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Cotopaxi National Park and Horseback Riding

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Visit the Cotopaxi National Park and horseback in the shadows of the volcano during this 2 day/1 night extension from Quito. Enjoy the relaxing life on a hacienda while exploring the Ecuadorian highlands.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Cotopaxi National Park
Day 2 : Horseback Riding and Hiking

Places Visited


Trip Type

  • Independent

Activity Level

Easy Active

Trip Snapshots

Family horseback riding in Ecuador Smoking Cotopaxi? Getting ready to ride horses in Ecuador! A view from the lake

Day 1 Cotopaxi National Park

A private transportation and a bilingual guide will pick us from Quito for the drive to Hacienda El Porvenir near Cotopaxi Volcano. Then we will be received with a canalazo (cinnamon tea), drop-off our luggage, and continue to the Cotopaxi National Park.

An hour hike takes us to the climbing hut (refugio) and a nearby glacier at 4,800 meters (14,760 ft) above sea level. After returning to the interpretative center, continue by vehicle to visit Laguna de Limpiopungo, a shallow Andean lake with great birdwatching. Continue to Pucara del Salitre, an Incan military fortress before returning to a good lunch at the Hacienda El Porvenir. The afternoon is free to explore the hacienda grounds.

Click here to watch Youtube video to learn more about El Porvenir and the Tierra del Volcan's area near Cotopaxi.

Day 2 Horseback Riding and Hiking

  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch
A brief orientation is given in the morning at Hacienda El Porvenir to get acquainted with the horses. We head out on horseback in the spirit of the Chagras (Ecuadorian highland cowboys) to visit the foothills of Rumiñahui Volcano, riding side by side with herds of wild horses and bulls. As we cross the paramo, enjoy the bird and wildlife, and the native guides will share their knowledge of medicinal plants. Afterwards a delicious lunch of local dishes awaits us upon our return to the farmhouse.

The afternoon is free to explore the hacienda grounds, and there are a couple of self-guided paths to the Manto Blanco Waterfall and to lookouts with nice views of the mountains and surrounding landscape. Late afternoon return to Quito.

Hacienda El Porvenir

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  • 1 Breakfast, 2 Lunches, 1 Dinner
  • 1 Nights Accommodations
    • 1 Night Lodge
  • 2 Days Locally Hosted Guide Service


  • Both International Arrival and Departure Transfers are excluded.
  • International Flights

Recommended Budgeting

  • $55 Airport Departure Tax
  • $10 Park Entrance Fee
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Our guide and driver were very good with their knowledge and were very helpful with our questions. It was a very pleasant visit that would have been impossible to do on our own. Hotels and restaurants were fantastic. The special places we got to go to, like the kitchens, were great. Enjoyed the entire trip!
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