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.
A magical uphill-downhill ride through lush Andean high forest, along a cascading stream to the ruins of a residence of an Inca princess. In addition to the forested section and rocky mountain trail, the extended version includes two additional hours of riding through the back-roads of small Sacred Valley communities. This ride ends with a gourmet Peruvian feast at our Ranch.
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 picks you up from your accommodation in Cusco or the Sacred Valley to bring you to the Salineras Ranch, located just outside the town of Urubamba, in the Pichingoto Community on the Urubamba River. Here we’ll go over the safety instructions and have the opportunity to get to know your horse, and the way we ride in the Peruvian Andes.
The first hour of this ride is through the Sacred Valley communities surrounding Urubamba. You’ll get to see a slice of life of rural Peruvians, and we can trot and canter because we’ll be on the backroads. Then 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 two hours 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: <webpage menu/restaurant
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: Advanced and intermediates
Riding Distance: 14.5 km / 9 m (round trip along the same route)
Time spent riding: Approximately 5 1/2 hours
Total duration of ride/tour: Approximately 8 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 – Salineras Ranch 1 hour and 15 minutes
Urubamba – Salineras Ranch: 15 minutes
Ollantaytambo – Salineras Ranch: 25 minutes
Pumahuanca: 3200 m.a.s.l. / 10,499 feet.
Racaqniyoc: 3750 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: With gourmet lunch at Salineras Ranch US $193
Round-trip private transportation from the place you specify to any place within Cusco or the Sacred Valley
Prix-Fixe 4-course Lunch served in our in our beautiful Ranch dining room
Snack (sandwich, seasonal fruit) and water
A bilingual guide and guide’s assistant(s)
Gratuities for guides
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