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Unforgettable Horse Riding Holiday in Peru

The Peruvian “Paso” horse is known in the equestrian world to be the most even-tempered horse around the globe. It is a strong, noble, faithful, gentle and obedient horse. This program of horseback riding into the canyon and valley offers the opportunity for every horse lover to have an unforgettable experience. You will feel closer to nature than you have ever felt before!

Key information

  • Rider Weight Limit: 200 pounds / 90 kilograms
  • Tack Type: Peruvian saddle
  • Horse Breed: Peruvian, purebred, and crossbred
  • Horse Height: 14 to 15 hands

Highlights

  • 5 riding days
  • Ride a talented Peruvian Paso horse
  • Approximate daily riding time: 5 hours
  • Spectacular views of the deepest canyon in the world
  • Discover the treasures of Inca and pre-Inca history
  • 7 nights' accommodation
  • Full board meals

Skill level

  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Styles


8 days with instruction
Airport transfer included: Rodríguez Ballón International Airport
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Accommodation

  • Arequipa: 4-star hotel
  • Yanque: 3-star hotel Tradicion Colca (spa with an indoor pool and one massage included, astronomy included)
  • Pinchollo: a rustic cabin (bring your own lightweight sleeping bag). Supplement for accommodation in a 3-star hotel: 30 USD per person)
  • Puno (Option A): one night in a 3-star hotel
  • Cusco (Option B): one night in a 3-star hotel
  • Additional cost for single room accommodation 150 USD

Program

Day 1

Hosteria & Spa Tradicion Colca will pick you up from Rodríguez Ballón International Airport (AQP) and lead you the hotel downtown. This is a free day, depending on your arrival time, so you may decide to take a tour of the city and visit the convent of “Santa Catalina” with an English-speaking private guide (optional). Meals are not included on Day 1. Four-star Hotel accommodation will be at Arequipa.

Day 2

Departure will be around 08:00 in a tourist vehicle in the direction of Colca Valley, an English-speaking guide will accompany you. You will cross the “Salinas y Aguada Blanca” reserve where alpacas, llamas, and vicuñas can be seen.

After reaching the spectacular "Mirador de los Volcanes", at an altitude of 4910 meters (16000 feet) above sea level, you’ll descend into the valley which has an average elevation of about 3500 meters (11000 feet). You will settle and lunch at Tradicion Colca three-star hotel in Yanque village.

In the afternoon, you will meet your famous Peruvian Paso horses and their “Chalan” (groom and horse guide). Next, you will begin your first horseback ride around the village up to the Colonial Mill and to a Chapel devoted to the Virgin of Chapi.

Return to the hotel to enjoy a relaxing 30-minute massage (included on this day) with free use of the indoor pool. Dinner is served at the fireside of Hotel Tradicion Colca, where you will then stay the night.

Day 3

In the morning, you’ll begin your second ride of four to five hours to Coporaque village and its pre-Inca cemetery where the mummies of Collagua Lords were formerly safeguarded. You will have to dismount and climb a hill for 20 minutes to reach the graves.

The ride continues to the ruins of Uyo-uyo which was the former capital of the Collagua Natives, who once ruled the valley. Along the way, you will also see the “Colcas”, a kind of hidden granary that gave the name to the river, and the "amphitheater" (farming terraces highly valued by the Incas to improve cultivation of quinoa, corn). Afterward, it`s back to Yanque to savor a delicious lunch at Tradicion Colca Hotel. In the afternoon Hosteria & Spa Tradicion Colca will drive you to the hot springs for a relaxing swim.

At Tradicion Colca Hotel, you can enjoy free use of the indoor pool (optional massage previous reservation), dinner, and stargazing (subject to weather conditions) with Dobson type telescope with a diameter of 45 centimeters (18 inches)

One of the biggest telescopes accessible to the public in Peru - installed in an ideal place for observation - permitting you to look at many deep sky objects (globular clusters, nebulae, galaxies) only visible from the southern hemisphere. Before observing the night sky, you’ll screen a short 12-minute film introducing the solar system in the planetarium. Overnight stay will be at Tradicion Colca.

Day 4

Third day of horse riding. You’ll leave at 09:00 for a five-hour ride along the right side of Colca River, passing through beautiful landscapes as you go.

Native people achieved a great feat in creating arable lands on the mountain. They did so by inventing terrace cultivation and irrigating those terraces with an ingenious system of water channels. You will cross the villages of Ichupampa and Lari and eat a packed lunch on the way.

Having reached Madrigal in the afternoon, the horses and their Chalan will stay there while a vehicle will drive you and your English-speaking guide back to Yanque. After about one hour by car, you will enjoy the pool, dinner and overnight stay at Tradicion Colca Hotel (optional massage previous booking).

Day 5

This is the start of the itinerant ride, for which you will need two days of bare necessities. After an early breakfast at 05:3, Hosteria & Spa Tradicion Colca will drive you by car for one hour to Madrigal. Having hiked up Chimpa's Hill for two hours, at the top you will find on the restored ruins of an ancient and unassailable Fortress of the Collagua Nation. From that vantage point, you will enjoy breathtaking views at the only place where one can see both sides of the canyon. With luck, you might even see the majestic condor in flight.

After a descent of around an hour and a half, you will finally get on your horse and ride for four hours to Pinchollo village after having crossed the Colca river across a lovely bridge. Dinner and overnight stay will be in very rustic cabins at Pinchollo (optional three-star hotel accommodation: 30 USD).

Day 6

Breakfast will be at 7:00 that sets you up for a five-hour horseback ride to Pinchollo's geyser. Climbing a hill, you will reach an elevation of 4450 meters (14600 feet) and there, you’ll be amazed by incredible views: high snowy volcanos, waterfalls, and most importantly the "Hatun Infiernillo" geyser which is active all year round.

