Day 5: Northern Andes Trek Ends
After a quick transfer begin today’s hike follows the trails of a working farm that has been in the same family for 100 years. Here you can find pre-Inca burial mounds of the Caranqui Indians, Spanish influence and Ecuadorian traditions. Your guide explains the family’s inspiring history and their work with the local Zuleta community.
The working hacienda encompasses over two thousand hectares of pastureland, forest and protected areas of native primary forest. The farm includes dairy cows for milk, cheese and yogurt, potatoes, barley, and wheat. Sheep are raised for their wool. There are also about 100 horses, some pure Andalusians and some polo horses, and a mix of Andalusian, quarter horse and thoroughbred. If you enjoy horseback riding, this is a prime place for this activity.
Enjoy a cooking class with a local “Zuletenos” or “Zuletenas” before sitting down to the lunch you cooked.
After lunch return to Quito. (B,L)
NOTE: You many want to extend your stay at the hacienda and local Zuleta community (additional cost)