6D-5N PAUCARBAMBA – FLAT VALLEY PATH – SALINAS MISMINAY COMMUNITY – ZURITE – ANKA WASI – ROCKY MOUNTAINS MARKJO – HUAYPO LAKE – TTIO BAMBA – MARAS – HACIENDA
DAY 1 PAUCARBAMBA – FLAT VALLEY PATH – SALINAS – MARAS – MISMINAY COMMUNITY. (2800 – 3734 meters above sea level)
This ride begins in Paucarbamba where our Hacienda is located.
Just after crossing the Vilcanota river in Paucarbamba, we take a forest path along the river, where we will see some tombs from the time of the Ina Empire located at the side of the path. Yanahuara used to be a farming area, but lately it is becoming one of the most important areas for tourist accomodation. At the moment forty new hotels are being constructed.
Just after Yanahuara, a quiet and narrow path along the Vilcanota River will bring us to the suspension bridge of Tarabamba; this is the checkpoint for Salinas.
During the next part of the ride we will climb up to the mountain towards Salinas, the salt mines that date back to pre – Inka times.
More than three thousand pans of salt are waiting to be visited by us, and after enjoying a nice meal while overlooking the salt terraces, we continue climbing the mountain until we arrive at the village of Maras, which is famous for its stone doorways with the carved date of construction and heraldic family crests, an inheritance of the Spanish culture.
At Maras the big fields of barley, green beans, white corn, hay, oats, quinoa, and so on, are waiting for us because the horse trail crosses through them to get to the Misminay Community where we will spend the first night at a local home.
An extraordinary Andean trail will guide us to the Misminay viewpoint which is located at 3734 meters above sea level. The local people from this village are really friendly and curious and like to share their traditional way of life with visitors.
16:00 Arrival at Misminay.
16:30 Hike to Moray view point. Moray, the last botany laboratory from the Inkas.
Here the Andeans acclimated many different plants that they brought from the Amazon and from the coast because they needed to adapt them to grow at high altitudes (cold areas), to be able to use them for food or medicine.
19:00 Dinner and overnight stay.
DAY 2 MISMINAY COMMUNITY – MAHUAYPAMPA HUAROCONDO – ZURITE. (3359 meters above sea level)
The view that
Misminay offers us early in the morning, is trulyphenomen
You can see most of the snow covered mountains of the Sacred Valley, all the farmland of Maras, and eagles and falcons soaring against an amazing background.
After breakfast, we start our second day ride. This ride is longer than the one on the first day, because we need to climb the last mountains before riding down to the town of Huarocondo (3345 meter above sea level). This is the first town in the flat area of the Anta-district where we plan to eat lunch. The next night we will be camping on the old and historic land of “Zurite” (3405 meters above sea level). Zurite has the province’s longest and biggest Inka terraces used for farming, That is the reason why it hosts the most important investigation complex of the Andean native potatoe.
Dinner and overnight stay.
DAY 3 ZURITE – ANKAWASI. (3580 meters above sea level)
The next morning after breakfast, a professional agronomist of the National Institute of Agricultural Innovation will give us a tour during which he will explain the investigation process that aims to rescue some almost extinct native species of potatoes (Oca, Mashua, Potato, Año).
After we have ridden for a few hours, we will eat lunch near another old hacienda. During the next part of the ride we have to cross a big eucalyptus forest along the hills, after which we will arrive at the archaeological complex of “Quilla rumuyoq” in the village of Ankawasi (3579 meters above sea level)
This night we finally have the chance to take a hot shower and sleep in a bed, because a country hostel is waiting for us.
Dinner and overnight stay.
DAY 4 ANKAWASI – ZURITE – INKILLPATA. (3331 meters above sea level)
After eating a nice breakfast, we´re ready to visit the Ankawasi (eagle’s nest), an archaeological complex which is divided in an area for farming, a religious area and an area for housing.
The ride on the fourth day is also a long one. We will ride through areas of eucalyptus forest, where we plan to eat our lunch. After lunch we will cross a river and ride through the flat area of Anta (3320 meters above sea level), until we arrive at the campside in Inkillpata.
Dinner and overnight stay.
