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Horse Riding Holiday in Peru

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 variety 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 folklore with their traditional 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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  • Ride along the Sacred Valley (2800m) and along the river with various wildlife
  • Ride along the side of the beautiful Huaypo-Lake and experience the nature
  • Climb up to beautiful mountains where you can see herds of sheep, cows and more
  • See the Inka experimental grow crop of Moray in the mountains
  • See an archaeological complex and visit the 16th century old church of Ttiobamba
  • Visit of the beautiful Salt-flats from the pre-Inka times in the mountains
  • 1 overnight experience in a cosy dome on the side of a beautiful mountain lake
  • 2 lunches, 1 dinner, and 1 breakfast

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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You will be accommodated in a comfortable dome on a side of the beautiful mountain Lake Huaypo in the midst of the nature.


The Peruvian Paso Horse

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% natural action which sets the Peruvian apart from others.

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% unique to the Peruvian horse.

Flair and elegance

In addition to an easy gait, the Peruvian horse has a brilliant front action movement typified 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% natural. Fluid, effortless, and well integrated within the gait sequence. Of all of the traits that distinguish the Peruvian Horse, the tremendous “Brío” is perhaps the most prized by both expert and novice horse people alike. Brío 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.

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 Horse excels in many aspects of pleasure riding: trail, competitive trail competition, team penning, sidesaddle, drill teams, musical exercise, and showing.

Conformation and appearance

Physically, the Peruvian horse is a horse of medium size and with a refinement. Ideal height is 14 hands tall with good balance and almost even rations of girth, leg, and back. The horse may be any color. The coat and skin are refined and the mane is long and abundant with fine, lustrous hair. The bone is refined but dense in all aspects, overall refinement, grace, and elegance is 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.

Tack of the Peruvian horse

The traditional tack of the Peruvian horse has remained true to his heritage, but they may be ridden in any type of tack that fits properly. The headgear, saddle, stirrups, and “guarniciones” (trailer) 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!


Day 1: Paucarbamba - Salinas - Maras - Ttiobamba - Chekoq - Mahuaypampa - Huaypo Lake

The meeting point for the ride will be Hacienda del Chalán, which is located in Paucarbamba, the heart of the Sacred Valley. An experienced horseman will give you information about how to ride the Peruvian Paso horses and the things that you must keep in mind during the ride. Along the flat valley path, it will be possible to see many different local trees and some exotic trees that were introduced by the Spanish, which is the case with the eucalyptus, cypress, and pine tree. Corn is the principal agricultural product from the Sacred Valley, and it is known as the world’s biggest corn.

To arrive at Salinas, it will be necessary to ride up the mountain, following a narrow path until you reach Salinas where you expect to walk around for almost one hour to visit the entire salt mine complex. One hour later, you continue climbing the mountain on the way to the town of Maras, which is considered one of the most important mestizo towns in this area. When you look around in the town, you will see the various stone doorways with the carved date of construction and heraldic family crests of every family in this area, an inheritance of the Spanish culture.

All time snow-covered mountains of Chicón, Pitusitay, and Patakancha will be there in the background, right behind you. Thus, you can take a beautiful picture to remember this moment. Just after visiting Maras, you will arrive at Ttiobamba, an old Catholic church in the middle of nowhere that was built during the XVI century. There, you will also eat your lunch.

After lunch, the next interesting archaeological complex that you will visit is “Chekoq”, one of the marvelous dry food storage complexes from the Inka times. Just behind the next mountain lies the Andean village of Mahuaypampa, where they grow a big crop of potatoes that are a fundamental element of the Andean gastronomy. You will have an incomparable view of the surroundings when you arrive at Huaypo Lake, where you expect to have dinner and stay overnight.

Day 2: Huaypo - Mahuaypampa - Moray - Sacred Valley View Point - Paucarbamba

The first hours of the new day will be nice because you will hear the songs of the different birds at Huaypo Lake. This will provide the best atmosphere for a good rest. After enjoying your breakfast and the dawn of the new morning, you once again ride the strong horses until you arrive at the village of Mahuaypampa and the most important botany laboratory from the Inkas.

There, the Andeans acclimated many different plants that they brought from the Amazon and from the coast because they needed to adapt them to grow at high altitudes (cold areas) in order to use them for food or medicine. In Moray, you will eat your lunch. The last ride will be down into the deep valley where the hacienda is located.


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This horseback 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, snow-mountain views, pre-Inka Salt-flats and Inka experimental grow crop Moray and finally arrive to the beautiful mountain Lake (Huaypo).


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:

  • Breakfast
  • 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

  • Professional English-speaking tour guide / experienced rider
  • Well-groomed Peruvian Paso Horse
  • 1 Overnight in a dome on the side of the Huaypo Lake
  • Snacks and fruits
  • Meals (2 lunches, 1 dinner, 1 breakfast), vegetarian food is available upon request
  • Plenty of drinking water during the rides
  • Experienced cook during the entire horseback tour
  • First aid kit and oxygen bottle for use
  • Assistance vehicle
  • Rain poncho
  • Saddle bag
  • Ride helmet
  • Picking up and dropping off service if your hotel is located in Urubamba, Yanahuara or Ollantaytambo

What's not included

  • Picking up or dropping off service if your hotel is not located in Urubamba, Yanahuara or Ollantaytambo
  • Alcoholic drinks
  • Luxury hotel
  • Breakfast on the first day and dinner on the last day
  • 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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