Inca Villages Trail to Machu Picchu

5.0 (6)
5 days 4 nights
Peru
Difficulty
Challenging
Comfort
Basic
Upscale
Weight limit
80 kg / 176 lb

Embark on a one-of-a-kind horseback riding adventure in Peru! Picture yourself riding the Andean highlands and rugged terrain, taking in the awe-inspiring Incan architecture and breathtaking vistas of the snow-capped Veronica mountain. Encounter exotic wildlife like llamas, alpacas, condors and wild horses that roam the area's vibrant red mountains. Experience the freedom of galloping across the vast Qenqo Mayu valley, immersing yourself in the Inca culture and mingling with locals in small villages along the way. This Machu Picchu horse riding expedition offers a unique and authentic journey to this iconic destination, far from the typical tourist path.

The itinerary provided here is subject to change without notice, depending on factors such as strikes, weather conditions, roadblocks, or other situations beyond our control. We remain committed to following this itinerary as accurately as possible.

from US$ 1 020
per tourist for 5 days
Departing from
Cusco
Tour starts
Available dates
Number of individuals
up to 8 tourists over 7 years old
Only in the Horse Tours Club
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Photo Alfredo H.
Alfredo H. is the provider of this trip
The provider speaks: English
I was born in the tiny Indigenous community of Chillipahua, far from the city of Cusco. My father, mule driver Ignacio, was and continues to be a great example for me, we both share a passion for preserving the local cultural and natural environment and creating beautiful experiences for visitors to the area. I studied tourism in the city of Cusco, mastered the English language and worked as a tour guide at several respected tourist agencies in Cusco. During the time I worked for other tour providers, I saw how the services could be more personalized and how much visitors wanted to get really close to the indigenous people and their culture, a desire that was often not met by the tours and experiences they were offered. This is what motivated me to set up my company in 2018, and since then, feedback from clients confirms that we have been consistently meeting or exceeding visitors’ expectations.

Tour highlights

Cultural Journey
Experience the local culture, fragile ecosystems, Inca ruins and Andean wildlife
Customize Your Trip
Our trail schedule is pretty flexible
Wild Landscapes
The vistas are breathtaking

Route details

Day 1
To Chillipahua

The tour begins with our team picking you up from either Cusco or Sacred Valley of the Incas. We will coordinate with you beforehand for the horse riding journey to Machu Picchu.

Option 1: Cusco - Killarumiyuq - Chillipahua
Your journey will begin with a transfer from Cusco to the starting point of your horseback riding adventure. Along the way, you'll make a stop at the sacred Inca Killarumiyuc, also known as the Moonstone sanctuary, which was an ancient temple dedicated to the deity of femininity. This site is not only an impressive architectural feat, but it also includes areas for cultivation systems and was considered a sacred area for the people of the Andes who practiced moon worship. After exploring this agricultural experimental center, you'll continue on to the village of Huarocondo, which sits at an elevation of 3,331 meters above sea level. From there, you'll be driven for 25 minutes to Paropiso, where your horseback riding adventure will truly begin.

Option 2: Sacred Valley - Ñaupa Iglesia - Chillipahua
Your adventure will start with a private transfer from the Sacred Valley of the Incas. After a short 25-minute journey, you'll have the opportunity to explore the spiritual Inca Ñaupa Iglesia, an ancient church that houses the Chakana, an Andean Inca cross. Following your visit to this sacred site, you'll continue on to Llama Pintayoq, also known as Llama painted in the Quechua language, where you can view pre-Inca paintings on the rock. From there, you'll travel up the valley for another 25 minutes until you reach the starting point of your horseback riding trek. Here, you'll meet the team and begin your journey on horseback.

Starting point: Your journey to Machu Picchu on horseback will begin by following a broad path to the north, situated above the west bank of the Huarocondo river. Along the way, you will be able to take in the stunning scenery of valleys, mountains, ancient ruins and the remarkable Inca city of Wat'a. This important pre-Inca fortress sits atop a hill at an elevation of 3,855 meters and is well-known for its strategic location. After exploring the city, you will descend for half an hour to reach the lunch spot before continuing on to Chillipahua village where you will spend the night. During your stay in the village, you will have the opportunity to immerse yourself in the daily life of the locals.

