(2800 – 3734 meters above sea level)
This ride begins in Paucarbamba where our Hacienda is located.
10:00 Just after crossing the Vilcanota river in Paucarbamba, we take a forest path along the river, where we will see some tombs from the time of the Inka times located at the side of the path. Yanahuara used to be a farming area, but lately it is becoming one of the most important areas for tourist accomodation. At the moment forty new hotels are being constructed.
Just after Yanahuara, a quiet and narrow path along the Vilcanota River will bring us to the suspension bridge of Tarabamba; this is the checkpoint for Salinas.
During the next part of the ride we will climb up to the mountain towards Salinas, the salt mines that date back to pre – Inka times.
12:30 Arrival time to Salinas & hiking tour there.
More than three thousand pans of salt are waiting to be visited by us, and after enjoying a nice meal while overlooking the salt terraces, we continue climbing the mountain until we arrive at the village of Maras, which is famous for its stone doorways with the carved date of construction and heraldic family crests, an inheritance of the Spanish culture.
At Maras the big fields of barley, green beans, white corn, hay, oats, quinoa, and so on, are waiting for us because the horse trail crosses through them to get to the Misminay Community where we will spend the first night at a local home.
15:00 An extraordinary Andean trail will guide us to the Misminay viewpoint which is located at 3734 meters above sea level. The local people from this village are really friendly and curious and like to share their traditional way of life with visitors
16:30 Arrival time to Misminay & Welcome reception.
17:00 Hiking to the Mountain. Since this view point, will be posible to observe Moray the last botany laboratory from the Inkas.
Here the Andeans acclimated many different plants that they brought from the Amazon and from the coast because they needed to adapt them to grow at high altitudes (cold areas), to be able to use them for food or medicine.
19:00 Dinner and overnight stay.
DAY 2nd MISMINAY COMMUNITY – MAHUAYPAMPA – HUAROCONDO – ZURITE. (3359 meters above sea level)
09:30 The view that Misminay offers us early in the morning, is truly phenomenal. You can see most of the snow covered mountains of the Sacred Valley, all the farmland of Maras, and eagles and falcons soaring against an amazing background.
13:00 Lunch in the middle of a Ucaliptus forest área.
15:00 After breakfast, we start our second day ride. This ride is longer than the one on the first day, because we need to climb the last mountains before riding down to the town of Huarocondo (3345 meter above sea level). This is the first town in the flat area of the Anta-district where we plan to eat lunch. The next night we will be camping on the old and historic land of “Andenes” (3405 meters above sea level). Andenes has the province’s longest and biggest Inka terraces used for farming, That is the reason why it hosts the most important investigation complex of the Andean native potatoe.
17:00 Arrival time to Andenes.
19:00 Dinner and overnight stay
DAY 3th ZURITE – ANKAWASI. (3580 meters above sea level)
09:00 The next morning after breakfast, a professional agronomist of the National Institute of Agricultural Innovation will give us a tour during which he will explain the investigation process that aims to rescue some almost extinct native species of potatoes (Oca, Mashua, Potato, Año).
17:30 After we have ridden for a few hours, we will eat lunch near another old hacienda. During the next part of the ride we have to cross a big eucalyptus forest along the hills, after which we will arrive at the archaeological complex of “Quilla rumuyoq” in the village of Ankawasi (3579 meters above sea level).
This night we finally have the chance to take a hot shower and sleep in a bed, because a country hostel is waiting for us.
19:00 Dinner and overnight stay
DAY 4th ANKAWASI – ZURITE – COMPONE. (3331 meters above sea level)
09:30 After eating a nice breakfast, we´re ready to visit the Ankawasi (eagle’s nest), and archaeological complex which is divided in an area for farming, a religious area and an area for housing.
11:00 The ride on the fourth day is also a long one. We will ride through areas of eucalyptus forest, where we plan to eat our lunch.
14:00 After the lunch time, we will cross the flat área from Anta side to side untill arrive to our small and warm eco lodge located in a smal village (Compone).
19:00 Arrival time.
Dinner and overnight stay.
DAY 5th COMPONE – ROCKY MOUNTAINS OF YURAQ QAQA – COMPONE (4000 meters above sea level)
10:00 After the breakfast time, we prepare our horses to ride up to one of the higest mountain from all Anta (4000 m.s.n.m.), there on top will be posible to observ many ceramic pieces from a pre Inka civiliazation (KILLKE), all this área was the biggest Killke cementery on top of the APU (Sacred mountain).
