A magical ride along a cascading stream, on a rocky mountain trail in the lush

high Andean forest. Our destination are the Inca ruins you’ll have to yourself.

Rest assured that you will be fully taken care of. Our bilingual guides are locals knowledgeable about the area and dedicated to this ride for the day; they will carry your gear and assist you at every turn. Our horses are exceptional: well-trained and well-cared-for specimens of the Peruvian Paso horses. Our drivers will provide on-time, private, door-to-door service.  Everything has been figured out, to minute detail, and with ultimate care, all you have to do is enjoy your day of horseback riding along the footsteps of the Incas. 

The day starts when our private vehicle (a comfortable sedan or a van) picks you up from your accommodation in Cusco or the Sacred Valley to bring you to the foot of the Pumahuanca mountain (approx elevation of 10,500 feet), one of the most attractive ravines in the Sacred Valley. Here you’ll have the opportunity to get to know your horse and we’ll go over the basic horseback riding and safety instructions. 

We’ll ride uphill for about an hour and a half through the Pumahuanca Valley, considered the private garden of the Inca kings because of its astounding natural beauty. No wonder one of the last Inca kings built a private residence for his daughter here! Because this area is always lush, it provides an excellent ecosystem for birds and native vegetation, and we’ll get to enjoy the local plants and animals and learn about them. We have lots of fun facts about llamas, which we may also encounter on this route.  Once we get to the ruins, we’ll take a break, stretch out, walk to the stream, and enjoy the magnificent views while snacking on local fruits. We’ll return along the same path, riding for another hour and a half. 

After our Andean-style fairy-forest ride, a gourmet 4-course farm-to-table lunch will be waiting for your group in our small, private and beautiful ranch dining room. It is prepared with delicious produce from our own organic garden, which you can visit. To see the beautiful setting of the ranch dining room and the dishes our chef creates, visit: https://www.salinerasranch.com/restaurant

Start time:

To avoid the mule caravans servicing the Lares Trek, we start this ride early - 8:30 am. If you are coming from Cusco, pick up is at 7:00am. If you are staying in the Sacred Valley pick-up will be at 8:00am.

Level: Intermediate riders and beginners comfortable riding uphill/downhill

Riding Distance: 9 km / 5.6 m (round trip along the same route) 

Time spent riding: Approximately 3 hours
Total duration of ride/tour: Approximately 6 hours including lunch (does not include time in transit to/from your hotel) 

Time spent in transit: (all times are approximations, depending on road and traffic conditions)

  • Cusco – Trailhead/Pumahuanca: 1 hour and 25 minutes

  • Urubamba -  Trailhead/Pumahuanca:  15 minutes

  • Pumahuanca - Salineras Ranch:  20 minutes

  • Salineras Ranch - Cusco: 1 hour and 15 minutes

  • Salineras Ranch - Urubamba 15 minutes

Altitude: Pumahuanca: 3,200 m.a.s.l. / 10,499 feet. 

Inca Racaqniyoc Ruins: 3,750 m.a.s.l. / 12,304 feet. 

Group size: minimum of 2 

Weight limit: 77 kgs / 170 pounds

Type of horse: Peruvian Paso or Creole Horse

Price per person: US $193


  • Round-trip private transportation from the place you specify to any place within Cusco or the Sacred Valley

  • 4-course Prix-Fixe Lunch served in our in our beautiful Ranch dining room

  • Snack (seasonal fruit) and water

  • Safety helmet

  • A bilingual guide and guide’s assistant(s)

Not included: 

  • Gratuities for guides

Optional upgrades, and our recommendations:

We recommend you bring: 

  • Insect repellent

  • 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