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Horse Riding Cusco to Machupicchu
  ( 8 days 7 Night)

Summary: We own special mountain bred horses descended from noble Spanish Barbs brought from Spain in the 1500s...Crossed with the comfortable but less sure-footed Paso breed our mountain horses give a strong, comfortable ride with greater endurance, stability and reliability needed for steep Inca trails. We raise and train horses at our ranch in the Sacred Valley. The horses are no nonsense, experienced, sure-footed, non-gaited mountain trail horses affording a secure, comfortable ride on steep pathways.
 
Intineray Day by Day:(B)= breakfast / (L)= lunch / (D)= dinner

Itinerary.

Day 1: Arrival to Lima.
This will be a travel day from home and most flights from North America and Europe arrive in the early to late evening. If you are not connecting to Cusco we’ll be happy to fix you up with airport transfers and a hotel by request

Day 2: Lima – Cusco. (B)
Flight to Cusco. We will meet your arrival at the Cusco airport and escort you to our centrally located hotel. Time off and then lunch with your guide. The afternoon is scheduled for a walking introduction to the archaeological and colonial highlights of the old capital of the Inca’s and the nearby important ruins... This 3-4 hour tour takes you to all the important Inca sites in Cusco town and environs . We start with a visit to the most sacred of Inca sites - the Koricancha . Winding out of town we will take in the megalithic fortress of Sacsayhuaman where our ride leader describes the rituals and ceremonies that would have taken place at the massive walled limestone constructions and sculptured terraces surrounding the immense central plaza the strange temple of Kenko and the water fountains of Tambomachay. We gather for dinner and discussion at our favorite restaurant near our centrally located comfortable lodging in Cusco. B:

Day 3: Cusco – Lares – Cuncani. (B) (L) (D)
Leaving Cusco in the rear view mirror, we travel by van over a low pass then down into the famous Sacred Valley. The scenery is unsurpassable, close and distant snow peaks glistening in the sun. An interesting drive of several hours takes us over another Andean pass to our trailhead at Chihuapampa. And our waiting horses and trail crew. Our guide gives a helpful riding lesson, a review for more experienced riders and necessary trail instructions, as duffels and gear are expertly sorted, matched and loaded on mules by a colorful group of Quechua speaking wranglers. Abandoning tents and baggage to follow on the mule train, we set off, riding past the mountain town of Lares. Looking something like the trail worn vanguard of Francisco’s Pizarro’s army, arriving in Cusco in 1533. Men loading a truck stare in wonder. Curious kids at a nearby school stop their football game to watch us clip-clop by on the cobblestone street. Soon we are on an ancient trail climbing steeply out of the valley past small potato fields and adobe houses. Giant blue Lupin bushes line the trail. We follow the Rio Lares downstream Late afternoon finds us on a high broad ridge with a level area suitable for our tents at Qollpachaca at 3200 meters– we have been riding for 2 and a half hours,. We make camp near the village of Vilcabamba, a few scattered simple houses with friendly occupants. When we camped here for the first time in May of 2004, the locals said that we were the first outsiders to pass through in their memory. Ride time 2 and a half hours. B:L:D

Day 4: Cuncani – Chupani. (B) (L) (D)
The Andean dawn breaks colorfully to the east. We linger over a last cup of gourmet coffee as restless mounts wait impatiently to begin the day’s journey. Crossing a deep quebrada, we angle around another ridge passing Santa Rosa opposite the weaving village of Cachin. We may be lucky enough to buy or bargain for some of the most prized of Andean textiles produced here. Riding on, past curious, red -ponchoed locals working small potato fields with ancient digging sticks, we follow a well worn pathway once trodden by Inca pack trains laden with jungle goods from the nearby lowlands. Climbing Qochayoq pas at 4200 meters, we drop into and stop for lunch at Chupani, a small isolated village of stone-walled, grass roofed huts perched casually on a broad alluvial fan protruding down from the junction of two immense canyons. Hot Coca tea, boiled potatoes, roasted corn and avocado salad fuels us for the remainder of the day’s journey. Continuing up into a broad high open region, we pass by a number of small villages. This high pampa with its beautiful view was probably a place for breeding and raising of llamas used for carrying supplies along the royal roads. We continue our climb passing herds of grazing alpacas. Mountain vizcachas (related to the chinchillas) scurry amongst boulders washed down from the higher peaks. We descend to our camp at Mauca Chupani 13,200 ft Ahead in a majestic circular bowl crowned by a deep blue lake, our wranglers have set up a ring of green tents awaiting our arrival. Some of us stretch our legs by walking the last mile or so to Camp. Shortly, we are sipping hot chocolate and munching fresh popcorn near grazing alpacas. Savory aromas from the cook tent drift across the pampa. Several of the bold sip one our famous expedition martinis awaiting arrival of the first course of soup that announces the arrival of dinner. Ride Time 6-7 hours (B L D)

