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Quilotoa Loop Horse Riding Tour

High adventure in the saddle

An unforgettable horse-riding tour for intermediate or experienced riders, taking you through the stunning mountain landscapes of the Quilotoa Loop area, passing through local indigenous villages along the way.

  • 6 days of riding through the spectacular Andes mountains.
  • Fascinating visits to off the beaten track indigenous villages.
  • Horse-back exploration of the Toachi Canyon area.
  • Full day of riding by the Illinizas Volcanoes.
  • Incredible views of Quilotoa crater-lake, hidden gem of the Andes.

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Quilotoa Loop Horse Riding Tour

Prices per person 2020

  • 4 to 7 passengers
  • $1800

Itinerary Map


  • DAY 1Arrive to the Hacienda – Get acquainted with the horses + Visit the Milking Barn and Aging Cheese Cave (Riding time 4 hours).
  • DAY 2Isinlivi – Ride along ancient mule tracks south of the Ilinizas Volcanoes (Riding time 4 to 5 hours).
  • DAY 3Sigchos – Ride along the spectacular Toachi Canyon. (Riding time 4 to 5 hours).
  • DAY 4Chugchilan – Ascend to the edge of the mountain range + Stop by at one of the artisanal cheese factories + Visit Chugchilan village (Riding time 4 to 5 hours).
  • DAY 5Quilotoa – Ascend to the edge of the volcano, ride for an hour and a half following the path + walk towards the edge of the crater and explore the lake. (Riding time 4 hours).
  • DAY 6Tour ends – After breakfast and a visit to the viewpoint of the lagoon, we will be transferred by car back to Hacienda la Alegria (2.5 hours).


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About this itinerary

This tour can run with a minimum of 4 riders.

Be prepared for all weather: periods of intense equatorial sun, followed by chilly Andes’ winds or rain.

You will spend time at altitudes exceeding 11,000 feet (3900m), so it is important to stay hydrated and drink plenty of water.

Tour dates


  • Lodge accommodation on double / twin basis
  • 3 meals per day (from lunch on day1 to lunch on final day)
  • Daily excursions (in English or Spanish) to primary forest, aerial tram, rivers and lagoons along the reserve, and specialized lectures, all with a certified naturalist guide
  • Use of rain ponchos and rubber boots
  • Transfers in and out (shared basis from major hotel chains in Quito)


  • Tips
  • Bar expenses
  • Gifts and additional items
  • Dragonfly cablecar
  • Optional activities outside the reserve (kayak, bike, canopy zip-lines etc.)

Tour Dates

This tour is available throughout the year. Flexible to start on any day of the week that you prefer to travel.

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