Quito, Ecuador

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clock-o2 days (Approx.)
TransportHotel pickup offered
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commentOffered in: English and 2 more

Overview

Stay overnight at a ranch near Cayambe and visit Otavalo on a 2-day tour from Quito. Go horseback riding in the Andean mountains, and visit one of Ecuadors’ top attractions: the Otavalo Indigenous Market. In the evening, relax by the fireside at the ranch (hacienda) and get great views of the stars and night sky. You'll also stop at the Quitsato Sundial on the equator on this tour, which includes private transportation, guide, accommodation, activities, meals, and use of riding equipment.
  • Close encounter with wildlife
  • Enjoy a romantic night including dinner
  • Excellent value for money
  • Ideal choice for families
  • Small group ensures personal service
After pickup at your hotel or the airport in Quito, or in Otavalo, drive about 1.5 hours to the hacienda near Cayambe. 

Stop at Quitsato to see an enormous sundial that marks the equator. Continue to the hacienda where you receive refreshments and a safety briefing to prepare for your horse ride. 

The horse ride lasts from 3-5 hours depending on the experience level of the riders. The horses are mixes between Andalusians, Arabians, and local criollo horses.

During the ride, expect to see Andean villages, Ecuadorians in traditional dress, and possibly wildlife like wild horses, foxes, and birds (sometimes even condors). Take a break during the ride for a picnic lunch during the ride, then return to the hacienda for a delicious 3-course dinner.

The hacienda has cows, alpacas, llamas, and horses on the property, and offers sweeping views over the city of Cayambe, the Cayambe volcano, and, on a clear day, Quito. At night, relax near the fireplace or gaze at the stars. Stay overnight in a comfortable double room with private bath.

In the morning, have the option to go mountain biking or simply relax until your private vehicle takes you to Otavalo, located about 45 minutes away. For hundreds of years, this town's market has been one of the key trade destination in the Andes, even in pre-Inca times. Browse traditional goods sold by local villagers at the Otavalo Indigenous Market, then enjoy a 2-course lunch.

Your tour ends with transfer back to Quito in the late afternoon.

Itinerary

Program: please note that all times are approximate*

Day 1
8am: Pick-up at hotel in Quito and start driving to the ranch
9am: Stop at Quitsato (Equator)
10am - 11:00am: Canelazos (local drink) and Bizcochos (local biscuits) at Hacienda & safety briefing
11am - 4:00pm: Ride into the Andes with box lunch on the way
7pm: Dinner at Hacienda (3 courses)

Day 2
8:30am: Breakfast
10:30am: Private transportation to Otavalo and time to shop
2pm - 3pm: Lunch (2 courses)
5pm: Arrival in Quito
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