Day Rides

The Sacred Valley of the Incas envelops a fertile agricultural and cultural landscape, punctuated by small villages of Quechua-speaking communities and dotted with the surviving remains of great Inca family estates. The Valle Sagrado de Los Incas, or the Sacred Valley of the Incas, was appreciated by the Inca for its special geographical and climatic qualities. It is the perfect setting to enjoy a wonderful ride on one of the well-trained and beautiful horses from the Perol Chico riding stables.

Perol Chico offers a fabulous day on horseback through the Sacred Valley, for the more experienced rider. The day starts at the ranch with an introduction of the Peruvian horse, its special and exquisite four beat lateral gait and riding instructions.

A horse that is trained and ridden in a specific way will get confused and feel frustrated when ridden differently, which is something we want to avoid. So prior to all our rides we include enough time for riding instructions and explain the basics of our riding style, independent of client’s individual level of riding ability. 

 

Our horses are selected for long distance rides and well-trained. They are forward-going, lively and spirited, some more than others. We do have one or two horses that are a bit more laid back and easy going, but in general our horses are not suitable for beginners or novices. We require fairly experienced riders for our rides, intermediate level and above. 

The ride starts at 9.30 am at the ranch. The introduction and riding instructions, as well as evaluation of riding abilities and matching riders with the right mount, will take about 1,5 to 2 hours, depending on the size of the group and riding abilities. When we are all set and done we will ride for about 1,5 hour before we have lunch at some point along the way, where we will meet Maria and our grooms. After lunch another 1,5-2 hours (approx.) in the saddle, arriving back at the ranch around 3:00 pm to celebrate the day with a delicious Pisco Sour.

Collection point: Urubamba

Weight limit: 13st. 5lbs (85 kg) (187 pounds) 

Group size: 2-6 riders

Riding ability: Intermediate - Advanced

Departure dates 2022: any date, subject to availability.

The article ‘Riding the Peruvian Paso horse’ explains the basic principles of classical Peruvian equitation and is published as a flip book. You can also download the article in pdf format:

 

 

For those who are completely new to horse riding, or want to become a more confident rider, we highly recommend our special and private riding course

Different Levels of Riding Ability

 

Beginner:

A rider who has limited experience, is unable to apply basic aids and does not have a firm and balanced seat

 

Novice:

A rider who is capable of mounting and dismounting unassisted, capable of applying basic aids, comfortable and in control at the walk.

 

Intermediate:

A rider who has a firm and balanced seat, is capable of mounting and dismounting unassisted, is confident and in control at all paces (walk, trot, canter, gallop), but does not ride regularly. He or she has ridden several different types of horses and can independently manage a horse’s care.

Strong Intermediate:

An intermediate rider who is currently riding regularly and is comfortable in the saddle for at least 6 hours per day.

 

Advanced:

All of the above and capable of handling a spirited horse in open country. Their seat is balanced and secure, their hands are soft. 

They are able to ride most horses including working with young/green horses without assistance. 

The advanced rider is able to teach lessons to beginners, break and train horses and teach a horse advanced manoeuvres. The advanced rider knows horse breeds and conformation well and is able to detect unsoundness vs. blemishes in a horse.