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3 Day Horseback Riding Adventure to Maukallaqta in Cusco, Peru

Yaurisque, Peru

Inca's Trails Horse Riding Holiday in Peru

Embark on a great horse riding adventure which gives you the possibility to admire the beautiful and wild Andean landscape, meet the locals, and learn about the great history of the Incas, while riding along the Incan county. '

Key information

  • Rider Weigh Limit: 198 pounds / 90 kilograms
  • Tack Type: Peruvian tack
  • Horse Breed: Peruvian Paso
  • Horse Heigh: 13 to 16 hands

Highlights

  • 3 days of horse riding
  • Approximate daily riding time: 5 hours
  • All riding equipment for the horse and for the rider
  • Ride along the old Incan county changing landscape from plain to rocky mountains
  • Professional guide who specializes in horseback tours and an extra personal assistant for every two riders
  • Pick up at your hotel on first day and transportation back to Cusco on last day
  • 3 daily meals, dining tent, and chef
  • 2 nights’ accommodation

Skill level

  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Styles


3 days with instruction
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Accommodation

You will be accommodated in tents for 2 nights during the tour.

Program

Itinerary

Day 1 Cusco - Inca Rakay - Puna Cancha - Yaurisque

You will start your excursion when you will be picked up at your hotel and taken over to the stables at Fundo Molleray. The stables are located 15 minutes from the Cusco airport. You will meet tour horses and receive a talk about equestrian safety. They will also go over some of the details of the route. Each client will have their own horse and tack. Then you will do some practice riding around the grounds. When everyone is familiar with their horse, you will head out over the flat plain. There will be farms where they are growing corn, barley, potatoes, etc. Then you will ride along the river and through a eucalyptus grove. When you arrive at village of Wilcarpay, you will be able to see the small Andean style houses. The friendly people will be attending their flocks, and tending their crops.

You'll take a break by a creek before you head up the mountainside. It is about a 1 hour ride along the same trail the Ayar Brothers used until you reach the ruins of Inka Raccay. This old Incan site is constructed out of the local limestone. Some of the worked stones have up to 11 angles. You will continue riding through Incan country, up the rocky mountainside. You can note the change in vegetation as you leave the fertile valley behind and head up into the drier puna. You will ride through forests of eucalyptus and native trees such as chachacoma, queuña, and chilca.There will be ichu grass, and lots different species of birds. You´ll see flowers like the red and yellow kantu. Up here in the forests, you will feel in close contact with nature. The quiet murmur of the river and the birdsong will enchant you. If you´re lucky, you will see deer, vizcachas, and Andean foxes.

After a while, you will cross over Puna Cancha Pass. It is at an elevation of 3932 masl ( 12900 feet) There you will take a break and eat lunch. You can visit the local folks. They will show you their lifestyle, and tell you about their culture. After saying farewell to your new friends, you will head back down the trail. You will cross over the Llaully Qasa Pass, where there will be an incredible view out over the Andes ranges. You will ride down over an Incan trail that has been there since the days of the Ayar brothers.

After about 2 hours, you will arrive at the town of Yaurisque. This a quaint colorful town full of tradition and picturesque costumes. There is a hot spring there. You will be able to relax, and then have dinner. That will wind up the first day of your horseback riding adventure. You will talk about the following days´ activities before going to bed.

Day 2 Yaurisque - Cusibamba - Taray - Huayna Cancha - Maukallaqta

After a good nights´ rest, you'll wake up ready for another day of adventure.You will have an Incan style breakfast. The team will prepare your horses, and then you will get started on your journey.

Upon leaving Yuarisque, you will ride along a small river and through the villages of Cusibamba and Taray. You will come upon the old hacienda of Huaynacancha. Legend has it that Manco Capac and Mama Ocllo lived here for a few months while she was pregnant with their first son, Sinchi Roca. There is still a small Incan site here in Tambuqui.

You will make a brief stop at Huaynacancha, and hear stories about the Ayar brothers. Then you will head up hill over a trail surrounded by cactus, until you arrive at the majestic Incan construction of Maukallaqta. You can stop here, rest your legs, drink some water, and have lunch. And you can explore the beautiful site.

After lunch, the guide will lead you through the ancient streets and plazas, around the water fountains, and through the temples and ceremonial places. Even though the Spanish did their best to destroy this site, it retains a certain majesty. You will camp at the ruins, eat supper, and enjoy a bonfire under the stars.

Day 3 Maukallaqta - Puma Orqo - Tambo Tocco - Huaynacancha - Cusco

You can wake up very early in order to enjoy the sunrise and commune with nature. After breakfast, you will ride up the hill to see the summit of sacred Puma Orqo. Here you´ll see the Incan rock carvings. There is a carved puma, and some seats that look like thrones. Who knows exactly how they were used during Incan times? After visiting the caves that the Ayar brothers came out of, you will descend through the Mollebamba Valley to the Haynacancha hacienda.This is where you´ll say goodbye to the folks who helped you out on your journey of adventure. Your van will take you back to your hotel in Cusco. It is about one hour ride.