Having ridden back to Pinchollo, you will leave the horses and a car will pick you up to take you back to Yanque and the welcome comfort of Hotel Tradicion Colca. You will have free time in the afternoon to rest and enjoy lunch, the indoor pool, dinner, and a night at Hotel Tradicion Colca (optional massage available with the previous booking).

Day 7

Option A: Puno

The morning is free for rest, with lunch (included) served at midday in the hotel. At 12:45, you will transfer to Chivay to catch a bus for a six-hour journey through the Andes with an English-speaking guide. The highest point of the journey is 4910 meters (16,000 feet) at Patapampa.

You will cross the Puna which is inhabited by vizcacha, vicuña and migratory birds such as the world-famous flamingo. You will arrive at the three-star hotel accommodation at around 19:30 (dinner not included).

Option B: Cusco

Breakfast is served at 06:00 before transfer to Chivay to take a tourist bus for a day trip to Cusco with an English-speaking guide (lunch not included). Among other sites, you will see the "Castillos" of Callalli (rocks shaped like castles by years of rain and wind erosion).

The highest point of the trek is at 4,700 meters (15,400 feet) at Condoromama`s dam which irrigates the Majes-Siguas, situated 300 kilometers away in the desert west of Arequipà. You will arrive at Cusco around 17:00 with transfer to your hotel. You will be accommodated at a three-star hotel (dinner not included).

Day 8

Option A: Puno

Breakfast is served at 07:00 followed by a boat trip (in a group with an English-speaking guide) across Lake Titicaca for a visit to the magnificent Taquile island (lunch not included).

From there you will continue your journey across the lake towards the famous floating islands of the Uros, one of the first inhabitants of Peru. Finally, you will return to Peru around 17:00. Hotel and meals are not included). It is also possible to travel from Puno to Cusco, please ask your travel agent.

Option B: Cusco

Breakfast is included but that marks the end of services. (Hotel and meals are not included). Ask your travel agent for advice on visiting Cusco, the Sacred Valley, and Machu Picchu.

The horses

The horses are purebred and crossbred (Paso Peruano) horses, cold and surefooted mounts aged from 6 to 12 years old. This Peruvian breed was introduced by Spanish conquerors at the beginning of the 16th century during the colonial period and is nowadays protected as part of the cultural heritage of the nation. With its four beat lateral gait, called “Paso Llano”, the Peruvian Paso gives its horseman the smoothest ride in the world on any kind of ground.

The execution of the gait trends slightly to the laterals particularly with increasing speed. The forelegs of the Peruvian are rolled towards the outside as the horse moves forward; this spectacular and natural motion is called “Termino”. While other horses are trained to emulate the almost-prancing gait of the Peruvian, it is natural, inbred quality in these horses.

All the saddles are traditional wood frames called Montura de Cajón covered with stitched leather called pellonera. The rings for the stirrups and cinch are covered with rawhide flaps. The back of the horse is protected by a woolen blanket and another leather blanket above ("carona").

Stirrups are made of wood or leather, wooden ones in pyramid shapes and often decorated with nickel, both with a closed front. Every saddle bears saddlebags to transport bottles of water and your compact camera. All the horses are horseshoed because of rocky ground.

The team

An equestrian touristic English-speaking guide and a Peruvian Spanish-speaking Chalan (stable boy and horse trainer) will lead you for the entire duration of the horse ride, with a support vehicle between Yanque, Madrigal, and Pinchollo.

Eligibility

  • Experienced riders.
  • Maximum weight of the rider should not exceed 90 kilograms (200 pounds)
  • Age: from 12 years (young riders from 12 to 16 years must have an adult companion)
  • Non-riders are welcome

Location

The natural beauty of this region provides a panoramic view of volcanoes, blue sky, glaciers, and villages of the Andes, all of which have been proudly preserved by the Collaguas and Cabanas people. The Andes houses the oldest churches in Peru. Hosteria & Spa Tradicion Colca hope you will appreciate the quality of life lived by the Incas in the heart of the Andes.

Food

Full board meals during the ride from the second to sixth day are included. Drinking water is also included during the horse ride except at restaurants (drinks not included). Lunches during the rides will be boxed.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Tea

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • 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

  • 1 Peruvian Paso Horse per rider with helmet and saddlebags
  • Transfers from the airport - hotel at Arequipa and bus station - hotel at Puno (Option A) or Cusco (Option B)
  • Tourist transportation Arequipa - Colca and Colca - Puno or Colca - Cusco (Option B)
  • Boat trip on Lake Titicaca (Option A)
  • 7 nights’ accommodation
  • Free entrance to the indoor pool
  • One 30-minute massage on the second day
  • Stargazing (subject to weather conditions)
  • Full board in Colca (breakfast, lunch, dinner) from 2nd to 6th day
  • Bottled water during the rides except in restaurants (drinks not included)
  • An English-speaking guide from 2nd to 6th day
  • Spanish-speaking horseman from 2nd to 6th day
  • English-speaking guides on tourist bus Chivay - Puno and boat trip on Lake Titicaca (or tourist bus Chivay - Cusco)
  • Tourist entrance fees to Colca Valley and Titicaca Lake Islands
  • Entrance to Yanque hot springs

What's not included

  • National and international flights
  • Transfer from Puno to Juliaca Airport (Option A, from 45 USD)
  • 3-star hotel option at Pinchollo (30 USD per person)
  • Meals at Arequipa, Puno and Cusco
  • Extras and drink
  • Extra massages from 60 PEN
  • Sauna (50 PEN)
  • Tips
  • Personal travel and medical care insurance
  • Optional Trips: Arequipa city tour 50 USD per person

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Airport: Rodríguez Ballón International Airport Airport transfer included: Rodríguez Ballón International Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 100% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
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