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Ride the versatile Peruvian Paso with the amazing view of the Andes Mountains and feel the horse's smooth gait! In this short horseback riding holiday, you will cross a marvelous landscape and see the locals doing their activities. This tour will also bring you to the time of the Inca Empire. What are you waiting for? The horses are waiting for you to ride one of them!
On the first night, you will be sleeping in a local home in the village of Misminay and on the second night, you will stay in the native village of Wayna Qolqa.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
Yojan is a real Andean descendent, his brown skin and strong temperament are the proof of his Inka origins, Actually, he mixes all the experiences that he took along his life with the Professional Tour Guiding knowledge, comes from one of the traditional horses lover families from Cusco. His riding activities in the Sacred Valley were soon discovered, and “HACIENDA DEL CHALÁN” began to appear in guidebooks and on the lists of highly recommended equestrian tour operators.
This horseback riding holiday will start in Paucarbamba to the flat valley, Salinas, Misminay Community, Huaypo Lake, Huayna Qolqa, Ttio Bamba, and Maras and end in the ranch in Paucarbamba, Peru.
You have included in the price two breakfasts, three lunches, and two dinners. Vegetarian food is available upon request.
Alejandro Velasco Astete International Airport
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