Peruvian Odyssey (Nov.-Febr.) 9D/8N, Lima-Paracas, Islas Ballestas-Ica-Nasca-Machu Picchu-Lima
The Peruvian Odyssey is a new ride covering the south coast of Lima (Ica to Nasca). It includes a visit to the Islas Ballestas in Paracas, a flight over the Nasca lines and, optional, a visit to Cusco and Machu Picchu. We will soon publish the complete itinerary and trip details.
Day 1 - Lima to Paracas, Islas Ballestas
Day 2 - Paracas to Ica
Day 3 - Ride through the desert
Day 4 - Ride through the desert, beach
Day 5 - ride through the desert, Nasca
Day 6 - Nasca Lines, Lima
Day 7 - Lima-Cusco
Day 8 - Machu Picchu, Cusco
Day 9 - Cusco - Lima
Dates & Pricing
Dates and availability:
ResponsibilityAll care will be taken, but we assume no responsibility for injury, loss or damage in any way. Guests are responsible for having an adequate, valid insurance policy including coverage for all the sporting activities that they are likely to participate in. Appropriate medical insurance is obligatory.
It is understood by Perol Chico that guests are in a suitable condition to partake in a riding tour, are not riding against any medical advice, and that guests know of no reason why they should not be participating in such a tour.
Guests will be required to sign a waiver of liability at the start of the tour.
Riders RequirementsRiders must
be comfortable in the saddle for five to seven hours
be comfortable at the walk, trot and short canters
be able to ride up and down steep hills
Weight limit: 200 pounds / 90 kg
Age Limit16 or older. No maximum age limit as we had very fit and experienced riders of 75+ years old on our rides.
Horses and Tack
The horses are locally bred Peruvian Pasos. This breed dates back to the colonial era of Peru and originates from the Spanish Andalusians. Peruvian Paso horses are bred for their grace, spirit, and intelligence and are a symbol of their historic and noble past. These horses like to amble, moving fore and hind limbs on the same side at the same time, unlike other equine races that typically move diagonal limbs at the same time. During the ride you will experience traveling on horseback at the smooth Paso Llano gait (4-beat lateral gait, between 8 to 10 Km. per hour). The horses are well cared for, strong, and even-tempered.
The tack utilized is very traditional and demonstrates refined Peruvian craftsmanship. The hardwood hex stirrup and the guarnición, or tailpiece, are unique elements of the Peruvian tack. The saddle is a box saddle and has a deep seat.
While on the Peruvian Odyssey Ride, guests are treated to wonderful meals representing tasty regional cuisine.
Vegetarian or other dietary requirements will be accommodated with advanced notice. Please contact Perol Chico with requests.
Helpful travel hints
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Visa and Documents
Citizens of most Western European countries, North and South America, Canada, Australia and New Zealand only require a valid passport to enter Peru. You need to ensure that your passport has at least 6 months left to run after the date that you enter the country.
On arrival you will be given a tourist card, which you fill out in duplicate. At the immigration office you will normally get a 90-day stay in Peru; both your passport and the tourist card are stamped and you will be given one copy of the tourist card to keep. Do not lose it since you need to hand it back when leaving the country. Losing the card will incur plenty of hassle in replacing it.
Terms & Conditions
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Suggested Packing List
- Comfortable riding trousers (two pairs)
- T- shirts, long sleeves
- Long sleeved cotton shirts. These are without doubt the best things to ride in. Sleeves can be rolled up or down for protection from the sun and the collar helps to protect your neck too.
- Sunglasses with a neck cord (essential in the desert – good quality, wrap-around type recommended). Your eyes will become seriously bloodshot if you do not wear sunglasses.
- Sunscreen and Lip Balm are essential because of the dry air. We suggest at least Factor 30, if not total block.
- Scarf/bandana, useful for protection against the sun and sand dust.
- Wind-bloc Fleece or warm jacket for the evenings.
- Riding boots with rubber sole, also suitable for walking (around Inca ruins etc). The best would be a pair of the dual purpose Ariat or Mountain Horse riding/leisure boots.
- Protection for the lower leg, either full or half-chaps.
- Hat. We recommend a hard hat for riding and something with a wide brim is advisable as protection against the sun (baseball caps work well). Your hard hat must be secure on your head.
- Riding gloves
- Light pair of shoes for après-riding and for wearing around the campsite.
- Insect repellent (Machu Picchu and the surrounding area can be prone to mosquitos).
- Spanish Phrasebook/dictionary
- Casual clothes
- Small Torch/head torch
- Small towel
- Small medical kit with antiseptic cream, good supply of ibuprofen, aspirin and plasters (Compeed blister plasters work well on sore patches – acting as a second skin), antihistamine tablets, any medication you regularly take.
- Sleeping bag for the three nights of camping. Good quality sleeping mats are provided.
- Additional passport photos
- Copy of passport/visa and debit cards
- Wash bag. A supply of baby wipes will be invaluable. We also recommend biodegradable personal washing products. Hair-dryers are available at all hotels on the trail.
- Ziploc bags/supply of plastic carrier bags - always useful for wet/dry kit.
Leather saddlebags are provided for you. Each person has a set of saddlebags and carries what they need for the day. Jackets and ponchos can be tied behind the saddle so it is easy to put them on and take them off. To keep your saddlebag contents clean, a good idea is to put all your things in a plastic carrier bag/Ziploc bag first and then into the saddlebags.