Have questions? We're here.
Family horseback riding in Ecuador

Cotopaxi National Park and Horseback Riding

Example 2 Day Tour
Talk with an expert
Customize any aspect of your Ecuador trip. 1.800.344.6118
Help Me Plan My Trip
Talk with an expert
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

Activities

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

Per person starting at
$495

Included

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

Excluded

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

Recommended Budgeting

  • $55 Airport Departure Tax
  • $10 Park Entrance Fee
Payment & Cancellation Policies
Change & customize to make it yours.
Jenna F

We Love to Talk Travel

Call 1.800.344.6118
or
Chat Now
Beyond expectations! Then again we weren't sure what to expect. Lovely stay at the lodge, met other like-minded travelers (many had their trips planned by Adventure Life) and the owner was a gracious hostess. It felt like you were one happy family, visiting with a favorite aunt.
Nancy Sin

When to Go

Jan
Feb
Mar
Apr
May
Jun
Jul
Aug
Sep
Oct
Nov
Dec
Good to ideal period to travel, and many people choose to visit at this time.

Popular Add-ons

Ecuador Travel Links

Why Travel With Adventure Life

More Reasons
Us with our Maasai guide Dennis
Tailored to You
Tell us your travel interests, dreams and desires, then let our experts tailor the perfect trip for you!
Monks conversing in a Buddist temple
Peace of Mind
You can have confidence in our experts' dedication to traveler safety, comfort, & providing a seamless trip.
A pair of friendly sea lions
Responsible Travel
We are fully committed to low impact travel that not only preserves but gives back to the amazing places we visit.
A man photographs a King Penguin at only a few feet away.
Insider Access
Our personal expertise & experience, local partners in our destinations, & access to over 150 small ships are all invaluable to designing your unique journey.

Awards and Accolades

All News