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2 Day Tropical Horseback Riding Holiday in Machalilla National Park

Cabalonga, Puerto Cayo, Manabí, Ecuador

Memorable Horse Riding Holiday in Ecuador

This horseback riding tour is a memorable and scenic experience of Machalilla National Park tropical dry forest. You will be assigned an easy-to-ride horse and be assisted by a specialized guide who will help you understand the biodiversity of this ecosystem. Your eyes will not stop from observing infinities of tropical species. If you are a bird lover, this is your chance to enjoy the avifauna of the area such as: parakeets, macaws, toucans, hawks, woodpeckers, dusky-legged guan, and more.

Key information

  • Rider Weight Limit: 180 pounds / 82 kilograms
  • Horse Height Range: on average 140 centimeters
  • Tack Type: Western tack
  • Horse Breed: Criollo


  • Guided horseback ride
  • Ride through the ecological trail
  • Observation of a large number of species
  • Complimentary campfire and courtesy cocktail
  • 1 night's accommodation
  • Guide assistance
  • All meals

Skill level

  • Beginner


1 day with instruction
Group size: Minimum of 2 participants
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  • Bar
  • Restaurant
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Parking lot

During the holiday, you will stay in a glamping accommodation or in a bamboo cottage.


Cabalonga was established to care and conserve Puerto Cayo biodiversity, offering eco-tourism with a minimum environmental impact together with a pleasant outdoor experience. Their concept allows visitors to admire the exuberant beauty of the regional ecosystem and Manabí culture.

The name Cabalonga is also tightly linked to Ecuadorian cultural and natural heritage: the word "cabalonga" comes from a native plant, which seeds are used for making crafts.

If you would like to retreat next to the beach and be immersed in the Ecuadorian tropical nature but still prefer to experience the comfort of a hotel, then you are maybe a glamping adventurer. Taking care of nature without sacrificing your comfort means "glamping" (camping with glamour) and it is what Cabalonga provides its guests with.

Located 50 meters from the beach, Cabalonga Lodge offers its guests a pleasant and relaxing retreat amongst tropical nature, built inside bamboo fences to give privacy but at the same time catch the sea breeze from the Pacific Ocean.

Cabalonga loves nature and its guests also do. Its facilities are mainly built with renewable materials such as bamboo canes, an endemic cane to Manabí province. Thus, Cabalonga is happy to welcome you in its eco-friendly glamping tents and bungalows.

There are some amenities provided in the tent. If the direct sea breeze is not enough, you can make use of the free standing fan available in your unit, and if you want to connect with the outside world you can plug your electronic devices and link to the free Wi-Fi, all this from the comfort of your tent. Right outside your cabin, a hammock will always be at your disposal for stargazing at night.

Bamboo cottage

This bamboo cottage serves as a dormitory for individual travelers or you can also book it as a private room to enjoy privacy in your romantic retreat or for your big family. This room features an indoor private bathroom, one queen bed and one single bunk bed.


Day 1

  • 11:00 Check in Cabalonga glamping
  • 12:00 Departure for the tour along the Spondylus route
  • 13:00 Arrival in the riding trail. Typical Ecuadorian lunch
  • 14:00 Guided horseback ride through the ecological trail. Observation of a large number of species is possible from some vantage points
  • 17:00 Return to Cabalonga glamping
  • 19:00 Dinner
  • 20:00 Complimentary campfire and courtesy cocktail

Day 2

  • 09:00 Breakfast
  • 09:30 Beach time
  • 10:00 Check-out


This horse riding holiday takes place in Ecuador. Cabalonga is located at Puerto Cayo Beach, Manabí. Km 1 on La Boca route, 100 meters away from Puerto Cayo roundabout.


Your daily meals are included in the price.

Manabí Cuisine

Manabí cuisine is an amalgam of fresh ingredients resulting from the dry and tropical ecosystem of the Pacific coastline. Some fresh seafood served alongside crispy fried green bananas and garnished with a fragrant salprieta (peanut-based condiment) are some of the highlight elements in the making of Manabí food. The menu at Cabalonga restaurant offers a variety of Manabí dishes and the most delicious typical Ecuadorian food.

Fresh Ingredients

From the garden and from the sea to the plate. Cabalonga grows in their garden some vegetables and fruit sustainably. In addition, the bountiful seafood served in their dishes comes from the nearby coastline. This freshness in the ingredients spurs excitement among visitors when tasting typical Manabí food in Cabalonga's restaurant in Puerto Cayo.


You are welcome to have a drink in Cabalonga's cozy bar where Cabalonga will also entertain you with some activities e. g. karaoke, dance music, board games, etc.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

What's included

  • Guided horseback riding
  • 1 night's accommodation
  • All meals
  • Guide assistance
  • Taxes

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 100% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
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Minimum group size

This trip requires a minimum of 2 participants

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