This ride begins in Paucarbamba (2828 meters above sea level) where our ranch is located.
To arrive at Moray, it is necessary to climb the mountains. Part of the way we ride along a wide path, and part of it is a narrow trail. After 3 hours we arrive at Moray where we will prepare your lunch. After lunch we expect to pay a short visit to the Moray complex to observe this interesting agricultural experiment from the time of the Inkas.
An extraordinary Andean trail will guide us to the Misminay viewpoint which is located at 3734 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. Here we will spend the night.
The view that Misminay offers us 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, we will start the second day ride, which is longer than the one on the first day. During the first part we ride down until we arrive at the village of Mawaypampa. Along the trail we can see many young shepherds going to the grass lands with their lambs and cows, which is the way of life in the Andes.
After riding 2-3 hours, we arrive at the archaeological complex of “C´hecoq”, where we will be able to see an interesting system used for drying and storing the different seeds of cereal that the Andean culture uses. After a 20 minute ride, we arrive at Maras at 3377 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 in Maras starts a narrow trail that goes to Salinas, an old salt mine that was built by a pre-Inka civilization and was expanded during the Inka period.
The last part of the downhill ride will be rocky and steep until we reach the flat valley path, cross the Tarabamba bridge and arrive at the best touristic restaurant of the Sacred Valley, where we will eat our lunch.
After the lunch, a wide path through the flat valley will guide us back to Paucarbamba.
DAY 01. PAUCARBAMBA – MORAY – MISMINAY
09:00 Our staff will be waiting for you at our ranch to make introductions before we begin our adventure. An experimented Peruvian Paso trainer will show you the right technique for riding these horses, and at the same time you will be given several other recommendations that we will put into practice during the ride.
10:00 We ride our horses through the Sacred Valley, along the Vilcanota River and between the high mountains. After that we climb the first mountains to get to Moray, which used to be a place for agricultural experiments during the time of the Inkas.
12:30 Visit the terraces of Moray.
14:30 We continue riding our horses to climb the highest mountain for today, until we arrive at the Misminay viewpoint. Along the way we will be able to see most of the snow covered mountains from the Sacred Valley and the “Vilcanota” river far below us.
17:00 After a difficult uphill ride, we arrive at the indigenous village of Misminay.
18:00 Dinner and overnight stay.
DAY 02. MISMINAY – MARAS – SALINAS – PAUCARBAMBA
09:00 Ride down to the town of Maras and Salinas, while crossing big farmlands with different Andean products like barley, and with an incomparable panoramic view of the snow covered mountains and the Sacred Valley.
11:30 Arrival and visit of the Salt pans complex of Salinas.
12:30 We ride our horses downhill until we get to the flat valley path and cross the Tarabamba bridge.
16:30 Arrival at our Hacienda in Paucarbamba.
Number of participants
4 – 10
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DATE: Monday – Saturday (all year)
Students / Volunteers: $5 USD discount only with valid student card / certification
Organized Groups: We offer private tours and departure at any time
Group size: 1 – 10 participants
- Professional English speaking tour guide / experienced rider.
- Well-groomed Peruvian Paso Horse.
- Snacks (water – chocolate – fruit).
- Meals (2 lunches – 1 dinner – 1 breakfast), vegetarian food is available upon request.
- Plenty of drinking water during the rides only.
- Experienced cook.
- Hostelling at a local´s home in Misminay.
- First aid kit and oxygen bottle for participants and our camp staff.
- Assistance vehicle.
- Entrance Tickets for Salinas and Moray.
- Private transfer to the ranch (round trip) (We can organize this as additional service).
- Alcoholic drinks.
- Breakfast on the first day.
- Tips for guide and camp staff.
WHAT YOU NEED TO BRING/CARRY
- Small backpack to carry the most important items.
- Rain jacket or poncho (December – April).
- Strong comfortable and waterproof footwear.
- One complete change of clothing.
- Sweater and jacket (something warm).
- Bottle of water and purification tablets (Micropur is recommended and can be bought at local pharmacies in Cusco).
- Flashlight and batteries.
- Hat or cap to protect you from the sun.
- Sun block (sun protection cream).
- Toiletries, towel and toilet paper.
- Selection of small snacks, chocolate, dried fruit, biscuits, etc.
- Camera, plenty of film and spare batteries.
We’re sorry, but our horses are not for rent.
TERMS AND CONDITIONS
This site is operated by HACIENDA DEL CHALÁN, a legally registered company with the Peruvian government, which operates from the office at our ranch located in Paucarbamba – Cusco in Peru.
For more information about terms and conditions CLICK HERE.
BOOK HERE: We highly recommend to book your trip prior to your arrival in Peru.