Horseback Adventure Full Day
This horseback tour is the best way to see the Sacred Valley and some of the archaeological sites around the area. If you like being out and away from everyone you will love this tour. The horses we use are some of the best in the area. This ride is great for the beginner and even the horseman. It is not your typical horse tour that is slow and boring for the horseman nor is it too much for those who are new to horseback riding. I am a horseman myself and in my opinion this is some of the best rides in Cusco. I have been on many trails in Colorado, Wyoming, New Mexico, and many other states in the US, and this ride is right up there with the best. You will get to see a part of the area many tourists don't see. Come and join us and see for yourself. We will make sure you have a great time!
Peruvian Paso Horses are noted internationally for their good temperament and comfortable ride. These horses are used for pleasure riding, trail, horse shows, parades, and endurance riding. The horse is medium sized - usually standing between 14.1 and 15.2 hh - with an elegant, yet powerful build. This horse is one of the world's last remaining naturally gaited breeds and is becoming a sensation among American horse enthusiasts for several very good reasons. It has a smooth ride, is a very elegant animal, and has very good strength and stamina. Our horse tours will be one you won't forget. Our tour guides are all experienced horsemen and will do their best to make sure you enjoy your trip.
Early in the morning an the hotel, after an explanation of our tours and being given the program, contract, and conditions of service, we will load up in our provided transportation and head to the town of Maras. We will pass through spectacular and beautiful landscapes.
Before starting the trip, will give an introduction to the world of horsemanship and the characteristics of the Peruvian Paso horse. A period of familiarization with the horses will follow along with a demonstration of how to handle the Peruvian Paso horse.
Our horseback ride begins at the branch of Maras Tiobamba Temple from where one has a breathtaking panoramic view of the entire Cordillera Urubamba valley. We head to the town of Maras, located at 3465m above sea level and 46 km from the city of Cusco. Maras is famous for its salt mines and ancient method of obtaining it, as well as its colonial doorways. On our ride you will see impressive panoramic views of the Cordillera Urubamba and the snow-capped mountains of El Chicon, Veronica and Puma Huanca, that rise along the Sacred Valley of the Incas.
We Continue our journey through beautiful landscapes surrounded by mountains and marked by the agriculture and livestock of local farmers. After an hour and a half ride, at which we will have traveled 7 km to the southwest, we arrive at the archaeological site of Moray at 3385m. It is also known for being the agricultural “laboratory” for the Incas, because of their method of adapting the different seeds to the local soil and harvesting. It is also well known for the archaeological remains in the Sacred Valley of the Incas.
After visiting, we get back on our horses and head to our own little place for lunch, a quiet and relaxing spot away from the bustle of tourists from where we have a beautiful view of the mountains and glaciers of Chicon, Puma Huanca, Sahuasiray, and Pitusiray. After our lunch we will head through the town of Maras. After the visit to Maras, we'll continue to travel for an hour and a half, to the salt mines, passing through and enjoying spectacular scenery.
Maras is at an altitude of 3500m. It covers a large area on the slopes of the hills and consists of about 3000 natural pools of salt water about 5 square meters where salt is extracted for human consumption. After the visit to the salt mines, we will continue our journey towards Pichingoto, a community nestled in the Sacred Valley at the base of the mountain Qoriq'aqya, along the Urubamba River. It is a Quechua community dedicated mainly to agriculture.
We will have the opportunity to see the caves where the old settlers lived and stored their crops. Some caves are on high levels of the mountain and ropes and ladders had to be used to reach them. After the visit to the village of Pichingoto Vilcanota we cross the river to reach the road leading from Urubamba to Ollantaytambo. From here, we have the choice of taking the transport to the city of Cusco or to the town of Ollantaytambo.
- Briefing at your hotel
- Pick up from hotel and transport throughout the tour
- Professional bilingual guide English / Spanish (a supplement applies for other languages)
- Peruvian Paso horses properly equipped with comfortable saddles.
- Chalán (Horse Manager) and a horse assistant (for more than 4 participants in the tour)
- First aid kit
Comments and what to bring:
- Tour duration is full day - Sunscreen and Lip Balm are essential due to the altitude and dry air
- Rain ponchos
- Small backpack
- Comfortable riding trousers
- Long sleeved cotton shirts
- Wind-bloc Fleece or jacket
If you want to book this ride, let us know your preferred departure date and number of riders. A riders’ profile (weight, height, age and riding experience) is also appreciated, but not required.
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