The Sacred Ride

About the Experience

Journey into the sacred havens of the Incas and revitalize your spirit on The Sacred Ride in Peru! Ride into the El Valle Sagrado known as the Sacred Valley and glide along the ancient trails past mountain peaks and rural villages. Smile at the roaming llamas and alpacas. Your Peruvian Paso horse by your side…

 

This immersive cultural expedition in the Peruvian Andes is a route varied but suitable for confident beginner riders, while more experienced riders will also appreciate the terrain. The journey begins in the historic city of Cusco where we’ll hear stories of ancient Inkan culture.

Hop in the saddle for five full days of highland horseback riding along the little-known sections of the Inka Trail. We’ll visit many ancient sites, mountain villages and bask in the natural hot springs rising up from the earth. Then on the ninth day, we reach the wondrous Inkan citadel of Machu Picchu the most famous historical site in all of South America.

Our day of rest from riding takes us on an in-depth visit to the Inkan town of Ollantaytambo, known as the “Living Inca City”. This town is one of the only areas that preserves the old Inca Urban design with stone streets, temples and colonial squares. Here, we’ll stay in family-run lodges and connect with authentic Andean experiences.

Our expert guide team is lead by horsewoman and explorer Kyd Campbell, born in Canada, who has been experiencing all the magic of the Peruvian highlands for over seven years. Her team includes a native Quechua-speaking mountain guide Silver Ballón, a top developer of community-based tourism in the region.

The Sacred Ride in Peru is a beautiful blend of backcountry riding while experiencing key Peruvian highlights. The surefooted gaited Peruvian Paso horses and Andean saddle mules will take us along one of the most authentic and remote parts of the ancient Inka Trail!

 

 

 

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The Sacred Ride

About the Experience

Journey into the sacred havens of the Incas and revitalize your spirit on The Sacred Ride in Peru! Ride into the El Valle Sagrado known as the Sacred Valley and glide along the ancient trails past mountain peaks and rural villages. Smile at the roaming llamas and alpacas. Your Peruvian Paso horse by your side…

 

This immersive cultural expedition in the Peruvian Andes is a route varied but suitable for confident beginner riders, while more experienced riders will also appreciate the terrain. The journey begins in the historic city of Cusco where we’ll hear stories of ancient Inkan culture.

Hop in the saddle for five full days of highland horseback riding along the little-known sections of the Inka Trail. We’ll visit many ancient sites, mountain villages and bask in the natural hot springs rising up from the earth. Then on the ninth day, we reach the wondrous Inkan citadel of Machu Picchu the most famous historical site in all of South America.

Our day of rest from riding takes us on an in-depth visit to the Inkan town of Ollantaytambo, known as the “Living Inca City”. This town is one of the only areas that preserves the old Inca Urban design with stone streets, temples and colonial squares. Here, we’ll stay in family-run lodges and connect with authentic Andean experiences.

Our expert guide team is lead by horsewoman and explorer Kyd Campbell, born in Canada, who has been experiencing all the magic of the Peruvian highlands for over seven years. Her team includes a native Quechua-speaking mountain guide Silver Ballón, a top developer of community-based tourism in the region.

The Sacred Ride in Peru is a beautiful blend of backcountry riding while experiencing key Peruvian highlights. The surefooted gaited Peruvian Paso horses and Andean saddle mules will take us along one of the most authentic and remote parts of the ancient Inka Trail!

 

 

 

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DAY ONE: CUSCO CITY HISTORIC TOUR

Arriving in Cusco( 3400m / 11,155ft ) on the first day we’ll take part in a city and historic tour that will provide a good foundation for understanding the ancient Inkan culture. We’ll visit the sites of the Qoricancha Cathedral, the center of the Inkan Empire and Sacsayhuaman Inkan Temple high on the mountain above the city.

In the evening we’ll have a group briefing about our horseback riding expedition and then enjoy a light dinner full of Andean flavours!

