Cusco Countryside on Horseback: A Scenic Day Ride

Experience the tranquil beauty of the Cusco countryside on a peaceful horseback ride, taking in the serene landscapes.

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Cusco, Peru


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Immerse yourself in the enchanting landscapes and rich historical tapestry of Cusco on our exclusive one-day horseback excursion. This unique adventure offers an intimate glimpse into the heart of the Peruvian countryside, blending serene natural beauty with the intrigue of ancient history. Ideal for both novice and experienced riders, our excursion is tailored to provide a comfortable and memorable journey through some of the most scenic and culturally significant sites in the region.

The essence of this experience lies in the seamless blend of adventure and education. As you traverse through the tranquil outskirts of Cusco and into the lush eucalyptus forests, each step takes you deeper into a world where history resonates through ancient ruins and sacred landscapes. Accompanied by our knowledgeable guide, you’ll discover hidden gems of the region, from the mystical Temple of the Moon to the grandeur of Sacsayhuaman, all while on horseback. This journey not only promises breathtaking views but also an insightful look into the traditions and legends that have shaped this storied land.

Departure & Return Location Your Hotel in Cusco
Departure Time 9:00 AM - 09:30 AM
Estimated Return Time 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Guide Languages Available Guides fluent in English and Spanish
Key Attractions Temple of the Moon, Sacsayhuaman
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  • Standard Large GroupGroup Size: 2 Min – 16ppl MaxStart Time: 09:00
  • Standard Small GroupGroup Size: 2 Min – 8ppl MaxStart Time: 09:00
  • Private GroupGroup Size: CustomizableStart Time: 09:00
  • Deluxe Private GroupGroup Size: CustomizableStart Time: 09:00
  • Solo TravelerGroup Size: 1 personStart Time: 09:00
  • Deluxe Solo TravelerGroup Size: 1 personStart Time: 09:00

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Tour Itinerary

Explore our expertly designed itinerary below, crafted to showcase breathtaking views and provide unique adventures every step of the way.

Embark on an enchanting journey as your adventure starts with a personal greeting from our seasoned guide at your hotel in Cusco. You'll be whisked away to our tranquil ranch, a serene escape just outside the bustling city. Here, you'll meet our family of well-trained horses, each one chosen to match your riding comfort and experience. After a comprehensive safety overview, you'll saddle up for a day of exploration and discovery.

Your ride begins with a visit to the Temple of the Moon, an ancient relic of a bygone era. This mystical site, pivotal during the pre-Inca and Inca periods, is rich in history and shrouded in mystery. Our guide will regale you with tales of its past, offering insights into its historical significance and the rituals once performed here.

The journey continues through the fragrant eucalyptus forests of Huayllarcocha, leading you to the Inkilltambo viewpoint. This ancient vantage point, once a hub of Inca administrative activity, offers a moment of rest and reflection. While enjoying some light refreshments, our guide will share fascinating stories of Inca legends and the unique flora and fauna of the region.

Ascending further, you'll reach a panoramic spot that provides a breathtaking bird's-eye view of contemporary Cusco, set against the backdrop of the majestic APUS mountains. These sacred mountains, deeply revered in local folklore, hold great cultural and spiritual significance, which our guide will illuminate with engaging stories and historical context.

As the horseback portion of your tour concludes, and you loop back to the ranch, the exploration isn't over yet. Next, we venture to the Sacsayhuaman archaeological site. This historical fortress, with its mysterious caves known as "Chinkanas" and impressive stone fortifications, stands as a testament to the ingenuity of Inca engineering and architecture.

Your day, filled with a treasure trove of memories and experiences, will end with a comfortable drive back to your hotel. This journey, steeped in nature, history, and the enchanting allure of Cusco, is an unforgettable exploration of Peru's heart and soul.

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Tour Highlights

  • Personalized Start: Begin your journey with a personalized pick-up from your hotel in Cusco, setting the tone for an intimate and customized adventure.

  • Meet Our Horses: At our serene ranch just outside Cusco, bond with our friendly horses, each carefully selected to match your riding skills and comfort level.

