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Luxury Horseback Ride to Machu Picchu

From $6,820

Experience the incredibly smooth gait of a world famous Peruvian Paso horse as you explore the Sacred Valley. Then, embark on the adventure of a lifetime as you summit the Salkantay Pass on horseback.

Highlights

Explore the mysterious citadel of Machu Picchu.

Horseback ride over the Andes into the Amazon rainforest.

Support a school that educates impoverished girls and helps them build self-esteem.

Learn about the efforts to save traditional Peruvian textiles.

 

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Lima

Arrive in Lima.

Your guide meets you at the airport and accompanies you to the hotel to help you check in.

Relax after your international flight.

Hotel: Ramada Costa del Sol (or similar)

Day 2: Tour Colonial Cusco

Depart for Cusco, high (10,856 ft.) in the Andes.

Your guide meets you at the airport and accompanies you to the hotel to help you check in.

Stroll through the Plaza de Armas.

Visit the ancient Inca temple of Qorikancha and Cusco’s magnificent colonial cathedral to witness how the Spanish and Inca cultures melded.

Explore Cusco’s vibrant traditional Andean market.

Meals: Breakfast at your hotel and lunch

Hotel: Aranwa Boutique Hotel (or similar)

Day 3: Explore the Sacred Valley on a Peruvian Paso Horse

Meet your horse at the stables in the heart of the Sacred Valley. The Peruvian Paso horse is known for its smooth four-beat gait.

Ride through farming communities to the Inca archeological site of Moray. Archeologists believe the Incas may have used Moray for agricultural experimentation.

Ride to Salinas de Maras. The Incas diverted water to form thousands of pools where a thin crust of salt remains as the sun evaporates the water.

Meals: Breakfast at your hotel and picnic lunch

Riding Time: 7 to 8 hours

Riding Details: Trot, canter, and gallop on open roads and some steep ascending single-track trails

Hotel: Aranwa Boutique Hotel (or similar)

Day 4: Explore Inca Ruins & Meet Everyday Heroines

Visit Chicuchas Wasi, an alternative school for impoverished girls, and be inspired by director Ruth Uribe’s story.

Marvel at the Inca stonework on display at the four most important Inca ruins just outside of Cusco: Sacsayhuamán, Q’enko, Puca Pucara, and Tambomachay.

Lunch at Aldea Yanapay. The proceeds from this playful restaurant support various social projects, including an alternative after-school program for local children.

Meet Nilda Callañaupa to learn about ancient Peruvian textile traditions and how she plans to save them.

Join a local Cusqueña family in their home for a delicious home-cooked meal.

Meals: Breakfast at your hotel, lunch, and dinner

Hotel: Aranwa Boutique Hotel (or similar)

Day 5: Ride to the Salkantay Lodge

Visit the Inca ruins at Tarawasi. Archeologists believe that Tarawasi was used as a ceremonial center and resting place by the Inca runners (chasquis) who delivered messages throughout the Empire.

Enjoy a steaming cup of locally grown coffee in the village of Mollepata.

Receive a brief introduction to the equestrian team and the horses. Then, ride over the countryside to the Salkantay Lodge.

Meals: Breakfast at your hotel, lunch, and dinner

Riding Time: 3 to 4 hours

Riding Details: Walk, trot, and canter on open road and some steep ascending single-track trails

Hotel: Salkantay Lodge

 

Day 6: Journey to a Glacial Lake

Saddle up to ride to Humantay Lake. Hike to the iridescent blue, glacial lake. Take a dip, if you dare!

Ride to the gateway of the Chakana (the mystical cross of the Incas). Hike to the foot of the Chakana. A local shaman performs a mystical offering to Pachamama (Mother Earth), as you enjoy breathtaking views of the Soraypampa Valley, Mount Salkantay, and Mount Humantay.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Riding Time: 3 to 4 hours

Riding Details: Walk, trot, and canter on open road and some steep ascending single-track trails

Hotel: Salkantay Lodge

Day 7: Summit the Salkantay Pass

Ride up the Rio Blanco Valley and summit the Salkantay Pass at 15,213 feet. The glacier on the south face of Salkantay towers above, drawing your eyes upward in search of Andean condors.

