Claire Buck (Texas, USA) During my stay in Ecuador, I was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to partake in a two-day horseback riding trip through the countryside surrounding Mt. Chimborazo. The trip was absolutely fabulous! We embarked from Riobamba and took a bus to Arenal the friendly community president met us at his home. There were six of us total, the community president, one good friend of mine, and two other travellers, one from Australia and the other from China. It was wonderful to meet other fellow travellers as we got along really well. We packed our belongings on the horses, including a few clothes, a tent, food and water and then set out during late morning on the first day. I was absolutely amazed at the beauty of the surrounding hills and of course Chimborazo in the distance. We passed llamas grazing, and natives tending their herds of sheep, life was so peaceful out there. I honestly felt like I was in a dream, as I was continuously being overwhelmed with the beauty of the land. We continued on horseback until late afternoon, and were surprised by a coming rainstorm as we arrived in Salinas. We were warmly welcomed by an indigenous family who lived and worked in Salinas. They were so hospitable I couldn’t believe it, providing us with food and a room in which to stay. The woman there owned a textile store in which a collective of women from the community worked. They handmade scarves, hats, sweaters and purses to sell in the store. They were so beautiful and a great way to support the community of women. We conversed with the family and shared a few drinks and slept nice and sound during the night.
The next day we set out again early in the morning. The horses were in good spirits as were we. We continued amongst the countryside, taking in the beautiful scenery and the wonderful cool weather. In the afternoon we came across a beautiful overlook of Mt. Chimborazo. The clouds opened up just enough to give us a view of the entire mountain and it nearly took my breath away. We continued through the hills and just about the time that my butt was about to be blue and purple we arrived at our final destination the hot springs. That was the most wonderful ending to a journey like that. Soothing our muscles and conversing with the natives there was amazing. We never saw one other tourist the entire trip and that was one of the things that I loved the most. We really were experiencing a part of Ecuador that most visitors never get to see. I feel incredibly lucky to have had the opportunity to take part in this trip. It truly is a unique and unexplainable adventure. If you have the opportunity you shouldn’t pass it up, it most definitely confirmed my assumption of the overwhelming beauty of Ecuador.
Christine Zimmerman USA Wlady is deeply passionate about his country, and in touring/surfing with him you will quickly find that this passion is wildly contagious. Wlady's adventure tours of Puñay, the Chimborazo highlands, and the oriente gave me the perfect Ecuador-introduction to kick off my five-week stay, and he was a wonderful host too. Going out in Riobamba for an Italian feast with Wlady and his entire family, the six other tourists I was with and myself were warmly-welcomed into his home as good friends, not clients. Many thanks to you and your family for a great week!
Stephanie (United States) Wlady’s tours are incredible. I really felt like I went to the ends of the earth: camping at Punay (and seeing the best sunset I have ever seen), horseback riding around Chimborazo, and exploring the Amazon jungle. At all of these places, I didn’t see any other groups of tourists—we were truly immersed in the culture of Ecuador. Also, the landscapes were breathtaking. I wanted an adventure, and I wanted an authentic experience, and I certainly got it. I fell in love with Ecuador, and I know this is because of the wonderful opportunities I had during my stay.
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