Day 5: Chupani – Mantayoc. (B) (L) (D)
Startling flocks of puna teals and andean geese, we trot out and upward into the morning mist and Chupani pass at 13,800ft. Today is a long ride through spectacular scenery. Following lunch we cross over another high, unpronounceable pass named Huacahuasicasa. Passing Wacawasi we descend thru Wacawasi. The trail narrows as we wind through towering metamorphic sentinels guarding the approach. The view from the top of this 4500 meter high pass easily equals the best the Andes has to offer. Now in the downhill back toward the Sacred Valley, the horses pick up energy as they know they are pointed toward home. The rose colored glaciers of Nevado Pumahanca hang overhead, lit by the glow of the fading Inca Sun God Inti as we reach the evening camp at Mantanayoc. A glass of selected Chilean wine completes the day.(B L D)

Day 6: Mantayoc – Yanahuara – Machupicchu (B) (L) (D)
The day breaks bright and sunny. Fresh fruit, yogurt and hot cakes start our day. Duffels packed for the waiting mules, we head down valley. Its all downhill today along the Aruraycocha and Mantacnayoc rivers (streams actually). We pass through stands of rare, original Qeuña woodland. This is the genus Polylepis, home for some of the rarest birds on earth. An Andean Hillstar Hummingbird darts out as we clatter down the rocky trail. Herder's huts and chacras (small farms) become numerous. We pass grazing cows, barking dogs and children coming and going along the trail. Reaching the Sacred Valley at Yanahuara, we ride on through farmlands along the Urubamba River. A final ride along a colonial period lane completes our magical journey. We sadly say good-bye to the cooks, wranglers and hardworking ponies. Int he afternoon continue to Ollantaytambo and then take train to Machupicchu. Overnight in your seleceted hotel.

Day 7: Machupicchu – Cusco. (B)
At 5am breakfast and half hour later aboard the first tourist bus to drop us to Machupichu main door, and to be the first visitors Inside Machupichu archaeological site you will have complete guided tour of this spectacular and mystical place. The guided tour include walk through the different section such as urban, agriculture, and the religions zone was used by the Inca Culture. According with the time and your feeling you can coordinating with the tour guide climb to Wayna Pichu (Young Mountain) this climbing take around 1 hour to get the summit from where you can have the best view for photos of all Machupichu and of deep green canyon surrounding the sacred Inca City. At according time descend to Machu Picchu and then free time to explorer on your own. At mentioned time aboard a tourist bus to descend to Aguas Calientes town. Lunch will be in town and around 4pm we will aboard the backpacker train to Ollantaytambo (sacred valley) and from here we take a private van to drop off to arranged hotel in Cusco (B - L).

Day 8: Cusco – Lima or Home. (B)
Morning to enjoy Cusco and we take you to the airport for connecting flights home. B
 
Includes:
■Official English-Speaking guide
■Entrance to each archaeological site
■Lunch along the horse riding
■5 - 6 hours of ride in the mountains
■Peruvian horses and saddles
■Horseman to help you with the horses
■Saddle bags will be provided if you like to put your personal items
■3 nights of camping on the Andes
■Camping gear as three people capacity tent for two participants with enough room to save your personal stuff
■Dine tent (Private VIP Service only)
■Train ticket from to Ollantaytambo
■3 nights of hotel according the tour itinerary and your selection
■All food for our camp staff
■Horseback riding tour price includes government sales tax (19% as known IGV)

Doesn't Include:
■Soft or alcoholic and soda drinks
■Hotel in Cusco or in the sacred valley
■Breakfast on the first day
■Tips for guide and camp staff

We advise you to Bring:
Sportive clothes (shorts may be suitable).
Sun-block.
Sun-glasses.
Small backpack.
Bottle of water.
Warm cloths (Jacket).
Clothing and Comfortable Shoes.
An Umbrella, Raincoat or Poncho (in rainy season).
Video camera or Photo Camera.
 
Cost by Person 760 US$ .  Minimum 4 people.
 

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