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Machu Picchu Mountains


This breathtaking horse riding holiday takes you riding through stunning and varied scenery where you will experience riding along the foothills of the Salkantay Glacier, delight yourself with tasty 'Pachamanca' - a traditional Peruvian meal - and top it off by visiting the mystical ruins of Machu …


  • Ride through the mighty mountains of the Sacred Valley
  • Visit Machu Picchu, one of the wonders of the world
  • Stay in a different luxurious lodge each night
  • Keep your eyes peeled for Andean condors over the peaks
  • Non-riders can follow a similar hiking trail each day

Essential Facts

  • 1 itinerary available
  • Max 12 riders per group
  • Average of 3 - 4 hours riding per day
  • Weight limit: 90 kg / 198 lbs / 14 stone 2 lbs


This breathtaking horse riding holiday takes you riding through stunning and varied scenery where you will experience riding along the foothills of the Salkantay Glacier, delight yourself with tasty 'Pachamanca' - a traditional Peruvian meal - and top it off by visiting the mystical ruins of Machu Picchu and the famous site of the Inca fortress.

This is the first and only operator of a Trans-Andean Lodge to Lodge Trek to Machu Picchu and provides an exciting trip for all horse lovers, whilst also maintaining the first-class service and accommodation that characterises this company. It creates adventures for the avid horseback rider and allows them to experience much that Peru has to offer, with the best service and accommodation. It has been created to allow guests to explore areas of the country along with experiencing elements of culture, adventure, fun and relaxation.

Most of all, important to all horseback riders, it includes lots of riding on fantastically sure-footed and well cared for horses! Due to the terrain, the majority of the riding is at a walking pace, though opportunities for trot and canter feature at the beginning and end of the ride. The horses will astound you with their mountain sense and provide the ideal means by which to explore this spectacular scenery. Machu Picchu is well known for its cultural and historical importance, as it remains relatively intact, and it is recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is also listed as one of the 'New 7 Wonders of the World'!

**Please note that final balance payments for this ride will need to be paid 10 weeks before departure.

Horses & Riding


Mostly American synthetic Endurance saddles (similar to Western-type) are used, but there are some english types tor those who prefer them. Saddles are fitted to individual horses so those carrying the american saddles won't be able to switch to the english saddles. All the horses are western trained, respond to neck-reining and are used to going on a loose rein. The horses carry saddle bags in which you can store waterproofs, water etc.


Predominantly American Quarter horses but there are also other breeds such as Peruvian Paso or Arabian. The horses have been specially bred, exercised and trained for the ride so that they are highly aware and accustomed to the local terrain, wildlife and altitude. They combine responsiveness, energy, bravery and manners with incredible mountain climbing abilities and sure-footedness.


There is 1 itinerary:

  • Machu Picchu Lodge to Lodge Trail is a trail ride


Maximum age 65 years (if over we require a doctors letter). Not suitable for children under 14 years of age.


You need to be very fit and healthy due to the high altitude and demands of the terrain


90 kg / 198 lbs / 14 stone 2 lbs

Food & Accommodation


The food is excellent and includes plenty of fresh fruit, vegetables and meat. You will have the opportunity to try out local Peruvian dishes. Lunch may be a picnic en route and dinners taken at the lodges are delicious. Peru is said to produce the best organic coffee in the world.

You will be able to try the traditional Pachamanca, which is famous for its cooking method. It consists of layering meat with hot stones and then covering the whole thing up to bake. The Pachamanca consists of a variety of meats (chicken, lamb, beef, pork and guinea pig) and vegetables (potatoes, sweet potatoes and yucca).


The accommodation includes various nights lodging as detailed by the individual programmes. The lodges are all very comfortable. Some of the accommodation is luxurious with outdoor Jacuzzis. The crown jewel is the Salkantay Lodge located in the high Andean valley of Soraypampa at 3,850m/12,705ft above sea level. In addition to high-quality “Andean Cuisine” the Lodge offers an outdoor hot tub, cosy reading rooms, a bar/lounge and twelve well-appointed private double (or twin) rooms with private bathrooms and hot showers.

