For horse and nature lovers alike, Hacienda La Alegría, well-known for its warm, traditional hospitality, is sure to meet expectations. Located in the heart of Ecuador’s Avenue of the Volcanoes, the recently restored house offers all the luxuries and comforts of home in a beautiful Andean setting.

A passion for horses and horseback riding is at the heart of La Alegría. The horses have been bred for a near perfect combination of agility, toughness and calm temperament so are suitable for beginners and experienced riders alike. Both day rides and multi-day trips can be arranged through the mountains, paramo (high grasslands) and nearby forests.

For visitors who wish to experience the authentic chagra (Andean cowboy) way of life, La Alegría offers a biannual 10-day cattle round-up of fighting bulls from the Eastern Sierra, a time-honored event always found on the calendar of any working Andean cattle ranch. Other popular rides include trips into the cloud forest and to the local volcanoes.

La Alegría is located on the lower slopes of the Corazón Volcano in the spectacular valley that divides the eastern and western Andean mountain ranges, the ideal place for excursions to the local peaks accompanied by accredited mountain guides. Horseback riding and hiking can be combined to reach more serious mixed terrain. Guests interested in Ecuadorian cloud forest can explore the primary forest close to the hacienda – one of the most bio-diverse places on earth.

After a full day of adventure, return to the hacienda for a soak in the Jacuzzi, hot shower and delicious meal.

The hacienda’s full board rate includes meals, WiFi, soft drinks, a visit to the hacienda’s dairy, horseback riding, use of installations and local taxes.

* Book through Ishpingo Tours and be automatically upgraded to a suite (subject to availability).

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