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Horse Riding - From Pululahua Volcano to Maquipucuna Jungle Resort

Day 1: Quito – Pululahua Reserve

Transport from Quito to the Green Horse Ranch inside the crater and National Reserve Pululahua. While circling the volcanic cone - covered with cloud forest - on horseback, you witness volcanic history and nature, interesting geological formations, mineral avalanches blooming with wild orchids, and traditional Andean agriculture. Accommodation in a cosy, art-style country Inn in the mystical surrounding of the crater walls. -/L/D

Day 2: Cerro Portalanza - Yungillas
Forests of bamboo are marking your way, while you start climbing gently but continually in order to leave the crater to the west. On your way, you will enjoy a close look on "Cerro Portalanza", a pre-Inca site that has been abandoned 600 years ago. From here, you only come across a few small farmhouses, where the highland farmers scratch a meagre income from the steep, infertile land beside the forest. The higher you climb, the wider the view over the cloud-forest covered mountains and valleys you leave behind. Your cottage camp and a hot evening meal await you in the mountain village of Yungillas. B/L/D

Day 3: Maquipucuna
This section of the trip is not suited for horses anymore. In companionship of a local guide explaining about plants and wildlife, you hike along an old smuggler's path, through thick jungle and narrow hollow earth tunnels, down to the Maquipucuna nature reserve. Tonight's accommodation is in comfortable rooms in the reserve's ecological appropriate lodge. You will enjoy a good, hot shower under the stars, and a fine meal made with local ingredients. B/L/D

Day 4: Maquipucuna - Quito
The 6000-hectare Maquipucuna reserve is one of the ten richest areas of natural variety in the world and is comprised of more than 80% primary forest. You will have the opportunity to bath in the rivers and waterfalls of this virgin forest or find out more about the wide variety of animals and plants under the guidance of experts. Nature lovers have the chance to buy a 1000 square-meters of virgin forest for about 100,- USD, helping the reserve to grow bigger and protect this important eco-system from being deforested. Transfer back to Quito after lunch. B/L/-

B: Breakfast / L: Lunch / D: Dinner

Contact Ecuador Travel Prices 2019 per person

USD    370. - per person with minimum 4 people 
USD    455. - per person with minimum 2 people
USD    820.- with one person

Single supplement USD 90.-

Participants: Group of up to 10 people, with or without riding experience

What to bring

You will cross different climate zones and after sunset the temperature drops steeply. Therefore you need light clothes as well as warm ones. The most adequate clothing consists of long sleeved shirts and long trousers during the day (to protect you against sun and insects). A sweater or a fleece jacket are recommended for colder hours of the day, as well as a gore-tex jacket or a similar kind of jacket to protect you against rain, a hat with a broad rim, sport shoes or even riding boots. We provide you with rubber boots which are more suitable for shorter walks than proper riding boots. Please remember to bring sunscreen, sunglasses, insect repellent, camera, a water bottle, a torch and sleeping bag.

NB: Please read all itineraries as a guide only. All routes and programs can change without notice due to National Park policies and regulations, weather conditions, seasonal changes, safety reasons and the wildlife encountered during the travel. Flexibility is the key to the success of any tour. Nevertheless the safety and the interest of our passengers is always our first priority.

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