Peru Horseback Riding Tour

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Trip Overview

Duration

10 Days

Activities

Cultural
Horseback Riding

Physical Rating

Riding Ability: Experienced Novice–Intermediate

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Peruvian Wonders

This immersive cultural expedition in the Peruvian Andes follows a route designed for confident novice and experienced riders. Ride into the sacred and verdant valleys on a Peruvian Paso horse in the company of accomplished Canadian horsewoman Kyd Campbell and Paola Miyahira, an Indigenous Quechua-speaking mountain guide. This beautifully balanced itinerary of mountain village visits and Incan ruins includes six rewarding days of highland horseback riding along secret sections of the Inca Trail.


Witness the Ancient Marvels of Peru

Machu Picchu Awaits

Experience mountain village life in an intimate way by staying in mountain huts and guest houses operated by local families. Our journey is full of flavors too—we enjoy a traditional Pachamama (earth oven) lunch, typical Andes cuisine and a memorable tasting menu at the Alqa Museum of Popular Andean Art. From the Maras salt pans to the circular terraces of Moray and Ollantaytambo’s stone streets, it’s an educational and whimsical adventure. The mystical embrace of Machu Picchu, the most famous historical site in all of South America, is the pinnacle of this all-encompassing Peruvian journey.

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5 stars is not enough for Kyd and her team-100 stars at least. They are absolutely extraordinary. I felt well cared for and safe. I would ride with Kyd anywhere. Her horses are superb. My experiences in the far communities were exemplary. I learned so much and felt humbled and awed by both the old and new. Kyd’s relationships with all our hosts and Paola’s deep connection to them made us feel more like family than tourists. I am so grateful to have had this opportunity—it was truly the trip of a lifetime. Thank you.”

Susan K.

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Itinerary

  • Day 1

    Cusco City

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  • Day 2

    Chinchero and Sacred Valley

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  • Day 3

    Ride to Maras Salt Flats and Misinmay

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  • Day 4

    Ride to Moray and Pahcari

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  • Day 5

    Ollantaytambo Inkan Temple

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  • Day 6

    Pumamarka and Patacancha

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  • Day 7

    Ipsay High Pass to Huacahuasi

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  • Day 8

    Lares Highlands

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  • Day 9

    Machu Picchu

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  • Day 10

    Onwards

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What’s Included

  • checkmark icon Airport transfers (Cusco)
  • checkmark icon Awesome English/French/Spanish and Quechua-speaking tour leaders
  • checkmark icon Gaited Peruvian Paso horses and saddle mules (similar to Western-style)
  • checkmark icon Nine nights’ shared accommodations in hotels, canvas cabins, mountain huts, B&Bs, lodges and guesthouses with local families
  • checkmark icon Entrance to Qoricancha Basilica, Maras Salt Mines, Lares Hot Springs, Pumamarka archaeological site
  • checkmark icon Regional “Boleto” Tourism pass
  • checkmark icon Private transportation as listed in the itinerary
  • checkmark icon Vehicle-supported six-day horse riding expedition 
  • checkmark icon All authentic Andean meals from Day 1 dinner to Day 10 breakfast
  • checkmark icon Drinking water and daily snacks
  • checkmark icon Items required during the day while riding
  • checkmark icon Workshops about Andean agriculture, medicine and textiles
Please Note:

All applicable taxes are included in the trip price.

Itineraries may be subject to change without notice due to weather and other environmental conditions. Please review our Booking Terms.

Trip Details

Know Before You Go

Click HERE for all of the logistical details you’ll need to know prior to departure—including the packing list, arrival and departure details and suggested tipping information.

This trip starts in Cusco, Peru (airport code: CUZ) and finishes in Cusco, Peru (airport code: CUZ).

How We Support You

Ready for a big adventure? We’re in it together. On this trip, we’ll be spending many hours each day in a saddle, riding Western-style, so please ensure you get some riding in beforehand. We recommend you come with some familiarity with horses, being around them and riding, so you’re comfortable and able to fully enjoy the adventure. The best thing you can do to prepare is RIDE!

Like all our trips, this trip can be scaled to suit different abilities and comfort levels. Still have concerns? Let’s talk about it.

What the Trip Entails

This trip can accommodate most levels of rider. We would like you to be comfortable with the following:

  • checkmark icon Riding experience at walk and trot, but not necessarily confident at cantering
  • checkmark icon Ability to balance and stay in control while maintaining a secure seat at a walk and trot 
  • checkmark icon Mounting and dismounting unassisted from the ground
  • checkmark icon Leading and riding horses over hilly, uneven terrain
  • checkmark icon Being at altitude (above 10,000 feet/300 m) to a max of 15,800 feet (8000 m) 
  • checkmark icon The fitness and confidence to ride for 4–6 hours per day for seven days at altitude
  • checkmark icon The maximum rider weight for this trip is 210 pounds
  • checkmark icon Riding Ability Rating: Experienced Novice–Intermediate (Comfortable at a walk and trot, gaining confidence at the canter.)
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