Exploratory Expedition 2019 14D/13N, (Lima, Pisco, Nazca Lines, Islas Ballestas, Paracas National Reserve, Ica, Lima).
Eduard van Brunschot, the owner of Perol Chico, continually seeks more opportunities to develop, promote and improve equestrian travel in Peru. He and his friend Mariano Cabrera Ganoza, have been talking for years about the idea of setting up a riding and breeding operation on Mariano's property Ullujaya, a magical place along the Ica river and deep in the desert of Ica. The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams so after many scouting trips both friends finally decided to organise the first exploratory ride in the coastal desert of Ica.
For the participants who want to join the Exploratory Expedition 2019 a wonderful and exclusive travel program of 14 days/13 night is offered. Starting and ending point is Lima, the City of Kings.
Trip extension highlights: Lima, The Nazca Lines, the Ballestas Islands, the Paracas National reserve, visit Pisco bodega, Ica.
Places to visit during the expedition: Hacienda Ullujaya (basecamp), Fundo Samaca (ecological farming project of Don Albert Benavides), the Lomas de Ullujaya, Amara and San Fernando (ephemeral seasonal oases sustained by ocean fogs), fossil zones, various archaeological sites of pre-hispanic cultures, beaches and small fishing settlements along the Pacific coastline, rock-shelter site called El Abrigo, pre-ceramic archaeological sites Yerba II and III, riparian Prosopis woodlands in the Quebrada Usaca (with Nasca period cemeteries along its higher edges), Canon de los Perdidos ('The canyon of the lost', geological formation), Cahuachi ceremonial center of the Nazca culture, among others.
Ride leaders: Eduard van Brunschot & Mariano Cabrera Ganoza
Day 1 - Arrive Lima
October 30. Today we have made a reservation for you at the comfortable hotel Ariosto in the district of Miraflores, Lima. International flights arrive at different hours in Lima so it is much easier if you take a taxi from Lima’s airport to your hotel. At the international arrival hall you will find the counters of several licensed taxi companies. Taxi Green is one of the licensed taxi companies that is reliable.
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Rest well as tomorrow the adventure starts.
Day 2 - Pisco, Nazca Lines, Paracas
October 31. After an early breakfast at your hotel our driver will pick you up at 07:00 am. Today you will drive with private transport along Peru's scenic southern coast, arriving around midday at the airport in the coastal city of Pisco. Here you will climb onboard a Cessna Grand Caravan aircraft for an unforgettable flight over the Nazca Lines. The Nazca Lines were designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1994. After the flight enjoy a privately guided tour of the Paracas National Reserve (1:30 pm - 4:00 pm approx.) a national park with beautiful red-sand beaches, dramatic cliffs, and desolate coastal dunes. En route you can enjoy a delicious lunch at a local restaurant. Overnight at the Five star luxury hotel Doubletree by Hilton Paracas. (B)
Day 3 - Islas Ballestas, Ica
November 01. Pick up at your hotel at 07:40 am. In the morning you will enjoy a two hour boat tour to the Ballestas Island, an unforgettable wildlife sanctuary filled with Humboldt penguins, sea lions, terns, blue footed boobies, and a mysterious symbol carved into a cliff centuries ago, called the Candelabra.
After the tour (around 10:00 am) transport to the hotel El Huarango in Ica. Lunch ‘en route’. (B)
Day 4 - Ica coastal desert. Hacienda Ullujaya
Nov. 02. After breakfast transport from your hotel in Ica to our basecamp in Ullujaya in the Ica desert, a 2 hour plus drive. Here is where our exploratory expedition starts and where you will meet the horses and our team. Today we will discuss the route we have planned and the places we would like to visit during the expedition. Afterwards your tour leader Eddy will talk about the Peruvian horses and how to ride them properly. He will then match the riders with the right mount according their riding abilities, personalities and weight. In the afternoon we will practise the classic Peruvian equitation and go out for a short ride. At the end of each riding day, and with the help of our support team, each rider should take care of his/her horse (feeding, watering, grooming). This will give a special bonding between rider and horse, hence both have to rely on each other during our long journey in the desert. (B,L,D)
Day 5 - Ica coastal desert
Riding expedition. The idea is to ride from our basecamp to the Pacific Ocean. On our way we will visit Samaca, the ecological farming project not far away from our basecamp. After the visit a long ride through the desert. Campsite in the desert. The coming days have no set itinerary and the adventure really begins. One of the best parts about not having a pre-planned itinerary is that we are more flexible to go wherever we want, ride as long and as fast as we want and stay longer at beautiful places along the way to explore the area a bit more or because its simply a nice place to rest. It's about freedom and equestrian travel is all about that. During the ride we will coordinate continuously with our support team responsible for the logistics and plan our expedition day by day. Good team work and GPS devices will be crucial.