Descend from the pass as you continue into the Amazon rainforest.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Riding Time: 4 hours

Riding Details: Walk and trot on steep ascending trails and open slopes

Hotel: Wayra Lodge

Day 8: Descend Into the Cloud Forest

Ride along the Salkantay riverbank and into the jungle. Continue downhill past waterfalls, lush vegetation, and banana and coffee plants.

Enjoy a traditional Pachamanca meal. Meat and vegetables are layered on hot stones in the earth and then covered to bake.

Soak in the steaming hot jacuzzi as you enjoy panoramic views of the lush green mountains surrounding the lodge.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Riding Time: 4 hours

Riding Details: Walk, trot, and canter on steep single-track trails and open roads

Hotel: Colpa Lodge

Day 9: Ride Into the Amazon Rainforest

Ride through the Santa Teresa River Valley, passing banana, passion fruit and avocado orchards, and coffee plantations.

Visit a small coffee plantation and taste some of their homemade, rich, organic coffee.

Meals: Breakfast at Colpa Lodge, lunch, and dinner at Lucma Lodge

Riding Time: 4 hours

Riding Details: Walk, trot, and canter on steep single-track trails and open roads

Hotel: Lucma Lodge

 

Day 10: Hike to Llactapata Pass for a Glimpse of Machu Picchu

Hike to the Llactapata Pass. Across the river gorge, get your first glimpse of Machu Picchu on the distant slope.

Explore the Llactapata ruins before enjoying a hot lunch at the mountaintop restaurant.

Descend through lush bamboo forests along a switchback trail to the station where you board the train to Machu Picchu Pueblo.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Hiking Details: 13 miles; 5 to 6 hours; elevation gain/loss of 2,394/3,165 feet; altitude of 7,003 to 8,974 at Llactapata Pass

Hotel: Inkaterra (or similar)

Day 11: Discover Machu Picchu

Take a guided tour of the mysterious citadel of Machu Picchu.

Explore on your own before a late lunch.

Return to Cusco.

Meals: Breakfast at your hotel and lunch

Hotel: Aranwa Boutique Hotel (or similar)

Day 12: Tour Historic Lima & Learn to Make Ceviche

Return to Lima for a last tour of the City of Kings.

Head downtown to enjoy a ceviche cooking demonstration. Then, lunch alongside the locals.

Visit Casa Aliaga, one of the oldest colonial mansions in Lima, and the only one continuously inhabited by the same family – seventeen generations of the descendents of its original owner.

Tour the Monastery of San Francisco and its catacombs. Built in the 17th century, these catacombs were once the biggest cemetery in Lima.

Dine at Rosa Nautica. Set in a fabulous Victorian-style building on the end of a pier, this restaurant is the perfect place to relax over a last pisco sour and the Peruvian and international specialties of renowned chef Enrique Blondet.

Meals: Breakfast at your hotel, lunch, and dinner

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Trip Rating

Moderate to Challenging

Prices

Prices for 2016

2 to 4 people – $7,193/person

5 to 8 people – $6,820/person

Contact us for low season rates (Mar 1- 31 and Nov 1 – Dec 14)

Prices for 2017

2 to 4 people – $7,356/person

5 to 8 people – $6,984/person

Contact us for low season rates (Mar 1- 31 and Nov 1 – Dec 14)

Included In Price
  • Accommodations – double occupancy
  • Airport/hotel transfers
  • Carbon offsets
  • English speaking guides
  • Entrance fees for scheduled tours
  • Meals specified in the itinerary
  • Transportation specified by the itinerary
Excluded From Price
  • Airfare
  • Airport taxes
  • Alcoholic drinks
  • Baggage costs
  • Meals not specified by the itinerary
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips
  • Travel insurance (required)
  • Voluntary philanthropic gifts

Departure Dates

Private departures upon request

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