  • Trekking details: Difficulty: Moderate(city and countryside walking)
  • Elevation: Highest Point: 3,400 m – 11.155 ft

 

DAY TWO: SACRED VALLEY

In the morning we’ll make our way into the Sacred Valley of the Inkas. On the way, we visit the small town of Chincheros and its archeological zone. We’ll have a typical Pachamanca lunch cooked under hot stones.

Tonight our stay is in a cozy B&B at the base of the mountain in the town of Urubamba(2870m). Get ready to ride out in the morning!

  • Trekking details:Difficulty: Moderate(city and countryside walking)
  • Elevation: Highest Point: 3,762 m – 12,342 ft

 


DAY THREE: RIDE TO MARAS SALT FLATS

On the first day of riding, we’ll follow the Urubamba river past the stretches of jungle and colours that make up the dramatic landscape. The Inca considered this river to be sacred! After an hour we’ll ascend from the Sacred Valley of the Inkas(2885 m). We’ll pass through the Pichingoto canyon and up to Maras Salt Flats.

Here, we get to visit the amazing, pre-Inkan salt production, still in operation today. We’ll enjoy lunch in a traditional house in the Village of Maras and reach the community of Misminay(3800m) around 4 pm. In the village, we’ll take the time to learn about native medicinal plants, and sit down together for a traditional dinner.

Tonight we sleep in a guesthouse run collectively by the association of village families.

  • Trekking details: Difficulty: Moderate(city and countryside walking)
  • Elevation: Highest Point: 3,446 m – 11,305 ft.
  • Total distance: 15 km. – 9.3 mi. / 5 hr. Approx

 

DAY FOUR: RIDE TO MISMINAY

This morning we begin our ride early around 8:00 am to the lookout of the Moray Inkan Agricultural laboratory. We’ll learn about the development of the edible potato and highland farming.

Later, we’ll ride across the vast agricultural plans of Maras and down the Paucarbamba Canyon, back to the Urubamba riverside. On the way down we’ll have a picnic lunch looking across the valley at the glaciers.

When we reach the Andean village of Ollantaytambo(2792m) we will stable our horses for the night.

Tonight we rest in a cozy guesthouse built on Inkan stone foundations and have a Novo-Andean dinner.

  • Trekking details: Difficulty: Moderate to strenuous Highest point: 3,737m. – 12,260 ft.
  • Total distance: 23.3 km. – 14.5 mi. / 7 .5 hr. Approx

 

DAY FIVE: OLLANTAYTAMBO INKAN TEMPLE

Taking a break from our horses today, we’ll explore the beautiful town and archaeological zone at Ollantaytambo. This town, built by the audacious general Ollanta for his Nusta princess, is well conserved in a bowl-shaped valley with narrow fortress entrances. On the mountains on both sides of the town, we can see General Ollanta’s graineries and ceremonial grounds, still intact! When the Spanish overtook this important portal to the jungle after an earthquake had weakened the town, they rebuilt colonial-style buildings on top of the original Inkan foundations, resulting in a particular architectural hybrid. The town is a tiny buzzing hub as excited travellers convene here before the last leg of their journey to the ancient citadel of Machu Picchu.

In the morning we’ll visit the Temple of the Sun and enjoy lunch in one of the Valley’s most rebound restaurants, Chuncho.

After lunch, the group can choose a guided tour of the town or free time to explore the ancient stone alleys and artisans market. We’ll enjoy a light dinner and rest in our cozy guesthouse ready to ride on out in the morning.

  • Trekking details: Difficulty: Moderate (hiking) Highest point: 2, 792m. – 9,161 ft

 

DAY SIX: PATACANCHA 

Today we reunite with our horses above the town of Ollantaytambo and ride up part of the Inka Trail until we reach the tiny Valley village of Pumamarka. We’ll ride through the terraces of Pumamarka, an intricate Inkan farming site, still farmed today. We’ll have a typical lunch in a glass cabin with panoramic views.

