Private tour

From Quito: Horseback Ride & Cotopaxi National Park Day Trip

Activity provider: Ecuador Best Tours

From Quito: Horseback Ride & Cotopaxi National Park Day Trip

Activity provider: Ecuador Best Tours

From US$ 184 per person

Ride a Criollo horse at the foothills of impressive volcanoes, and learn all about the Chagra culture. Hike through unique pristine ecosystems and discover the Cotopaxi National Park on this private day trip.

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Duration 8 hours
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Live tour guide
English, Spanish
Pickup included
Please wait in the hotel lobby 5 minutes before pickup time.
Private group


  • Enjoy an exciting and safe horseback ride at high-altitude landscapes
  • Discover incredible wildlife living in inhospitable habitats
  • Be delighted by stunning and unforgettable views of the Andes Mountains
Full description

Explore the Cotopaxi National Park on a day trip and horseback ride. Enjoy a comfortable ride from Quito, learn about the fascinating Chagra culture, and enjoy a traditional canelazo welcome drink.

The “Chagra” culture is the product of miscegenation between the Andean Indians and Spanish settlers. This mestizo culture was the one that contributed more to the economic and social development of the countryside in the Sierra region, based on cattle breeding, like bulls for bullfighting. And, of course, here you have the opportunity to experience during a day trip the joy, adrenaline, and nostalgia that our Chagras live day by day while they are working in the high mountains of the Andes!

Begin your tour in Quito and head southeast to El Pedregal, which sits between the Rumiñahui, Pasochoa, Sincholagua, and Cotopaxi volcanoes. After a 1.5-hour drive, disembark at a traditional hacienda or farm. Sip on a traditional canelazo drink and try on a traditional Chagra outfit.

Head outside to find your horse and embark on a 2.5-hour horseback ride through the stunning countryside. Return to the hacienda, say goodbye to your horse, and drive to the Cotopaxi National Park.

Visit the looming Cotopaxi Volcano, standing at 19,347 feet high. Marvel at the ancient dried lava flows, mountains, lakes, and wild horses. Watch as the plants, flowers, and trees change as you gain altitude.

After your visit to the national park, return to your Quito hotel at around 5:00 P.M.

  • Private transportation
  • Certified naturalist guide
  • Horses
  • Welcome drinks
  • Packed lunch
  • Entrance fees
    Not suitable for
    • Pregnant women
    • People with heart problems
    • People over 200 lbs (91 kg)

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    Important information

    What to bring

    • Comfortable shoes
    • Warm clothing
    • Hat
    • Camera
    • Sunscreen
    • Rain gear
    • Weather-appropriate clothing

    Not allowed

    • Alcohol and drugs

    Know before you go

    • This tour will take place rain or shine
    • Hikes can be customized according to your expectations and physical capacities

    Product ID: 419324