Horseback Travel & Equestrian Tradition

ECUADOR Why Go There?

High in the Andes mountains, Ecuador offers horse-riding trails amongst the spectacular scenery of the Avenue of volcanoes. Immerse yourself in the culture of the Ecuadorian highlands and round-up cattle with local chagras (cowboys) whilst staying in traditional haciendas. Canter across open plains with no fencing to impede you, whilst watching condors circling overhead. You can even extend your riding holiday to visit the Amazon or Galapagos Islands.


  • Colored parade in Ecuador
    Dancers and Chagras parade Ecuador
  • Amazing scenery as you ride through the avenue of volcanoes
    A horseback trail ride through Ecuadors volcanoes
  • Stunning views over the Ecuadorian highlands
    Horseback trail rides between haciendas in Ecuador
  • Beautiful Cotopaxi in Ecuador
    Volcano trail on horseback around Cotapaxi in Ecuador
  • Be prepared for an adventurous trail ride in Ecuador
    Trail ride in Ecuador from Cotopaxi to Quilotoa

Entry formalities

All tourists need a passport valid for at least six months beyond their travel dates. In principal you also need an onward ticket or return ticket as well, although this is rarely asked for. Upon entry you will have to complete an international embarkation/disembarkation form, which is stamped along with your passport and must be kept together with it; you will have to present it when leaving the country.

Passport note:
You are legally required to carry your passport with you at all times in case of a spot check by local authorities; a photocopy is not an officially acceptable substitute and you may find that you are not allowed to return to your hotel to collect the original.

Visas are not required by American, Canadian, Australian, British or other EU nationals for stays of up to 90 days in a 12-month period.
Visa note:
Nationals not referred to are advised to contact the embassy to check visa requirements for Ecuador.

From 22nd July 2018 onwards, tourists arriving for a stay of 90 days or less will be asked to show proof that they have appropriate travel medical insurance. This also applies to the Galapagos Islands.

Embassy of the Republic of Ecuador in the UK
Telephone: (020) 7584 1367. Website: Opening times: Mon-Fri 0930-1330, 1400-1630; Mon-Fri 1400-1630 (phone enquiries).
British Embassy in Ecuador
Telephone: (2) 2970 800/801. Website: Opening times: Mon-Thur 0830-1130 (consular services).

Addresses of consulates

  • Consulat d'Equateur en Belgique
    Avenue Louise
    B-1050 Bruxelles
    Tél. : 2644 30 50
    Fax : 2644 28 13
  • Consulat et ambassade d'Equateur
    34 Avenue de Messine
    75008 PARIS
    Tél. : 01 45 61 10 04
    Fax : 01 42 56 06 64
  • Consulat d'Equateur à Marseille
    boulevard des Bassins-du-Radoub, Cap Pinède
    13002 Marseille
    Tél. : 04 91 02 55 55
    Fax : 04 91 58 52 59
  • Ambassade de France
    Calle General Leonidas Plaza
    107 y Patria
    Tél. : +593 (2) 294 38 00
    Fax : +593 9416 0662


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Early bird discounts
Get 3% off all trips booked before 31/12/2019 for a departure in 2020.
Terms and conditions:
  • This 3% early bird discount applies to the cost of the trip, and excludes transfers & supplements, international or domestic flights, and any additional services.
  • This offer cannot be combined with any other current discount.