DAY 01           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 supension 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.

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.

DAY 02           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.

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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.

The next part of the ride goes towards the town of Chinchero (3756 meters above sea level). We expect to take a hot shower at a small local hostal, where we will also eat dinner and stay overnight.

DAY 03           After breakfast on the third day, we will spend the morning visiting the archaeological complex of Chinchero and a museum of Andean textiles, and at midday we have a traditional local lunch.

In the afternoon we ride in the direction of the Raqchi viewpoint (3810 meters above sea level) and the village of Wayna Qolqa, where 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.

DAY 04           After breakfast, we ride along the snow covered mountain Chicön until we arrive at Ttiobamba, a marvelous Catholic complex that was built in the 16th century, which is 20 minutes away from Maras (3354 meters above sea level) and located in the middle of nowhere.

During the afternoon ride we pass through Maras, 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 passing the town of Maras, we start our downhill ride along a narrow trail that goes towards the flat valley, until we arrive at the viewpoint of Paucarbamba.

The last part of the ride we will take a wide downhill path that will guide us back to our Hacienda.

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Number of participants

2

3

4 – 10

2 per tent

1 per tent

2 per tent

1 per tent

2 per tent

1 per tent

Price per person

1045 US$

1095 US$ 1035 US$ 1085 US$ 1010 US$

1060 US$

RECOMMENDATIONS

If this is your first time going to the Andes or high mountains we recommend getting information about ALTITUDE SICKNESS, see below for some websites recommended by high mountain doctors and scientists from over the world.

ISMM – International Society For Mountain Medicine
MEDEX – Medical Expeditions

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

 

INCLUDES

  • 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 (4 lunches – 3 dinners –  3 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.
  • Helmet

 

NOT INCLUDED

  • Private transfer to the ranch (round trip) (We can organize this as additional service).
  • Alcoholic drinks.
  • Hotel
  • 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.
  • Sunglasses

 

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.