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Horseback Riding and Cotopaxi National Park Private Tour provided by Ecuador Best Tours

Horseback Riding and Cotopaxi National Park Private Tour

Horseback Riding and Cotopaxi National Park Private Tour
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About
This is one of our specialties! Ride a "criollo" horse at the foothills of the Rumiñahui volcano, and learn all about the "Chagra" culture, with the best experienced local tour guides and cowboys. Take some personal challenges at Cotopaxi volcano, considered the second highest active volcano of the world!! Make your stay in Quito an unforgettable experience, of course protecting your family avoiding unnecessary crowds...!
Know before you go
  • Duration: 8h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Available languages
English, Spanish
What to expect
  • Here you have the opportunity to experience the joy, adrenaline and nostalgia that our Chagras live day by day while they are working in the high mountains of the Andes! Your naturalist guide will pick you up at 7:10 a.m. to go to "El Pedregal", located 60 km southeast from Quito, in between the Rumiñahui, Pasochoa, Sincholagua and Cotopaxi volcanoes! After an hour and a half driving, you'll arrive to a traditional hacienda of the region, and getting a "canelazo" as a welcome drink, you have the opportunity to wear typical costumes of the Ecuadorian Chagra, which will be very useful for your great adventure on horseback, that will last 2,5 unforgettable hours! After this great experience you say goodbye to your horse, in order to enter the National Park. Around 2:00 p.m., in the encounter with the Cotopaxi volcano (19,347 ft), you'll be surrounded by ancient dried lava flows, mountains, lakes, wild horses and ecosystems that surprisingly change while you gain elevation on the course! You will also see the exotic wildlife while you participate of the different activities offered on this exciting adventure! You will be back in your hotel of Quito approximately at 5:00 p.m.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 8h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Available languages
English, Spanish
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
What to expect
  • Here you have the opportunity to experience the joy, adrenaline and nostalgia that our Chagras live day by day while they are working in the high mountains of the Andes! Your naturalist guide will pick you up at 7:10 a.m. to go to "El Pedregal", located 60 km southeast from Quito, in between the Rumiñahui, Pasochoa, Sincholagua and Cotopaxi volcanoes! After an hour and a half driving, you'll arrive to a traditional hacienda of the region, and getting a "canelazo" as a welcome drink, you have the opportunity to wear typical costumes of the Ecuadorian Chagra, which will be very useful for your great adventure on horseback, that will last 2,5 unforgettable hours! After this great experience you say goodbye to your horse, in order to enter the National Park. Around 2:00 p.m., in the encounter with the Cotopaxi volcano (19,347 ft), you'll be surrounded by ancient dried lava flows, mountains, lakes, wild horses and ecosystems that surprisingly change while you gain elevation on the course! You will also see the exotic wildlife while you participate of the different activities offered on this exciting adventure! You will be back in your hotel of Quito approximately at 5:00 p.m.
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 23463P8
Call +1 855 275 5071
Important information
Inclusions
  • Private transport
  • Certified naturalist English speaking guide
  • Box lunch
  • Native guide
  • Horses
  • Safety equipment
Exclusions
  • Extra drinks
  • Extra expenses
Duration
8h
Departure details
  • Traveller pickup is offered.
  • Pick up will be done at 7:00 a.m. from your hotel or address, within Quito's district.
  • Hotel pickup is offered. View the hotel list on our checkout page to see if yours is included among the pickup points.
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • 10 C° - 18 C° / 50 F° - 64,4 F
  • It is responsibility of every traveler that he/she is adequately insured against personal accidents and medical expenses during his/her trip to Ecuador, as well as having travel cancellation and baggage insurance to protect him/her.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Not recommended for travellers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travellers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Passengers must weight below 190 pounds due to the carrying capacity of the horses.
  • Travellers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • Our guides and drivers will follow vehicle cleaning and personal care protocols, with disinfectant products during the tour.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
Inclusions
  • Private transport
  • Certified naturalist English speaking guide
  • Box lunch
  • Native guide
  • Horses
  • Safety equipment
Exclusions
  • Extra drinks
  • Extra expenses
Departure details
  • Traveller pickup is offered.
  • Pick up will be done at 7:00 a.m. from your hotel or address, within Quito's district.
  • Hotel pickup is offered. View the hotel list on our checkout page to see if yours is included among the pickup points.
Duration
8h
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • 10 C° - 18 C° / 50 F° - 64,4 F
  • It is responsibility of every traveler that he/she is adequately insured against personal accidents and medical expenses during his/her trip to Ecuador, as well as having travel cancellation and baggage insurance to protect him/her.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Not recommended for travellers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travellers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Passengers must weight below 190 pounds due to the carrying capacity of the horses.
  • Travellers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • Our guides and drivers will follow vehicle cleaning and personal care protocols, with disinfectant products during the tour.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
Travel safe during COVID-19
What you can expect during your visit
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Face masks required for travellers in public areas
What you can expect during your visit
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Face masks required for travellers in public areas
  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitised
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
Popular mentions