After lunch, we’ll ride up the river to reach the village of Patacancha(3700m) where we’ll stay in the Inka Lodge, a community-based tourism project. Here, we rest with the Quispe Huaman family. Patacancha is a native Andean community that maintains a lifestyle said to be “as close to that of the Inkas” and still exists in the Sacred Valley. The village has worked in community-based tourism for over 10 years and offers excellent workshops on their local culture.

We’ll arrive in Patacancha around 4 pm and further our knowledge about Andean potato production, learning about planting with hand tools and the natural freeze-drying techniques used to preserve potatoes in a dry state over the year.

We will enjoy a dinner full of Andean flavour and stay in a mountain hut that offers private bathrooms and hot showers.

  • Trekking details: Difficulty: Moderate to strenuous Highest point: 3,977m. – 13,048 ft.
  • Total distance: 19.7 km. – 12.2 mi. / 7.5 hr. Approx

 

DAY SEVEN: HUACAHUASI BY HORSE

In the morning after breakfast, the Quispe Huaman women will teach us about Andean textile production, weaving and dying of natural fibres. We will set off riding around 10 am.

The day of riding will take us over the high pass called Challwarcocha (4450m.) to the small village of Huacahuasi (3750m) where potato farming and alpaca husbandry are the main sustenance for life. On the way, we’ll enjoy a lunch of local produce in a stone mountain house. We’ll learn more about alpaca farming and observe how the multiple water sources (waterfalls, rivers and the daily cloud of mist) are a source of life in the mountain village and how the water feeds down to the Sacred Valley.

Tonight we’ll stay in an Inka Lodge in Huacahuasi, a project with the local families. This rustic lodge offers private bathrooms and extra comforts while maintaining the authenticity of mountain family life. The Inka Lodges project has given the Bernardino Mayo family in Huacahuasi the opportunity to create their own hospitality business. They have received extensive training in hosting, cooking and structuring the presentation of their culture. Often, distant Andean village families are split up as one of them may have to leave to find work, so the Inka Lodges project offers them the opportunity to stay together, prosper at home and preserve and share their culture.

  • Trekking details:Difficulty: Moderate to strenuous Highest point: 4,420m. – 14,501 ft.
  • Total distance: 11 km. – 6.8 mi. / 4.5 hr. Approx

 

 

DAY EIGHT: LARES HIGHLANDS 

Our final day of riding! Today we ride up from Huacahuasi past tranquil lakes and fields, directing our horses towards the tiny highland communities of Kunkani and Kelkena, then descending towards the town of Lares. On the way, we’ll have lunch in a family home by the river in Tamboaylla.

Following lunch, we ride down to the town of Lares, famous for its natural hot springs. Some say the water is medicinal in its make up. We’ll say goodbye to our noble horses and enjoy a long soak in the hot springs before our transport arrives.

The next stop takes us to a beautiful guesthouse in the Sacred Valley of the Inkas.

  • Trekking Details:
    Difficulty: Moderate Highest point: 3,817 m. – 12,523 ft.
  • Total riding distance: 13.5 km. /8.4 mi. – 5 hrs. Approx

 

 

DAY NINE: MACHU PICCHU 

On this enigmatic final day journeying together we will reach Machu Picchu. We’ll rise early to take our train and reach this magnetic site!

Our expert guides will guide us to the most intimate views of this famous archaeological zone, enjoying many stops to learn about how the Inkas lived and the opportunity to connect with the wondrous landscape.

Culminating our journey along the Inka trail we will take a moment on-site to celebrate our group’s efforts and comradeship. After a comprehensive visit to the site, we travel back to Cusco on the iconic blue train to relax again at a hotel for the evening.

  • Trekking Details:
    Difficulty: Moderate Highest point: 2,710 m. – 8,891 ft.
  • Total hiking: 5 hrs. Approx

 

DAY TEN: ONWARDS 

Breakfast in the hotel this morning. Transport onwards to the airport or your next destination!

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