Photo from the Hacienda La Alegria (Ecuador) ride.

Ecuador is the second smallest country in South America but features a great biodiversity and geographical variation – in one day’s drive you can journey from the Amazon Basin volcanoes, down through tropical cloud forests and into the sunset for a dinner on the balmy Pacific coast. For nature lovers Ecuador is a dream with exotic orchids and birds (15% of the world's bird species), jungle plants (25,000 species), amazing insects, windswept páramo (Andean grasslands), damp tropical forests and many animals. It is one of seventeen megadiverse countries in the world, meaning that it harbours a large majority of the world's species. The Galapagos Islands, off the western coast of Ecuador, were the inspiration for Darwin's Theory of Evolution.

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Ecuador provides various horse riding experiences through a range of terrain and ecosystems. These vary from the Andes, with snow-crested volcanoes, to the lower elevations of tropical rainforests and even the Galapagos Islands. Mountaineering, trekking and horseback riding are world class in this small country. Climatic variation means that visitors can experience the tropical climates of the Pacific coastal region as well as the weather in the Andean Highlands, where the climate is temperate and relatively dry. This elevated Andean "Sierra" provides the best riding throughout Ecuador. Cotopaxi National Park is an excellent location for horseback experiences with its wild paramo plains reaching over 16,000 feet. These, along with the park's centrally positioned Cotopaxi volcano, provide a classic Ecuadorian landscape in which to journey. Large numbers of animals, including groups of wild horses, can be seen in the park and the chance to see wild stallions crossing the rough terrain at a gallop is not to be missed. Occasionally there are sightings of extremely rare species, such as pumas and Andean condors, and the grassy undulating hills of the area allow for some faster paced riding.

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  • Photo from the Hacienda La Alegria ride

    Hacienda La Alegria

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    Hacienda La Alegria specialises in horseback riding in the beautiful surroundings of the Ecuadorian Andes.
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    Hacienda Zuleta

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    This exclusive hacienda in Ecuador is located only two hours north of Quito in the spectacular Andean mountain range.
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