Pumahuanca: A magical ride along a cascading stream, on a rocky mountain trail in the lush high Andean forest. Our destination is Incan ruins that you’ll have all to yourself.
We’ll ride uphill for about an hour and a half through the Pumahuanca Valley, previously 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! The abundant vegetation here provides an excellent ecosystem for birds and native vegetation, which we will enjoy and learn about first-hand. 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 then return along the same path, riding for another hour and a half.
After our Lord of the Rings-style ride, a gourmet four-course farm-to-table lunch will be waiting for you in our small, but elegant ranch dining room. The food is prepared with the best seasonal produce from our organic garden, which we encourage you to visit. To see the beautiful setting of the ranch dining room and our Head Chef’s dishes, visit our Restaurant.
Rest assured that you will be fully taken care of. Our bilingual guides are locals, extremely knowledgeable about the area; they will endeavor to help carry your gear and assist you at every turn. Our horses are well-trained and well-cared-for specimens of the Peruvian Paso breed. Our drivers provide a private, door-to-door service. 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) collects you from your accommodation in Cusco/the Sacred Valley to bring you to the foot of the Pumahuanca mountain (elevation of c.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.
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.
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
Total duration of ride/tour:
Approximately 6 hours including lunch (does not include time in transit to/from your hotel)
Time spent riding:
Approximately 3 hours
9 km / 5.6 m (round trip along the same route)
Intermediate riders and beginners comfortable riding uphill/downhill
Pumahuanca: 3,200 m.a.s.l. / 10,499 feet.
Inca Racaqniyoc Ruins: 3,750 m.a.s.l. / 12,304 feet.
minimum of 2
80 kgs / 175 pounds
Type of horse:
Peruvian Paso or Creole Horse
Price per person:
Round-trip private transportation from the place you specify to any place within Cusco or the Sacred Valley
Snack (dried fruit or roasted corn) and water or juice
A bilingual guide and guide’s assistant(s)
Gratuities for guides
For best experience, we recommend adding the Gourmet meal served in the ranch dining room – add. $70 per person (included transport to the ranch)
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