We always recommend to stay at least two nights in Cusco (if your travel allows it) prior to your riding programme in order to acclimatise for your Lodge to Lodge ride. This also allows you to explore the city of Cusco and its surroundings, which have much to offer culturally and historically. Additionally, you can enjoy fine dining, traditional shows, shopping, night-life, amongst other entertainment.

We can help you with booking a small selection of hotels in Cusco should you prefer.


Machu Picchu Lodge to Lodge Trail Luxury accommodation.

Other Activities

The culture and history of this wonderful country make this is a very exciting trip on and off the horse. There are many excursions and visits to be undertaken during your acclimatisation days in Cusco before the ride, such as visiting a craft market, guided city tours, including Temple of the Sun, the main Cathedral on the Plaza de Armas and the bohemian district of San Blas. There are also archaeological sites within easy reach of Cusco such as Sacsayhuaman.

Experienced hikers can also join the tour with a hiking guide, following the same route and staying in the same lodges as the riders - please ask us for more details.

A guided sightseeing tour of Machu Picchu is included, as well as a hike to Humantay Lake and an optional hike over Llactapata Pass.

This is a great place for bird watchers but even those less enthusiastic may be excited to see the wonderful Andean Condors soaring above them.

At some of the lodges you may relax a little and take advantage of the hot tubs or book a soothing massage (extra cost, paid locally).


International flights are to Lima, most international flights arrive at Lima airport either late at night (11 pm) or early in the morning (5 am).

An internal flight is needed to Cusco airport from Lima for the Machu Picchu Lodge to Lodge ride.

We always recommend staying at least two nights in Cusco prior to your riding programme, if your travel plans allow it. This is in order to acclimatise to the altitude in preparation for your Lodge to Lodge ride. We can help you with booking hotels in Cusco.

Connecting flights to Cusco start at 6 am. Mostly, booking a night at a Lima hotel (even for a few hours) makes all the difference in feeling rested for enjoying your trip.


Gabrielle D., June 6, 2024

Awesome. It's the best trip I have ever been on. Favourite memory? It has to be visiting Machu Picchu as it's been on my bucket list for 35 years. The accommodation and food was outstanding. Our riding guide was fantastic - organised, calm, knowledgable, experienced and funny.

Giovanni T., Dec. 3, 2021

Everything was exemplary and exceeded all expectations. Adventure of a lifetime - this experience has set the new gold standard in my life. Favourite memory? The first night after going on the initial ride, sitting in the hot tub looking out at the glaciers as the stars lit up the night sky. Food and Accommodation? Exceeding any expectations. Great lodges, the architecture was well thought out and very cool. The food tasted amazing while being nourishing after a long day. Horses? Very easy to ride. The guides knew what each of us needed to be comfortable and confident while having freedom to push ourselves. Guide? Very professional and ensured we had a fantastic time. Our guide Guido truly made the trip. Thank you also for organising everything so well ahead of time - it made organising the trip easy and stress free.

Nicki A., April 15, 2015

Amazing! It was a challenging, stimulating, culturally interesting and luxurious experience. Fabulous horses, a great group of people all of a similar standard and outstanding guides. I've wanted to visit Machu Picchu for so long, but going by horse made this the most memorable experience of my life.

Itinerary & Pricing

Day 1

Riding: 2 - 3 hours

After an early breakfast, guests will be picked up at c. 7am from their hotel in Cusco by a guide, and taken to the Salkantay Lodge and Adventure Resort (SLAR) in Soraypampa. On route you will take a short break to visit the Quillarumiyoc archaeological site before reaching the mountain village of Mollepata. Lunch is taken at El Pedregal, a beautiful farmhouse in the village where you will also have the chance to learn about local agriculture and livestock. After lunch you continue on a winding, ascending mountain road to the Coronilla Ranch.

Here after a short period of familiarisation, you will begin your ride to Soraypampa. This is a good opportunity for guests to acclimatise and enjoy a calm and beautiful 2-3hr trek on their first day. The Salkantay Lodge takes its name from the majestic peak at the head of the valley - the "Salkantay", the second most sacred peak in Inca mythology and, at 20,600 ft (6,270m), the highest in the region. After a warm welcome by the friendly staff, guests will be shown to their rooms and have time to wash and relax. The first day is gentle so that you can adjust to the altitude, taking advantage of the outdoor jacuzzi or just walking in the beautiful surroundings..

