Our History

Hacienda La Alegria is the family home of the Espinosas. Your host Gabriel comes from a long tradition of equestrian sports. His grandfather bred racing horses close to Quito and his father, Renato Espinosa was a keen polo player. Gabriel followed in the same footsteps as a young man, horse-jumping and playing competitive polo. The hacienda is full of fascinating equestrian heirlooms, including antique side-saddles, cattle brands and traditional "Chagra" (Andean cowboy) tack. Gabriel and Paty's three daughters are all keen riders, and the enthusiasm of the whole family is reflected in the quality of the horses at the farm.

Our grandchildren Simon, Romina and Andrea, are quite interested on horses, looking forward to participle on multiple day rides. The border collies are important part of the family, Oreo, Sultan and Capuchino, and Jessica german shepherd ready to be pet.



If you are looking for unique horseback riding through the breathtaking mountains of Ecuador and a wonderful atmosphere, you should not miss staying at this Hacienda. The horses are excellent, the views incredible and, most importantly, this family-run place makes you feel truly at home in a very subtle manner.

We extended our stay by a couple of days. The food is excellent, the rooms are wonderfully cosy and have stunning views - and Gabriel and Patty are amazing people to meet.

We felt truly welcome and enjoyed every minute in this very poetic gem of Ecuador.
Thank you so much for those very special days. LaetitiaMorenzini

London, United Kingdom

“Equestrian dream”

I cannot imagine a better place for a horse enthusiast. We had a great time and we really are not horse people. Gabriel literally opens his home to you as his guest and what a gracious host. He spent hours with us showing us the grounds and the workings of his dairy farm.
However, you can quickly tell his passion is horses. He can lead a ride from 2 hrs to nearly two weeks.

My wife was quite tentative about riding and he personally gave us ~1 hour lesson and calmed her fears. We had a great ride!

Doug R

Johns Creek, Georgia


Hacienda La Alegria is a truly unique and beautiful place. Not only is the building is beautiful and the rooms comfortable, but the food (made by the family's cook of 20 years) is the best we had in Ecuador. ...


Los Angeles, California

“Great Memories!”

Reviewed 30 June 2013

I just spent a week at Hacienda La Alegria with my wife and eleven-year-old daughter and we richly enjoyed each day. We were inexperienced horseback riders, but the patient family members and ranch hands had us enjoying the beautiful Ecuadorian countryside on a saddle in no time. …If you are an artist, BRING YOUR SKETCHPAD! This is truly a place with old-world charm and great hospitality.

Brian - Minnesota / US

Chagras parade ride 16-29 de julio 2013:

Voyage exceptionnel. Paysages sublimes, dépaysement total, chevaux adorables, endurants aux pieds sûrs. 11 jours à cheval encadrés par Gabriel et son équipe. Organisation parfaite. 
Nous avons eu le privilège de participer à la parade des Chagras à Machachi, événement annuel incroyable à ne pas rater. Avoir eu la chance d'en faire parti telle une véritable Chagra, avec l'équipe de La Alegria rend ce voyage encore plus inoubliable.
Au retour des 6 jours de randonnée autour du Cotopaxi, revenir à l'hacienda c'était comme rentrer à la maison tant l'accueil de Gabriel et Patty et de leur équipe est chaleureux.
Un endroit rare où j'espère pouvoir retourner un jour.

Exceptional travel. Sublime landscapes, scenery, adorable, durable horses sure footed. 11 days on horseback framed by Gabriel and his team. Perfect organization.  We had theprivilege to participate in the parade of Chagras in Machachi, amazing don't miss annual event. Having had the chance to make advantage such a genuine Chagra, with La Alegria team makes this trip even more memorable. The return of the 6 days of trekking around the Cotopaxi, back to the hacienda it was like go home both the home ofGabriel and Patty and their team is warm. A rare place where I hope to return one day

Horse Riding Image Gallery

Check out pictures of our great horseback riding adventures in the Andes


Inca Culture Image Gallery

Our rides in the Andes are a great opportunity to see the indigenous culture of the area. Check out our gallery here!