5.0
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Lauren3622
Cambridge, UK10 contributions
Great tour
We very much enjoyed our tour! We loved the horseback riding and the climb to try refuge on Cotopaxi. Omar was our guide- he was great and super knowledgeable. Would highly recommend!
Written 14 August 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
gabrielarojasEBT
Dear Friends, Thank you so much for your helpful review! Our tour guide Omar is very pleased to know that you enjoyed his company... It was a pleasure having you here! Your Ecuadorian frineds, Ecuador Best Tours,
Written 16 August 2021
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

RTinNH
Intervale, NH7 contributions
Horseback Riding in Cotopaxi
Jul 2021
I had the best day horseback riding in Cotopaxi. I was promptly picked up at my hotel and Quito and drove out to Cotopaxi. I spent the day at horseback riding and hiking in the park. It was so much fun. Wilson, my guide, was awesome. He was friendly and knowledgable. His English was fabulous. I would highly recommend this group and tour.
Written 30 July 2021
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gabrielarojasEBT
Dear friend, Thank you so much for such a wonderful review! Our horseback ride tour at Cotopaxi National Park is one of our especialties, and we are glad to know you liked it! Wilson is a definitely a super guide, thank you so much! Your Ecuadorian Friends, Ecuador Best Tours,
Written 1 August 2021
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

CDP132
MN36 contributions
Only in one’s dreams
Jun 2021
Horseback riding in the beautiful elevations of the Andes is an event that occurred just in the dreams of my wife and I. Yet, because of Ecuador Best Tours, this we experienced. Escorted by a sturdy guide and Ecuadorian Chagra, we rode high into the elevations, viewing the beautiful volcanic scenery and keeping an eye on the local wildlife and their habitat.

Luis, our guide, presented us with an abundance of local knowledge. He was adept in horseback riding and was always there if needed, knowing when to provide gentle encouragement while maneuvering the land. As the ride progressed, you felt as if you were part of a team and everyone involved thoroughly appreciated what the Andes had to offer.

The experience of this tour was truly well worth the price. Picked up, next to your hotel, you are presented with a wonderful discussion consisting of: history, cultural and biological information relating to Quito and the Andes, and just fun and/or keen conversation. In the end, after the ride and tour of the countryside, it truly felt like the tour was an impression accomplishment.
Written 20 June 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
gabrielarojasEBT
I really appreciate your kind and transparent review of what you experienced with us! We love working for such beautiful and open people to experience different things and especially to get off the beaten path. Always welcome to Ecuador best tours!! Kind regards, Your friends,
Written 22 June 2021
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

vdeltoral
Chicago, IL14 contributions
Amazing and tranquil way to experience the Andes
Jan 2021
I had a fantastic experience that was worth every penny. I hadn't ridden a horse for over a decade, but I was throughly instructed and given a suitably tame horse. The horses appeared well fed and taken care of. The guides were extremely knowledgeable and friendly. The region itself is absolutely beautiful, pictures don't do it justice.

After the horse back ride, we hiked up to cotopaxi base camp. It's optional, and I wouldn't recommend actually hiking that high if you're not in good shape and used to the altitude. But it was a great experience, the guide made sure I paced myself.