Type of Terrain: Open roads, some steep ascending trails. Walk, trot and canter possible.
Hikers walk to the lodge (c. 3 hour hike, easy to moderate)

Day 2

Riding: 2 - 3 hours

Today's excursion takes you to Humantay Lake, fed by glaciers far above the slopes of the impressive Mt. Humantay. The one hour technical ride there along steep, narrow and rocky trails will be followed by a short 20 minute walk, which is necessary in order to reach the lake. The view is well worth it! After a short snack break, a mystical offering to Mother Earth (or "Pachamama:) is performed by a local Shaman, in full view of the awe inspiring Humantay peaks.

You then hike back down to where you left the horses, from where you will begin a 30 minute ride deeper into the valley to watch the birdlife. High on a ridge you can spot the "Chakana" - the mystical Cross of the Incas, located on a view point high above Soraypampa.  

You return to the lodge for a late lunch, after which you can take a relaxing soak in the outdoor hot tub or a gentle walk around the grounds surrounding the lodge. In the evening, the guides will brief you on gear and the itinerary for the following day. 

Type of Terrain: Open roads, some steep ascending trails and open fields. Walk and trot possible.
Hiker activity: Hike to Humantay Lake (c. 4 hour moderate hike)

Day 3

Riding: 4 - 5 hours

Today you will continue your ride towards Machu Picchu, riding up the Rio Blanco valley and circling Humantay peak opposite Salkantay peak. In the process you will reach the highest part of the ride, a pass at 4638 metres (15,213 ft). Keep your eyes open for Andean condors, common to the area.  At the pass you will stop to take in views of snow-capped peaks of the Vilcabamba Range in every direction, the south face of Salkantay towering above you. You will have brought snacks along with you and will either eat them on the pass, or if it's windy, you may drop down to a sheltered spot.

From the pass you will continue your descent toward the Wayra Lodge (“Wayra”: wind; 'the place where the wind lives’), your destination for the evening. A late lunch is served on arrival at the lodge. Dinner and overnight at the Lodge.

Type of Terrain: 80% steep trails and 20% open land. Walk and trot only.
Hiker activity: Hike across the Salkantay Pass to Wayra Lodge. Hike is challenging and c. 6 hours.

Day 4

Riding: 3 - 4 hours

A leisurely breakfast at the lodge this morning before you continue downhill above the Salkantay River, descending into the cloud forest, through increasingly verdant scenery. You will feel the warm air rising from the jungle accompanied by colourful butterflies and striking orchids. Upon arrival at Colpa Lodge you will be greeted with a Pachamanca (subject to availability; traditional underground stone cooking). This traditional meal is famous for its cooking method, which consists of layering meat with hot stones and then covering the whole thing up to bake. Colpa Lodge is located on an open plateau at the confluence of three rivers. The outdoor jacuzzi has almost panoramic views of lush green mountains. You may spend the afternoon relaxing or exploring the nearby orchid trail. Dinner and overnight at the lodge.

Type of Terrain: Steep, narrow trails. Walk and possibly trot.
Hiker activity: Hike down into the cloud forest, c, 3-4 hours, easy to moderate.

Day 5

Riding: 3 - 4 hours

Today you will head down the Santa Teresa river valley, through banana, avocado and passion fruit orchards and coffee plantations. The coffee grown here is said to be one of the best organic coffees in the world. Along the way you will stop for a snack.  Afterwards, you continue your ride to the beginning of the Llactapata Inca Trail, which is where you will say goodbye to your horse. A short thirty-minute hike uphill through an avocado orchard will bring you to Lucma Lodge in time for a late lunch. You may arrive in time to allow for exploration of the small village of Lucmabamba and possibly meeting with members of the local community.

Type of Terrain: Steep trails and some open roads. Walk, trot and canter possible.
Hiker activity: Hike through the valley to Lucma Lodge. Approx 5.5 hours, moderate to challenging.

Day 6

Riding: No riding.

No riding today but there is an optional hike. The hike is challenging and those who prefer not to do it will be transferred by road and train to Aguas Calientes.

For those choosing to join the hikers, you will leave the lodge at c. 6.30am and hike uphill for around three hours towards Llactapata pass (2736 metres/8974 feet) where you will have a distant but very special view of Machu Picchu from the southeast, a perspective that few tourists get to enjoy. Take a short break to explore the Llactapata Ruins which have recently been restored and eat your picnic lunch here with a scenic view looking out to Machu Picchu.

