DAY 1              PAUCARBAMBA – FLAT VALLEY PATH – SALINAS – MARAS – MISMINAY COMMUNITY. (2800 – 3734 meters above sea level)

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 up to 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.

17:00 Arrival at Misminay.

19:00 Dinner and overnight stay.

 

DAY 2              MISMINAY COMMUNITY – MAHUAYPAMPA – HUAROCONDO – ZURITE. (3359 meters above sea level)

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 start our second day ride. This ride is longer than the one on the first day, because we need to climb the last mountains before riding down to the town of Huarocondo (3345 meter above sea level). This is the first town in the flat area of the Anta-district where we plan to eat lunch. The next night we will be camping on the old and historic land of “Zurite” (3405 meters above sea level). Zurite has the province’s longest and biggest Inka terraces used for farming, That is the reason why it hosts the most important investigation complex of the Andean native potatoe.

Dinner and overnight stay.

DAY 3 ZURITE – ANKAWASI. (3580 meters above sea level)

The next morning after breakfast, a professional agronomist of the National Institute of Agricultural Innovation will give us a tour during which he will explain the investigation process that aims to rescue some almost extinct native species of potatoes (Oca, Mashua, Potato, Año).

After we have ridden for a few hours, we will eat lunch near another old hacienda. During the next part of the ride we have to cross a big eucalyptus forest along the hills, after which we will arrive at the archaeological complex of “Quilla rumuyoq” in the village of Ankawasi (3579 meters above sea level).

This night we finally have the chance to take a hot shower and sleep in a bed, because a country hostel is waiting for us.

Dinner and overnight stay.

DAY 4 ANKAWASI – ZURITE  – MARKJO VIEW POINT. (3331 meters above sea level)

After eating a nice breakfast, we´re ready to visit the Ankawasi (eagle’s nest), an archaeological complex which is divided in an area for farming, a religious area and an area for housing.

The ride on the fourth day is also a long one. We will ride through areas of eucalyptus forest, where we plan to eat our lunch. After lunch we will cross a river and ride through the flat area of Anta (3320 meters above sea level), until we arrive at the campside located on top of a hill at Markjo.

Dinner and overnight stay.

DAY 5 MARKJO VIEW POINT – HUAYPO LAKE – WAYNA QOLQA VIEW POINT. (3695 meters above sea level)

On the fifth day ride, just after eating our breakfast, we need to climb the Andes once again until we arrive at Lake Huaypo (3500 meters above sea level), where we will eat lunch. During this ride you will realize how difficult and marvelous it is to live in the Andes, because is not easy to climb and ride downhill, cross rivers, muddy areas, etc.

Lunch time at shore of Lake Huaypo.

After enjoying our meal while listening to a symphony of songs that come from the different birds that live in the forest around the lake, we continue our ride to get to the village of Wayna Qolqa (New Granary). Here we will have the opportunity to see small farms, people plowing their land, many groups of shepherds, big fields with agaves, small lakes, and snow covered mountains like “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.

Dinner and overnight stay.

DAY 6 WAYNA QOLQA VIEW POINT – TTIOBAMBA – MARAS – MORAY – PAUCARBAMBA. (2800 meters above sea level)

After eating a good breakfast, the sixth day ride is downhill until we arrive at Ttiobamba, a marvelous Catholic church that was built in the 16th century.

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 behind the biggest church of Maras starts a narrow trail that leads to Moray, the last botany laboratory from the Inkas.

Here the Andeans acclimated many different plants that they brought from the Amazon and from the coast because they needed to adapt them to grow at high altitudes (cold areas), to be able to use them for food or medicine.

Lunch time in Moray.

The last part of the ride is downhill along a narrow path that starts at 3377 meters above sea level and ends at 2800 meters, at the Hacienda del Chalán in Paucarbamba.

MAP

 

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

1500 US$

1550 US$

1485 US$

1535 US$

1450 US$

1500 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 (6 lunches – 5 dinners –  5 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
  • Accommodation in the local´s home for the first and third night

 

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.
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We highly recommend to book your trip prior to your arrival in Peru.

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