The most popular part of our Cloudforest-Highland Ride, combined with a new trek along the Pululahua crater edge leads us on hidden trails towards, along and above the beautiful and magical Guayllabamba river valley, that was visited and settled by ancient Ecuadorian cultures longtime even before the arrival of the Incas. Therefore, the Sacred Valley. Ancient paths, nearly forgotten nowadays, traced and used by over 1000 year old cultures, some of who's many different testimonies weshall encounter and admire on our ride:
Pre-historical fortresses, ceremonial places, grave hillocks, terraces and stone carvings in midst a pleasant climate and lush vegeta- tion, are an experience to enjoy in three interesting riding days.
This trip addresses to rather experienced riders, as it is a greatcombination of steep adventurous climbs through dense vegeta- tion, and gallop stretches on mountain ridges with wide open views. On top of it all, we'll come across the oldest Arrayan forest of South America, mystical mossy trees where elves and fairies have their home.
Having found this unique place at the end of the world, we will explore the stunning surroundings refilling our energies with Doña Hildas Austrian Kaiserschmarrn in the middle of nowhere. In the morning we invite you for a 3 hours ride, to take a look at mysterious 1300 years old stone-carvings from the Yumbo-culture. The visit of a nearby Hacienda that was ruled by the Jesuit-community during colonial time and shows interesting historical evidences, is another option. Those, who'd like to change activity for a while, can go for a walk, collecting tropical fruit, head for a shower under a natural waterfall or just hang out for a day, enjoying the enchanted and unique scenery of our rest place. Home-made lunch at Doña Hildas place, overnight at the same place.
As a "warm-up" ride to this outstanding experience, we strongly recommend the Pululahua Exploration Trail A one day earlier, with an extra overnight in Pululahua, which will make this ride a 4-day-package.
3 Days Price/ person: 575,- USD
4 Days Price/ person: 730,- USD
Requirements: 2 to 8 participants with outdoor riding experience