Ecuador horseback riding is one of the most popular outdoor activities around Otavalo. Although the city is known for its fantastic market, there is plenty to do outside as well, and on a riding tour, local guides will share their expertise about the Andes, native flora and fauna, and details about the traditions of the indigenous people who live here. If you want to go horseback riding, there are many different options to choose from.
For an introduction of the area and great views of the surrounding mountains and countryside, choose a short two-hour tour. This option is great for families or inexperienced riders who want to give horseback riding a try, but don’t yet love the activity. If you’re an experienced rider however, there are many more options for you in Otavalo. Spend the entire day exploring Ecuador’s famous nature reserves, encounter miniature orchids, keep your eye out for the Andean Condor, and even ride around the Cuicocha Crater Lake for a special experience.
Surrounded by the snow-capped mountains, an Otavalo horseback ride is sure to be an activity you won’t soon forget. If you want to take your Ecuador horseback riding tour to another level, there are also tours where you can combine other activities with your ride. For example, ride up to the crater lake, taking in the incredible scenery along the journey. Once you arrive, climb into a boat and explore the islets. This break from the horseback riding will prepare you to once again get in the saddle for the return trip.
If these types of excursions sound like your type of trip to Ecuador, why not stay in the area? There are eco lodges and inns that specialize in sharing the indigenous culture with visitors. Whether you choose the eco lodge Casa Mojanda or another option, there are many knowledgeable tour guides who will make your horseback riding experience something special.