Pichingoto Village Ride
Spend a very special hour on horseback, off-the beaten path and away-from-the-crowds. Our bilingual guides are locals knowledgeable about the area and dedicated only to your group, and our horses are exceptional: well trained and well-cared-for specimens of the Peruvian Paso horses.
The adventure begins on our beautiful ranch located just outside the town of Urubamba, in the Sacred Valley, where you’ll receive a warm welcome and get to meet the team - the guides and the horses. This is where we’ll go over a few basic riding and safety instructions and you’ll have the opportunity to get to know your horse.
Then we’ll show you our neighborhood, a beautiful corner of the Sacred Valley valley that few get to see. There are no famous or popular tourist attractions on this route, but it’s an unforgettable and peaceful way to experience rural life in the Sacred Valley.
We’ll also ride along the single dirt road that goes through the ancient village of Pichingoto to see the homes built into the side of the mountain like caverns, many of which are still occupied by Quechua people, descendants of the Incas, who are our neighbours and friends.
Back at the ranch, we’ll have exotic and delicious local fruits and refreshing beverages waiting for you.
This ride can start anytime during the day. We recommend starting the ride in the morning (10am) or after lunch (2pm).
Riding Distance: 4.5 kilometers
Time spent riding: Approximately 1 hour
Total duration of ride/tour: Approximately 1 hour 30 minutes
Altitude: 2,800 m.a.s.l. / 9,186 feet
(slightly higher than Machu Picchu and lower than Cusco)
This ride is mostly flat, there is little to no elevation gain or loss.
Group size: minimum of 2
Weight limit: 82 kgs / 180 pounds
Type of horse: Peruvian Paso or Creole Horse
Price per person: 2 to 4 people US $72; for groups of 5 or more US $70
A bilingual guide and guide’s assistant(s)
Snack (seasonal fruits and drinks)
Transport (The Ranch is located close to the city of Urubamba in the Sacred Valley. This is approximately 1 hour drive from Cusco or Pisac, and 15-30 minutes from Sacred Valley hotels. We offer a private transportation service to and from our Ranch and recommend this option for the most comfortable and efficient journey. See more about transportation and prices.
Gratuities for guides
Optional upgrades, and our recommendations:
After the ride we recommend having lunch or dinner in our beautiful Ranch dining room.
Prix-Fixe 4-course Lunch OR Dinner - add $80 per person
Light Lunch: Cheese, avocado, or chicken sandwich on sourdough bread, with side salad from our organic garden - add $40 per person
Sweet Break: Chocolate or banana cake served with ice cream, Peruvian fruits, and coffee or tea - add $10 per person
As we are located directly at the foot of the hill under the Salineras de Maras site, after lunch you can rest in the hammocks, and then do a Salt Workshop which we offer at the famous Salineras site. This is only a 30-45 minute moderate and stunning hike. You get to see Salineras from a perspective that most don’t get to see and enter the private areas of the Salineras to do the salt collection yourself along with the locals.
Each ride and workshop can be conducted as private (only for your group) for an additional fee.
We recommend you bring:
Sunblock and Sunglasses
Long-sleeved shirt, preferably in light color (for sun protection)
Wide-brimmed hat or sun shield ball cap
Comfortable walking shoes or sneakers
Rain jacket and a mid-layer fleece
Long comfortable pants or jeans