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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 for and well fed. We have Peruvian Paso horses and Trotter horses for beginners to fully experienced riders and also pony's in different sizes for kids of different ages.

You are invited to join this horse riding holiday along the Peruvian Andes. On each tour, Hacienda del Chalán has a variety of beautiful nature with valleys, rivers, snow mountains, and wildlife, you will also see (pre)Inka culture and archeological complexes and you will experience Andean folklore with their traditional clothing and ways of life.

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 overnight experience with real Andean culture as you stay in a town at 3737m with friendly local people who still use traditional clothes and ways of living. And the second night in a cosy dome on the border of a beautiful mountain lake.
  • * Ride along the Sacred Valley (2800m) and along the river with cormoran birds, seagles, ibis and ducks.
  • * Visit of the beautiful Salt-flats from the pre-Inka times in the mountains.
  • * Climb up to beautifull mountains where you can see herds of sheep, cows and also eagles and falcons flying.
  • * You will see the Inka experimental grow crop of Moray in the mountains and you have a marvalous view over snow-mountains.
  • * Feel the nature when riding along the side of a beautiful mountain Lake.

Skill level

  • Intermediate
  • Advanced


3 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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1 night you will experience real Andean culture as you stay in a town at 3737m with friendly local people who still use traditional clothes and ways of living. And the second night you will sleep in a cosy dome on the side of a beautifull mountain Lake.


This ride begins in Paucarbamba where the hacienda is located. Just after crossing the Vilcanota river in Paucarbamba, you take a forest path along the river where you will see some tombs from the time of the Inka Empire located at the side of the path. Yanahuara used to be a farming area but lately, it is becoming one of the most important areas for tourist accommodation. At the moment, forty new hotels are being constructed.

Just after Yanahuara, a quiet and narrow path along the Vilcanota River will bring you to the suspension bridge of Tarabamba; this is the checkpoint for Salinas. During the next part of the ride, you will climb the mountain towards Salinas, the salt mines that date back to pre-Inka times. More than three thousand pans of salt are waiting to be visited.

After enjoying a nice meal while overlooking the salt terraces, you continue climbing the mountain until you arrive at the village of Maras which is famous for its stone doorways with the carved date of construction and heraldic family crests, an inheritance of the Spanish culture. At Maras, the big fields of barley, green beans, white corn, hay, oats, quinoa, and so on are waiting for you because the horse trail crosses through them to get to the Misminay Community where you will spend the first night at a local home.

An extraordinary Andean trail will guide you to the Misminay viewpoint which is located at 3,734 meters above sea level. The local people from this village are really friendly and curious and like to share their traditional way of life with visitors. The view that Misminay offers early in the morning is truly phenomenal. You can see most of the snow covered mountains of the Sacred Valley and all the farmland of Maras. Eagles and falcons are soaring against an amazing background.

After having breakfast, you will start the second-day ride. This ride is longer than the one on the first day and leads across the large fields of barley and eucalyptus forests until you arrive at Lake Huaypo (3,500 meters above sea level). There, you will eat your lunch. On the way to the village of Wayna Qolqa, you will be able to see small farms, people plowing their land, many groups of shepherds, big fields with agaves, small lakes, and snow-covered mountains like the “Chicón” or “Pitusiray”.

The viewpoint of Wayna Qolqa (3,709 meters above sea level) is also marvelous because from this point, it is possible to see a big part of the Sacred Valley, the Vilcanota river, and some towns in the flat valley, like Yucay, Huayllabamba, and Wayoqari. After eating a good breakfast, the third-day ride is downhill until you arrive at Ttiobamba, a marvelous Catholic church that was built in the sixteenth century. Today, it seems like this church is located in the middle of nowhere because there are just five local houses around it.

After riding for 20 more minutes, you arrive at Maras located at 3,377 meters above sea level. Maras is a traditional Andean village where the people used to make their doorways out of stone with some heraldic drawings and the year in which the house was constructed. Just after crossing the town of Maras, you ride on a wide path until you arrive at the last viewpoint of the Sacred Valley and continue by a narrow trail downhill to the flat valley where the hacienda is located.


