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4 Day Mountains and Valleys Horseback Riding Adventure in Cusco Region, Peru

Hacienda del Chalán, Urubamba, Cusco, Peru

Horse Riding Holiday in Peru

This horse riding holiday is a multi-day holiday. It will take you to multi destinations in Peru, ones of which are the Rocky Mountains, Salt Mines, Flat Valley, and many more. This is a perfect holiday for those who are looking for a way to relieve their stress, escape from everyday routine, and for horse lovers who want to ride on the soil of beautiful Peru.

Key information

  • Rider Weight Limit: 200 pounds / 90 kilograms
  • Horse Height Range: 14 hands
  • Horse Breed: Peruvian Paso

Meet the instructors

Yojan
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Highlights

  • Ride up to the mountains
  • Ride crossing Vilcanota River
  • Enjoy the phenomenal views of Misminay
  • 3 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 3 dinners
  • Entrance Tickets for Salinas
  • 3 nights' accommodation

Skill level

  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Styles


3 days with instruction
Group size: Maximum of 10 participants
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Accommodation

Your accommodation would be in local houses for the three nights.

Program

Itinerary

Day 1

This ride begins at an altitude of 2828 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 Incas.

After visiting the complex of big salt pans 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.

Day 2

The view that Misminay offers you early in the morning is truly phenomenal. You can see most of the snow-covered mountains of the Sacred Valley, all the farmland of Maras, and eagles and falcons soaring against an amazing background.

After eating breakfast, you will have a short hike to observe the Inka laboratory of “Moray” and understand there how the process to adapt that many plants that grew just along the coast or Amazon were able to grow on the Andes.

After this hike, 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 forest areas. Along the morning ride, you will cross different Andean villages where it will be possible to observe the local life system.

After crossing the highest point for this ride, you’ll begin to descent until arriving at the heart of a eucalyptus forest area located near to “Chaquepay” community where you expect to take the lunch.

After the lunch time, you continue descending until arriving at “Huarocondo” Colonial comunity, Zurite Inka agriculture complex and cross all the wide of the “Anta” flat area until you arrive at “Inquillpata” village where the next overnight place is located in. Dinner and rest time

Day 3

This ride will begin at 3334 meters of elevation. All this flat area was an old lake that now looks dry. Following a not busy motorway, you will ride up to the next mountain until the top, where one of the most important places to celebrate ceremonies in the Pre inka times by the “K´ILLKE” civilization is located. There, it will be possible to observe many pottery pieces that were part of the funeral elements that were used to burry with their mummies.

The scenery since this point will be spectacular not only to the down valley but also to see the snow mountains like “Chicón” and “Verónica”. The second part of the ride is to the Rocky Mountain area located just 45 minutes far from the tombs and it will be there where you expect to have your lunch.

This area was used in old times by the first people that were hunting deer, pumas, rock squirrels, and others. And after the presence of the spaniels, this rocky scenery was used by the rustlers from the area, they used some of the sacred rocky passage to hide the horses, mules or cows for some days and then sent them to other far places.

After walking and discovering this nice area, you ride back down to the valley where your team will be waiting for you to take the dinner and spend your last night there.

Day 4

After breakfast on the third day, you will cross the flat area for the last time to ride up to the next mountains on the way back to the tour starting point, but you will stop for the lunch at the side of an old catholic church built in XVI century located in “Huaylla Qocha” community.

During the afternoon ride, you pass through two of the principal water reservoirs for irrigation as well for human consumption located just before arrival to Mahuaypampa community.

You’ll ride to Maras, 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 passing the town of Maras, you start your downhill ride along a narrow trail that goes towards the flat valley, until you arrive at the viewpoint of Paucarbamba.

The last part of the ride you will take a wide downhill path that will guide us back to your Hacienda.

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 horses. 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 Paso horses transmit 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.

In addition to an easy gait, the Peruvian Paso horses have brilliant front action movement. It is 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. The lift and término are 100% natural. They are 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 these tractable horses to perform tirelessly for many hours in the service of his rider.

The Peruvian horses are the world’s greatest riding horses. They are smooth to ride, beautiful to behold, and have incredible brío - 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.

Physically, the Peruvian horses are horses of medium size and with a refinement. The ideal height is 14 hands tall, with good balance and almost even rations of girth, leg, and back. It may be in 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.

The 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

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” (trailgear) 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!

Instructors

Yojan Valenzuela

Location

You will visit many places in Cusco region, Peru during this holiday.

Food

During this holiday, you will be served two lunches, one dinner, and one breakfast. You will also be served snacks (water, chocolate, and fruit). Additionally, plenty of drinking water will also be served during the rides only. Moreover, vegetarian food is available upon request.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Snacks
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water

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

  • Professional English speaking tour guide / experienced rider
  • Well-groomed Peruvian Paso horse
  • Snacks (water, chocolate, fruit)
  • 3 nights' accommodation
  • Meals (3 breakfasts, 4 lunches, and 3 dinners) vegetarian food is available upon request
  • Plenty of drinking water during the rides only
  • Experienced cook during the entire horseback tour
  • First aid kit and oxygen bottle for participants and our camp staff
  • Assistance vehicle
  • Entrance tickets for Salinas
  • Helmet
  • Saddlebag
  • Rain poncho

What's not included

  • Private transfer to the ranch (round trip) (can be organized as additional service)
  • Alcoholic drinks
  • Hotel accommodation
  • Breakfast on the first day
  • Tips for guide and camp staff

How to get there

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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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