Amazon Andean Relief Ride
Amazon and Andean charitable horseback ride
The Amazon Andean Relief Ride aims to provide humanitarian aid to local people in remote regions of the Andes and the Amazon whilst also offering a remarkable and utterly unique horseback travel experience.
After arriving in Quito and spending your first night in a boutique hotel, you’ll ride past hamlets of adobe huts and through patchworks of quinoa and maize fields onto the slopes of the now extinct and sacred Imbabura Volcano. You’ll visit local markets, stay in traditional haciendas, relax in hot thermal pools take in the otherworldly scenery of the ‘Land of Lakes’ and reach altitudes of 12,000 ft where condor, caracaras and eagle sighting are common. On your fourth day you will arrive at the remote kichua village of Piñan located on an Andean plateau. Working in conjunction with the Ecuadorian Red Cross you will assist with a two day medical camp, offering gynecology, dentistry and CPR/Emergency Medical Training to the village, which is so remote it only receives one day of general medical care a year from the government. From here you will ride out of Piñan valley and down the mountainside into tropical cloud forest, boasting mountain bamboo, passion fruit and coffee trees and a vastly different landscape to the rugged ‘paramo’. You’ll sample the Intag area’s famous coffee and stay in the Riyo Lindo Coffee Plantation’s luxurious lodge before a short flight in a light aircraft the following day, taking you into the jungle.
Deep in the Amazon rainforest, you will spend five days with the Sàpara people, an indigenous tribe renowned for their forest wisdom, encyclopaedic plant knowledge and traditional healing techniques. You’ll have the opportunity to canoe down the headwaters of the Amazon river, swim and hike through the jungle with a local guide, then sit round the fire and exchange stories and gifts with the Sàpara tribe, gaining firsthand knowledge of the importance and value of their environment. You’ll be part of the team delivering medical assistance to the tribe, and then assist in a project to deliver clean water to the Sàpara school.
This two part journey not only offers vast diversity, immense scenery, fantastic horses, stunning natural beauty and rich cultural integration, it also offers the unique opportunity to deliver genuine assistance and be part of this heartfelt, purposeful programme. To experience it firsthand makes for a profound and eye opening journey.
Please note that due to the nature of these relief rides, the exact itinerary varies with each departure dependng on the health/education programmes in place at any one time. Please enquire for further details including full itineraries, dates and pricing. Enquire Now
Why we like it
Travel with purpose
The dramatic Andes and immense Amazon rainforest
Adobe huts, Quinoa fields, haciendas, coffee plantations, volcanic spa towns
The Amazonian Sàpara tribe
A small group of like-minded people