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Colca Canyon trail

14 days / 9 days riding from 2271€

Riding levels

Each of our trips is assigned a minimum level of riding ability required. This reflects whether there is technical riding required; the terrain to be covered; the liveliness of the horses; the length of the riding days and the riding fitness required.




For novice riders, these riding holidays will give beginners the chance to get used to being in the saddle. In general, a beginner/ novice hasn't learned how to canter and has not yet mastered rising trot. They are able to mount safely and to control a horse at a walk. 



For intermediate riders who are at ease at 2 paces (walk and rising trot and are starting to canter in a forward seat) out in open countryside. The intermediate rider is able to mount and dismount their horse unassisted, use basic riding aids, ride at a rising trot for at least 10 minutes, to change and control the pace from a walk to a trot and comfortably canter over short distances.



For experienced riders who have mastered all 3 paces (walk, rising trot, canter in a forward seat) over uneven terrain. The experienced rider rides regularly, has a good seat and is confident of their own ability. They are able to control the horse at speed and change direction of their horse at any pace and in any circumstance as needed.



For advanced riders who have mastered all 4paces (walk, rising trot, canter gallop in a forward seat) over uneven terrain on all types of horses including those that are very spirited. The advanced rider rides regularly has good physical fitness, has good soft hands and has the ability to gallop for long stretches without getting tired.



For all riders, whether they are novices, intermediate level, experienced or advanced. Each rider will be allocated a horse that is suited to their ability. These riding holidays have a level of difficulty that can be adapted to the capabilities of each rider. For example: working with cattle on a ranch, dressage training, endurance training, natural horsemanship, trail riding orcentre based safaris.



For beginners and intermediate level riders. Each rider will be allocated a horse that is suited to their ability level. These riding holidays have a level of difficulty that can be adapted to the capability of each rider. For example: working with cattle on a ranch, dressage training, endurance ridingtraining natural horsemanship and centre based safaris.



For beginners, intermediate level  and experienced riders. Each rider will be allocated a horse that is suited to their ability level. These riding holidays have a level of difficulty that can be adapted to the capabilities of each rider. For example: working with cattle on a ranch, dressage training, endurance ridingtraining natural horsemanship and centre based safaris.



For intermediate level and experienced riders. Each rider will be allocated a horse that is suited to their ability level. These riding holidays have a level of difficulty that can be adapted to the capabilities of each rider. For example: working with cattle on a ranch, dressage training, long-distance ridingtraining,endurance ridingtraining natural horsemanship and centre based safaris.



For intermediate level, experiencedand advanced riders. Each rider will be allocated a horse that is suited to their ability level. These riding holidays have a level of difficulty that can be adapted to the capabilities of each rider. For example: working with cattle on a ranch, dressage training, long-distance ridingtrainingendurance ridingtraining natural horsemanship and centre based safaris.



For experiencedand advanced riders. Each rider will be allocated a horse that is suited to their ability level. These riding holidays have a level of difficulty that can be adapted to the capabilities of each rider. For example: working with cattle on a ranch, dressage training, long-distance ridingtraining,endurance ridingtraining natural horsemanship and centre based safaris.

Comfort

Each of our rides has been assigned an expected level of comfort

Nights in hotels, guesthouses, B&B's or homestays. Double or twin rooms with bathrooms.

 

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PERU-Colca Canyon trail

14 days / 9 days riding from 2271€


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Explore the impressive Colca Canyon on this stunning horseback trail aboard Peruvian Paso horses. Ride deep into the canyon amidst a landscape of volcanoes, high in the Andean mountains. Discover the Inca and pre-Inca heritage of this fascinating country and visit the beautiful city of Arequipa.

Strengths

- Discover the deepest canyon in the world - Colca Canyon has walls over 4,000 high making it a spectacular location for a riding trail
- Beautiful Andean landscapes of volcanoes, blue skies and traditional villages
- Gentle acclimatisation and comfortable accommodation
- Ride the amazing Peruvian Paso horse with its unique gait - the paso llano
- Discover the treasures of the Inca culture in the heart of the Andes
- Visit Arequipa - the beautiful, white colonial city, and the world's highest lake, Lake Titicaca.

A shorter version of this ride (10 days, 5 on horseback) is also possible and runs from March to December. Please contact us for more information

Itinerary

Day 1: LONDON - LIMA -

Fly from London to Lima. There are no direct flights from the UK to Lima and so it is likely that you will fly via a hub city such as Madrid or Sao Paulo.

Flights to Arequipa are not included but can be booked upon request.

Day 2: LIMA - AREQUIPA -

Accommodation : HOTEL FUNDADOR

It is likely that you will arrive into Lima in the morning and connect directly onto an internal flight to Arequipa.

