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Half-Day Cusco Historical Horseback Tour

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

Location

Cusco, Peru

Duration

Half Day

Difficulty

3/10

Availability

Year Round

Tour type

Adventure

Overview

Half-Day Cusco Historical Horseback Tour Overview

Step into a world where history meets scenic beauty in just half a day. The “Cusco Historical Horseback Tour” offers a unique opportunity to delve into Cusco’s rich past from the back of a horse. Start your journey with the Temple of the Moon, an emblem of ancient rituals, and tales that resonate with both pre-Inca and Inca legacies.

Ride through the refreshing eucalyptus forests, pausing at vantage points that have stood as silent witnesses to time, before reaching the architectural wonder of Sacsayhuaman. As ancient tales of the Incas intertwine with the natural beauty of the Cusco countryside, this tour promises a brief yet immersive historical experience.

Departure & Return Location Your Hotel in Cusco
Departure Time 9:00 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

Price
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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.

Cusco – Temple of the Moon – Sacsayhuaman – Cusco

Your adventure starts when our seasoned guide greets you at your hotel. Together, you’ll journey to our serene ranch, a haven situated just outside the bustling heart of Cusco. Here, you’ll be introduced to our family of horses. After a comprehensive safety overview, we’ll ensure you’re paired with a horse that resonates with your riding comfort and temperament.

The first leg of our journey takes you to the Temple of the Moon, a relic of a bygone era. This site, rich in history and shrouded in mystery, was pivotal during the pre-Inca and Inca periods. Our guide will regale you with tales of its past, offering insights into its historical significance and the rituals once performed here.

From the temple, our path meanders through the fragrant eucalyptus forests of Huayllarcocha. This verdant stretch culminates at the Inkilltambo viewpoint, an ancient vantage point that once buzzed with Inca administrative activity. As you rest here, indulge in some light refreshments while our guide paints a vivid picture of Inca legends, interspersed with fascinating tidbits about the region’s unique flora and fauna.

Our journey then ascends, leading us to a panoramic spot that offers a bird’s-eye view of contemporary Cusco, set against the backdrop of the majestic APUS mountains. These mountains, deeply entrenched in local folklore, are considered sacred. Our guide will shed light on their cultural and spiritual importance to the people of the region.

As we loop back to the ranch, the horseback segment of our tour concludes, but the exploration is far from over. We’ll then venture to the Sacsayhuaman archaeological site. This bastion of history, with its enigmatic caves known as “Chinkanas” and its awe-inspiring stone fortifications, is a testament to Inca engineering and architecture.

With a treasure trove of memories and experiences, we’ll ensure a comfortable drive back to your hotel, marking the end of a day steeped in nature, history, and the enchanting allure of Cusco.

Tour Highlights

Half-Day Cusco Historical Horseback Tour Highlights

  • Tranquil Ranch Experience: Visit our serene ranch, located just outside Cusco, and get acquainted with our well-trained horses.
  • Historic Temple Exploration: Discover the mysteries of the ancient Temple of the Moon, delving into its significance during both the pre-Inca and Inca eras.
  • Scenic Eucalyptus Forest Ride: Traverse the aromatic eucalyptus forests of Huayllarcocha, experiencing nature at its finest.
  • Inkilltambo Panoramic Viewpoint: Relish the views from the Inkilltambo viewpoint, an ancient Inca administrative hub, while enjoying light refreshments and captivating tales.
  • Breathtaking Views of Cusco: Ascend to a viewpoint that offers a panoramic sight of modern Cusco set against the backdrop of the revered APUS mountains.
  • Deep Dive into Inca History: Conclude the horseback segment and explore the majestic Sacsayhuaman archaeological site, from its enigmatic “Chinkanas” caves to its grand stone walls.

Inclusions & Exclusions

Detailing Every Aspect of Your Travel Experience: What’s Included and What’s Not

Standard Inclusions

All package options include the following:

  • Convenient hotel pick-up and drop-off to ensure a hassle-free experience.
  • Bilingual English-speaking tour guide.
  • Efficient round-trip transportation to all destinations.
  • Horse for the Day: A horse suited to your riding experience.
  • Guided tours at historical sites.
  • Basic Safety Gear: Helmets and other essentials provided for your safety.
  • Emergency readiness: Oxygen bottle and medical kit on standby for your well-being.

