Perol Chico and its equestrian activities began quite by accident...
Here is the story:
Eduard van Brunschot (better known as Eddy) is the founder of Perol Chico and the product of an exotic mix: a Peruvian mother and a Dutch father. He grew up in “flat” Holland, but from a young age was always intrigued by the mystical and romantic image of the land of his birth – mountainous Peru.
Returning to Peru in 1996, Eddy impulsively purchased some farming land in the heart of the historic and mythical Sacred Valley of the Incas. Lacking in farming experience, he had no idea what to do with his new property, but loved the setting and surroundings of his new home. It did not take long before he bought a couple of Peruvian Paso horses for his own enjoyment, and began exploring the wonderful trails high in the surrounding mountains.
Eddy soon discovered that the Peruvian Paso was the ultimate riding horse: unrivalled in terms of endurance and comfort. He also realized that there was no established or professional horse-riding operation offered in Peru at the time, so he founded a company for this purpose and named it after the land he purchased – Perol Chico.
It was not long before Perol Chico’s riding activities were discovered internationally, and they now appear in reputable guidebooks and in the brochures and websites of the best specialist equestrian travel agencies. Accounts of Perol Chico’s exceptional riding expeditions high in the Andes have also been published in many prestigious horse magazines worldwide. National Geographic selected Perol Chico’s Sacred Valley Ride as being one of the top 10 horseback rides in the world.
Eddy continually seeks more opportunities to develop, promote and improve equestrian travel in Peru. His motivation lies in the preservation of the traditional characteristics and virtues of the magnificent Peruvian Paso breed as a working horse, whilst fostering a deep appreciation and respect for these beautiful horses amongst locals and tourists alike.
Maria Zans Gamarra joined the company in 2004 and is responsible for the organisation and administration of all equestrian and non-equestrian activities at Perol Chico.
Maria is also the founder and managing director of Maria Zans Gia Eirl, a Peruvian-based travel company specialising in equestrian and non-equestrian adventure travel.