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Peru Horse Riding Holiday

Hacienda del Chalán is a family horseback riding business with 38 years of experience with horses and tourism. We are located in the heart of the Sacred Valley of the Cusco region of Peru. We consider it very important that our horses are well cared and well fed. We have Peruvian Paso horses and Trotter horses for beginners till fully experienced riders and also pony's in different sizes for kids of different ages.

We invite you to join our horse riding holidays along the Peruvian Andes. In each tour we have a variaty of beautiful nature with valley's, rivers, snow-mountains, and wild-life, you will also see (pre)Inka culture and archeological complexes and you will experience Andean folkore with their tradional clothing and ways to live.

Key Information:

  • Rider Weight Limit: 200 pounds / 90 kg
  • Horse Height Range: 14 hands
  • Horse Breed: Peruvian Paso
  • Official riding helmet and rain poncho for use
  • First aid kit, and oxygen bottle for use
  • Service of English-speaking tour guide / experienced rider

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  • 2 days of horse riding
  • Well-groomed Peruvian Paso horse
  • Ride up to beautiful mountains where you can see herds of sheep, cows, and more
  • Ride along the Sacred Valley (2800m) and along the river
  • Climb into a gorge and find the hidden, but highest waterfall of the Cusco area
  • 1 overnight experience with real Andean culture as you stay in tents
  • Climb on top of the Waterfall and you will find an ancient Inka complex

Skill level

  • Intermediate
  • Advanced


2 days with instruction in English
The organizer also speaks: Spanish
Group size: Maximum of 8 participants
Airport transfer available:
Alejandro Velasco Astete International Airport (US$ 50 per person)
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During this holiday, you will camp at Rayanniyoq and have your own tent or share it with your friends. There is a kitchen/dining tent, a bathroom-tent and your own sleeping tent with a warm sleeping-bag and mattress. This an adventure in the nature...


Daily itinerary

The meeting point with your work team will be at the “Rascca” bridge located in the heart of the Pomatales canyon at 2895 meters above sea level. Your guide will give you some information about the horses and the ride's style that can help you to have a great experience with them.

Day 1

At 10:00 a.m., the beginning of the ride. The morning ride will begin following a wide and safe route climbing up to the mountains until arrive at an Andean community “Soqma” located at 3184 meters above sea level. After visiting Soqma, you will continue climbing to the next mountain until arriving at a second village “Markuray” at 3670 meters above sea level. Near to this village is where you expect to have your lunchtime, enjoying a nice view of the valley and sceneries with a different flora basically.

Your lunch will be at 1:00 p.m. From 2:00 p.m., the afternoon ride will be on the way to go to “Rayanniyoq” located at 3747 meters above sea level and you expect to spend the night there. At 3:00 p.m., after arriving at Rayanniyoq, you will ride downhill a little bit and tie your horses there, and following a narrow hike path, you will visit the most important waterfall from this area “Perolniyoq” which is about 100 meters high and located at 3518 meters above sea level.

After spending a great time there, you hike to a small Inka complex “Raqay Pata” located at 3576 meters above sea level and enjoy the scenic views there. After spending a good time in both places, you ride your horse again and climb up to your camping place, prepare yourself and the horse for the cold night, remove and store the saddles, and feed and give water to each horse. This camping area is located in a gorge which is why when the shadow comes, the temperature descends quickly as well. At 6:30 p.m., dinner and overnight.

Day 2

  • 08:00 Breakfast
  • 09:30 Beginning of the morning ride up to the highest point of the mountains to the Sacred Valley viewpoint located at 4408 meters above sea level
  • 10:30 Arrival time to the viewpoint (photos and videos time)
  • 11:30 Ride downhill back in the direction of the Soqma Community
  • 13:30 Close this ride time in the same place where you began it the day before

It will be here where you say goodbye to the work team. The horses go back to the Hacienda by truck and you will be transferred to a tourist restaurant in the Sacred Valley to have a goodbye lunch.

  • 14:00 Lunch
  • 15:00 Transportation will bring you back to your hotel

About the Peruvian Paso horses

Webster’s dictionary defines “luxury” as “the use and enjoyment of the best, most precious things offer the most physical comfort and satisfaction.” Luxury may be the single best word in the English language to describe the Peruvian Paso horse. There is something for everyone in this elegant animal: smooth riding comfort, high energy, straight, stamina, intelligence, a tractable disposition, animated, flashy presence, and 100 percent natural action which sets the Peruvian apart from others.

