Pumahuanca extended ride:
A magical ride along a cascading stream, on a mountain trail in the high Andean forest.
Our destination are the Inca ruins you’ll have to yourself.
The first hour of this ride is through the Sacred Valley communities surrounding Urubamba. You’ll get a real insight into the life of rural Peruvians, where we can also trot and canter, as we’ll be on quiet country paths. Next, 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! Because of this area’s annual abundance, it provides an excellent ecosystem for birds and native vegetation. Here, we’ll get to enjoy and learn about the local plants and animals. We also 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 by the stream, and enjoy the views while snacking on local fruits. We’ll then return along the same path, riding for another two and a half hours.
After our Andean adventure, a gourmet four-course farm-to-table lunch will be waiting for you in our ranch's private 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.
A magical uphill-downhill ride through high Andean forest, along a meandering stream to the ruins of a residence (which belonged to 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, extremely knowledgeable about the area and dedicated to enhancing your experience; they will carry your gear and assist you at every turn. Our horses are also exceptional: well-trained and cared-for specimens of the Peruvian Paso breed. Our drivers will also provide a private, door-to-door service. All you’ll need to do is enjoy your day of horseback riding, in the footsteps of the Inca.
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. Here we’ll go over the safety instructions and you’ll have the opportunity to get to know your horse.
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.
14.5 km / 9 m (round trip along the same route)
Time spent riding:
Approximately 5 1/2 hours
Total duration of 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
Advanced and intermediates
Pumahuanca: 3200 m.a.s.l. / 10,499 feet.
Racaqniyoc: 3750 m.a.s.l. / 12,304 feet.
minimum of 2
77 kgs / 170 pounds
Type of horse:
Peruvian Paso or Creole Horse
Price per person:
With a gourmet lunch at Salineras Ranch $193
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
This ride can also be combined with any of the workshops we offer on the ranch for a full-day experience: Chocolate Workshop, Coffee Workshop, and/or Adobe Workshop
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