Cusco Horse riding

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Cusco: Rainbow Mountain Tour with Meals

1. Cusco: Rainbow Mountain Tour with Meals

Experience the incredible beauty of Rainbow Mountain on a guided hiking tour. You get a chance to see alpacas, llamas, and vicuñas while soaking in the stunning mountain views during the journey. Savor a local lunch before heading back to your accommodation in Cusco.  Your professional tour guide will pick you up from your accommodation in Cusco between 4:00 AM and 4:30 AM. After a 2-hour drive, you will arrive in Cusipata where you will stop for breakfast and buy water and snacks for the trek. Following breakfast, you'll travel one more hour to the hike starting point, at 4,850 meters. From there you will start your 3.5-kilometer trek to Rainbow Mountain over both flat and uphill terrain. During your hike, you will enjoy amazing views and encounters with wild alpacas, llamas, and vicuñas. Once you reach the top at 5,010 meters, you can make use of some free time to take a break, and if the weather is good, you will be able to enjoy views over Rainbow Mountain. You'll go downhill to the starting spot for another hour. Then, take transportation back to Cusipata where a local lunch will be waiting for you. Once you finish your buffet lunch you will travel back to Cusco, where you will arrive between 4:00 PM and 5:00 PM at Plaza de Armas.

Cusco: Half-Day Horseback Riding at Devil's Balcony

2. Cusco: Half-Day Horseback Riding at Devil's Balcony

After pickup in your hotel, your guide will make a briefing about the activity. Then, head to the ranch near Sacsayhuaman where you will meet your horses and muleteers.  Upon arriving at the ranch, guide will make a brief induction to know how to control the horses and be able to lead them safely. Horses will be selected according to your experience and mood. Start visiting the archeological place of the Temple of the Moon, a big hill with two caves inside it, probably used to evoke fertility during Pre Inca and Inca times. The caves contain altars and cracks in the walls that let in sunlight or more significantly moonlight that strikes the altars on certain nights.  Then, head to the “Inca Face” and finally the fabulous Devil’s Balcony or also called “Chacan”. Located on the backside of the Saqsayhuaman, this archaeological attraction and natural architectural heritage is a large rock with a spectacular view of a chasm in the middle. There is a window, a balcony overlooking the river that runs underneath rock. Below the balcony, the river goes through a huge cave towards the other end of the rock. Here, in this natural cave formed thousands of years ago, which was used as Inca Shrine, you will stop and taste a snack. In each of those places mentioned, your guide will stop to tell you a detailed explanation about it. Then, head back to the ranch and return to the city.

Cusco: 3-Hour Horse Riding Tour to the Temple of the Moon

3. Cusco: 3-Hour Horse Riding Tour to the Temple of the Moon

Travel on horseback to the magnificent Temple of the Moon near the mountains of Cusco city. Start your adventure at the ranch and meet your expert guide. Learn the basics of how to control the horses and grab your helmet. Enjoy an unforgettable ride along the Andes to the Temple of the Moon and take in the incredible views of Cusco city. Once you've arrived, hop off your horse and follow your guide to the Temple of the Moon. Explore the ancient temple while your guide explains the Incan and Pre-Incan history of the site.

Cusco: Hidden Incan Temples Full-Day Horseback Riding Tour

4. Cusco: Hidden Incan Temples Full-Day Horseback Riding Tour

After pickup from your hotel, head to the ranch where you will meet your horses and muleteers. Upon arriving at the ranch, the guide will provide a brief induction to teach you how to control the horses. The horses will be selected according to your experience and mood. Start the tour passing by the Andean village of Yuncaypata. Next, go to Inkilltambo, an ancient checkpoint control for travelers and business people from Incan times, restored only 3 years ago. Continue and visit Rumiwasi or the “Stone House”, an ancient house from a local leader during Incan times. Admire the quality of the architecture before making a stop and enjoying your packed lunch. Finally, explore Kallachaka, an ancient Incan temple. Then, head back to the ranch and return to the city.