Exclusions:

Not included in our standard tour packages. Consider additional costs. Deluxe packages may cover some exclusions, as specified in the Additional Inclusions section.

  • Entrance fees to Temple of the Moon and Sacsayhuaman: Payable on-site, 70.00 Soles (approx. $20 USD).
  • Travel/health/emergency insurance.
  • Tips (optional and at your discretion).

Additional Inclusions

Deluxe Packages Only

Elevate your travel experience with our bespoke Deluxe Package, meticulously designed to offer an array of premium amenities and services.

Deluxe Packages Include:

  • Private Transportation: Transportation exclusively for your group.
  • Expert Guide: Professional guide for personalized exploration.
  • Entrance Fees Included: Get hassle-free access with entrance fees to the Temple of the Moon and Sacsayhuaman already covered.
  • Customizable Itinerary: Tailor your day to fit your interests, giving you the freedom to focus on the sites that intrigue you the most.
  • Fair Compensation: Ethical and fair remuneration ensured for all our dedicated team members.

Prices

Discover our diverse tour offerings, catering to various interests and providing unforgettable experiences for every traveler.

Standard Large Group

Group Size: 2 Min – 16ppl Max

USD

100

Per Person

Join a diverse group of travelers for an economical shared experience.

All standard inclusions
No Additional Inclusions
No Private Service

Standard Small Group

Group Size: 2 Min – 8ppl Max

USD

130

Per Person

Enjoy a more intimate setting, ideal for closer interactions and bonding.

All standard inclusions
No Additional Inclusions
No Private Service

Private Group

Group Size: Customizable

USD

180

Per Person

Curate your journey with exclusivity tailored to your group’s preferences.

All standard inclusions
No Additional Inclusions
Private Service

Deluxe Private Group

Group Size: Customizable

USD

260

Per Person

Indulge in luxury, enhancing every aspect of your tour for a memorable experience.

All standard inclusions
Additional Inclusions
Private Service

Solo Traveler

Group Size: 1 person

USD

210

Per Person

Embrace the freedom of a solo adventure, with options to mingle or stay independent.

All standard inclusions
No Additional Inclusions
Private Service or Join a Group

Deluxe Solo Traveler

Group Size: 1 person

USD

290

Per Person

Elevate your solo journey with added luxury and attentive service.

All standard inclusions
Additional Inclusions
Private Service

Special Discounts

  • Adult (12+ Years): Standard rates apply for travelers over 12 years old.
  • Child (3 – 11 Years): Save USD 30 for children between 3 and 11 years old.
  • Infant (0 – 2 Years): Infants younger than 2 years old are free (must ride on the adult’s lap; for a separate seat, add them as a child).
  • 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.

Payment Terms & Cancellation Policy

Kindly take a moment to read our Payment Terms & Cancellation Policy before booking. Happy adventuring!

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, Huaynas Expeditions 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, Huaynas Expeditions 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. Huaynas Expeditions is not responsible for any expenses arising from incidents not covered by your insurance policy.

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What to Pack

Your Essential Packing Guide for a Hassle-Free Adventure

Packing List

Prepare for an unforgettable journey with our essential packing guide. Here’s what you need to bring:

  • Original passport & student ID (if applicable).
  • A small backpack to carry personal items.
  • Comfortable clothing suited for outdoor activities.
  • Hat or cap for sun protection.
  • Sunglasses.
  • Light rain jacket or poncho (weather-dependent).
  • Camera or smartphone for photos.
  • Sunscreen.
  • Toilet paper.
  • Personal snacks (granola bars, fruit, etc.).
  • Reusable canteen with water.
  • Cash in Peruvian Soles for entrance fees and tips.

Note:

This list is a general guideline. Adjustments may be necessary based on personal preferences and the season of travel. Always check the weather forecast before your trip and feel free to reach out to us for any specific advice or requirements.

Packing Tips

Pack Wisely with Our Essential 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

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