You will be met on arrival at Arequipa airport and transferred to your four star hotel. This afternoon is free for you to relax after the long flight or to take some time to explore the city. Arequipa has a splendid colonial style and there is an optional tour of the beautiful Santa Catalina convent. You may decide to take a tour of the city and visit the convent of “Santa Catalina” with an English-speaking private guide (optional and payable locally).

Lunch and dinner are to your own account today.

Day 3: AREQUIPA - YANQUE - 2 hours riding

Accommodation : TRADICION COLCA

After breakfast depart at 8:00am to the Colca Valley. Your journey takes you through the “Salinas y Aguada Blanca” reserve where alpacas, llamas and vicuñas live. You will see the Mirador volcano and cross passes at 4,900 meters above sea level, and descend into valleys at 3,500m.

After lunch in your hotel you will visit the stables and meet your Peruvian “Paso” horses and specialized “chalanes” who are the peruvian grooms and horse guides. You will go for a first ride (2 hours riding) around the village until the Church dedicated to the Virgin of Chapi and the Colonial mill.

Return to the hotel or to use the sauna or jacuzzi (available from 6:00pm to 8:45pm).

Dinner and overnight at Tradicion Colca.

Day 4: YANQUE - COPORAQUE - UYO UYO - YANQUE - 5 hours riding

Accommodation : TRADICION COLCA

After breakfast at the hotel depart for your horseback ride to Coporaque Village and its pre-Inca cemetery where the mummies of Collagua Lords were formerly safeguarded. You will have to dismount and climb a hill for 20min to reach the graves.

Continue on to the lost city of Uyo Uyo, the ancient capital city of the “Collagua” culture. These old houses, ancient irrigation ducts and a lot of other relics prove the co-existence between the “Collaguas” and Incas. From there you will continue on through the “amphitheater”- amazing Pre-Inca terraces carved into the mountain in circular form. Along the way, you will also see the “Colcas”, a kind of hidden granary that gave the name to the river, and the "amphitheater" (farming terraces highly valued by the Incas to improve cultivation of quinoa, corn...). Finally you will reach Coporaque Village, where you can see the Main square. The church has a fountain dedicated to the Inca.

You return to Yanque for lunch. In the afternoon, return to the hotel for a massage (included today) and free use of the indoor pool. In the evening have a go at star-gazing in the Observatory of Astronomy with a Dobson-type Ø18 inch Telescope and projection of a 12mn movie about the Solar System in the Planetarium.

Day 5: YANQUE - MADRIGAL - 4-5 hours riding

Accommodation : TRADICION COLCA

After breakfast at the hotel you will depart at 08:00 am for a full day ride to the right side of the Colca Valley to explore the tranquillity and beauty of the landscape. On the way you pass wonderful Pre-inca terraces with their crops and have a picnic lunch.

Cross the villages of Ichupampa and Lari before arriving at Madrigal where the horses will spend the night with the chalan, while the group are transferred back to the hotel in Yanque (c. 1hour) for a late lunch. In the afternoon you will be taken to the Hot Springs for a relaxing swim. Before dinner, use the spa facilities at the hotel before dinner if you wish.

Day 6: MADRIGAL - CHIMPA - PINCHOLLO - 3-4 hours riding; 3 hours walk

This is the start of the itinerant ride, for which you will need 2 days of bare necessities. After an early breakfast at 5:30 am, you will be transferred to Madrigal.

This morning you walk for c. 2 hours to the “Chimpa” fortress, located at the top of the mountain. You will observe a miniature template of the area made of stone including the emperor's throne. The panoramic view of the valley is splendid and unique because you are able to observe both sides of the Colca Canyon and the valley where condors fly freely. The “Chimpa” fortress is a strategic military facility of the “Collagua” culture made with mountain stones.

Return to Madrigal for lunch. In the afternoon set off riding to Pinchollo village. You will cross the Colca river again, passing over another beautiful bridge. On the way you can view the landscape of the Colca Valley, full of Pre-Inca terraces, mountains and animal life (cows, bulls, alpacas, llamas and sheep, attended by local people, wearing traditional clothes and costumes.) You may also see plantations being ploughed, irrigated or harvested, according to the season of your stay.

Dinner and night in Pinchollo village, in simple and basic accommodation within the community (possible upgrade to a 3 star hotel for a supplement of approx. USD 30 per person, booking must be made in advance).

Day 7: PINCHOLLO - GEYSER - CABANACONDE - 7-8 hours riding; 2 hours walk

Breakfast in Pinchollo and then set off for a 7-8 hour ride to the geyser of Pinchollo and Cabanaconde. On the way you will pass through amazing landscapes composed of high, snow capped volcanoes, waterfalls and huge mountains. Following the river you will finally reach the active geyser « Hatun Infiernillo » (4,450m).

After lunch, continue riding to Cabanaconde village and your 3 star hotel. Please note that today you will have to ride on a paved road for c. 8kms - unfortunately there is no alternative.

