DAY 01: HACIENDA – VALLEY FLOOR – SALINAS – MARAS – MISMINAY.
This ride begins at a height of 2,828 meters above sea level in the town of Paucarbamba, where our farm is located.
09:00 Upon your arrival at our facilities, you will receive instruction and recommendations before entering. Interact with your horses.
10:00 As soon as we get on our horses, we will cross a wooden suspension bridge and continue along the entire valley floor along the right bank of the Vilcanota River, the eucalyptus trees that grow on the banks of the river will be our witnesses until you reach one of the largest Inka cemeteries of its time located on the cliffs of the town of Yanahuara.
Arriving at the Tarabamba sector, we will cross a second suspension bridge, where there is a control booth to enter the Salinas de Maras.
12:00 An abrupt trail will guide us from the valley floor to the salt flats, located halfway up the hill. Arrival at the Salinas, dismount and guided walking tour.
12:30 After our guided visit to the salt complex, we will ride again and continue climbing the hill until we reach the point destined for our lunch in Maras.
14:30 After lunch, we will continue riding through fields of barley, oats and other Andean products until we reach 3,500 meters above sea level, where the peasant community of Misminay is located, where we will be welcomed by the locals with dances, songs and Andean music. It will be in this place that we will spend the night.
18:30 Dinner and overnight.
DAY 02: MISMINAY – MORAY – MAHUAYPAMPA – HUAROCONDO – COMPONE.
Once we have finished our breakfast, we will have a farewell ceremony by the local people, amid songs and ancient dances.
10:00 We will ride to a privileged viewpoint from where we can appreciate the most important Inka agricultural laboratory of its time “Moray” and the wonderful view of the Sacred Valley of the Inkas, its snowy peaks and the flight of its eagles.The first part of today’s ride will be downhill for about twenty minutes, and after crossing a small ravine, we will start climbing the next summit again in the middle of a dense eucalyptus forest and potato fields.
13:00 Lunch in the open field. A eucalyptus forest will provide us with the shade of its foliage to have lunch on this day.
14:00 After reaching the highest point of this day’s ride, we will begin a ride down to the community of Chaquepay and its peculiar and picturesque surroundings.”Huarocondo” an important town center opens our way, this town shows a great influence of Spanish culture, having as a manifestation this presence, its cathedral church built at the beginning of the 16th century.We will ride from this town to the town of “Compone”, thus crossing the entire plain of the “Pampa de Anta”
17:00 Arrival at the Compone lodge.
18:30 Dinner and overnight.
DAY 03: COMPONE – ROCKY MOUNTAIN – COMPONE.
10:00 After a well-deserved breakfast, we will begin our ride at a height of 3,334 meters above sea level in what were the remains of an old lagoon that today is almost completely dry.A woodcutter’s path will guide us to the top of one of the most important and elevated hills in the area, at whose highest point an ancient cemetery of the per Inka culture “K’illke” would be located.Currently this area is very affected by the disastrous desecration of looters; We will thus find an immense amount of K’illke ceramic pieces scattered in the middle of the grassland, looted tombs and an abandoned den of pumas.The elevation of this mountain gives us an impressive panoramic view of almost the entire Pampa de Anta and even much further, to the snow-capped peaks of Salkantay, Chicón and Pitusitay.Following our ride, we will arrive at the long-awaited destination “Yuraq Qaqa” The rocky mountain.
14:00 The heart of this beautiful rocky area shows a circle walled by stone cliffs like a large corral; This formation was used by the rustlers of yesteryear to hide the cattle stolen from the Andean community members. Because this place is protected from rain and wind, it creates a microclimate suitable for developing a unique wooded area of native plants, which further camouflage the hiding place of those rustlers.This vegetation also allows this area to have a rich ecosystem, being possible to see many times white-tailed deer, rock squirrels, hawks and eagles and very rarely the master of the heights “Condor” that in their search for food leave the canyon of the Apurimac.
15:00 The ride back to the lodge will be along another very picturesque route, seeing many herds of sheep, horses, goats and alpacas as we pass.
16:30 Arrival at the lodge.
18:30 Dinner and overnight.
DAY 04: COMPONE – HUERTAS – HUAYLLA QOCHA – MARAS – HACIENDA
10:00 Having had our last breakfast along this ride, we will cross this plain for the second time but in a different direction from the first, towards the town of Markjo, Huerta and its beautiful eucalyptus forest, where we will have our last lunch.
14:00 A few minutes after resuming the afternoon session, we will arrive at Mahuaypampa, which welcomes us with its potato fields, this town has a name that translated into Spanish means “early potato” which makes us think that it was perhaps the first place where the potato was grown because of its location very close to Moray, where the potato was domesticated.Maras and its colonial streets adorned by their stone gates welcome us. Each stone portal is adorned with heraldic shields from colonial times, which demonstrates the importance of this place from an administrative point of view.Already halfway down towards the valley floor, we will see the majestic Sacred Valley of the Inkas for the last time, from a viewpoint located just in front of the town of Yanahuara.
17:30 Arrival at the Hacienda and end of the ride.
Number of Participants
4 – 10
Price per Person
- Professional guide / experienced rider.
- Paso Horse
- Snacks (water, chocolate, fruit)
- Accommodation in rural houses and/or Lodge for 3 nights.
- Food (4 lunches – 3 dinners – 3 breakfasts), vegetarian food is possible upon express request at the time of booking.
- Sufficient supply of mineral water during the ride.
- Experienced chef for all meals throughout the ride.
- First aid kit both on the horse and in our aid unit.
- Assistance vehicle
- Entrance to the Salinas.
- Breakfast the first day.
- Riding helmet
- Waterproof Poncho
- Pick up or transfers (we can organize it for an additional cost)
- Alcoholic drinks
- Breakfast the first day
WHAT YOU NEED TO BRING/CARRY
- Small backpack with objects for personal use
- Waterproof poncho jacket (December.- April).
- Strong and comfortable waterproof shoes
- A complete set of clothes.
- Winter clothes.
- Hat or cap to protect yourself from the sun.
- Toilet paper.
- Some snacks such as chocolates or coca candies.
- Camera, film camera.
We do not rent our horses, sorry.
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DATE: Monday – Saturday (all year)
Students / Volunteers: $5 USD discount only with valid student card / certification
Organized Groups: We offer private tours and departure at any time
Group size: 2 – 10 participants
TERMS AND CONDITIONS
This site is operated by HACIENDA DEL CHALÁN, a legally registered company with the Peruvian government, which operates from the office at our ranch located in Paucarbamba – Cusco in Peru.
For more information about terms and conditions CLICK HERE.
BOOK HERE: We highly recommend to book your trip prior to your arrival in Peru.