A close-up view of life at all
elevations in the Ecuadorian Andes.
STORY AND PHOTOS BY SHAWN HAMILTON
My favorite aspect of a riding vacation is getting a glimpse of the true culture and meeting the everyday people of a place. The Wild Andes Expedition ride with host Gabriel Espinosa of Hacienda La Alegria offered a close-up view of life in the Ecuadorian Andes. From small rides in the fertile Machachi valley to
an overnight camp in a cloud forest, sure footed Criollo horses brought us to elevations of
up to 14,000 feet and allowed us to see villages not accessible by any roads.
Above the Clouds