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6 Day Horse Riding Holiday in Cusco Region, Peru

Misminay, Urubamba, Urubamba Province, Cusco Region, Peru

Peru Horse Riding Holiday

Do you ever imagine yourself living in the Andes mountains where climbing and riding downhill are such a common thing? In this horse riding holiday, you will not only imagine it but experience it! On the back of the Peruvian Horse, you will travel around the Cusco Region and see the farmers plowing their lands with the amazing mountains landscape as your backdrop. Participate in this horse riding holiday and make it one of your unforgettable experiences!

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

  • 6 days of horse riding session
  • A ride to Wayna Qolqa and Andean Village
  • Visiting Salinas Salt Lake and Moray botany laboratory
  • A tour with a professional agronomist in Zurite
  • A service of English speaking tour guide
  • Breakfasts, lunches, and dinners
  • 5 nights of accommodation

Skill level

  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Styles


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

On the first night, you will be staying in a local home in Misminay Community. On the second night, the overnight will be in Zurite. On the third night, you will stay in Ankawasi. On the fourth night, the overnight stay will be in a campsite on the top of a Hill in Markjo and on the last night, you will be accommodated in the village of Wayna Qolqa.

Program

Itinerary

Day 1: Paucarbamba - Flat Valley Path - Salinas - Maras - Misminay Community

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 up to 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. You will arrive in Misminay at 17:00. Dinner and overnight stay will start at 19:00.

  • Elevation: 2,800 - 3,734 meters above sea level

Day 2: Misminay Community - Mahuaypampa - Huarocondo - Zurite

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 breakfast, you start your second-day ride. This ride is longer than the one on the first day because you need to climb the last mountains before riding down to the town of Huarocondo (3,345 meters above sea level).

This is the first town in the flat area of the Anta District where you plan to eat lunch. The next night you will be camping on the old and historic land of Zurite (3,405 meters above sea level). Zurite has the province’s longest and biggest Inka terraces used for farming. That is the reason why it hosts the most important investigation complex of the Andean native potatoes. Dinner and overnight stay will be in Zurite.

  • Elevation: 3,359 meters above sea level

Day 3: Zurite - Ankawasi

The next morning after breakfast, a professional agronomist of the National Institute of Agricultural Innovation will give you a tour during which he will explain the investigation process that aims to rescue some almost extinct native species of potatoes (Oca, Nashua, Potato, and Año). After you have ridden for a few hours, you will eat lunch near another old hacienda.

During the next part of the ride, you have to cross a big eucalyptus forest along the hills after which you will arrive at the archaeological complex of “Quilla Rumuyoq” in the village of Ankawasi (3,579 meters above sea level). This night you finally have the chance to take a hot shower and sleep in a bed because a country hostel is waiting for you. Dinner and overnight stay will be in Ankawasi.

  • Elevation: 3,580 meters above sea level

Day 4: Ankawasi - Zurite - Markjo View Point

After eating a nice breakfast, you´re ready to visit the Ankawasi (eagle’s nest), an archaeological complex which is divided in an area for farming, a religious area and an area for housing. The ride on the fourth day is also a long one. You will ride through areas of eucalyptus forest where you plan to eat your lunch. After lunch, you will cross a river and ride through the flat area of Anta (3,320 meters above sea level) until you arrive at the campsite located on top of a hill in Markjo followed by dinner and overnight stay.

  • Elevation: 3,331 meters above sea level

Day 5: Markjo View Point - Huaypo Lake - Wayna Qolqa View Point

On the fifth-day ride, just after eating your breakfast, you need to climb the Andes once again until you arrive at Lake Huaypo (3,500 meters above sea level) where you will eat lunch. During this ride, you will realize how difficult and marvelous it is to live in the Andes because it is not easy to climb and ride downhill, cross rivers, muddy areas, etc. Lunchtime is at the shore of Lake Huaypo.

After enjoying your meal while listening to a symphony of songs that come from the different birds live in the forest around the lake, you continue your ride to get to the village of Wayna Qolqa (New Granary). Here, you will have the opportunity to see small farms, people plowing their land, many groups of shepherds, big fields with agaves, small lakes, and snow-covered mountains like “Chicón” or “Pitusiray”.

The viewpoint of Wayna Qolqa (3,709 meters above sea level) is also marvelous because from this point 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. Dinner and overnight stay will be here.

  • Elevation: 3,695 meters above sea level

Day 6: Wayna Qolqa View Point - Ttiobamba - Maras - Moray - Paucarbamba

After eating a good breakfast, the sixth-day ride is downhill until you arrive at Ttiobamba, a marvelous Catholic church that was built in the sixteenth century. 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 behind the biggest church of Maras starts a narrow trail that leads to Moray, the last botany laboratory from the Inkas. Here, 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) to be able to use for food or medicine. Lunchtime will be in Moray. The last part of the ride is downhill along a narrow path that starts at 3,377 meters above sea level and ends at 2,800 meters, at the Hacienda del Chalán in Paucarbamba.

  • Elevation: 2,800 meters above sea level

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!

Instructors

Yojan Valenzuela

Location

This horse riding holiday will take you from Paucarbamba to Maras, Misminay, Zurite, Ankawasi, Markjo, Wayna Qolqa, and back to Paucarbamba, Peru.

Food

You will be served five breakfasts, six lunches, and five dinners. 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:

  • 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

  • 6 days' horse riding holiday
  • A tour with a professional agronomist investigating native potatoes species
  • Service of professional English speaking tour guide / experienced rider
  • Experienced cook during the entire horseback tour
  • Entrance tickets for Salinas and Moray
  • Well-groomed Peruvian Paso Horse
  • First aid kit and oxygen bottle for participants and the camp staff
  • Helmet and assistance vehicle
  • Kitchen and dining tent
  • Comfortable tent with plenty of space for backpacks, sleeping bag, and inflatable sleeping mattresses
  • Accommodation and meals for the camp staff
  • 5 breakfasts, 6 lunches, and 5 dinners
  • Plenty of drinking water during the rides only
  • Snacks (water, chocolate, and fruit)
  • 5 nights' accommodation

What's not included

  • Round trip private transfer to the ranch (can be organized as additional service)
  • Alcoholic drinks
  • Hotel
  • 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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Special discount

Students or volunteers with valid student card / certification are eligible for a special discount of 5 USD per persons.

Pricing information
  • Single occupancy is available for 1,550 USD for the minimum booking of 2 persons.
  • Single occupancy is available for 1,535 USD for the minimum booking of 3 persons.
  • Single occupancy is available for 1,500 USD for the minimum booking of 4 - 10 persons.
  • The price for double occupancy for the minimum booking of 4 - 10 persons is 1,450 USD per person.

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