1. A breed apart

The Peruvian Paso horse transmits its unique smooth gait to its purebred foals. No artificial devices or special training aids are necessary to enable the horse to perform its specialty - a natural four-beat footfall of medium speed that provides a ride of incomparable smoothness and harmony of movement along with the utmost ground covering ability within on sequence of footfalls. This signature gait is called “Paso llano” and it is 100 percent unique to the Peruvian horse.

2. Flair and elegance

In addition to an easy gait, the Peruvian horse has a brilliant front action movement typified by the upward lifting of the front legs combined with “término”, an outward movement of the front legs similar to the loose rolling of a swimmer’s arms doing the crawl. Lift and término are 100 percent natural. Fluid, effortless, and well-integrated within the gait sequence. Of all of the traits that distinguish the Peruvian horse, his tremendous “Brio” is perhaps the most prized by both expert and novice horse people alike. Brio is an inherent quality of a noble and willing spirit that enables this tractable horse to perform tirelessly for many hours in the service of his rider.

3. A versatile horse

The Peruvian horse is the world’s greatest riding horse. Smooth to ride, beautiful to behold, and incredible brio - all traits that enable transportation. Peruvian horses excel in many aspects of pleasure riding: trail, competitive trail competition, team penning, sidesaddle, drill teams, musical exercise, and showing.

4. Conformation and appearance

Physically, the Peruvian horse is a horse of medium size and with refinement. The ideal height is between 14 and 16 hands tall, with good balance and almost even rations of girth, leg, and back. He may be any color. The coat and skin are refined and the mane is long and abundant with fine, lustrous hair. Bone is refined but dense; in all aspects, overall refinement, grace, and elegance are desired. Stallions exhibit the powerful arched neck and crest of their Iberian ancestors. Peruvian horse breeders pay scrupulous attention to genetics, with the three primary qualities being gait, soundness, and disposition.

5. Tack of the Peruvian horse

The traditional tack of the Peruvian horse has remained true to its heritage, but it may be ridden in any type of tack that fits properly. The headgear, saddle, stirrups, and “guarniciones” (trail gear) used today in shows are the traditional equipment imported from Peru where it has evolved over hundreds of years. Although many people choose to show their horses in traditional tack, any style may be used. And of course, on the trail, anything goes.


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This horse riding holiday will take place in the Cusco Region, Peru. You will see a variaty of nature, wild-life and local culture in the Andes mountains. You will pass by rivers, the highest Waterfall of the Cusco area and enjoy snow-mountain views.


During this holiday, you will be served two lunches, one dinner, and one breakfast; all prepared by an offical local cheff-cook. You will also be served special snacks and fruits. Additionally, plenty of drinking water will be provided for during the rides. Moreover, vegetarian food is available upon request.

The following meals are included:

  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Snacks
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Coffee
  • Tea
  • Soda

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

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

What's included

  • 2 days of horse riding
  • Well-groomed Peruvian Paso horse
  • 1 night accommodation in tents
  • 1 breakfast
  • 2 lunches
  • 1 dinner
  • Snacks
  • Plenty of drinking water during the rides
  • Professional English-speaking tour guide or experienced rider
  • Comfortable tent with plenty of space for backpacks
  • Inflatable sleeping mattresses
  • Warm sleeping bag
  • Experienced cook during the entire horseback tour
  • Sleeping tent
  • Kithen/Dining tent
  • Bathroom tent
  • First aid kit and oxygen bottle for use
  • Assistance vehicle (untill possible entrance)
  • Rain poncho
  • Saddlebag
  • Ride helmet
  • Picking up and dropping off service if your hotel is located in Urubamba, Ollantaytambo, or Yanahuara.

What's not included

  • Airfare
  • Airport transfers
  • Alcoholic drinks
  • Hotel
  • Breakfast on the first day and dinner on the last day
  • Picking up and dropping off service if your hotel is not located in Urubamba, Ollantaytambo or Yanahuara.
  • Tips for guide and camp staff

How to get there

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Arrival by taxi

You can come with any taxi to the Sacred Valley and sleep a night before in any of the hotels. Picking up and dropping off service is included if your hotel is located in Urubamba, Ollantaytambo, or Yanahuara. The morning of the ride we can provide your taxi to Hacienda del Chalan for additional costs if your hotel is in any other place or you can come with your own taxi. Please ask us for more information.

Airport: Alejandro Velasco Astete International Airport Airport transfer available: Alejandro Velasco Astete International Airport (US$ 50 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 40% 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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