Peru - Perol Chico

Experience Level
  • Open Apr-Oct
  • Set arrivals
  • 10 nights / 6 days of riding | 3 to 6 hours riding per day | Nearest airport:Cusco
  • Weight limit: 13st 5lbs (85 kg) (187 pounds)
  • Usual maximum: 7

Perol Chico lies in the Sacred Valley at the heart of the Andes, about 65 km from Cusco.

On horseback you will journey past Inca ruins, cross wooden bridges spanning the Urubamba river and ride through rural villages where you are met with a chorus of, “hola”. See locals working their fields, often accompanied by a wealth of animal life in the form of donkeys, dogs, chickens, pigs, goats, llamas and cows.

The Sacred Valley and Pancho Fierro rides include a visit to the extraordinary Machu Picchu

You are sure of a warm welcome from your host Eduard van Brunschot and his Peruvian wife Maria. Eduard is of Peruvian and Dutch descent. He grew up in Holland, but returned to Peru in the mid-1990’s and bought some farmland in the Sacred Valley.

A highlight of this ride are the horses, which are purebred Peruvian Pasos.

 

 

You should be an experienced rider, balanced at all paces and capable of controlling a forward-going horse. You must be confident enough to try a new style of riding, although the demonstration of Peruvian equitation and introductory riding sessions at the start of the trip will help you adjust.

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

This is not a fast-paced ride and you will not do much, if any, canter work. Due to 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.

There are some steep slopes to negotiate, so 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, handmade in the local area. It is designed for long hours of use, with the comfort of both horse and rider in mind.

The bridles, which can take up to a year to make, are made from woven rawhide. The saddles are made to 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.

On The Sacred Valley ride you spend the first night in Cusco which will help you to become accustomed to the altitude. For the next four nights you stay in the Sacred Valley, followed by two nights in Cusco and you return to the Sacred Valley for the final three nights.

On the Pancho Fierro ride you spend all six nights in the Sacred Valley.

In Cusco you stay at either Costa del Sol Hotel or the Hilton Garden Inn. Both hotels are ideally located close to the city's historic centre. In the Sacred Valley you stay at Sonesta Posada del Inca Hotel, a former monastery set in pretty gardens.

During the ride you will have breakfast at your hotel. Lunch will either be a saddlebag picnic or be brought to you in the support vehicle. The evening meal will be at Perol Chico or a local restaurant.

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Upcoming Dates

Set departures for the Sacred Valley ride are listed below.

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

Holiday Experience LevelExp Lvl Arrive - DepartArr - Dep   Price Itinerary Availability
The Sacred Valley Ride
7 Apr 2019 - 17 Apr 2019 10 nights 10 ngts £3,801.05 View (.pdf) Full
The Sacred Valley Ride
12 May 2019 - 22 May 2019 10 nights 10 ngts £3,801.05 View (.pdf) Full
The Sacred Valley Ride
26 May 2019 - 5 Jun 2019 10 nights 10 ngts £3,801.05 View (.pdf) Book
The Sacred Valley Ride
14 Jul 2019 - 24 Jul 2019 10 nights 10 ngts £3,801.05 View (.pdf) Book
The Sacred Valley Ride
4 Aug 2019 - 14 Aug 2019 10 nights 10 ngts £3,801.05 View (.pdf) Book
The Sacred Valley Ride
25 Aug 2019 - 4 Sep 2019 10 nights 10 ngts £3,801.05 View (.pdf) Book
The Sacred Valley Ride
8 Sep 2019 - 18 Sep 2019 10 nights 10 ngts £3,801.05 View (.pdf) Book
The Sacred Valley Ride
22 Sep 2019 - 2 Oct 2019 10 nights 10 ngts £3,801.05 View (.pdf) Book
The Sacred Valley Ride
6 Oct 2019 - 16 Oct 2019 10 nights 10 ngts £3,801.05 View (.pdf) Book

Prices

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

SMALL GROUP SUPPLEMENT for the ride to confirm for 2-3 riders: £153.58

SINGLE SUPPLEMENT £674.04 which is refunded if we find you a sharer.

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

NEAREST AIRPORT Cusco.

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

In The Saddle Gallery

Client Photos

Location

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


Weather & Climate

Peru's climate varies widely. But during the months in which the rides run, you should usually experience good weather.

Day-time temperatures are more or less the same year round, averaging around 19 or 20 °C. If the weather is cloudy and windy (usually in the afternoons) it can get a bit chillier. The temperatures in the evening and overnight are lowest during the winter months of June, July and August.

At all times you should dress in layers and be prepared for every eventuality.

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Guest Review

The Peruvian Paso horses were such a pleasure to ride! Very forward going, but comfortable and fun to ride. The terrain was varied and included some very challenging climbs and descents. Completely satisfied. Must be on everyone’s bucket list!

Shanda ,Kaufman

5 star rating Overall rating: 5/5

What the Press Say

National Geographic says...

Perol Chico Riding Specialist

Abigail says

Explore the Sacred Valley from the back of a Peruvian Paso, hailed as the smoothest riding horse in the world. Time is also set aside to visit Cusco and Machu Picchu.

My Top Tip

The ride is at altitude so take it easy whilst your body adjusts.

Email: abigail@inthesaddle.com

Abigail Wood
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