You will change horses twice today to keep your horses fresh.

Overnight in a 3 star hotel.

Day 8: CABANACONDE - LLAHUAR - 3-4 hours riding

After breakfast you ride down the Colca Canyon to Llahuar village. You will experience a 3,800 foot descent to arrive into Llahua. The way down is difficult and steep (-1200 m), but incredibly beautiful. You will have to walk parts of the trail and lead your horse on foot before reach Llahua, where you spend the night in a rustic but comfortable cabin.

This afternoon is free for relaxation.

Day 9: LLAHUAR - SAN JUAN - 4-5 hours riding

After breakfast, your ride follows alongside the Colca River inside the Canyon, where you can admire huge and impressive landscapes. You'll also cross little rivers and because of the difficulty of the landscape you will sometimes need to get off your horse and walk. You will discover the villages of Corsnirhua, Malata and San Juan de Chucho

Lunch at San Juan village. In the afternoon, you will discover the lifestyle of the local people and their activities which are mainly agricultural. Dinner and night in a rudimentary rural lodging.

Day 10: SANGALLE - SAN JUAN DE CHUCCHO - 3 hours riding

After breakfast, you will set out to the "Oasis", or Sangalle, on a 3-hour ride. The path will take you along the Canyon and you will have to cross the river on a bridge. Along the way, it may be possible to swim in the warm hot springs.

Lunch and dinner in Sangalle, where you will stay in rustic accommodation.

Day 11: SAN JUAN DE CHUCCHO - Riding and walking

Accommodation : TRADICION COLCA

An early morning start to get ready for the ascent of the canyon. For the safety and security of both riders and horses it will be a slow journey and you will have to dismount and lead your horse over some sections.

On arrival at Cabanaconde, you will say goodbye to the horses and be transferred by private vehicle back to the hotel in Yanque (approx. 2 hours drive).

Dinner and night at the hotel, with the option of stargazing if the weather conditions are right.

Day 12: LAKE TITICACA - No riding

This morning is free to rest. After lunch at midday at the hotel, you are transferred at 12:30pm to Chivay to depart by tourist bus (in a group with an English-speaking guide) for the 6 hour road trip across the Andes and the Altiplano, to arrive into Puno at around 7:30pm. You will be met on arrival and transferred to your 3 star hotel in Puno (dinner is to your own account today).

Day 13: LAKE TITICACA - No riding

Breakfast at 7:00am and then depart by boat (in a group with an english-speaking guide) to cross Lake Titicaca and visit the magnificent Taquile island. After lunch (not included) continue your journey across the lake towards the Uros floating islands and return to Puno. Arrival in Puno around 4:00pm.

Your flight can depart this evening or we can book an additional hotel in Puno for you (or an extension to visit other parts of Peru). Transfer to the airport is not included.

Day 14: RETURN TO UK OR EXTENSION -

Option A: From Puno you will need to schedule a transfer to Juliaca Inca Manco Capac Airport, fly home via Lima and a hub city such as Madrid.

Alternatively, you could extend your holiday to visit other sites in Peru, such as Cusco. There are many opportunities please enquire.

Option B: We can provide an extension in Cusco to include Macchu Picchu on request - please enquire. Approx. 6 days/5 nights.


Price details

- International flights are not included

- The group is composed of 1 - 6 riders plus an English speaking guide

- There is no single supplement if you are prepared to share with another rider, however to request your own room the supplement is c. £200.

- Children from 10 years and older are welcome as long as they are accompanied by adults. They must be capable riders and happy on horses as there are no ponies. From 16 years old the teenagers can come without being accompanied. There is a discount for c. £270 for 10 - 17 years old. (2020 discount of c. £390 for children from 10-18 years old.)

- Accompanying non-riders are welcome and there is a discount of c. £950 (2020 discount of c. £1100)
Please Note
The itinerary may be modified at anytime for security reasons, meteorological or events beyond our control such as blocked roads, rivers in flood, drought, strikes and local holidays. Equus Journeys, our local partners and their local guides will always strive to find the best solution and will alter the itinerary as needed.
The names of the hotels and accommodation are given for information only and depending on availability, they may be modified without notice and replaced by another of a similar standard.

PRICE INCLUDES

Support Team

1 English speaking horse guide
1 English speaking tour leader for the visit to Puno
1 local horse guide assistant

Logistics

1 horse equipped with saddle and bridle per rider
11 pack mules to carry the baggage. Baggage is limited to 5-8 kg per rider

Inland transport

Airport transfers to Arequipa
Private bus from Arequipa to Colca and from Colca to Puno
TITICACA : Sightseeing bus Chivay-Puno
Boat transfer from Llachon lake to Uros islands in Puno

Accommodation

Double room in 4* hotel in Arequipa
Nights in a 3* hotel in Yanque, Cabanaconde and Puno
Nights in guest houses in Pinchollo, Llahuar, Sangalle and San Juan of Chuccho

Meals

Full board from breakfast day 3 to lunch day 12
Water included during the horse ride except at restaurants (drinks not included).

