Southern Haciendas Horse Riding Adventure

This enthralling horse riding adventure in the Tarqui area of the southern Andes of Ecuador will give you the chance to travel through the countryside on horseback and stay at private haciendas in the area. It is a wonderful opportunity to experience Ecuadorian hospitality first-hand.


On this enchanting trip you will ride through southern Andean landscapes along indigenous trails and personally experience rural life, staying in private haciendas around the Tarqui area. Each hacienda has its own individuality and beauty. Some are colonial and steeped in history, some are modern and charming and others are typical Andean cowboy farms where horse and cattle raising are the primary focus. The common factor in every hacienda is the warmth of their hospitality as the owners open their doors and beckon you inside. This wonderful experience will remain in your memory forever. All horses used on these tours are gentle and professionally-trained, which means that minimal experience is required.

This tour includes

· A bilingual (English/Spanish) guide
· Private transportation
· Two nights at private rural haciendas
· All meals mentioned in itinerary
· Pickup and drop off from your hotel or home
· 4-6 hours of activities per day
· Horseback riding equipment
· Optional activities mentioned above

This tour does not include

· Travel insurance
· Tips
· Any other service not mentioned herein

Packing tips

· Good walking shoes
· Fast-drying comfortable clothing
· Rain jacket
· Warm sweatshirt for cool nights
· Sun cream
· Binoculars

Sample itinerary

Day 1 - Cuenca - Totorillas – San Agustin
You’ll set out from Cuenca to Hacienda Totorillas in the Tarqui valley, only half an hour from Cuenca, where you’ll saddle and set out on your adventure. You’ll then stay the night at Hacienda San Agustín. Meals included: -/L/D
Day 2 - San Agustin - Tutupali
After a leisurely breakfast at Hacienda San Agustín, you’ll get back on your horse and head for Hacienda Tutupali where you’ll spend your second night. Meals included: B/L/D
Day 3 - Tutupali - Tarqui - Cuenca
On your final day you’ll head on horseback to Tarqui before driving back to Cuenca. Meals included: B/L/-


# passengers Price (per person)
2 $436
3 $430
4-5 $425
6-7 $399
8-9 $374


Made-to-Measure Travel

This itinerary is designed to give you an idea of the available options for travel in Ecuador. But keep in mind:

  • We can tailor this trip to suit your needs, tastes, time frame and budget
  • Every aspect of the itinerary can be modified, from the accommodation to the activities