One of the best ways to explore the Ecuadorian Highlands, north of Quito, is on horseback, riding between historic Haciendas and working farms through spectacular scenery and beneath the snow-capped Andes.

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Key Stats

Flight from London London

11:15 hrs

Time Difference

GMT -5 hrs

The landscapes are wonderfully varied, from rocky ravines and arid plains, to dense woodlands and verdant valleys.

Travelling on horseback is a refreshingly relaxed way to discover this stunning region of Ecuador, ideal for those who want to spend a few days exploring the lesser known parts of the countryside. Riding and visiting local communities also offers a fascinating insight into a long-established Andean way of life. You can watch traditional weaving and embroidery in the village, as well as see the farmers using traditional processes as you pass through the patchwork fields.

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Comfortable beds in cozy antique-filled Haciendas are waiting for you at the end of each day’s ride, where you can enjoy a delicious meal and unwind by the open fireplace.

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Where to stay

Mashpi Lodge

Mashpi Lodge

Just two and a half hours west of Quito in the biodiverse hot spot of Tumbez-Choco-Magdalena, the new Mashpi Lodge is the ideal staging post for anyone wanting to explore the Andean Cloudforest.

 Casa Gangotena

Casa Gangotena

Located on Plaza San Francisco, a cobbled square with a history stretching back to Inca days, Casa Gangotena is the perfect base from which to explore Quito.

Hacienda San Agustin de Callo

Hacienda San Agustin de Callo

Just over an hour from the capital Quito, the Hacienda San Agustin de Callo is built on one of the two most significant Inca sites in Ecuador.

Hacienda Pinsaqui

Hacienda Pinsaqui

Hacienda Pinsaqui is a colonial property that has belonged to the Freile family since 1888 and is one of Ecuador’s oldest and most historic haciendas.

Hacienda Cusin

Hacienda Cusin

Situated within a wide scenic valley just south of the snow-capped Imbabura mountain lies Hacienda Cusin, a restored 17th century estate.

Patio Andaluz

Patio Andaluz

Located in the heart of the historic centre of Quito, this small and charming colonial-style hotel is surrounded by churches, museums and national monuments.

 Hacienda Zuleta

Hacienda Zuleta

Zuleta is a 4,000 acre colonial working farm that has belonged to the family of a former Ecuadorian president for more than 100 years.

Casa Aliso

Casa Aliso

This delightful little property offers all of the style and comfort of a small luxurious home, with warm and tasteful interiors.

Plaza Grande

Plaza Grande

This legendary building was originally the home of Juan Díaz de Hidalgo, one of the Spanish conquerors who founded Quito in the early 16th century.

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