Additional equipment

Saddle bags, helmet and scarf

Extras

Massage included on day 3. Sauna and Jacuzzi every day between 6pm and 8.45pm at Tradicion Colca Hotel in Yanque.
Entry to the Observatory of Astronomy home to a Dobson-type 18 inch Telescope at Tradicion Colca Hotel in Yanque
Tourist site fees described in the itinerary: Tourist entrance fees to Colca Valley and Titicaca Lake Islands; entrance to Yanque Hot Springs

OPTION

Accommodation

Single room supplement
Room supplement 3*hotel in Pinchollo

Extras

Guided tour in Arequipa
Extension to Cusco and Machu Pichu (tailor made itinerary)
Additional massages and activities at Tradicion Colca. Massages can be booked with prior notice.

PRICE DOESN'T INCLUDE

Meals

Beverages and personal extras
Meals are not included in Arequipa and Puno. Your meals are also not included if you choose the extension

Transport

International and domestic flights
Airport return transfer from Puno to the Airport of Juliaca or Cuzco

Extras

Small group supplement. For price list see above in price details
Tips to the local team

Insurance

Cancellation and travel insurance are not included. Please note that insurance is mandatory. We recommend taking out an insurance policy as soon as your trip is booked in case of cancellation.

TIPS

Tips are not expected but are very welcome. You should tip what you feel is appropriate given the level of service you receive. We recommend c. £5 - £10 per person to be split between your team.

HORSES

You ride the Peruvian Paso horse (pure and cross breeds). This breed originated in Peru and descends from Spanish horses brought in by the Conquistadors during the early 16th century. The Peruvian Paso has a characteristic extra gait called the Paso Llano - this four beat running walk is extremely comfortable and surprisingly fast.
The horses are all shod due to the rough terrain.

MINIMUM RIDING ABILITY

You need to be a competent rider who is comfortable at all paces across varied terrain. You need to be open to a new style of riding and be ready to adjust to the incredibly smooth extra pace of your horse - the "paso llano".

Maximum weight limit: 90 kg/200 lbs.

PACE

You will mainly walk or paso llano - the running walk pace of the Peruvian Paso horse. This four time beat is very comfortable and can reach the speed of a trot or canter. Peruvian Paso horses rarely trot and so the paso llano is the preferred pace. There may be some opportunities to canter if the terrain is suitable.

You will be expected to dismount and lead your horse on occasion.

TACKING ABILITY AND PARTICIPATION

You can assist with tacking and untacking your horse if you wish.
Pack mules are used for the day you ride through the canyon and these will be tacked by the horse team.

TRIP CONDITIONS AND REQUESTED EXPERIENCE

You need to be fit and in good physical condition as the ride is at altitudes varying frm 3,500m - 4,900m. You will also need to be fit enough to walk some technical sections on foot.

EQUESTRIAN EQUIPMENT

You will ride using traditional Peruvian saddles called Montura de Cajon which are similar to Iberian and Portuguese saddles. They are very comfortable and make for a good seat. The rings
for the stirrups and cinch are covered with rawhide flaps. The back of the horse is protected by a woollen blanket and another leather
blanket above ("carona"). Stirrups are made of wood or leather, wooden ones in pyramid shapes and often decorated with nickel,
both with a closed front.

Saddle bags are provided for small items such as sunblock or an extra layer of clothing.

Equus Journeys strongly recommend that you wear a riding helmet and that you take your own to ensure a correct fit

COMFORT

In Arequipa you stay in a 4 star hotel in double/twin rooms with private bathrooms.
In Yanque you stay in a 3 star spa hotel with sauna, jacuzzi and one massage included.
In Pinchollo, Llahuar, Sangalle and San Juan you stay in rustic homestay cottages and must bring your own sleeping bag liner.
In Cabanaconde and Puno you stay in a 3 star hotel.

You do not need to bring a sleeping bag but a sleeping bag liner is recommended for extra warmth.
Please note that it is possible that on two nights there will be no hot shower - view it as an adventure!

CLIMATE

Peru has two seasons - one wet and one dry.

In the heart of the Andes, the wet season runs from October to April, and the dry season from May to September. To make the most of the view and the atmosphere, the dry season is the best time to visit.
In Cusco (3,250m) temperatures can drop to as low as zero celsius in July/August, and as high as 23c in November.
In Arequipa (2,525m) temperatures can drop as low as 6c in July/August and as high as 23c in November. There is very little rainfall in this area.
Generally there are cold nights and mornings because of the altitude, but the days can be sunny and pleasant.