Riding: 3 hours

Overnigt: camping
Low altitude: 3,331 meters
High altitude: 3,750 meters
Campsite altitude: 3,750 meters

Day 2
Indigenous Experience
Day 3
Chillipahua - Ancascocha
Day 4
Ancascocha - Inca Quarry - Ollantaytambo - Aguas Calientes - Machupicchu
Day 5
Aguas Calientes - Machu Picchu - Cusco
Difficulty
Challenging
Tour provider's comments

We strongly recommend preparing yourself by exercising regularly and having a healthy, balanced diet prior to the trip.

The pace would be quite slow, no gallops are expected. Please also note that some parts of the trail consist of simply hiking/walking.

Tack: Western tack
Breed: Peruvian, 12 hands tall

horse

Accommodation

Comfort
Basic
Upscale
Tent
3 nights
Hotel
1 night

Personal tent: USD $ 30 (Only for individual travelers)
Additional night in Aguas Calientes - From USD $60 (according to availability)

3 nights
Tents

The camp will be equipped with:

  • Eureka high mountain tent, waterproof and thermal. The tent can accommodate up to 4 people. We'll use every tent for 2 people to make it more comfortable;
  • air mattress, dining tent, kitchen tent, camping tables, chairs;
  • tableware;
  • bathroom tent/portable toilet;
  • first aid kit (including medication for altitude sickness, oxygen water, oxygen tank, cotton, rescue ropes, and other things);
  • 2 walkie-talkies per group.
1 night
Aguas Calientes Hotel

Travel recommendations

Group meeting place
Cusco
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Tour conditions

Included

  • briefing 1 day before the trip;
  • 4 nights accommodation;
  • meals;
  • pick up from the hotel in Cusco by tourist bus;
  • train tickets in Vistadome from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes with snacks and leaving from Aguas Calientes in the afternoon;
  • bus transfers between Aguas Calientes and Machu Picchu;
  • bus pick up from the train station in Ollantaytambo to the hotel;
  • professional tour guide fluent in English, Quechua and Spanish specializing in hiking;
  • professional chef, assistant cook and waiter;
  • muleteers to carry the equipment needed for the campsites;
  • horses to carry personal belongings from passengers up to 8 kg;
  • campsite equipment;
  • entrances to Machu Picchu Citadel;
  • entrance to Huayna Picchu Mountain (in case there is no longer available when you're booking, we will include Machu Picchu Mountain instead).

Extras

  • flights;
  • airport transfers (20 USD per person);
  • lunch and dinner on the last day;
  • tips and personal expenses;
  • insurance;
  • personal tent;
  • Vistadome train (50 USD per person);
  • Hiram Bingham train (380 USD per person);
  • additional night in Aguas Calientes;
  • Huayna Picchu Mountain (75 USD per person).

Group size

up to 8 tourists

Duration

5 days
4 nights

It's important to know

Personal equipment you need for the tour
  • ISIC card (if you are a student and want to qualify for the discount);
  • 25 L backpack to carry your things;
  • water storage: 2 to 3 liters;
  • trekking shoes;
  • hiking pants;
  • underwear sets;
  • hiking socks;
  • absorbent T-shirts;
  • sun hat and wool hat for the cold weather;
  • waterproof jacket/rain poncho.
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Important to know:
Cancellation of booking

Tour reviews

5.0
Based on 6 reviews
  • CM
    C M
    5 Dec, 2023
    about provider
    Ich habe den Inkatrail gemacht und war komplett zufrieden, ich kann die Agentur nur wärmstens empfehlen. Sie haben eine starke Verbindung zur Natur und es geht darum, die Schönheit des Weges und der Natur zu erleben, anstatt einfach durchzurasen. Das Essen war auch fantastisch und sie achten auf Bio-Qualität. Ich würde jederzeit wieder hier buchen, vielen Dank für die großartige Erfahrung!
    5 Dec, 2023
  • J
    Justin
    11 Sep, 2023
    about provider
    We embarked on the Classic Inca Trail with our dear friends. Alfredo and his team were exceptional! While camping in the US usually involves oatmeal and PBandJ sandwiches, with Alfredo’s team, we savored grilled trout, salads, lomo saltado and more. The food was incredibly delicious! The entire experience was meticulously organized. Alfredo handled our tickets and permits, leaving us to simply follow his guidance while he took care of the rest. We highly recommend their services!
    11 Sep, 2023
  • M
    Michelle
    19 Jun, 2022
    about provider
    Alfredo is a fantastic guide who made our experience unforgettable. His well-planned itinerary allowed us to explore both popular and lesser-known trails, and we particularly enjoyed visiting his hometown in the mountains. He is not only kind and humorous but also surrounded by an incredible team of staff.
    19 Jun, 2022

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