No set itinerary due to the character of the ride. (B,L,D)
Day 6 - Ica coastal desert
Riding expedition. Same as day 5. The idea is to arrive and set up our campsite at the beach near Boca del Rio. There are empty and beautiful beaches and the area is accessible for our 4x4 vehicle(s). No set itinerary due to the character of the ride. (B,L,D)
Day 7 - Ica coastal desert
Riding expedition. From our beach campsite we would like to ride to the Lomas of Ullujaya and Amara (fog oasis) to explore. Down the Lomas shoreline is an extraordinary rock-shelter site called El Abrigo which has been radiocarbon dated to 10,000 years ago and is still used by itinerant fishermen. So it’s been in continuous occupation for the entire Holocene.
Today tiny relict populations of guanaco still live in the south coast lomas of San Fernando and Amara. They are shy and more or less constrained to particularly remote parts. Before the development of woven textile technologies in the Late Preceramic, these lomas mammals would have provided skins and tendons vital for clothing and bindings. Guanaco hides were much esteemed for clothing by Yaghan hunteregatherers of Tierra de Fuego because, unlike the hides of marine mammals, the more common prey of both Yaghan and Middle Preceramic hunters, guanaco skin is thin and flexible, so that it conforms readily to the contours of the human body, and has heavy hair, making it is far better for shedding water and keeping out the cold (Lothrop, 1928). Return to our camp at the end of the day. No set itinerary due to the character of the ride. (B,L,D)
Day 8 - Ica coastal desert
Riding expedition. From our beach camp we ride southwards and cross the Ica river. The largest and most visible Middle Preceramic archaeological remains lie at the mouths of the Ica and Nazca River. A number of sites on the Río Ica estuary date to early in the Middle Pre-ceramic Period, the largest and most visible of which are La Yerba II and La Yerba III (D. Beresford-Jones). We would like to explore this area. Afterwards we continue riding further southwards and visit some small fishing settlements along the coast (and maybe get some fish for our evening dinner). There are some sand dunes we have to pass. No set itinerary due to the character of the ride. (B,L,D)
Day 9 - Ica coastal desert
Riding expedition. We ride more southwards to Punta Caballos and Santa Ana and towards the Lomas de San Fernando which is part of the San Fernando National Reserve. Here we spend our last night at a campsite near the coast. No set itinerary due to the character of the ride. (B,L,D)
Day 10 - Ica coastal desert
Riding expedition. The idea is to go inland, through the desert and ride towards the woodlands along the riverbanks of the Rio Grande de Nazca. Most part of the coming riding days will be desert. No set itinerary due to the character of the ride. (B,L,D)
Day 11 - Ica coastal desert
Riding expedition. We'll be riding more inland towards Jumana and the Rio Nasca. We have to see how far we can get. No set itinerary due to the character of the ride. (B,L,D)
Day 12 - Ica coastal desert
Riding expedition. Ideal would be to get close to or reach Carhuachi on horseback. Cahuachi is a major ceremonial center of the Nazca culture and a sacred destination of Nazca pelgrims. The Nazca flourished between 200 BCE and 600 CE, and Cahuachi covers a similar time period. The site, which was used for harvest festivals, ancestor worship, and burials, is dominated by a series of huge ceremonial mounds and plazas. These have been a rich source of Nazca artefacts ranging from mummies to textiles, all well-preserved in the arid climate. Cahuachi was abandoned from the mid-6th century CE, perhaps due to climate change as the local environment became more arid. Earthquakes, too, may have been a contributing factor to the centre’s decline. It is interesting to note that the number of geoglyphs created at this time increased, perhaps indicating the urgent need for divine help to meet the crisis. The mounds were systematically covered with earth and so the abandonment of Cahuachi was both planned and deliberate. No set itinerary due to the character of the ride. (B,L,D)
Day 13 - Ica coastal desert, Ica
Riding expedition. Last riding day. Visit Cahuachi. Afternoon ride to some place where we can truck the horses to bring them back to our basecamp in Ullujaya. Late afternoon transport to your hotel in the town of Ica. Dinner and overnight at the Hotel Huarango in Ica. (B,L,D)
Day 14 - Ica, Lima
November 12. After breakfast pick up at your hotel in Ica. Private transport to your hotel in Lima arriving in the afternoon. Hotel accommodation for tonight is not included. Please contact us if you want us to make your hotel reservation. (B)
Dates & Pricing
- US$ 3950.00 (Price per person, 5-6 participants)
- US$ 350.00 (Small group surplus, less than 5 participants)
- US$ 280.00 (Single supplement, if applicable)
- The trip price per person to participate in the 14 days/13 nights exploratory expedition is USD 4.250, based on a group size of 5 to 6 participants. If we can not reach the number of 5 participants a small group surplus of $ 350 p.p. will apply.
- Price includes all meals as indicated in the itinereray (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner), land transport with private car, support team, 4x4 vehicle(s) and camping equipment.
- Four overnights at comfortable hotels and 9 overnights camping.
Price does not include
- Alcoholic beverages during meals at restaurants, gratuities, optional activities, personal expenditures and travel insurance.
- Single supplement: the price for each ride is based on shared occupancy. If you are traveling solo and wish to share accommodation, we will make every effort to find a roommate (always of the same gender). If you are willing to share and no roommate materializes, then the customary single supplement will apply. A single supplement is always applicable for participants who specifically request single accommodation.
Dates and availability:
Scheduled departure dates 2019:
October 30 - November 12
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