Meals

All meals are provided on the trail as well as drinking water except at restaurants (drinks are not included).

Lunches are picnics and evenings meals are provided by the hotels.

Drinks are at an extra cost when dining out in hotels/restaurants.

Please contact us in advance should you have any dietary requirements or allergies.

Support Team

Guide and local team

An Equestrian touristic English-speaking guide, and a Peruvian Spanish-speaking Chalan (stable boy and horse trainer) will lead you for
the entire duration of the Horse ride, with a support vehicle between Yanque, Madrigal and Pinchollo.

Packing list

Please note: For nights spent in rustic cabins, you should only pack the bare necessities: please bring a small bag (max 3kg) for your toilet kit and spare clothing. We will tie it behind your saddle; your suitcases and bags will stay at Yanque or Cabanaconde Hotel, no luggage is carried.

Head
- Equus Journeys strongly recommend that you wear a riding helmet and that you take your own to ensure a correct fit. There are many lightweight options available nowadays
- Sunhat for when not riding
- Sunglasses - with a cord attached so they don't fly off when riding
- Buff or bandana
- Warm hat for cold nights when camping

Upper body
- Thermals (long or short sleeved)
- Long sleeved shirts provide protection from the sun and are an extra layer
- T-shirts
- Lightweight fleece or jumper
- Warm fleece or jumper (and a spare in case one gets wet)
- Warm and waterproof jacket - it can rain at any time of year and the evenings can be particularly cold

Legs
- Lightweight, comfortable riding trousers or jodhpurs - we recommend riding in them at home before taking them on holiday to ensure they don't rub
- Thermals
- Casual trousers for the evenings, such as jeans or tracksuit bottoms
- Waterproof over trousers
- Lightweight, comfortable trousers for non-riding days

Hands and Feet
- Comfortable riding boots. We recommend hiking boots with half chaps but you may wish to take long chaps as an extra layer against inclement weather. We don't recommend taking your favourite long leather boots in case they get damaged. Short riding boots are not recommended as they may not provide enough traction on steep/rocky paths.
- Waterproof shoes/boots can be useful for abundant dew in the mornings or when it rains
- Trainers or equivalent light shoes for moving around the camp in the evenings
- Several pairs of warm, thick socks
- Gloves - your hands are particularly exposed to the sun, cold or rain whilst riding. Waterproof gloves can be particularly useful

Nightwear
- Sleeping bag liner
- Pyjamas or tracksuits or thermals for sleeping in

Our Recommendations
- Please don't take a hard sided suitcase. Your luggage should be soft sided with a capacity of 60-80 litres. We recommend taking a backpack or similar. Remember that you are supported by pack horses/mules for part of the ride so please pack light.
- Backpacks cannot be worn whilst riding. We recommend a small bumbag or a coat with pockets so that you can carry small items with you during the day (camera, sunscreen, lipbalm etc)
- We recommend travelling in your riding boots and carrying your hat and some riding clothes in your hand luggage - then if your luggage goes astray you are still able to ride!

Other useful items
- Swimsuit
- Small backpack for accessing items required during the day (carried by support crew)
- Camera and high capacity memory card. Spare battery
- Bumbag for carrying your camera and small items whilst riding
- Headtorch or small torch for moving around camp at night - bring spare batteries and bulbs
- Water bottle (2 litres or 2 x 1 litre)
- Wet Wipes or equivalent (for when washing facilities aren't available)
- Toilet paper and a lighter to burn it with
- Small plastic bags for rubbish
- Ear plugs (for light sleepers)

In your hold luggage
- Any liquids, such as shampoo, moisturiser, deodorant unless they are less than 100ml and all bottles can fit in a small, clear, plastic ziplock bag. We recommend biodegradable washing products where possible.
- Swiss army knife (or equivalent)

In your hand luggage
- Any valuables, such as your camera, ipod, ipad etc.
- Your riding hat

Medical kit
- Sunscreen and lip balm - should be high factor. This is really important as the sun is really strong!
- Insect repellent, preferably containing deet
- Any medication you regularly take
- Blister plasters in case of any rubs
- Antiseptic cream, plasters, aspirin, anti-histamine, insect-bite salve etc...
- Spare prescription glasses/contact lenses
- Eye drops
- Imodium or similar anti-diarrhoea medication
- Re-hydration sachets
- Water purification tablets
- Antiseptic wipes
- Handwash gel

You may wish to ask your doctor for some specific medication for travelling at High Altitudes. We recommend that you discuss this directly with your doctor who is best placed to advise on your personal medical history.

Miscellaneous
- We recommend taking a copy of your passport and insurance documents with you in case you lose your originals
- Please take your rubbish home with you. There are no recycling facilities in Peru, so take your used batteries, aerosols etc back home and dispose of them appropriately. Try to leave excess packaging material at home before travelling

ENTRY FORMALITIES

To enter Peru, a passport is required by all Australian, USA, Canadian, British and other EU nationals. Your passport should be valid for a minimum period of 6 months from the date of entry into Peru.

