Ecuador – Spectacular Andean Highlands & The Zuleteno

From the exotic Galápagos Islands to the stunning Andes Mountains, the playful Pacific beaches to the mythic Amazonian rainforest, Ecuador's geographical diversity will astound you.


Discover the rich culture of the Ecuadorian highlands from horseback. Your Andean Zuleteño mount is a unique blend of American Quarter horse, English Thoroughbred, and Spanish Andalusian. This robust breed has a smooth gait and the perfect, gentle disposition for riding along ancient Inca trails in the shadow of the Andes.

Enjoy the breathtaking scenery: pre-Incan ruins, high mountain lakes, snow-capped peaks, and waterfalls that top the clouds. Every day’s ride will reveal a spectacular new view and a new facet of your Ecuadorian experience.

Visit a working hacienda where you will have the opportunity to help train the young fillies and colts. During your stay at this spectacular site, you’ll meet farmers and artisans, speak with the onsite saddle maker, and taste the cheese made right there at the hacienda with milk from their own cows.

Suggested Additions to Complement Your Journey

  • Explore the best of the Galápagos with a stop at the Otavalo market on the way
  • Hop next door to Peru for a visit to Machu Picchu and the country’s tantalizing local cuisine

Journeys Equestrian Travels Experience
Your journey will be a private, customized travel experience, based on your individual schedule, interests and budget. Programs are designed for riders and non-rider companions alike.

Suggested Experiences:

  • Trail Ride
    Experience riding adventures from Hacienda Zuleta through the Andean countryside
  • Education
    Help train foals at the fabulous working estate
  • Adventure
    Enjoy horse-drawn carriage rides or go on mountain biking trips; take in breathtaking views along with your three-course picnic lunches
  • Culinary
    Learn about local cuisine through culinary demonstrations and samplings
  • Local Immersion
    Visit the famous markets of Otavalo; meet with the local saddle maker
  • City
    Explore Quito on a guided walking tour