HORSEBACK RIDING TO MACHU PICCHU 4D/3N TOUR
This horseback tour takes you from Cusco to the sacred valley of the Incas and Machu Picchu is designed for horse lovers.
We invite you to ride horse through the Andes around Cusco and the sacred valley of the incas.
This tour is offered from April to November including fascinating lagoons, archaeological sites as Saqsayhuaman, Moray (was an agricultural laboratory), Maras and Salineras, and of course the impressive Machu Picchu.
You will also enjoy lot landscape of the sacred valley of the Incas, where we offer camping or basic hotels under the starry and tranquility sky, lot of contact with local people working their farms.
If you are looking do something different than the other travelers this is the best way to discover every corner between Cusco and the sacred valley of the Incas. The scenaries and geographic location of this region make very appropriate to practice horseback riding and camping in richest agriculture terraces dating from the Inca’s time.
Our trained staff will make unforgettable this equestrian tour, the combination of visit Machu Picchu makes this an spectacular alternative for horse riders as you, don’t hesitate to e-mail us if you have any question about this tour or if you like to book online.
HORSEBACK RIDING TO MACHU PICCHU ITINERARY
DAY 01: HORSEBACK RIDING FROM CUSCO TO SAQSAYHUAMAN – PIURAY LAKE – SENQA MOUNTAIN
The tour starts since we pick up you at 7:00 am from your hotel and transfer to the ranch where we will meet the horses and the guides. We will talk about how to ride the horses, safety, checks the saddles, instructions to ride the horses on the uphill and downhill.
Today you will ride about 4 hours beginning in Cusco, Saqsayhuaman, the upper part of Saqsayhuaman and finally arrive to the camping zone located in Senqa (3725m) and next to this point is the Piuray lake (3670m). Today ride includes highlight of the Altiplano of Cusco, mountain range and lot of flora and fauna along the way.
DAY 02: HORSEBACK RIDING FROM SENQA – CHINCHEROS – HUAYPO LAKE – TIOBAMBA
The second day will be more exciting, we will ride the horses on the Altiplano seeing the local farmers making their daily activities. Today will be the longest ride including 5 or 6 hours of ride, having picnic as lunch on the half way to the Inca complexes.
Following an easy way and mostly flat we will pass next of Chinchero (3720m), Huaypo lake (3508m), and finally arrive to Tio Bamba (3550m) where we will set up the tents to spend the night in this very quiet little village. Tio Bamba village is the door to the sacred valley of the Incas, it means you will see lot mountain range in the other side of the canyon of Urubamba, peaks over 5 thousand meters as Chicon (5530m), Capacsaya (5044m), Pumahuanca (5318m) and Halancoma (5367).
This day the landscape also offers lot view of local people and agriculture activities.
DAY 3: HORSEBACK RIDING FROM TIOBAMBA – MORAY – MARAS – SACRED VALLEY OF THE INCAS – AGUAS CALIENTES
Today the horseback riding tour will be more exciting than the last day. After country breakfast with spectacular view of the mountain. begin the guided tour to Moray (3470m) agricultural laboratory, here we will have a nice introduction how the ancient civilization developed many agriculture tactics on the highlands. then we will continue riding following a nice downhill path for visit the Maras town (2980m) and them the salt mine, from this point is just downhill to the sacred valley of the Incas and continue riding along Urubamba River through lots of agriculture fields till Yanahuara village (2890m) where the ride ends, you will ride around 5 hours.
Around 2PM will be the last lunch in Ollantaytambo (sacred valley), then we will transfer you to the train station, around 4pm aboard the train to Aguas Calientes, the bottom town of Machu Picchu. If time permit OPTIONAL visit the thermal baths located next of town. you will pass an Overnight in a comfortable hotel with private bathroom and hot shower.
DAY 4: AGUAS CALIENTES – MACHU PICCHU – CUSCO
At 5:00 am breakfast and half hour later we will take the first tourist bus to to Machu Picchu main door, to be the first visitors inside Machu Picchu archaeological site. you will have complete guided tour of this spectacular and mystical place.
The guided tour include walk through the different sections such as urban, agriculture, and the religions zone was used by the Inca Culture. According with the time and your feeling you can coordinating with the tour guide the climb to Huayna Picchu (Young Mountain) this climbing take around 1 hour to get the summit from where you can have the best view for photos of all Machu Picchu and of the deep green canyon surrounding the sacred Inca City.
At mentioned time you will take the tourist bus for descend to Aguas Calientes town. Lunch will be in town and then we will take the train to Ollantaytambo (Sacred Valley) and from ollantaytambo we take a private van to drop us to the hotel in Cusco.
- Official English-Speaking guide
- Entrance to each archaeological site mentioned
- 5 – 6 hours of ride per day through the highlands
- Horses and saddles
- Saddle bags will be provided if you like to put your personal items
- 2 nights of camping on the Andes or Basic hotel
- Camping gear as three people capacity tent for two participants with enough room to save your personal stuff
- Dine tent (Private Service only)
- Train tickets Ollantaytambo/Aguas Calientes/Ollantaytambo
- 01 night of hotel in Aguas Calientes (3*)
- Entrance to Machu Picchu
- Bus up and down to Machu Picchu
- All food for our camp staff
If this is your first time going to the Andes or High Mountains we recommend getting information about the ALTITUDE SICKNESS.
Any day (SINCE APRIL TO NOVEMBER)
Private Service (Private guide/van)
2 participants $1800 USD each
3-5 participants $1600 USD each
6 to more participants $1500 USD each
WHAT YOU NEED TO BRING/CARRY
- Day backpack with personal items, can be carried in the saddle bag
- Wind-bloc Fleece or warm jacket
- Long sleeved t-shirts
- Hiking or riding boots
- Waterproof jacket
- Riding gloves (Optional)
- Sleeping bag -10ºC (can be hire in our local office of Arequipa for $5 USD per day)
- Drinking water is recommended 3Lt per person
- Hat or cap to protect you from the sun
- Sun block (sun protection cream)
- Toiletries, towel and toilet paper
- Selection of small snacks, chocolate, dried fruit, biscuits, etc
- Camera, plenty of film and spare batteries
- Good sunglasses
- Extra money (soles) for tiping or to buy some souvenirs
- Insect repellent
- RIDING ABILITY
- This horseback riding tour demand intermediate and advanced experience.
- Soft and alcoholic drinks
- Hotel in Cusco
- Sleeping bag -10ºC
- International flight tickets
- No mentioned meals
- Tip and gratuities for guide and camp staff
- Travel insurance
- Optional activities
ADVICE FOR HORSE RIDERS
This tour is organized for all edges of travelers, don’t demands good physical condition because there not hard activities to do. This package is dedicated to families.