DAY 5 INKILLPATA – APU ANTA VIEW POINT – ROCKY MOUNTAIN- INKILLPATA. (3695 meters above sea level)
On the fifth day ride, just after eating our breakfast, we need to climb the Andes again until we arrive to the top of the Apu Anta View point located at 4000 meters above the sea level, and observe there many cultural evidences (Thombs) from the “K’illque” Pre Inka civilization.
The view sice this place in unique, will be posible to observe almost all the “Pampa de Anta” Flat valley and many of the snow mountains from the área.
After to enjoy from this panoramic scenary view, we continue riding to the Rocky Mountain located 45 minutes far from this área.
This geologic formation area, has a circular place located in the middle of the rocks that was used in the beginning of the old times by a local nomads that were looking for some deers, or other animals to hunt and eat.
After the spaniels were here, this place was used to hide cows and horses that were stolled from different small villages or haciendas and move the animals some days later to further places to sell or kill them.
Actually there is not a scientific information about this rocky área, that is why looks really wild and looks lost in the time.
After to explore the Rocky área, we expect to have our picnic lunch close to this place, enjoying the sorrounding.
After the lunch, we ride down hill untill go back to the flat valley and arrive again to our accomodations.
Dinner and over night.
DAY 6 INKILLPATA – MARKJO – HUAYPO LAKE – TTIO BAMBA – MARAS – HACIENDA.
After to take our last breakfast, we ride along th flat valley and cross it; climb to Markjo mountain along a path that cross an Ucaliptus forest área untill arrive to Huaypo lake (3500 meters above sea level), where we will eat lunch. During this ride you will realize how difficult and marvelous it is to live in the Andes, because is not easy to climb and ride downhill, cross rivers, muddy areas, etc.
Lunch time at shore of Lake Huaypo.
After enjoying our meal while listening to a symphony of songs that come from the different birds that live in the forest around the lake, we continue our ride downhill until we arrive at Ttiobamba, a marvelous Catholic church that was built in the 16th century.
After riding for 20 more minutes, we arrive at Maras located at 3377 meters above sea level. Maras is a traditional Andean village where the people used to make their doorways out of stone with some heraldic drawings and the year in which the house was constructed.
Just behind the biggest church of Maras starts a narrow trail that leads to the last lunch place located in the middle of the no where.
The last part of the ride is downhill along a narrow path that starts at 3377 meters above sea level and ends at 2800 meters, at the Hacienda del Chalán in Paucarbamba.
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DATE: Monday – Saturday (all year)
Students / Volunteers: $5 USD discount only with valid student card / certification
Organized Groups: We offer private tours and departure at any time
Group size: 1 – 10 participants
- Professional English speaking tour guide / experienced rider.
- Well-groomed Peruvian Paso Horse.
- Snacks (water – chocolate – fruit).
- Comfortable tent with plenty of space for backpacks.
- Inflatable sleeping mattresses.
- Sleeping bag.
- Meals (6 lunches – 5 dinners – 5 breakfasts), vegetarian food is available upon request
- Plenty of drinking water during the rides only.
- Experienced cook during the entire horseback tour.
- Sleeping tent.
- Dining tent.
- Kitchen tent.
- Accommodation and meals for our camp staff.
- First aid kit and oxygen bottle for participants and our camp staff.
- Assistance vehicle.
- Entrance tickets for Salinas and Moray.
- Accommodation in the local´s home for the first, third, forth and fift night
- Picking up & dropping off service from/to Cusco.
- Alcoholic drinks.
- Breakfast on the first day.
- Tips for guide and camp staff.
WHAT YOU NEED TO BRING/CARRY
- Small backpack to carry the most important items.
- Rain jacket or poncho (December – April).
- Strong comfortable and waterproof footwear.
- One complete change of clothing.
- Sweater and jacket (something warm).
- Bottle of water and purification tablets (Micropur is recommended and can be bought at local pharmacies in Cusco).
- Flashlight and batteries.
- Hat or cap to protect you from the sun.
- Sun block (sun protection cream).
- Toiletries, towel and toilet paper.
- Selection of small snacks, chocolate, dried fruit, biscuits, etc.
- Camera, plenty of film and spare batteries.