As for covid, I felt pretty safe. The guides wore masks the entire time, both in the car and while on horseback and while hiking up cotopaxi.
Written 28 January 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
gabrielarojasEBT
Dear friend, Thank you so much for your clear, detailed and helpful review about our horseback riding tour at Cotopaxi region. As you said, it is very important to remark the value we always add for your money. We know all our travelers do a big effort to travel, and that is why we always do our best to provide the best quality services to all of them, in order to make them feel satisfied and absolutely happy. We are glad to know you liked your experience, and thank you very much for your feedback about the safety protocols we are following in every tour. We all wish you the best in the future, Ecuador Best Tours,
Written 29 January 2021
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Mernander
3 contributions
Cotopaxi and Other Volcanoes ft. Horses
May 2019 • Friends
Today’s trip with Luis was happily the most unforgettable part of our trip to Ecuador. His easy-going humor and knowledge of the Quito and the nearby volcanic range made the journey to, around, and up Cotopaxi enjoyable. He offered history lessons, biology lessons, personal anecdotes, and every day culture analyses that filled the travel times between destinations and enhanced each experience. He was keen to make sure we were going to be comfortable during every activity given the ever-changing tropical Andean climate. Here are some of the trip specifics:

After being picked up at our hostel at 7am, we quickly got out of the city and made it to a beautiful and well-established hacienda within 2 hours. We were greeted with a delicious house-made cannelazo and some empanadas to prepare us for the journey upwards. Rafael, our horseback guide, fit us into helmets, ponchos, and chaps and gave us a quick lesson on how to spend he next 2.5 hours with our new friends. The horses are cared for very well, and that is obvious when you see their conditions at the hacienda. For having ridden a horse 14 years prior, it was very easy to learn the commands and relax as we climbed up our first volcano of the day. The surrounding area was incredibly beautiful, with a view of 7-8 other volcanoes and other valleys that stretched as far as we could see. At least two Andean Condors flew overhead as we made our trek. These gigantic birds of prey made up 1-2% of their remaining population and it was incredible to watch them ride the winds and the geography of the land. We were given some mint tea with coca to ease any altitude sickness we might be feeling. Which quickly soothed a small headache I had been developing. We descended easily and enjoyed more stunning views on the way down.

