Pululahua Crater Horseback-Riding Tour

Quito, Ecuador

Experience Rating
icon8 hours  (Approx.)
Mobile ticket
iconOffered in: English and 1 more

Take a horseback ride on the Pululahua Crater during this day trip from Quito. Following a guide, cross the ancient caldera, leftover from Pululahua's eruption 2,500 years ago, to explore its fertile green landscape. Equipment and lunch are provided.
  • Full-day Pululahua Crater tour from Quito
  • Discover the crater environment on an Andean horseback ride
  • Admire verdant landscapes as you circle the lava cone
  • Enjoy lunch while taking in the panoramic views

Professional and bilingual guide
Transportation from and to Quito (central meeting point)
Guided horse tour on healthy strong horses for all levels
Use of wellington/rubber boots, helmets, hats, chaps and other equipment
Optional tips for guide
Extra food and drinks
Hotel pick up and drop off

Departure Point

Mariscal Foch 681, Quito 170143, Ecuador

Departure Time

9:00 AM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
Your tour starts in the morning at a central meeting point in Quito for the transfer to the horse ranch. 

When you arrive, you'll be paired with an Andean horse for your ride through the Pululahua Crater, one of the biggest on the continent and one of the only inhabited craters in the world. Its lava dome rises 1,640 feet (500 meters) above the crater floor and is covered in lush, cloud-forest vegetation. During the ride, learn about the biodiversity of the caldera and its ever-changing environment. Circle the central lava cone, and see remnants of volcanic eruptions, geological formations, mineral avalanches with blooming wildflowers, and local agriculture. 

The length of your ride is roughly half the day, after which you can enjoy lunch with views over the valley and mountains. Your tour then ends with the drive back to Quito for drop-off at your meeting point.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Please bring comfortable clothing, a jacket and a raincoat just in case, sunblock, sunglasses, enough water and your passports.
  • It is important that you will have current travel insurance including personal medical insurance. Please inform us of any known medical conditions you have.
  • Comfortable walking shoes are recommended
  • A current valid passport is required on the day of travel
  • In order to process your reservation please help us with all this information: Arrival and departure information of international flights, and Whatsapp phone number (in case you use Whatsapp and would like us to contact you that during your stay)
  • For all guests we need: passport numbers, date of birth, nationality, food restrictions, medical restrictions
  • Since we will ride in the mountains where the trails could be steep and where there is less oxygen lead us to put a maximum on rider weights of 200 pounds. Slight exceptions can be made on the one-day-rides.
  • Departure dates subject to availability.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers

Cancellation policy

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.Learn more about cancellations.
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