The most popular section of our Secrets of the Andes Ride 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. Hence, the Sacred Valley. Ancient paths, nearly forgotten nowadays, traced and used by over 1000 year old cultures, some of who's many different testimonies we shall 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 great combination of steep adventurous climbs through dense vegeta- tion, and gallop stretches on mountain ridges with wide open views. Phyical fitness,, confidence and safe seat are crucial on this trip.
Transport from Quito to the Green Horse Ranch, inside the National Reserve Pululahua, about 25 miles north from Quito. Already the jeep ride is a true experience that offers outstanding picture-stops. From the ranch, robust and amiable mountain horses will take us through the stunning land-scape of this volcanic caldera. Before we head out to the remoteness and the demanding trails into the Sacred Valley, we use this first day as a warm up ride, to get used to the terrain and to well define the best horse and saddle for each rider.
While circling the central lava cone, we witness volcanic history and nature, interesting geological formations, mineral avalanches blooming with wild orchids and traditional Andean agriculture.
Riding time about 4 hours.
3 Days Price/ person: 575,- USD (2-8 participants)
795,- USD (1 participant)
Requirements: 1 to 8 participants with outdoor riding experience and physical fitness