Custom tours can be arranged
consisting of combinations of the following activities, which
are divided into partial-day activities and full-day
For multi-day activities, please see our
page for Fixed
Activities requiring less than a day (Two Activities In One Day)
Following a lecture about how to handle the horses, and wearing the typical "Chagra" attire, the ride will take us through the majestic
"paramos" of Rumiñahui volcano along trails that will allow us to admire brave bulls, wild horses, and the local flora and fauna in the marvelous landscape of the Ecuadorian highlands. This tour lasts approximately 3-hours.
Cotopaxi National Park
Once inside the National Park, we will go to the interpretation center to obtain information about its location, history of major eruptions from the worlds highest active volcano, and the local flora and fauna. We will continue our visit to Limpiopungo (or "open door") lake. This is the perfect place to take breathtaking pictures of Cotopaxi,
Sincholagua, and Rumiñahui, and to admire the most beautiful sights in Ecuador. The visit ends at the farmhouse.
We arrive at Santa Rita farm on the Pasochoa volcano from which we will trek along trails through the native Andean Forest. This visit allows us to watch a variety of flora and fauna species of the upper mountain rain forest.
Exciting downhill rides are possible from the parking lot at the Cotopaxi refuge located 4,500 meters (14,700-feet) above sea level. In addition to admiring the resplendent landscape, adrenaline-laden experiences will be felt while descending from the volcano towards the farmhouse.
Another possibility is to choose a combination of downhill and cross-country ride beginning at El Porvenir towards the Santa Rita farm. The ride takes us across
"paramos", ravines, and the native Andean forest and ends with an exciting descent on the slopes of Pasochoa volcano.
It is possible to trek along the slopes of Pasochoa volcano for about 3 to 4 hours through forests and rivers surrounded by rich and abundant vegetation that will give us the sensation of being in paradise. The trek ends at the impressive Pita river waterfall.
This activity can only be scheduled in the afternoon because that is when the most important event in the farm takes place: The
"ordeño", or milking the cows. We can help milk the Normandy cows or even feed their lively calves. This, as well as the time to relax and enjoy amicable conversations with our friends in front of the inviting atmosphere of the fireplaces while we learn a little more about life in the farm or, perhaps, take a short walk around it.
Following a lecture about how to handle the horses, and wearing the typical "Chagra" attire, we begin the ride through the majestic
"paramos" along many trails where, in a mixture of legend and history, we can admire brave bulls, local birds, the wild fauna, and the marvelous landscape of the Ecuadorian highlands. We will be quite close to the peaks of Rumiñahui volcano where a snack will be served, and if we are lucky, we will admire the majestic condor. Passing through spacious valleys and natural caves carved in the rock - the great Cotopaxi in attendance but not always visible - we continue our ride to Carachaurco from where the Limpiopunga valley can be admired. Then we ride along the lower slopes of
Rumiñahui, and after visiting Chusig Mahai and the Condor
machai, we return to the farmhouse. This is very similar to the tour scheduled for a half-day, but lasts longer and allows us to have more time to enjoy the freedom of riding horses on the
"paramo" and observing different landscapes.
Cotopaxi National Park
The first stop at the Cotopaxi National Park is the interpretation center where we will learn more about the local flora and fauna and the geologic formations in the area. Hand in hand with the beauty of nature, we will climb up to Cotopaxi's high mountain refuge where we will rest for a while and then go down to Limiopunga and its lake where a delicious snack will be served. Then we will visit Pucara de
Salitre, a strategic military fortress from the old Inca Empire that monitored the
"incañanes", or roads that led to the eastern jungles and the Latacunga valley. Finally, we will go to the farmhouse.
Exciting downhill rides are possible from the parking lot at the Cotopaxi refuge located 4,500 (14,700-feet) meters above sea level. In addition to admiring the resplendent landscape, adrenaline-laden experiences will be felt while descending from the volcano towards Limpiopungo followed by a cross-country ride through the bed of an old landslide formed by lava and mud flows from past volcanic eruptions. Passing old ruins dating back to the Inca Empire we will reach the farm to eat a hearty lunch and rest for a few moments. The exciting adventure will be resumed when we go down to the vicinity of Pasochoa volcano, crossing the magical Andean forest filled with abundant flora and fauna, rivers, ravines, and waterfalls, and we will end our ride at the Valley of
Very early in the morning, we begin to climb the volcano crossing vast
"paramos" covered by the cold breath of the Andes and amazed by the majestic atmosphere and beauty of the landscape that conjugates valleys, mountains, and neighboring volcanoes in one single image. We will take a rest and enjoy a snack in addition to a cup of
"zunfo", the famous tea of the region that will help us to recover our strength and continue our climb. We will reach the peaks of Rumiñahui where it is possible to observe the impressive valley of Lasso and
Latacunga. On a cloudless day, we will even have the opportunity to admire in the distance the Ilinizos and
Chimborazo, the highest snow-capped mountain of Ecuador. At approximately 4,600 meters (15,100-feet) above sea level, on the highest peaks of
Rumiñahui, our emotions will reach a climax when we finally conquer the summit.
Very early in the morning we will go to the Santa Rita farm at 3,300 meters (10,800-feet) above sea level, from which we will begin climbing Pasochoa. Our route will begin through a trail along the native Andean forest and then to the open
"paramos" of Pasochoa. We will trek through fields covered with high straw and will enjoy the magnificent view of the neighboring mountains covered with snow. We will take a rest and enjoy a snack in addition to a cup of
"zunfo", the famous tea of the region, that will help us to recover our strength and continue with our climb. Reaching the summit at 4,200 meters (13,800-feet) above sea level will be an easy and very beautiful experience. This is perfect trekking for acclimatization.