  • Temple of the Moon Visit: Explore the Temple of the Moon, a historical site rich in mystery and spiritual significance, where you’ll dive into the stories of its past and the rituals of the pre-Inca and Inca periods.

  • Scenic Trails through Eucalyptus Forests: Ride through the aromatic eucalyptus forests of Huayllarcocha, offering a tranquil and immersive nature experience.

  • Inkilltambo Viewpoint: Stop at the Inkilltambo viewpoint, an ancient site that was once a center of Inca administration, and enjoy light refreshments while learning about local legends and the area’s unique ecology.

  • Panoramic Views of Cusco and APUS Mountains: Ascend to a vantage point for spectacular views of modern Cusco against the backdrop of the sacred APUS mountains, revered in local folklore.

  • Explore Sacsayhuaman: Conclude the horseback segment and delve into the history and architecture of the Sacsayhuaman archaeological site, an impressive testament to Inca engineering.

  • Comfortable Return Journey: After a day filled with discovery and exploration, enjoy a comfortable drive back to your hotel in Cusco, reflecting on the unforgettable experiences of the day.


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Payment Terms & Cancellation Policy

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Payment Terms

Beginning Your Adventure - Booking Confirmation and Deposit

Your journey starts with a commitment: a 30% deposit of the total tour cost. This initial investment is pivotal in activating the extensive preparatory process, ensuring every aspect of your tour is curated to perfection.

Final Payment: The Last Step Before Your Journey Begins

The remaining 70% of the tour cost is due no later than 48 hours before the commencement of your tour. This timely payment is critical to finalize all logistical arrangements, guaranteeing a hassle-free start to your adventure.

Expansive Payment Options for Ease and Flexibility

In line with our commitment to your convenience, Peru Tripper accepts a variety of payment methods, including bank transfers, credit cards, and PayPal. Please be aware that additional fees may apply depending on the payment method selected. Detailed payment procedures and potential fees can be found on our dedicated payment page.

Implications of Late Payments - Protecting Your Reservation

Adherence to the payment schedule is crucial. Late payments can unfortunately lead to the cancellation of your reservation, with the deposit being retained as a non-refundable fee. We urge you to maintain timely payments to safeguard your tour plans.

Policy for Last-Minute Adventurers

For those inspired to join this tour on short notice, namely less than 15 days before departure, full payment is required at the time of booking. This ensures that we can expedite all necessary preparations for your inclusion.

Cancellation Policy

Flexible Cancellation Options for Clients

We understand that circumstances can change, sometimes unexpectedly. If you find the need to cancel your booking, you have the flexibility to do so up to 30 days before the tour start date. In this case, you will receive a full refund minus a 10% administration fee, acknowledging the efforts and resources already invested in planning your tour. Any additional balance paid will also be refunded, ensuring a fair and transparent process.

Understanding Cancellations Within 30 Days

We wish to draw your attention to our policy for cancellations made within 30 days of the tour departure. Given the advanced stage of preparations and commitments made at this juncture, we are unable to offer refunds. This policy is in place to balance the significant logistical arrangements and reservations made on your behalf.

Navigating Through Force Majeure

In the event of extraordinary and uncontrollable circumstances, such as natural disasters or significant political unrest, Peru Tripper adopts a flexible approach. We prioritize your safety and satisfaction, offering to reschedule your trip or provide a credit for future travel, subject to availability.

Strong Advocacy for Comprehensive Travel Insurance

We cannot overstate the importance of securing comprehensive travel insurance. Such insurance plays a critical role in safeguarding your investment against unforeseen cancellations, emergencies, and other unexpected scenarios. It is a proactive measure to ensure peace of mind throughout your journey. Peru Tripper is not responsible for any expenses arising from incidents not covered by your insurance policy.

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Special Discounts


  • Adult (12+ Years): Standard rates apply for travelers over 12 years old.
  • Group Discount: Automatically applied during online booking.
    • Save USD 10/person for groups of 5-7 people.
    • Save USD 15/person for groups of 8-10 people.
    • Save USD 20/person for groups of 11+ people.

