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River Ride

Starting at Salineras Ranch


$65 - $59


2 hours


This is an away-from-the-crowds adventure where you’ll ride through an ancient village between cornfields, farmlands, and a long river that was very special to the Incas.

The ride starts at Salineras Ranch, located between the Vilcanota river and the Salineras mountain. Upon arrival, your guide will brief you on safety and horseback riding instructions, and then introduce you to your horse.

We’ll cross a hanging bridge and take the right to continue on a trail where we see picturesque local houses enclosed by beautiful scenery. We pass by the renowned hotel Río Sagrado and return on the same path. Now we take the left where we'll see cavern-like dwellings with striking facades built into the sides of the mountain - such dwellings were once home to ancient inhabitants. We also will pass by an old church and finally reach a beautiful open grassland with crops and natural pastures where we’ll also spot farm animals wandering free surrounded by small swamps. Here, we’ll take a break for spectacular photos of the Sacred Valley, enjoying the splendour of the surrounding mountains. Finally, we start our return to the ranch where we’ll enjoy a dried-fruit snack and local seasonal fruit juice.

Our guides: bilingual, highly experienced, local riders who are extremely knowledgeable about the area. Our support team will carry your gear; and assist you at every turn, from door-to-door.

Our horses: well-trained and cared for specimens of the Peruvian Paso breed or Creole Horses.

Start time: This ride can start anytime during the day. We recommend starting the ride in the morning (10am) or after lunch (2pm).

​Time spent riding: approximately 2 hours depending on the rider skill level and desired pace.

Price per person: 2 or 3 people US $65; for groups of 4 or more US $59


For a better experience, we recommend adding lunch or dinner.
- Daily Menu: lunch OR dinner – add $25 per person (special promotion)
- 4-Course Meal: lunch OR dinner – add $60 per person (special promotion)

Sweet Break: Chocolate or banana cake served with ice cream, Peruvian fruit, and coffee or tea – add $13 per person (special promotion).
Sandwich: Cheese, avocado, or chicken sandwich on sourdough bread, with side salad from our organic garden – add $15 per person (special promotion).

This ride can also be combined with any of the workshops we offer at the Ranch for a full-day experience: Chocolate Workshop, Coffee Workshop, Chicha Workshop and/or Adobe Workshop.

Start time

This ride can start anytime during the day. We recommend starting the ride in the morning (9 am) or after lunch (2 pm).


2,720 m.a.s.l. / 8,924 feet. This ride is mostly flat, there is little to no elevation gain or loss.


5.6 kilometers - 3.5 miles


All levels will enjoy the ride. Our guide will adapt the rhythm for you.

Type of horse

Peruvian Paso / Creole Horse


A bilingual guide and guide’s assistant(s)
Refreshments (nuts/dried corn and local seasonal fruit juice)
Safety helmet

Not included

Transport – 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

What to 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


82 kg / 180 pounds

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Comunidad de Pichingoto,

Urubamba, Cusco, Peru.

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