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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.

Quilotoa Loop Horse Riding Tour


  • $1150 Per person

*Mimimum 3 riders


  • DAY 1 Arrive to the Hacienda – Get acquainted with the horses + Visit the Milking Barn and Aging Cheese Cave (Riding time 4 hours).
  • DAY 2 Isinlivi - Ride along ancient mule tracks south of the Ilinizas Volcanoes (Riding time 4 to 5 hours).
  • DAY 3 Sigchos - Ride along the spectacular Toachi Canyon. (Riding time 4 to 5 hours).
  • DAY 4 Chugchilan - 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 5 Quilotoa - 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 6 Tour 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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Tour Specifications


  • All the necessary equipment, including wool ponchos, rain ponchos and chaps, horse bag, and helmets
  • Accommodation in double/twin rooms
  • Bilingual guide (Spanish/English)
  • Lunch Boxes on rides
  • Meals as listed in the itinerary, gourmet international and Ecuadorian food.
  • Your choice of wool protected saddles. You may also bring your own equipment.


  • Single supplement
  • Transport to and from Hacienda (Happy Gringo can quote a driver separately for this service if required)
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips

Tour Dates

  • This tour is available to start on any day throughout the year.

About this itinerary

  • This tour can run with a minimum of 3 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.
  • What Our Clients Say

    Lucas Ackley USA

    From the century-old family home & farm to the breathtaking beauty of a horse ride through the Andes, you will never forget your time here. Gabriel and his family help even the most inexperienced horse riders learn to ride and experience the beauty from a viewpoint you've never had before.

    Vicky Smith, USA

    Our Active Adventure group stayed here for one incredible night. The Hacienda is well laid out in the midst of a beautiful landscape. The accommodations and hospitality are first-class. And despite the rainy weather, our horseback ride went without a hitch. Highly recommend staying here. Truly remarkable experience.