. The trails are appropriate for intermediate riders, yet challenging and interesting enough for experienced equestrians. What’s more, this trip can be custom-designed based on one’s experience and interest as a rider. This off-the-beaten-path adventure provides an opportunity to profoundly reconnect with nature, taking in awe-inspiring panoramic views of Andean volcanoes, summits and valleys. The “Camino Real” tour starts at $3,200 USD. For more info, visit

Highlights include:

  • Touring Quito’s UNESCO listed historic district by foot
  • Overnighting in Ambato, the “City of Flowers and Fruit”
  • Visiting Carihuayrazo and Pan de Azucar volcanoes
  • Exploring and lodging at authentic working haciendas that produce regional dairy products, potatoes, broccoli and flowers
  • Witnessing large alpaca and llama herds roaming free at high altitudes
  • Taking a six-hour horseback ride along the main Inca trail that once linked Quito with Cusco, Peru
  • Riding across the Echandia Valley to Chillanes, through green hilly pastures and past several stately farms
  • Staying in wonderful hotels with authentic cuisine, wine and bilingual guides

Surtrek began 20 years ago with Alfonso Tandazo and his dream of sharing his passion for authentic adventure travel. What began as a tiny adventure travel company now operates in a half-dozen countries across Latin America, providing bespoke services to tourists, agencies, and operators from around the world.

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