Visas:
Visas are not required by nationals referred to above travelling as tourists for stays of up to 183 days.
Nationals not referred to above are advised to contact the embassy to check visa requirements.

While it is not required by the immigration authorities, some airlines require passengers to show proof of onward travel (e.g. an airline ticket) in order to travel to Peru.

See more: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/peru/entry-requirements

Addresses of consulates

  • Paris | Ambassade du Pérou
    50, avenue Kléber
    75116 Paris
    Tél. : 01.53.70.42.00
    Fax :
    perou.ambassade@amb-perou.fr
  • Embassy of Peru
    52 Sloane Street
    SW1X 9SP London
    Tél. : +44 (0) 20 7235 1917
    Fax : +44 (0) 20 7235 4463
    postmaster@peruembassy-uk.com
  • Ambassade de France au Pérou
    Avenida Arequipa 3415 San Isidro
    27 Lima
    Tél. : +51 (1) 215 84 00
    Fax :
    france-chancellerie@ambafrance-pe.org

HEALTH

There are no vaccinations legally required to travel to Peru. It's a good thing to get your vaccinations in order before travelling to Peru. The general vaccination against Diphtheria, Tetanus and Polio (DTP) is recommended. Also a Hepatitis A and yellow fever (only for the eastern parts in the Amazon) vaccination is recommended and vaccination against hepatitis B, tuberculosis, rabies and typhoid are also sometimes recommended for stays longer than 3 months.
Malaria is prevalent in the country, but only below 2,000 metres in the east of the country and along the border with Ecuador. It is recommended to take malaria pills and take other normal anti-mosquito precautions as well. Dengue sometimes occurs as well. There is no vaccination, so buy mosquito repellent (preferably with 50% DEET), and sleep under a net. Also wear long sleeves if possible.
If you have any medical problems you can visit a pharmacy (farmacia) in most towns and cities who will be able to give you tablets for many problems, eg cipro for a badly upset stomach, or antibiotics for chest infections. Medicine is cheap and the pharmacist will give advice for free. If you need stitching up or want to seek proper medical attention even the smallest of villages will usually have a clinic where you can be seen by a doctor for next to nothing.

TRAVEL INSURANCE

It is a condition of your booking with Equus Journeys that you have travel insurance which covers you for the riding activities to be undertaken. Your travel insurance should cover you for medical expenses and repatriation. Your guides will require your travel insurance details before they allow you to ride and may refuse to let you ride if you cannot provide them. You should take your insurance documents with you.

TELEPHONE AND JET LAG

The dialling code for Peru is +51
Peru's time zone is GMT -5 hours

BUDGET AND MONEY

The local currency is the Nuevo Sol, often written as 'S/'. US dollars are widely accepted and prices for hotels and flights are often quoted in USD. You will not have trouble changing Pounds Sterling or Euros in the cities. All of the tourist cities and towns have cambios where you can change money, and often you will find people changing money on the street sometimes they offer a better deal, sometimes they will rip you off so take care if using the street changers. Try to get your money in the smallest denominations you can (no higher than S/50) or you will find it very difficult to spend the larger notes outside of large hotels or expensive restaurants and you may find yourself standing by a stall for five minutes whilst the owner runs around looking for change.

VOLTAGE

220 volts AC, 60Hz. Flat and round two-pin plugs are used. (110 volts AC is available in most 4- and 5-star hotels.)

ACTIVITY :Trail Riding

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Explore the impressive Colca Canyon on this stunning horseback trail aboard Peruvian Paso horses. Ride deep into the canyon amidst a landscape of volcanoes, high in the Andean mountains. Discover the Inca and pre-Inca heritage of this fascinating country and visit the beautiful city of Arequipa.

  • Colca Canyon horseback trail
    Peruvian horse in Colca Canyon
  • Fantastic bird watching in the Colca Canyon
    Horseback trail riding in the Colca Canyon
  • A stunning view from up high
    Colca Canyon horseback trail
  • Riding in the shadows of the peaks
    Horseback trail riding in Peru
  • A star gazers dream in Peru
    Trail riding on Peruvian Paso's in Peru
  • Peruvian Paso's
    Trail riding holiday on Peruvian Paso's
  • Soaring on the thermals
    Trail riding around the Colca Canyon Peru
  • Riding across Colca Canyon in Peru
    Trail riding around the Colca Canyon Peru

STRENGTHS

- Discover the deepest canyon in the world - Colca Canyon has walls over 4,000 high making it a spectacular location for a riding trail
- Beautiful Andean landscapes of volcanoes, blue skies and traditional villages
- Gentle acclimatisation and comfortable accommodation
- Ride the amazing Peruvian Paso horse with its unique gait - the paso llano
- Discover the treasures of the Inca culture in the heart of the Andes
- Visit Arequipa - the beautiful, white colonial city, and the world's highest lake, Lake Titicaca.