After lunch you begin your final descent to the Aobamba River through bamboo forests, orchards and coffee plantations, a descent of over three hours on sharp switchbacks with many steps, rocks to clamber over and potentially slippery trails. Upon reaching the valley floor, you cross a swinging rope bridge and follow a dirt track to the train station.

Aguas Calientes, the town of Machu Picchu, is a 1 hour scenic train ride away and you will check into your hotel for dinner and a well-earned rest.

The whole group spends the night in Aguas Calientes.

No riding option. Non-riding hike is c. 5-6 hours, moderate to challenging. It is possible to travel with the luggage and avoid the hike if preferred.

Day 7

Riding: No riding.

Today you will have a very early start in order to make the thirty-minute bus ride up to Machu Picchu to arrive before sunrise. You will then enjoy a 2-3hr guided tour of the city. Be sure to spend some time to absorb the mystical energy that envelops you. The entry ticket is only valid for four hours in total and you cannot exit and re-enter the site.  

You can choose to climb the steep staircase of Huayna Picchu if you have a good head for heights (subject to ticket availability) but please note that entrance to this hike is now an additional cost which must be paid in advance and tickets sell out quickly. If choosing this option you will miss the guided tour.

Afterwards you will return to Aguas Calientes by bus for lunch with your guide and then an afternoon Vistadome train to Ollantaytambo (about an hour and a half), where you will be transferred by car to Cusco (about one and a half hours) and to your hotel of choice. You will arrive in Cusco about 7/8pm and will need to spend the night here (not included in the price).

*Please note it is strongly recommended that you bring your own safety equipment, although helmets can be provided.


All nights are spent in high standard eco-lodges and hotels along the route.

Experience Intermediate / Experienced

Strong novice to advanced (some trail experience recommended). You need to be very fit and healthy, due to the high altitude, demanding terrain and optional hike on day six.

Minimum group size 2
Maximum group size 12
Departure windows

At any time during: March 1, 2024 - Dec. 31, 2024  (Additional rides can start on any day, subject to availability and min of 2 pax)

April 1, 2024 - April 7, 2024

April 3, 2024 - April 9, 2024

May 1, 2024 - May 7, 2024

May 11, 2024 - May 17, 2024

May 13, 2024 - May 19, 2024

May 22, 2024 - May 28, 2024

Aug. 12, 2024 - Aug. 18, 2024

Sept. 16, 2024 - Sept. 22, 2024

Sept. 24, 2024 - Sept. 30, 2024

Oct. 12, 2024 - Oct. 18, 2024

Nov. 19, 2024 - Nov. 25, 2024


Green Season (1st - 31st March and 1st November - 14th December), sharing
£3070 $3990 €3650
Final balance payments for this ride need paying 10 weeks before departure
High Season (1st April - 31st October and 15th - 31st December), sharing
£3845 $4990 €4565
Final balance payments for this ride need paying 10 weeks before departure
Included 6 nights accommodation, meals from lunch on Day One to lunch on Day Seven, snacks, non-alcoholic drinks (soft drinks, water, tea, coffee and juice) and a selection of house beers, wines and spirits (including pisco) at all accommodation except the night in Aguas Calientes, riding, guides, ground transportation (including train) during trail, taxes.
Not included Flights, travel insurance, airport transfers, alcoholic drinks on the night in Aguas Calientes, bottled water and sports drinks (you are encouraged to use the refillable water bottle provided), accommodation before/after the ride, massages or additional activities, laundry, tips for guides & other personal expenses.


2024 - Optional Entrance to hike Huayna Picchu £58 $75 €69
Paid to Far and Ride
* Please note that spaces are strictly limited to 50 hikers and availability cannot be guaranteed.
2024 - Single Supplement 50.0%
Paid to Far and Ride
There is no single supplement if willing to share, but anyone requesting their own room must pay the supplement.
Note: All programmes and itineraries are weather dependent; in the face of adverse, or unexpected, weather conditions reasonable attempts will be made to provide equivalent riding. All programmes are accurate at the time of writing. However, the team may adapt or modify details, whilst aiming to provide a similar experience.