Another great way to see the park is on horseback. Many of the routes, which for the most part are the same as those for trekking, present opportunities to spot domesticated llamas, wild horses, raptors, Andean gulls, deer and other wildlife, as well as to see the geologic and archaeological riches of the park. The tours are offered by the parkâ€™s hotels. Lodges outside the reserve have excursions lasting eight to 10 hours. Some also allow tourists to learn about the chagra â€“ or Ecuadorian cowboy â€“ way of life.
Cotopaxi National Park, Ecuador
Contact the park hotels for details and arrange excursions (which usually must be done with at least 24-hour notice).
Because of the terrain, it is recommended that riders have an intermediate skill level. Daytrippers may arrange excursions ahead of time, if they will not be overnighting in the park.
A few of the hotels inside and outside of the park arrange horseback riding tours, charging about $10 per hour, or $30-160 for a guided excursion.
Relative price: Mid-Range
Travel Skills: intermediate/somewhat difficult.
You Need to Bring:
Wind breaker jacket, sunglasses, sun protection, camera.
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