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 to those who join it.
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 Maze fields onto the slopes of the now extinct and sacred Imbabura Volcano. You’ll visit local markets, stay in traditional haciendas, take in the 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 encyclopaedic plant knowledge and healing abilities. You’ll have the opportunity to canoe down the headwaters of the Amazon river and hike through the jungle 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 - something truly special.