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Salineras Ride

We will start the ride by going up an ancient, steep path for 30 minutes with a stunning view over 4000 salt ponds: the legendary Salineras salt mines. As our horses are unable to stop here, our guide will explain everything about this site from the unique perspective of our saddles.

 

Next, we will see the beautiful water spring, called by the locals "El Ojo de Agua".

 

Our return will be along the same trail back to our ranch, providing a second opportunity to see the wonderful salt ponds. Back at the ranch, we’ll have snacks and beverages waiting for you.

Experience special moments on horseback, taking in a treasure of the Sacred Valley of the Incas, along with meeting the locals. This is an off-the beaten path adventure. Our bilingual guides are locals, extremely knowledgeable about the area and dedicated to your experience. Our horses are also exceptional: well trained and cared for specimens of the Peruvian Paso breed. 

 

The ride starts at the Salineras Ranch, located just outside the town of Urubamba, in the Sacred Valley. Here you will receive horseback riding and safety instructions and have the opportunity to get to know your horse.

Start time:

This ride can start anytime during the day. We recommend starting the ride early in the morning (9 am) or after lunch (3 pm) to avoid large groups of tourists.

 

Riding Distance:

4 kilometers in total (round trip: Ranch - Salineras - Ranch)

 

Time spent riding:

Approximately 1 hour 15 minutes

 

Time covering Salineras salt mines:

30 minutes

We cover 2 km of track above the 4000 pools of salt mines with the guide explaining everything from the saddles

 

Total duration of tour:

Approximately 1.5 hours

Level:

Intermediate riders and beginners comfortable riding uphill

 

Altitudes:

Salineras Ranch (starting point): 2,720 m.a.s.l. / 8,924 feet 

Salineras salt mines: 2,970 m.a.s.l. / 9,745 feet

 

Group size:

minimum of 2 

 

Weight limit:

82 kgs / 180 pounds

 

Type of horse:

Peruvian Paso or Creole Horse

Price per person:

US $94, for groups of 3 or more US $90 per person

Included: 

  • A bilingual guide and the entrance ticket to the salt mines
    Snack (dried fruit and roasted corn) and passionfruit juice
    Safety helmet

Not included: 

  • Transport (The Ranch is located close to the city of Urubamba in the Sacred Valley. This is approximately 1 hour drive from Cusco or Pisac, and 15-30 minutes from Sacred Valley hotels. 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

Optional upgrades:   

       

  • After the ride we recommend having lunch or dinner in             our beautiful Ranch dining room​

  • Sweet Break: Chocolate or banana cake served with ice cream, Peruvian fruits, and coffee or tea – add. $10 per person (special promotion)

  • Cheese, avocado, or chicken sandwich on sourdough bread, with side salad from our organic garden – add. $20 per person (special promotion)

  • Prix-Fixe 4-course Lunch OR Dinner – add. $50 per person (special promotion instead $70)

Recommended bringing:

  • 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