Please note that the applicable age is considered at the time of completion of the trip.

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Inclusions & Exclusions

Dive into our in-depth guide on what’s included and not included for all package options on the Half-Day Cusco Historical Horseback Tour. With these carefully put-together lists, you’ll know exactly what to anticipate when booking the journey of a lifetime.

Standard Inclusions

Our Standard package offers a range of amenities and services for a comfortable and enjoyable trip experience. All package options include the following:

Not Included

The following items are not included in our trek packages. Please consider these additional costs when preparing for your trek. Note that some exclusions may be included in the Deluxe package, as mentioned in the Additional Inclusions section:

Additional Inclusions (Deluxe Package)

Upgrade to our Deluxe package for an enhanced and luxurious trekking experience. The Deluxe package includes these premium amenities and services, which can also be added individually to the Standard package:

What to Pack

When embarking on the Half-Day Cusco Historical Horseback Tour, it’s crucial to pack the right items for a successful and enjoyable experience.

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Packing Tips

  • Layered Clothing: Wear adaptable layers. Avoid very loose attire that may get tangled while riding.

  • Comfort is Key: Make sure your shoes are comfortable for walking and safe for horseback riding. Break them in before the trip if they’re new.

  • Protect Against the Sun: The high altitude intensifies the sun’s rays, making sunscreen, a hat, and sunglasses crucial.

  • Hydrate: Bring a refillable water bottle to stay hydrated during the ride. Extra water may also be purchased, but it’s good to start with some.

  • Cash is King: Always carry a small amount of cash in Peruvian Soles as not all places accept credit cards, especially for small expenses like tips or snacks.

  • Camera Ready: Don’t forget your camera or smartphone to capture the scenic vistas, but ensure they’re secured during the horseback ride.

  • Identification: Keep a copy of your ID and essential documents in your backpack and leave the originals in a safe place.

Frequently Asked Questions

Got questions? We’ve got answers! Dive into our FAQ section for detailed responses to common queries. If you don’t find what you’re looking for, our team is just a click away to assist you.

Do I need prior horseback riding experience?

No, our tour caters to both beginners and experienced riders. We’ll provide a brief training session before the ride to ensure everyone feels comfortable.

Is there an age limit for participants?

Yes, participants should be between the ages of 8 and 70. However, exceptions can be made based on health and fitness levels.

What is the best time of year to take this tour?

The tour operates year-round, but the dry season from May to September offers the most reliable weather conditions.

How are the horses cared for?

Animal welfare is a priority for us. Our horses are well-trained, well-fed, and regularly checked by veterinarians.

Do I need to tip the guide or other staff?

While tipping is not mandatory, it’s appreciated as a gesture of thanks for good service.

How can I confirm my booking?

Once you’ve made your booking, you’ll receive a confirmation email with all the necessary details.

How qualified are the tour guides?

All our tour guides are certified professionals with extensive knowledge of the area’s history, culture, and geography.

What happens if I am late for the tour?

If you are running late, please contact us immediately. We may be able to make accommodations but cannot guarantee it.

Where does the tour start and end?

The tour starts and ends in Cusco. We provide pickups and drop-offs at your hotel in Cusco.

Do you offer dietary accommodations?

Yes, please let us know at the time of booking if you have any dietary restrictions or allergies, and we will do our best to accommodate you.

Is there a weight limit for horseback riding?

Yes, there is a weight limit of 220 pounds (100 kilograms) for horseback riding to ensure the safety and well-being of both riders and horses.

How physically demanding is the tour?

While the horse does most of the work, you might need some stamina, especially if you’re not used to riding. However, we take regular breaks to ensure everyone’s comfort.

Can I choose my horse?

Our staff will assign a horse based on the rider’s experience and comfort level, but we’ll consider any specific requests.

Are there any restroom facilities during the tour?

There are restroom facilities at the starting point and at some of the major historical sites. We recommend using them before the ride begins.

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