Horseback Riding Holidays and Equestrian Tours in the Land of the Incas
The exclusive riding stables of Perol Chico offer exceptional horse riding holidays and adventurous riding tours in the Sacred Valley and across the vast desert and coastal lands of Arequipa.
Founded in 1996, the family-run business, owned and managed by Eduard van Brunschot and his beautiful wife Maria Zans Gamarra, specialises in riding expeditions and multi-day riding tours on purebred Peruvian Paso horses for real horse lovers.
The company’s varied portfolio of exclusive horse riding adventures combines culture, history and breathtaking scenery to make for an unforgettable journey for the privileged few.
Perol Chico maintains the highest standards of professionalism in equine care, guiding and accommodation, protecting the environment and caring for its guests with unrivaled personal attention to detail.
Friendly and professional, Perol Chico use English-speaking Peruvian guides, often Eduard himself, and importantly every ride also has a back-up rider. Between them they have a thorough knowledge of the local flora, fauna and traditions; a 4x4 provides vehicular back-up.
During the rides guests are treated to delicious regional cuisine and accommodation is offered at wonderful hotels selected for their local flavour, colonial architecture, comfort and special setting.
Tailor-made rides for private groups (min group size of two) can also be organised to meet personal interests and desired departure dates where possible.
Perol Chico’s riding country
Nestled against a majestic mountain backdrop, Perol Chico’s main ranch and riding operation is located in the heart of the mythical Sacred Valley of the Incas, between Cusco and Machu Picchu. Rides operate from April until November.
A second ranch is located in La Joya, Arequipa where most of the breeding stock is kept. The riding stables in Arequipa serve as the base for adventurous riding expeditions across the remote desert and coastal land between November and March (i.e. the rainy season in Cusco when riding is not possible).
The stables of Perol Chico in Cusco and Arequipa are home to some of the finest and well-trained Peruvian Paso horses, some having won prestigious prizes at important national horse competitions.
During its 16 years of equestrian explorations and extensive journeys on horseback, Perol Chico has earned itself a flawless reputation as the premier horseback riding operation in Peru.
Accounts of Perol Chico’s exceptional riding expeditions in Peru have been published in many well-known horse magazines and equestrian websites. National Geographic selected Perol Chico’s Sacred Valley Ride as being one of the top 10 horseback rides in the world.
Equestrian journeys of a lifetime
To ride a Peruvian horse is to experience unparalleled smoothness and generosity of spirit, a horse whose elegance combined with its temperament achieves the ultimate in comfort, luxury and performance. The ‘Rolls-Royce’ of the horse world.
The Peruvian Paso horse is arguably the smoothest riding horse in the world. Its endurance and willingness to work, not to mention its extremely comfortable gait, makes hours in the saddle pure pleasure.
Travel on horseback allows us to discover and explore the true heart and soul of Peru. Remote places become accessible to us and local people are thrilled to see a group of riders on beautiful Peruvian Paso horses riding through their villages.
Celebrating the almost 500-year-old Peruvian tradition of breeding, training and riding the velvet-gaited Peruvian Paso horse, Perol Chico is passionately dedicated to selecting, breeding and training sound and strong horses. Horses which are willing to please and who will take you on an equestrian journey of a lifetime.
Perol Chico invites you to discover the Magic of the Peruvian Paso horse and the grandeur of its native land.