Cusco: Sacsayhuaman Guided Tour and 1-Hour Horseback Ride

5. Cusco: Sacsayhuaman Guided Tour and 1-Hour Horseback Ride

Head to the old capital of the Incan Empire, Sacsayhuaman, for an archeological treat before traveling to Qenqo for a lesson in mummification. Finish the experience with a trip to a Peruvian ranch for a chance to try out horse riding with memorable landscapes.  After your hotel pickup in your hotel, head to the archaeological site of Sacsayhuaman on the outskirts of Cusco. See the heart of the famous Incan Empire. Discover all about the architecture, function and importance of the city, and why Sacsayhuaman is one of the best examples of Inca engineering. Next, drive to Qenqo, a huaca or designated Incan holy place. Learn about the mummification of ancient royal people that took place in a cave located on this archeological site. After this, head to a ranch near Sacsayhuaman where you will meet your horses and muleteers. Upon arriving at the ranch, a guide will make a brief induction to horse riding and how to lead them safely. Horses will be selected according to your experience and mood.  Start your 1-hour ride into the National Park of Sacsayhuaman, comprising 6000 acres of territory. Along the ride see amazing views, pass by some potato farms, some new excavations and with luck some local animals such as llamas and alpacas. After your ride, squeeze in some visits to Tambomachay, an ancient temple dedicated to water, and Pucapukara, an ancient Incan fortress. Finish up the day with a transfer back to Cusco city.

Cusco: Temple of the Moon & Devil's Balcony Horseback Ride

6. Cusco: Temple of the Moon & Devil's Balcony Horseback Ride

Begin with pickup from your hotel or the central meeting point in Cusco. Meet your tour guide and receive a short briefing before taking private transport towards Saqsayhuaman Ranch. Here, you'll get acquainted with your horse before starting the journey. Ride across the beautiful pasture lands where you'll see locals taking care of herds of sheep and alpacas. Enjoy fantastic panoramic views over the country fields and surrounding mountains. Upon reaching the Temple of the Moon, learn about its fascinating history from your guide. Next, at the locally-named Devil's Balcony, pass through a natural cave formed thousands of years ago. These caves were considered to be sacred by the Incas. After this, enjoy some enjoy snacks provided before returning to the ranch to board the private transport back to Cusco.

Cusco: Full-Day Horseback Riding Tour to Maras & Moray

7. Cusco: Full-Day Horseback Riding Tour to Maras & Moray

Enjoy a full-day tour on horseback around the stunning landscapes of the famous Sacred Valley. Ride amongst snow-capped mountains and historic farmlands as you make stops with your guide to visit the archaeological site of Moray, the town of Maras, and the spectatcular Maras salt pans.  Get picked up from your hotel in the morning and en route to the ranch receive an activity briefring from your guide. At the ranch, receive a brief introduction to how to control and steer your horse. You will be given a horse based on your experience and activity level.  Ride towards the archaeological site of Moray with incredible views of the stunning scenery composed by snowy mountains and serene farmland. At Moray your guide will explain the importance of this archaeological site, where the Incas adapted the farming of plants and foods to different altitude levels.  Jump back on your horse and continue to the town of Maras. Make a small tour of this picturesque village where you will see a church that is over 400 years old. Stop for your included buffet lunch, which includes vegetarian options, at Tunupas Restaurant.  Leave the horses and travel in a vehicle to visit the famous Maras salt mines. The salt mines have been worked by the locals even from pre-Incan times which involves making small wells to hold water that contains salt particles that settle at the base to be extracted. Arrive back in Cusco around 4:30 PM.

Cusco:Half-Day Private Tour Riding on Horseback Around Cusco

8. Cusco:Half-Day Private Tour Riding on Horseback Around Cusco

You will be picked up from your hotel in Cusco followed by a twenty-minute car trip to the starting point. The trip lasts two and a half hours and will take you through fields, Andean-style villages, and views of sites and Inca ruins. You will enjoy a wonderful view of the city of Cusco on your way to the Temple of the Moon, where the horses will be left and will embark on the trip by car back to Cusco. Return to the hotel in Cusco. You are not allowed to visit the archaeological sites, while you are riding on horseback.

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What people are saying about Cusco

Had a great time on this tour! Pick up in the morning was prompt, driver Alberto was very safe, particularly on the mountain roads, our guide Brolly (I may have misspelt his name!) was very professional and friendly, gave us sensible advice and a clear plan for the day, and really looked after us the whole day. Breakfast was pretty standard (fruit, bread, omelette), lunch was really delicious though and lots of choice. A great day trip for a really good price.

Was an overall great experience. It is a three hour ride from Cusco so the ride there is broken up by breakfast and the ride back is broken up by lunch both of which were delicious meals. Our tour guide Joel was very attentive to the group and checked in on everyone while hiking.

The hike was spectacular and Cesar was a friendly and helpful tour guide. You have the option to ride a horse to the top of the mountain which is recommended if you're not in good physical condition. This was a very challenging hike but ultimately very rewarding.

We left in the morning, we had an excellent breakfast after that we hiked to the rainbow mountain. The hike is moderate but the view is worth. The lunch is great

Great guide, everything ran on time, food was good.