Day 1: Paucarbamba - flat valley path - Salinas - Misminay

  • 09:00 This ride begins at an altitude of 2,828 meters in Paucarbamba, where the hacienda is located.
  • After mounting your horses, you cross the Vilcanota River over a suspension bridge and continue through the middle of a eucalyptus forest where you will be able to see one of the biggest Inka cemeteries located at the side of the flat valley path.
  • After passing the town of Yanahuara, you cross the suspension bridge of Tarabamba, which is also the location of the checkpoint you will have to pass to continue climbing to the complex of salt mines from the time of the Inkas.
  • 13:00 After visiting the complex of big saltpans and eating your first lunch there, you ride up to the mountain until you arrive at the small and remarkable indigenous village of Misminay, where you will spend the night at a local home.
  • 17:00 You arrive at the community of Misminay, where you eat dinner and stay overnight.

Day 2: Misminay Community - Huaypo Lake - Wayna Qolqa Village

  • 08:00 Breakfast
  • 09:00 You ride your horses crossing a marvelous landscape with snow-covered mountains, young shepherds, farmers using the power of bulls to plow their lands, many eagles flying around everywhere, etc.
  • 12:30 Arrival to Huaypo Lake and lunchtime
  • 14:00 Ride up to the mountains until you get to the native village of Wayna Qolqa
  • 16:30 Arrival at Wayna Qolqa, where you enjoy the spectacular sunset
  • 18:00 Dinner and overnight stay

Day 3: Wayna Qolqa - Ttio Bamba - Maras - Paucarbamba

  • 08:00 Breakfast.
  • 09:00 Ride down to the town of Maras and Salinas, crossing big farmlands of different Andean products like barley, with an incomparable panoramic view of the snow-covered mountains and the Sacred Valley
  • 12:30 Arrival and a visit to the archaeologic complex of “Moray”
  • 13:30 Lunch
  • 14:30 You ride your horses down the mountains until you get to the flattest farmlands of Paucarbamba to go back home.
  • 17:30 Arrival at the Hacienda in Paucarbamba

Rating your horseback riding ability

This is a critically important first step in choosing a riding tour. For most of the multi-day riding trips, you must have a good knowledge of the basics and some experience in riding cross-country. The tour guide has full authority to exclude a rider from a trip for inability to ride or behavior that endangers the other riders or the horses. No refunds will be made under these circumstances.

If you wish to participate in a ride that requires experience beyond your current ability, please contact Hacienda del Chalán to learn about lessons at the ranch. They can teach you the fundamentals of the classic Peruvian equitation. It may be possible to increase your comfort level and skill to a level that will allow you to participate in one of the rides.

  • Beginner: A rider who has limited experience, is unable to apply basic aids, and does not have a firm and balanced seat
  • Novice: A rider who is capable of mounting and dismounting unassisted, capable of applying basic aids, and comfortable and in control at the walk
  • Intermediate: A rider who has a firm and balanced seat, is confident and in control at all paces, but does not ride regularly
  • Strong intermediate: An intermediate rider who is currently riding regularly and comfortable in the saddle for at least six hours per day
  • Advanced: All of the above, plus an independent seat, soft hands, and capable of handling a spirited horse in open country

The Peruvian Paso Horse

Luxury may be the best single word in English 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.

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.

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. 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 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.

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.

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, his 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.

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!


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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, snow-mountain views, pre-Inka Salt-flats and Inka experimental grow crop Moray. The high-light of the trip is arriving to the Huaypo Lake in the midst of the mountains.


During this holiday, you will be served three lunches, two dinners, and two breakfasts; 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
  • Snacks and fruits
  • 2 nights in local house and cosy dome
  • Meals (3 lunches, 2 dinners, and 2 breakfasts), 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
  • 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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