A shorter version of this ride (10 days, 5 on horseback) is also possible and runs from March to December. Please contact us for more information

ITINERARY

Day 1: LONDON - LIMA -

Fly from London to Lima. There are no direct flights from the UK to Lima and so it is likely that you will fly via a hub city such as Madrid or Sao Paulo.

Flights to Arequipa are not included but can be booked upon request.

Day 2: LIMA - AREQUIPA -

Accommodation : HOTEL FUNDADOR

It is likely that you will arrive into Lima in the morning and connect directly onto an internal flight to Arequipa.

You will be met on arrival at Arequipa airport and transferred to your four star hotel. This afternoon is free for you to relax after the long flight or to take some time to explore the city. Arequipa has a splendid colonial style and there is an optional tour of the beautiful Santa Catalina convent. You may decide to take a tour of the city and visit the convent of “Santa Catalina” with an English-speaking private guide (optional and payable locally).

Lunch and dinner are to your own account today.

Day 3: AREQUIPA - YANQUE - 2 hours riding

Accommodation : TRADICION COLCA

After breakfast depart at 8:00am to the Colca Valley. Your journey takes you through the “Salinas y Aguada Blanca” reserve where alpacas, llamas and vicuñas live. You will see the Mirador volcano and cross passes at 4,900 meters above sea level, and descend into valleys at 3,500m.

After lunch in your hotel you will visit the stables and meet your Peruvian “Paso” horses and specialized “chalanes” who are the peruvian grooms and horse guides. You will go for a first ride (2 hours riding) around the village until the Church dedicated to the Virgin of Chapi and the Colonial mill.

Return to the hotel or to use the sauna or jacuzzi (available from 6:00pm to 8:45pm).

Dinner and overnight at Tradicion Colca.

Day 4: YANQUE - COPORAQUE - UYO UYO - YANQUE - 5 hours riding

Accommodation : TRADICION COLCA

After breakfast at the hotel depart for your horseback ride to Coporaque Village and its pre-Inca cemetery where the mummies of Collagua Lords were formerly safeguarded. You will have to dismount and climb a hill for 20min to reach the graves.

Continue on to the lost city of Uyo Uyo, the ancient capital city of the “Collagua” culture. These old houses, ancient irrigation ducts and a lot of other relics prove the co-existence between the “Collaguas” and Incas. From there you will continue on through the “amphitheater”- amazing Pre-Inca terraces carved into the mountain in circular form. Along the way, you will also see the “Colcas”, a kind of hidden granary that gave the name to the river, and the "amphitheater" (farming terraces highly valued by the Incas to improve cultivation of quinoa, corn...). Finally you will reach Coporaque Village, where you can see the Main square. The church has a fountain dedicated to the Inca.

You return to Yanque for lunch. In the afternoon, return to the hotel for a massage (included today) and free use of the indoor pool. In the evening have a go at star-gazing in the Observatory of Astronomy with a Dobson-type Ø18 inch Telescope and projection of a 12mn movie about the Solar System in the Planetarium.

Day 5: YANQUE - MADRIGAL - 4-5 hours riding

Accommodation : TRADICION COLCA

After breakfast at the hotel you will depart at 08:00 am for a full day ride to the right side of the Colca Valley to explore the tranquillity and beauty of the landscape. On the way you pass wonderful Pre-inca terraces with their crops and have a picnic lunch.

Cross the villages of Ichupampa and Lari before arriving at Madrigal where the horses will spend the night with the chalan, while the group are transferred back to the hotel in Yanque (c. 1hour) for a late lunch. In the afternoon you will be taken to the Hot Springs for a relaxing swim. Before dinner, use the spa facilities at the hotel before dinner if you wish.

Day 6: MADRIGAL - CHIMPA - PINCHOLLO - 3-4 hours riding; 3 hours walk

This is the start of the itinerant ride, for which you will need 2 days of bare necessities. After an early breakfast at 5:30 am, you will be transferred to Madrigal.

This morning you walk for c. 2 hours to the “Chimpa” fortress, located at the top of the mountain. You will observe a miniature template of the area made of stone including the emperor's throne. The panoramic view of the valley is splendid and unique because you are able to observe both sides of the Colca Canyon and the valley where condors fly freely. The “Chimpa” fortress is a strategic military facility of the “Collagua” culture made with mountain stones.

Return to Madrigal for lunch. In the afternoon set off riding to Pinchollo village. You will cross the Colca river again, passing over another beautiful bridge. On the way you can view the landscape of the Colca Valley, full of Pre-Inca terraces, mountains and animal life (cows, bulls, alpacas, llamas and sheep, attended by local people, wearing traditional clothes and costumes.) You may also see plantations being ploughed, irrigated or harvested, according to the season of your stay.

