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Haciendas and Horse Riding

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Haciendas and Horse Riding

I would like to spend 2 days in a hacienda with horse riding around Cotopaxi but have the following questions:

1. How would one even get to the haciendas which are remote, so taking a taxi would be expensive (and dangerous on my own? - single female)

2. Any recommendation for a good value hacienda which offers horse riding? I know they are expensive but need to find the best value for money.

3. Is the horse riding included in their hotel rates and/or very expensive?

thanks

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1. Re: Haciendas and Horse Riding

We are also interested in Horse back riding in either the Cotopaxi or Otavalo areas. I sent a few emails to some places I found on-line, but didn't hear back from them.

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2. Re: Haciendas and Horse Riding

I'm currently planning a jaunt with Hacienda La Alegria.

It gets really good reviews, not only on ta .. but with the equestrian travel agents.

It is owner run and operated.

They do simple daily rides and more adventurous multi day expeditions.

The 11day Volcano ride Itinerary has overnights in small local hacienda's ..pretty authentic local experience as far as I can see.

Check out the websites. too . hidden trails , ride world wide , Far & Ride..

There are heaps of options especially if you are not a very strong rider.. sadly less options if you are seeking more challenging riding.

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Hi dizzyhytes,

Don't forget to build in acclimatisation before going on the rides in the Andes.

Ride Andes are very good.

Best to go with a specialist operator for horse riding, as often with this type of trip, you get what you pay for in terms of kit, horse care etc.

Have fun!

All the best

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4. Re: Haciendas and Horse Riding

How much time is usually needed for acclimatisation?

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5. Re: Haciendas and Horse Riding

Hi give me 25..

You usually need 3 nights in Quito or similar height around Quito, depending on the height of the ride you take.

The agent you book with should give you the correct advice for the ride you are undertaking.

All the best

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6. Re: Haciendas and Horse Riding

hacienda zuleta is a wonderful place and they will arrange for a reasonably priced driver to pick you up from quito (ours took us on a tour of octavlo and some of the weaving studios on the way to the hacienda). the hacienda is expensive but the horse riding was not and they have a large stable with many mounts to choose from. the scenery is spectacular and we especially enjoyed visiting the hacienda trout farm and condor sanctuary. the food at the hacienda is great (one of the "iron chefs" was visiting during our last stay and we spent a lovely morning with him at the hacienda cheese "factory" and extensive organic gardens).

hacienda zulata is one of the most beautiful places we've ever been.

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7. Re: Haciendas and Horse Riding

Near Cotopaxi area you find San Agustin de Callo hacienda, pricey but worth it. Their horses are Andean ones and they are ok. Excursions are leaded by a native cowboy who doesn't speak English.

Hacienda la Cienega is nice as well and less pricey. Their horses are Andean ones as well. Excursions are leaded by a native cowboy who doesn't speak English too...

Best horses are at Pinsaqui hacienda near Otavalo, far from Cotopaxi but they have nice Arab and English individuals there. The horse riding there is more expensive and you need to book in advance. No English speaking leader too...

For acclimmatization you need 2 days in the Andes above 7000 feet in order to get use to the altitude.

A good idea would be to book your hacienda and horses trough a reputable local based Operator. Stay 2 days in any of this areas and enjoy our country. Ask if the transportatio service has inssurance for accidents.

Saludos cordiales desde Uyuni,

Dennis Yepez

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8. Re: Haciendas and Horse Riding

I also think La Cienaga was well set up for horse riding and is fairly near Cotopaxi (though I didn`t do it myself). To get there you simply get a bus and get off in the village of Lasso. That part is on the Panamericana and I don´t think the bus journey is dangerous. From Lasso you can organise a taxi ride for the 2km down the paved road for a few dollars.

Have fun

Graham

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9. Re: Haciendas and Horse Riding

If we have to choose between Cotopaxi and Otavalo areas for horseback riding, which would you suggest? Or, are both spectacular & different enough to do two separate day trips?

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10. Re: Haciendas and Horse Riding

Thank you so much everyone. I first tried La Alegria and they seem great, but unfortunately they don't have a ride going to Cotopaxi on the dates that I am going so will try the others. Appreciate the advice.

Edited: 9:17 am, March 28, 2012