Daily schedule

Day 1

  • 08:30 Pick up at your hotel
  • 09:00 Visit to the stables. Talk about horse and rider safety. Instructional ride.
  • 09:30 Your trail ride begins
  • 11:00 Visit to the archeological ruins at Inka Raccay
  • 13:00 Buffet lunch and rest
  • 14:00 Visit to the families at a Puna Cancha
  • 14:30 Trail ride up to Llaully Qasa Pass
  • 15:30 Trail ride to Yaurisque and the hot springs
  • 17:30 Set up camp and rest
  • 18:30 Buffet dinner

Day 2

  • 06:30 Wake up call
  • 07:00 Breakfast
  • 08:00 Begin your trail ride
  • 10:30 Old hacienda of Huaynacancha.
  • 12:30 Maukallaqta
  • 13:00 Lunch buffet and take a break
  • 14:30 Guided visit to Maukallaqta
  • 16:30 Time to explore and take photos
  • 18:00 Buffet dinner
  • 19:00 Bonfire, Andean music, and dancing
  • 20:30 A good night of sleep at your campsite

Day 3

  • 06:30 Wake up call
  • 07:00 Breakfast
  • 08:00 Beginning of your trail ride.
  • 09:00 Visit to Puma Orqo mountain
  • 10:00 Visit to Tambotoco mountain
  • 11:00 Hacienda Huaynacancha where we say goodbye
  • 11:30 Return to Cusco
  • 12:30 Arrival at your hotel. End of adventure

Location

You will ride along the old Incan county, starting your ride in Cusco and ending it in Haynacancha.

History of the Archeological Complex of Mauka Llaqta - Puma Orqo

The archeological complex at Maukallaqta - Puma Orqo is considered to be the first temple that the Incas built. It is a sacred place, as it is the place of origin of the Incan culture, according to the chronicler Juan de Betanzos, and the historians, María Rostworowski and Luis E. Valcarcel.

The original name of this Incan town was Pacarectambo. After the invasion and the destruction of the temple by the Spanish conquerors, the town of San Pedro de Pacaritambo was founded during the 16th century. It is located ten kilometers from the original site. The people of the surrounding countryside were forced to leave their farms, and move to the newly founded Spanish town where they had to work without pay.

The nearby grottos of Tambotoco were considered to be the sacred place of the mythic origin of the Incas, the pacarina of the Incas. (In quechua - pacarina means place of dawn or place of origin.) This is why the Inca Pachacuteq ordered the walls here covered with gold. The Spanish stole this treasure, along with the Incan religion. The local legend about the origin of the Incan lineage tells us about the 4 Ayar brothers and their wives. This legend is older than the story about Manco Capac and Mama Ocllo. It is also more believable as it is more in line with Andean thought. It was first written down by Juan de Betanzos in 1550, and translated into the more modern idiom by Luis E. Valcarcel. The story goes like this : four brothers and the four women who were both their wives and their sisters, set out from Mt.Tampu Tocco. Their names were Ayar Manco and his woman, Mama Ocllo; Ayar Cachi and Mama Cora; Ayar Uchu and Mama Rahua, and finally, Ayar Auca and his wife, Mama Huaco. When they witnessed the infertility of the land, and the poverty of the people, they decided to seek out better place to live. Along with ten other families who were members of their ayllu, (an ayllu is a group of ten families that work in cooperation) they set out slowly, migrating north. They traveled for over 20 years. When they arrived at the valley which was later called Cusco, they founded the city which would become in time the capital of Tawantinsuyo. The chronicler, Juan de Betanzos and the historian, Luis E. Valcarcel, both make reference to Pacarectambo - Tamputoco. This is what they say: "we categorically affirm that during Incan times, this was a city that had everything that a city should have. It was replete with plazas, streets, aqueducts, markets, storehouses, temples, and places where craftsmen worked. It was a full blown metropolis, and had its own charm and idiosyncrasies."

Food

You have included in the pice 3 meals a day during the tour. There will be a dining room tent and cooking tent, cooking equipment and porcelain plates to eat off of, a Chef who specializes in adventure tours, an assistant chef, and a waiter.

The package excludes breakfast on the 1st day and lunch on the last day.

The menu includes the following:

  • Trout, beef, chicken, and cuy
  • Different kinds of vegetables
  • A variety of fruits
  • Cereal and dried fruit
  • Pasta and noodles
  • Vegetarian options
  • Snacks and desserts

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

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

  • Vegetarian
  • 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

  • Pick up at your hotel and transportation to the stables
  • Transportation from Huaynacancha back to Cusco
  • Private vehicle - either a car, a van , or a truck, depending on the number of people
  • Peruvian Paso horses
  • Reins, tack, and saddle appropriate for your Peruvian Paso horse
  • Saddlebag in which to put your personal articles
  • A saddlebag for you jacket or rain poncho
  • Saddlebag for your camera and water bottle
  • Heritage brand riding gloves, approved by the U.S. Equestrian Federation
  • Troxel brand riding helmet, approved by the U.S. Equestrian Federation
  • Leather chaps to protect your legs and shins
  • 5 kilos of personal gear per person
  • Head wrangler and route guide
  • Professional guide who specializes in horseback tours
  • An extra personal assistant for every two riders
  • 3 meals a day during the tour
  • 2 nights tent accommodation
  • Dining room tent and cooking tent
  • Bathroom tent
  • First aid kit
  • Bottle of oxygen
  • Cooking equipment and porcelain plates to eat off of
  • Chef who specializes in adventure tours
  • Assistant chef
  • Waiter
  • If your group has 5 or more people, there will be an Andean band performing for you
  • Thermarest mattress
  • Solar lamps
  • Four season camping equipment

What's not included

  • Taxes
  • Tips
  • Sleeping bags
  • Breakfast on the 1st day
  • Lunch on the last day

How to get there

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Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 50% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 30 days before arrival.
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