Dinner and night in Pinchollo village, in simple and basic accommodation within the community (possible upgrade to a 3 star hotel for a supplement of approx. USD 30 per person, booking must be made in advance).

Day 7: PINCHOLLO - GEYSER - CABANACONDE - 7-8 hours riding; 2 hours walk

Breakfast in Pinchollo and then set off for a 7-8 hour ride to the geyser of Pinchollo and Cabanaconde. On the way you will pass through amazing landscapes composed of high, snow capped volcanoes, waterfalls and huge mountains. Following the river you will finally reach the active geyser « Hatun Infiernillo » (4,450m).

After lunch, continue riding to Cabanaconde village and your 3 star hotel. Please note that today you will have to ride on a paved road for c. 8kms - unfortunately there is no alternative.

You will change horses twice today to keep your horses fresh.

Overnight in a 3 star hotel.

Day 8: CABANACONDE - LLAHUAR - 3-4 hours riding

After breakfast you ride down the Colca Canyon to Llahuar village. You will experience a 3,800 foot descent to arrive into Llahua. The way down is difficult and steep (-1200 m), but incredibly beautiful. You will have to walk parts of the trail and lead your horse on foot before reach Llahua, where you spend the night in a rustic but comfortable cabin.

This afternoon is free for relaxation.

Day 9: LLAHUAR - SAN JUAN - 4-5 hours riding

After breakfast, your ride follows alongside the Colca River inside the Canyon, where you can admire huge and impressive landscapes. You'll also cross little rivers and because of the difficulty of the landscape you will sometimes need to get off your horse and walk. You will discover the villages of Corsnirhua, Malata and San Juan de Chucho

Lunch at San Juan village. In the afternoon, you will discover the lifestyle of the local people and their activities which are mainly agricultural. Dinner and night in a rudimentary rural lodging.

Day 10: SANGALLE - SAN JUAN DE CHUCCHO - 3 hours riding

After breakfast, you will set out to the "Oasis", or Sangalle, on a 3-hour ride. The path will take you along the Canyon and you will have to cross the river on a bridge. Along the way, it may be possible to swim in the warm hot springs.

Lunch and dinner in Sangalle, where you will stay in rustic accommodation.

Day 11: SAN JUAN DE CHUCCHO - Riding and walking

Accommodation : TRADICION COLCA

An early morning start to get ready for the ascent of the canyon. For the safety and security of both riders and horses it will be a slow journey and you will have to dismount and lead your horse over some sections.

On arrival at Cabanaconde, you will say goodbye to the horses and be transferred by private vehicle back to the hotel in Yanque (approx. 2 hours drive).

Dinner and night at the hotel, with the option of stargazing if the weather conditions are right.

Day 12: LAKE TITICACA - No riding

This morning is free to rest. After lunch at midday at the hotel, you are transferred at 12:30pm to Chivay to depart by tourist bus (in a group with an English-speaking guide) for the 6 hour road trip across the Andes and the Altiplano, to arrive into Puno at around 7:30pm. You will be met on arrival and transferred to your 3 star hotel in Puno (dinner is to your own account today).

Day 13: LAKE TITICACA - No riding

Breakfast at 7:00am and then depart by boat (in a group with an english-speaking guide) to cross Lake Titicaca and visit the magnificent Taquile island. After lunch (not included) continue your journey across the lake towards the Uros floating islands and return to Puno. Arrival in Puno around 4:00pm.

Your flight can depart this evening or we can book an additional hotel in Puno for you (or an extension to visit other parts of Peru). Transfer to the airport is not included.

Day 14: RETURN TO UK OR EXTENSION -

Option A: From Puno you will need to schedule a transfer to Juliaca Inca Manco Capac Airport, fly home via Lima and a hub city such as Madrid.

Alternatively, you could extend your holiday to visit other sites in Peru, such as Cusco. There are many opportunities please enquire.

Option B: We can provide an extension in Cusco to include Macchu Picchu on request - please enquire. Approx. 6 days/5 nights.

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YOUR ADVISOR

Did you know?

The Colca Canyon is almost twice as deep as the Grand Canyon in the USA. At its deepest point, the canyon falls 4,160 metres from its rim to the floor. That's an incredible 4 kilometres!

From the sides of the canyon it is possible to watch condors cruising on thermals at the same height as you, allowing for some spectacular sightings. Condors are seen almost year-round from the viewpoint at Cruz del Condor, where the canyon is 1,200m deep. These enormous South American vultures have a wingspan of 3.2 metres, which is exceeded only by seabirds such as the albatross.

Discover this spectacular canyon and view these amazing birds on a horseback riding trail in Peru.


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