Peru - Machu Picchu and The Sacred Valley

  • Open Apr-May
  • Set arrivals
  • 10 nights / 7 days of riding | 4 to 6 hours riding per day |
  • Weight limit: 13st 5lbs (85 kg) (187 pounds)
  • Usual maximum: 6

This is a journey on horseback past Inca ruins, across high wooden bridges and through colourful villages. As you ride you’ll see local people working their fields; often their donkeys, dogs, pigs, llamas and cows are close by.

The itinerary includes time to explore the city of Cusco and a visit to the extraordinary site of Machu Picchu – a symbol of the Incan Empire.

Your host is Eduard van Brunschot and his Peruvian wife Maria. Of Peruvian and Dutch descent, Eddy grew up in Holland but returned to Peru in the 1990’s.

A real highlight of this trip are the pure-bred Peruvian Paso horses – a gaited breed, known as the cadillac of horses for their smooth paces.


You should be competent rider, balanced at all paces and capable of controlling a forward-going horse. You must be confident in the saddle because you'll have to try out a new style or riding. The demonstration of Peruvian equitation and introductory riding sessions will help you adjust.

You ride the distinctive Peruvian Paso, which is famous for its smooth 'paso llano' gait. They stand between around 14hh and 15.3hh, are very willing and enjoy their work.

This is not a pacey ride and you will not do much canter work. Because of the very high altitude and difficult terrain, the horses cannot be expected to do fast work. You are asked never to push the horses and if they want to slow down, then this is fine.

As there are some steep slopes to negotiate, you should have a good head for heights and be fit enough to hike at altitudes of around 4,400 metres.

The horses are ridden in traditional Peruvian tack, which is handmade in the local area. It is designed for the comfort of both horse and rider, making it ideal for long hours on the trail.

The bridles are made from woven rawhide and can take up to a year to make. The saddles distribute the body weight across a wide surface area and feel like a cross between a dressage and a Western saddle. The wooden box stirrups may feel unusual at first, but you will soon become used to them.

There is a strict rider weight limit of 85 kg including riding gear. There are scales at the stables and riders may be required to step on the scales. Anyone exceeding the weight limit may be excluded from the riding and no refund will be made.

There is no guest accommodation at the horses' base, so you stay at two comfortable hotels in Cusco and the Sacred Valley. The guest rooms all have private bathroom facilities.

You spend nights 1, 5 and 6 in Cusco, usually at the Costa del Sol Hotel. This hotel is ideally located close to the city's historic centre.

For the remaining nights you stay at Sonesta Posada del Inca Hotel, which is a former monastery set in pretty gardens in the Sacred Valley.

During the ride you will have breakfast at your hotel. Lunch will be a picnic out on the trail. Your evening meal will be at Perol Chico or a local restaurant.

Accommodation Gallery

( GBP | EUR | USD )

Upcoming Dates

Set departures for the Machu Picchu and the Sacred Valley ride are listed below.

Outside of these set dates, we can usually arrange a shorter six night Pancho Fierro ride between April and October for private groups of three or more. Please enquire for details.

Holiday Experience LevelExp Lvl Arrive - DepartArr - Dep   Price Itinerary Availability
Machu Picchu and The Sacred Valley 28 Apr 2024 - 8 May 2024 10 nights 10 ngts £5,077.90 View (.pdf) Full


INCLUDES Accommodation; most meals; riding; entrance fees to ruins; train bus and entry to Machu Picchu; airport transfers.

SINGLE SUPPLEMENT £803.44, which is refunded if we find you a sharer.

PAYABLE LOCALLY Meals at Machu Picchu and in Cusco; guide at Machu Picchu (optional); drinks; tips.


TRANSFERS Included on the first and last days of the ride from Cusco airport.

Getting There

The collection point for the ride is Cusco, in the heart of the Sacred Valley.

There are no direct flights to Cusco, so you will likely have to travel via Lima. Airport transfers are included on the first and last days of the Sacred Valley Ride itinerary. If you arrive in Cusco before the start day of the ride, then you will need to make your own way from the airport to your hotel. On the first day of the ride, the earliest possible collection time from Cusco airport is 09:00am (any earlier than this and you will need to wait until after 09:00am or take a taxi to your hotel at your own expense).

Check-in at your hotel is usually from 11:30, so we recommend a flight arriving mid-morning. If you arrive earlier than this, you will be able to make use of the hotel's main facilities until your room is ready. The first day is an opportunity for you to rest and become accustomed to the altitude.

On departure day, check-out is after breakfast and then you are transferred to Cusco airport (a journey of c. 1.5 hours). Flights should ideally leave Cusco between 11:00 and 14:00. If your homeward route is via Lima your onward flight should depart from Lima after 17.00. These guidelines for flights between Cusco and Lima are because strong winds can affect flights over the Andes late in the afternoon which can sometimes cause flight delays or cancellations (especially between mid-July and the end of August).

In The Saddle Gallery

Client Photos


In the Sacred Valley, which lies at the heart of the Peruvian Andes.

Weather & Climate

The weather in the Sacred Valley is at its best for riding between April and October.

Day-time temperatures are more or less the same all year round, averaging about 20°C. Sometimes the afternoons can become cloudy or windy, in which case the temperature drops.

During the winter months of June, July and August, overnight temperatures are at their lowest.

You are riding in the mountains, so you should dress in layers and be prepared for changeable weather.

from £5,077.90 for 10 nights Book Now

Guest Review

This is more than a riding holiday. A culturally enriching experience which gives the opportunity to ride incredible Peruvian horses across epic landscapes, meet local people, observe the way of life in city, valley and mountains, sample delicious locally grown food and see the markets and farmers at work. I came back a more confident rider and more knowledgeable about Peru and South America. An experience not to be missed.

Charlotte, Norfolk

5 star rating Overall rating: 5/5

What the Press Say

National Geographic says...

from £5,077.90 for 10 nights Book Now