This ride begins in Paucarbamba where our Hacienda is located.
Just after crossing the Vilcanota river in Paucarbamba, we take a forest path along the river, where we 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 accomodation. At the moment forty new hotels are being constructed.
Just after Yanahuara, a quiet and narrow path along the Vilcanota River will bring us to the suspension bridge of Tarabamba; this is the checkpoint for Salinas.
During the next part of the ride we will climb 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 by us, and after enjoying a nice meal while overlooking the salt terraces, we continue climbing the mountain until we 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 us because the horse trail crosses through them to get to the Misminay Community where we will spend the first night at a local home.
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.
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 eating breakfast, we 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 forests, until we arrive at Lake Huaypo (3500 meters above sea level). There we will eat our lunch.
On the way to the village of Wayna Qolqa we will be able to see small farms, people plowing their land, many groups of shepherds, big fields with agaves, small lakes, and snow covered mountains like the “Chicón” or “Pitusiray”.
The viewpoint of Wayna Qolqa (3709 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.
After eating a good breakfast, the third day ride is downhill until we arrive at Ttiobamba, a marvelous Catholic church that was built in the 16th century. Today it seems like this church is located in the middle of nowhere, because there are just 5 local houses around it.
After riding for 20 more minutes, we arrive at Maras located 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 after crossing the town of Maras, we ride on a wide path until we arrive at the last viewpoint of the Sacred Valley and continue by a narrow trail downhill to the flat valley where our Hacienda is located.
DAY 01 PAUCARBAMBA – FLAT VALLEY PATH – SALINAS – MISMINAY.
9.00: This ride begins at an altitude of 2828 meters in Paucarbamba, where our hacienda is located. After mounting our horses, we cross the Vilcanota river over a suspension bridge and continue through the middle of an eucalyptus forest where you will be able to see one of the biggest Inka cementeries located at the side of the flat valley path.
After passing the town of Yanahuara, we cross the suspension bridge of Tarabamba, which is also the location of the checkpoint we will have to pass to continue climbing to the complex of salt mines from the time of the Inkas.
13.00: After visiting the complex of big salt pans and eating our first lunch there, we ride up to the mountain until we arrive at the small and remarkable indigenous village of Misminay, where we will spend the night at a local home.
17.00: We arrive at the community of Misminay, where we eat dinner and stay overnight.
DAY 02. MISMINAY COMMUNITY – HUAYPO LAKE – WAYNA QOLQA VILLAGE
09:00 We ride our horses crossing a marvelous landscape with snow covered mountains, young shepherds, farmers using the power of bulls to plow their lands, many eagles flying around everywhere, etc.
12:30 Arrival to Huaypo Lake and lunchtime.
14:00 Ride up to the mountains until we get to the native village of Wayna Qolqa.
16:30 Arrival at Wayna Qolqa, where we enjoy the spectacular sunset.
18:00 Dinner and overnight stay.
DAY 03. WAYNA QOLQA – TTIO BAMBA – MARAS – PAUCARBAMBA
09:00 Ride down to the town of Maras and Salinas, crossing big farmlands of different Andean products like barley, with an incomparable panoramic view of the snow covered mountains and the Sacred Valley.
12:30 Arrival and visit of the archaelogic complex of “Moray”.
14:30 We ride our horses down the mountains until we get to the flattest farmlands of Paucarbamba to go back home.
17:30 Arrival at our Hacienda in Paucarbamba.
Number of participants
4 – 10
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Price per person
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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).
- Comfortable tent with plenty of space for backpacks.
- Inflatable sleeping mattresses.
- Sleeping bag.
- Meals (3 lunches – 2 dinners – 2 breakfasts), vegetarian food is available upon request.
- Plenty of drinking water during the rides only.
- Experienced cook during the entire horseback tour.
- Sleeping tent.
- Dining tent.
- Kitchen tent.
- Hostel for the third night.
- Accommodation and meals for our camp staff.
- 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.
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BOOK HERE: We highly recommend to book your trip prior to your arrival in Peru.