In the Andean highland, some 10 miles north of the Capital City of Quito, the 4000-year dormant volcano of Pululahua is situated. Its geographical position, mild climate, the beauty of the surrounding countryside and wide biological diversity make this a real insider trip for tourists and natural scientists alike.
Primarily, you have the opportunity to discover this exciting landscape on horseback, right into the furthest corners of the crater, passing by deep gorges, rushing mountain streams yielding warm volcanic springs, eroded lahar fields blooming with wild orchids, deserted chalk mines and tropical mountain forests. In addition, Pululahua is the starting point for many interesting rides in the surrounding area, which take you up above the tree line onto the Páramo, into lush rain forests of nature reserves or to the world famous Indigenous handicraft Market at Otavalo.
Robust little mountain horses are perfectly suited to this terrain, which, as you would expect from the middle of the Andes, gets very steep and overgrown in places. Some are sparkly, some are more laid back, but all of our horses are amiable and easy going, all are sure-footed and have plenty of stamina.
The tours are lead by an experienced multilingual guide. Whether you opt for an hour's ride, a day trip or a long trek, we warmly invite you to take part in this nature experience of a lifetime.
Transport from Quito to Pululahua crater, refreshments, a guided 4-hour horseback ride around the central volcanic core Cerro Pondoña, via lahar fields and through mountain cloud forests, lunch and a horseback ride to the Green Horse Ranch and transport back to Quito are included. Sections of this route into and out of the crater can be completed on foot, by taking short cuts through the stunning landscape.
Participants: A group of 2 to 8 people, with or without riding experience, no particular level of fitness is required.
USD 95.00 per person with minimum 2 participants
Departure time: 08h00 in the morning.
Included: Box lunch, all transportation, protection items and an English speaking guide, entrance fees.
Not included: International flight, airport tax for international flights, personal expenses, tips, beverages, travel insurance