Perol Chico's multi-day adventurous riding tours and riding expeditions are suitable for intermediate to advanced riders who can appreciate well-trained, sensitive and forward-going horses.
Before each ride we take our time to introduce our breed, explain and teach our riding style, evaluate rider's ability, match each rider with the right horse and discuss safety on the trails. Friendly and professional Peruvian horsemen with a thorough knowledge of the local flora, fauna and traditions guide the rides, while 4x4 vehicles are used as back up.
During the rides, guests are treated to delicious regional meals, using fresh and local ingredients wherever possible and accommodation is offered at excellent hotels selected for their local flavour, colonial architecture, comfort and good locations.
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. Total beginners have little experience (if any) at all with horses in general. They may have been on a "trail ride" at a rental stable once or twice but they do not know general horse handling or the basic commands to make the horse move forward, turn, trot, stop and back unassisted. They cannot saddle or bridle a horse themselves and are not comfortable handling a horse from the ground.
Novice: A rider who is capable of mounting and dismounting unassisted, capable of applying basic aids, comfortable and in control at the walk.
Intermediate: All the above, plus a rider who has a firm and balanced seat, is confident and in control at all paces in open countryside, is capable of handling a forward-going horse, but does not ride regularly. He or she is capable of mounting and dismounting unassisted, capable of applying basic aids and has soft hands.
Strong Intermediate: An intermediate rider who is currently riding regularly and is comfortable in the saddle at all paces in open countryside for at least 6 hours per day. He or she has ridden several different types of horses and can independently manage a horse’s care. They are capable of riding a less experienced horse and helping in that horse’s training. They are able to train/compete at a more advanced level with a trainer’s assistance. The strong intermediate rider is knowledgeable about different horse breeds and disciplines.
Advanced: All of the above, plus an independent seat, soft hands, and capable of handling a spirited (hot) horse. Advanced riders have ridden most of their lives and have worked with a trainer/mentor for several years or had several years with intense riding instruction. They have competed successfully at recognized shows in their discipline. They are able to ride most horses including working with young/green horses without assistance. They know advanced manoeuvres in their preferred riding discipline and can positively affect the horse they are riding at all times. 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.
Our riding season & climate
Our rides from our ranch in the Sacred Valley run from mid March until mid November. During the rainy season, from mid November until mid March, we do not offer multi-day rides because the trails high in the mountains can become too slippery and dangerous. In November and March we do offer 1-day rides if the weather is not too bad.
Peru's seasons are the reverse of those in the northern hemisphere. Summer in Peru is from December to February and winter from July to September.
The climate in the Sacred Valley is clearly differentiated by two seasons, the dry season from April to November and the rainy season that begins around mid November and ends in March.
Daytime temperature does not fluctuate much in different months. The average year round temperature in the Sacred Valley is around 68°F / 20°C, i.e. during daytime. In winter time the temperature may drop to low thirties (in °F) or 2-7 °C but only during nighttime. In summer time the temperature doesn't drop significant at night.
In contrast to Cusco (at 3.300 m.a.s.l. / 10.900 ft.) the Sacred Valley of the Inca’s (at 2.800 m.a.s.l. / 9.200 ft) has a moderate climate year round. It never gets too cold and never too hot. In times of the Incas it was already the favorite place for the upper class and the army to rest, to recover and to heal. It was for those reasons and for its magical beauty that the valley was called ‘Sacred’.
Rider weight limit:
To ensure the welfare of our horses there is a strict rider weight limit of 85 kg / 13.5st / 190 pounds (dressed for riding). There are scales at the stables and riders may be weighed prior to the ride setting off. Riders exceeding our weight limit may be excluded from the ride and no refund will be made, so please be honest with your weight.
Our riding programs
The Sacred Valley Ride, 11 days/10 nights. Riding holiday with scheduled departure dates. Riding level: intermediate - advanced
The Pancho Fierro Ride, 7 days/6 nights, Private tour, no set departures (contact us for availability). Riding level: intermediate - advanced
The Monasterio Ride, 3 days/2 nights. Private tour, no set departures (contact us for availability). Riding level: intermediate - advanced.
The Posada del Inca Ride, 2 days/1 night. Private tour, no set departures (contact us for availability). Riding level: intermediate - advanced.
The Vilcanota Ride, 1 day. Private tour, no set departures (contact us for availability). Riding level: intermediate - advanced.