After to visit this funeral space, we ride down ton e next marvelous área of the rocky mountain “Yuraq Qaqa” (White rock). There will be posible to observe many rocky formations big like towers of 30 or more floors in the city. This rocky formations have their origins in the vulcanus period, all the stones were magma.
This área has an interetion formation in circle and this place was used by caw steelers along the colony time, to hide these cows and horses becuase this small área is difficult to localize becuase is located in the harth of a native forest área.
Sometimes here is posible to see deers, eagles, falcons, foxes and many othe Wilde animals because is a peasefull and quite área where is not common to see visitants.
This forest área has alot of inka spieces like Molle, Tara, Qeuña, Chachacomo, Unka, etc (Tries) and alot of native boshes and flowers as well.
13:00 The lunch time will be in the middle of this rocky and forest área. (Picnic lunch)
14:00 Hiking tour.
15:00 The ride down back to our lodge, will take 2 hours Aprox.
17:00 Arrival time.
DAY 6th COMPONE – MARKJO – WAYLLA QOCHA – MAHUAYPAMPA – MARAS – FLAT VALLEY VIEW POINT. (3695 meters above sea level)
09:00 After to take our last breakfast in our lodge, the will cross all the flat área of Anta with different direction tan the day 4 and after to cross the principal river from Anta área, we need to climb the Andes once again until we arrive at Huaylla Qocha (3500 meters above sea level), where we will eat lunch. During this ride you will realize how difficult and marvelous it is to live in the Andes, because is not easy to climb and ride downhill, cross rivers, muddy areas, etc.
13:00 Lunch time at shore of Huaylla Qocha.
14:00 After enjoying our meal while listening to a symphony of songs that come from the different birds that live in the forest around the lake, we continue our ride to get to the village of Maway Pampa, here we will have the opportunity to see small farms, people plowing their land, many groups of shepherds, big fields with agaves, and snow covered mountains like “Chicón” and “Verónica”.
On the way there are three different wáter reservories where from is going the wáter for human comsumtion and for irrigation for diferente andean comunities like Cgaquepay, Waylla Qocha, Mahuaypampa and Maras.
Along this path is also possible to see a big part of the Sacred Valley, the Vilcanota river, and some towns in the flat valley like Yanahuara.
After riding for 20 more minutes, we arrive at Maras located at 3377 meters above sea level. Maras is a traditional Andean village where the people used to make their doorways out of stone with some heraldic drawings and the year in which the house was constructed.
Just behind the biggest church of Maras starts a narrow trail that leads to the last view point to the Sacred Valley and stop for a momento in a marvelous view point just before the down hill ride untill arrive tou our Hacienda located in Paucarbamba.
17:30 Arrival time to our Hacienda.
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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: 1 – 10 participants
- Professional English speaking tour guide / experienced rider.
- Well-groomed Peruvian Paso Horse.
- Snacks (water – chocolate – fruit).
- Comfortable tent with plenty of space for backpacks.
- Inflatable sleeping mattresses.
- Sleeping bag.
- Meals (6 lunches – 5 dinners – 5 breakfasts), vegetarian food is available upon request
- Plenty of drinking water during the rides only.
- Experienced cook during the entire horseback tour.
- Sleeping tent.
- Dining tent.
- Kitchen tent.
- Accommodation and meals for our camp staff.
- First aid kit and oxygen bottle for participants and our camp staff.
- Assistance vehicle.
- Entrance tickets for Salinas.
- Saddle bags.
- Rain poncho.
- Accommodation in the local´s home for the first, thirth, fourth, and fifth night
- Private transfer to the ranch (round trip) (We can organize this as additional service).
- Alcoholic drinks.
- Breakfast on the first day.
- Tips for guide and camp staff.
WHAT YOU NEED TO BRING/CARRY
- Small backpack to carry the most important items.
- Rain jacket or poncho (December – April).
- Strong comfortable and waterproof footwear.
- One complete change of clothing.
- Sweater and jacket (something warm).
- Flashlight and batteries.
- 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.
We’re sorry, but our horses are not for rent
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