A four-footed tour
Dominic Hamilton (with some first edition text
by Derek Davies)
from the Traveler's Ecuador Companion © The
Globe Pequot Press. Reproduced with permission.
by Dominic Hamilton.
essential part of the old hacienda way of life, horseback
riding is becoming an increasingly popular pastime with guests
of the new hacienda hotels. And since many guests are interested
in visiting more than one hacienda, the owners and managers
are developing a system whereby you can ride from one to another,
while arrangements are made to transport your luggage. "Every
day another horse, every day another hacienda" is this motto
of this system. In the Otavalo area, Haciendas Cusín,
Pinsaquí and Zuleta, as well as Casa Mojanda, can all
coordinate tours for you. Highly recommended (but not cheap)
tours throughout the country, ranging from short tours for
inexperienced riders to nine-day expeditions, can be arranged
with Ride Ecuador tel/fax (022) 437644 web site www.rideandes.com
locally, Hacienda San Agustín de Callo tel/fax
(03) 719160 in Quito (Mignon Plaza) (022) 242508 fax (022)
269844 e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
web site www.incahacienda.com
, for rides around Cotopaxi, own some wonderful horses and
have experienced guides. Horse trails around Baños
abound, but you should choose your nag carefully. Experienced
guides and healthy horses can be found at Hostal Isla de
Baños TEL (03) 740609, , through Ivan at
the Pizzería Napolitano near the Plantas y Blanco
Hostal, and asking for Caballos José and Angel
tours around Chimborazo, contact Pulingue San Pablo
(or 'Waman Way') TEL (03) 949510 or 949511 e-mail email@example.com
(Spanish only) or Tom Walsh e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
, with advanced notice for local guides who know the trails
like the back of their machetes. Riding horses through the
wilds of Cajas National Park is a great way to explore the
area. Contact Monta Runa Tours tel/fax (07) 846395
at Gran Colombia 10-29 and General Torres, in Cuenca, for
very popular for horseback rides is Podocarpus National Park.
The easiest way to arrange a tour there is through the operators
in Vilcabamba. These include Caballos Gavilan TEL (07)
580281 e-mail email@example.com
, with has a long-standing reputation for fun trips; Martine
and Bernard (who are French) of Solomaco Lodge tel/fax
(07) 673186 e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
; the community-based Avetur or Centro Ecuestre
TEL (07) 673151, and Charlie and Sarah of Cabañas
Río Yambala (no phone) e-mail email@example.com
web site www.vilcabamba.cwc.net
the coast, horsy tours can be arranged with Hostería
Alandalutel tel/fax (04) 780686 or 780690 in Quito (022)
505084 fax (022) 543042 e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
web site www.alandaluz.com
, and also with Guacamayo Bahíatours TEL (05)
690597 fax (05) 691412 e-mail email@example.com
web site www.qni.com/mj/riomuchacho
, Avenida Bolívar and Arenas, of Bahía de Caráquez.
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