Peru has a tradition of breeding beautiful smooth-gaited horses known as Peruvian Paso horses. As you spend a few days relaxing in the Sacred Valley near Cusco before heading off to Machu Picchu, you can ride these delightful animals through the verdant valleys and small villages of this region or watch expert demonstrations designed to show off the beauty of their velvety gait. The Sacred Valley is lower in altitude than Cusco in a beautifully rural setting surrounded by fascinating Inca sites and traditional markets and villages. It makes a fantastic and relaxing base from which to explore the many treasures of Cusco and its surroundings on horseback, combined with hiking, mountain biking or even white-water rafting – a perfect adventure playground for families.
For those who love to ride and would delight in spending several days in the saddle exploring the further reaches of the Andes, then you could take a very special and unique journey towards Machu Picchu on horseback. Take a week to ride leisurely through the mountain passes that take you through small remote communities that cannot be reached by road or rail, and offer rustic but comfortable mountain lodges (replete with gourmet cuisine and Jacuzzis!) instead of camping.
And if that is still not enough time spent in the saddle, why not combine this spectacular journey with another equally unique equestrian adventure. We can arrange for you to stay in a specifically designed and luxurious riding lodge in the low foothills of the Andes overlooking the desert that leads down to the Pacific Coast south of Lima. Combine days spent riding their wonderful Quarter Mile horses over vast tracts of sand dunes and along the beautiful Pacific Coast as well as through the lush valleys of the mountains and even combining your riding holiday with a chance to fly over the mysterious ancient Nazca Lines that can only be truly appreciated from the air.
However long you wish to spend horse-riding in Peru, we can help you design some truly unique equestrian journeys here, staying in beautiful lodges and boutique properties, combined perhaps with some time spent exploring the Amazon rainforest or the incredible and rarely-visited pre-Inca sites of the north.