Departing to the south, travel for about an hour from Quito before descending
into the Machachi
Valley, an area known for its many dairy farms. The first stop is Hacienda La
Alegría, a wonderful
place in which to be introduced to the spirit of the Andes and to see a local
farm in operation.
Visit the grounds before suiting up for an approximately two-hour horseback ride
cobblestone roads and trails that lead to an observation point that overlooks
the entire valley.
Enjoy magnificent panoramic views including a view of beautiful Mount La
Viudita. Afterwards, return
to the hacienda to enjoy a typical Andean lunch hosted by the owners.
After lunch, see one of the most exciting features of this hacienda, its newly
bullring. Here, witness an exciting demonstration by the chagras (Andean
cowboys), who will show off
their amazing riding and roping skills.
In the afternoon, depart to the south to Hacienda San Agustín de Callo, a unique
property built on
the remains of an imperial Inca fortress on the western edge of the Cotopaxi
National Park. There
will be time to adjust to the altitude walking on the grounds or simply relaxing
by the fireplace.
Dinner will be hosted by the owners. (Lunch & dinner included)