Early that morning we will meet with you in a location in Quito previously assigned. Our driver will take us south along the Pan-American Highway, along the Avenue of Volcanoes until reaching the small town of Machachi. From here we will head west passing through the small village of El Chaupi until reaching the parking lot at Los Ilinizas located at 3,900 meters above sea level. This first part of our journey normally takes about 3 hours. Here at “La Virgen” our local guide and horses will be waiting for us to start riding along the most spectacular Andean landscapes. On the first segment of our journey, we will ride through a Polilepis forest, also known as the “paper tree”; this will be followed by sand trails and rock roads, from which we will be able to admire much of the local flora and fauna, observe most of the volcanoes in the area and enjoy the virtually untouched nature. Our final destination is the Ilinizas refugee at 4,750 meters above sea level in between and north and south Ilinizas; here we will rest while enjoying a well deserved lunch. After that, we will ride back to “La Virgen” parking lot and enjoy our ride back to Quito. The estimate time riding is about 6 hours.
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