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.
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.
4 kilometers in total (round trip: Ranch - Salineras - Ranch)
Time spent riding:
Approximately 1 hour 15 minutes
Time covering Salineras salt mines:
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
Intermediate riders and beginners comfortable riding uphill
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
minimum of 2
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
A bilingual guide and the entrance ticket to the salt mines
Snack (dried fruit and roasted corn) and passionfruit juice
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
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)
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