Next we went to Cotopaxi National Park and are our lunch on the way. It was very close by, and the volcano we just summited with the horses seemed to be at the border or part of the national park. We passed it as we drove in and past wildlife and a landscape teeming with wildflowers. We drove up to a trailhead on Cotopaxi, watching the flora change as we gained elevation. And while we arrived there in thick clouds we were convinced to start hiking upwards with Luis’positive encouragement. Mind you we are young and not very athletic but very eager to hike.We took the walk very slowly and arrived at the refuge that acts as a starting point for the mountaineers that will summit Cotopaxi. And soon after we did the clouds/brief hail cleared and we had an excellent view of the trail above and the glacier. It was breathtaking luck. By the time we descended the mountain you could see the top of Cotopaxi in her perfect ice capped cone shape. The waiting/working for the view was well worth it. A must do for nature seekers and backpackers alike.
Written 9 May 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Dear guest, Your review and description of your personal experience is absolutely incredible! Thank you very much for being that especific, and share with future travelers your once in a life-time adventure! Cotopaxi is amazing, and it is something that travelers in Ecuador must see during their stay in Quito. Thank you very much for your valuable comments about our quality services!! Your Ecuadorian friends, EBT,
Written 21 May 2019
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Allison Lollock
2 contributions
Spectacular Views and Hospitality
May 2019 • Friends
My girlfriend and I had the best time with Luis Albuja Salgado on our private tour. The price was more than we would ordinarily spend on a tour, but it was worth so much more.
Luis picked us up promptly in a private car, and was very friendly, spoke perfect English, and knows so much about Quito and the surrounding cities. We talked for the entire two-hour trip to the countryside. The hacienda near Cotopaxi is absolutely beautiful, and the horseback ride lasted about two hours with an additional 30-minute break at the overlook destination. We were greeted with canelazo and empanadas to help with the altitude, and were then dressed like true Andean vaqueros with chaps and a poncho. We were joined by one other guest from the hacienda, so it was still a small group of three tourists and our vaquero guide.
When we returned from the ride, Luis was there with a simple packed lunch for us to eat in the car on the way to the base of Cotopaxi. Luis was, again, extremely informative and fun in explaining the terrain and history of Ecuador and its volcanoes. While we approached the base by car, the weather was pretty intense with hail and rain and snow, but Luis was so encouraging about getting us to the base camp refuge for a picture that we persevered. As soon as we reached the refuge, the weather became shining sunlight and it was truly a spectacular sight to behold. 16,000ft elevation really is breathtaking. After returning to the base, Luis brought us back to Quito, still a wonderful conversationalist, and even gave us dining suggestions for the night.
Touring with Luis is the best way to see Cotopaxi and the Ecuadorian countryside.
Written 9 May 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Dear guest, We are absolutely overwhelmed about the very nice reviews about our tour guide, the last few days. We agree with you, the tour is incredible and definitely is one of our specialties! Thank you very much for your helpful review for future travelers!! Your Ecuadorian friends, EBT,
Written 21 May 2019
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Camilla G
Quito, Ecuador10 contributions
Everything is better from a horse back
Me and a friend booked this tour expecting not much besides a great view from a horse, but we got so much more. Luis was amazing and made the whole day so fun. The horses was calm and very kind. They were easy to control. The views was amazing and we got some great pictures.
I don't know how, but we somehow didn't read, that we continue to Cotopaxi, so that was a nice "surprise", and that really made the whole day better.
Really good service and just in general a very professional tour. Would definitely recommend.
Written 1 May 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Dear guest, Thank you very much for having used our services. We love to know you liked very much your tour in Horseback, at Cotopaxi National Park..! Hopefully someday we will see you again to explore more this beautiful country. Your friends, EBT
Written 2 May 2019
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Pamela B
Houston, TX120 contributions
Most incredible day on horseback
While we had zero experience on horseback riding; Luis helped to make us feel more comfortable. He also photographed my son (19) and I - so we had such great photos of the fabulous day.
The horses are very well cared for; the views were breathtaking all day. The ponchos and chaps made the crisp weather disappear.
Best day ever!!! Would totally do this again!
Written 26 January 2019
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Thank you so much for your honesty! We are glad to know you enjoyed your day with our loyal horses. Our tour guide also enjoyed that day with both of you, and we also hope to repeat that fabulous day in the near future... Take care, and enjoy life as you perfectly know how to do it. Your Ecuadorian friends,
Written 27 January 2019
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Art F
Miami, FL2 contributions
See the wild horses from your tame horse!
Oct 2018
Incredibly low price when booked from The Secret Garden. The guide gave minimal instruction on how to ride, but the horses were well behaved and seemed well cared for. Awesome views of the Cotapaxi valley and mountain.
Written 17 October 2018
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Thank you! We agree with you about our prices for our high quality day trips and multi-days tours! We simply offer value for your money... We are glad to know you liked your adventure in Cotopaxi, and we hope to see you again to share more life experiences. Kind regards,
Written 26 October 2018
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greg d
3 contributions
Luiz was a very friendly and well-informed guide
Apr 2018 • Family
This was a wonderful day for my teen-age son and I, with horseback riding in the rugged terrain of the high Andes in the morning and a hike up the side of Cotopaxi in the afternoon, from the parking at 15,000 ft. to the edge of the glacier at 16,000 ft. -- plus informative conversation while being driven to and from Quito!
Written 24 April 2018
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Dear guest, Thank you very much for your informative and helpful review! We feel very glad you liked your tour, and over all, to know you felt your received what you expected...! Thank you again, and we all hope to see you back in Ecuador with your wonderful family to arrange an exciting island hopping tour in the Galapagos!! Kind regards, SUVIATOUR,
Written 25 April 2018
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