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Cusco: 3-Hour Horse Riding Tour to the Temple of the Moon

1. Cusco: 3-Hour Horse Riding Tour to the Temple of the Moon

Travel on horseback to the magnificent Temple of the Moon near the mountains of Cusco city. Start your adventure at the ranch and meet your expert guide. Learn the basics of how to control the horses and grab your helmet. Enjoy an unforgettable ride along the Andes to the Temple of the Moon and take in the incredible views of Cusco city. Once you've arrived, hop off your horse and follow your guide to the Temple of the Moon. Explore the ancient temple while your guide explains the Incan and Pre-Incan history of the site.

Cusco: Half-Day Horseback Riding at Devil's Balcony

2. Cusco: Half-Day Horseback Riding at Devil's Balcony

After pickup in your hotel, your guide will make a briefing about the activity. Then, head to the ranch near Sacsayhuaman where you will meet your horses and muleteers.  Upon arriving at the ranch, guide will make a brief induction to know how to control the horses and be able to lead them safely. Horses will be selected according to your experience and mood. Start visiting the archeological place of the Temple of the Moon, a big hill with two caves inside it, probably used to evoke fertility during Pre Inca and Inca times. The caves contain altars and cracks in the walls that let in sunlight or more significantly moonlight that strikes the altars on certain nights.  Then, head to the “Inca Face” and finally the fabulous Devil’s Balcony or also called “Chacan”. Located on the backside of the Saqsayhuaman, this archaeological attraction and natural architectural heritage is a large rock with a spectacular view of a chasm in the middle. There is a window, a balcony overlooking the river that runs underneath rock. Below the balcony, the river goes through a huge cave towards the other end of the rock. Here, in this natural cave formed thousands of years ago, which was used as Inca Shrine, you will stop and taste a snack. In each of those places mentioned, your guide will stop to tell you a detailed explanation about it. Then, head back to the ranch and return to the city.

Cusco: Hidden Incan Temples Full-Day Horseback Riding Tour

3. Cusco: Hidden Incan Temples Full-Day Horseback Riding Tour

After pickup from your hotel, head to the ranch where you will meet your horses and muleteers. Upon arriving at the ranch, the guide will provide a brief induction to teach you how to control the horses. The horses will be selected according to your experience and mood. Start the tour passing by the Andean village of Yuncaypata. Next, go to Inkilltambo, an ancient checkpoint control for travelers and business people from Incan times, restored only 3 years ago. Continue and visit Rumiwasi or the “Stone House”, an ancient house from a local leader during Incan times. Admire the quality of the architecture before making a stop and enjoying your packed lunch. Finally, explore Kallachaka, an ancient Incan temple. Then, head back to the ranch and return to the city.

From Cusco: 2.5-Hour Temple of the Moon Horseback Ride

4. From Cusco: 2.5-Hour Temple of the Moon Horseback Ride

You will be picked up from your hotel between 10 AM to 10:15 AM. Then, head to the ranch to start your horseback ride to the Temple of the Moon. Your horse ride through this beautiful site with panoramic views lasts approximately 2 hours and 30 minutes. This is a ride along the Sacred Route to the Temple of the Moon, which will take you to beautiful places located very close to the city. These archaeological sites include, the Temple of the Moon (Quillarumiyoc) and the Chacan Mountain.  During the ride, you can see corn crops, potatoes, barley, caves, and learn all about these interesting sites from your guide. At the end of the day, you will return to Cusco by bus and be dropped off at your hotel.

Cusco: Temple of the Moon & Devil's Balcony Horseback Ride

5. Cusco: Temple of the Moon & Devil's Balcony Horseback Ride

Begin with pickup from your hotel or the central meeting point in Cusco. Meet your tour guide and receive a short briefing before taking private transport towards Saqsayhuaman Ranch. Here, you'll get acquainted with your horse before starting the journey. Ride across the beautiful pasture lands where you'll see locals taking care of herds of sheep and alpacas. Enjoy fantastic panoramic views over the country fields and surrounding mountains. Upon reaching the Temple of the Moon, learn about its fascinating history from your guide. Next, at the locally-named Devil's Balcony, pass through a natural cave formed thousands of years ago. These caves were considered to be sacred by the Incas. After this, enjoy some enjoy snacks provided before returning to the ranch to board the private transport back to Cusco.

Cusco: Sacsayhuaman Guided Tour and 1-Hour Horseback Ride

6. Cusco: Sacsayhuaman Guided Tour and 1-Hour Horseback Ride

Head to the old capital of the Incan Empire, Sacsayhuaman, for an archeological treat before traveling to Qenqo for a lesson in mummification. Finish the experience with a trip to a Peruvian ranch for a chance to try out horse riding with memorable landscapes.  After your hotel pickup in your hotel, head to the archaeological site of Sacsayhuaman on the outskirts of Cusco. See the heart of the famous Incan Empire. Discover all about the architecture, function and importance of the city, and why Sacsayhuaman is one of the best examples of Inca engineering. Next, drive to Qenqo, a huaca or designated Incan holy place. Learn about the mummification of ancient royal people that took place in a cave located on this archeological site. After this, head to a ranch near Sacsayhuaman where you will meet your horses and muleteers. Upon arriving at the ranch, a guide will make a brief induction to horse riding and how to lead them safely. Horses will be selected according to your experience and mood.  Start your 1-hour ride into the National Park of Sacsayhuaman, comprising 6000 acres of territory. Along the ride see amazing views, pass by some potato farms, some new excavations and with luck some local animals such as llamas and alpacas. After your ride, squeeze in some visits to Tambomachay, an ancient temple dedicated to water, and Pucapukara, an ancient Incan fortress. Finish up the day with a transfer back to Cusco city.

From Cusco: Huchuy Qosqo 2-Day Horse Riding Trip

7. From Cusco: Huchuy Qosqo 2-Day Horse Riding Trip

Day 1: Cusco - Huchuy Qosqo - Chinchero Drive for around 20 minutes from Cusco to Sacsayhuaman, where your horses await you. Once at Sacsayhuaman, get to know your horses before setting off on the 3 to 4-hour ride to the Queullacocha lagoon, where you will enjoy your pack lunch. Next, make your way to Chinchero, an Andean village that sits on top of a high plain with sweeping views of snow-capped peaks, at an altitude of 3800 meters. Enjoy time to rest, relax, and eat dinner. Turn in for an early night in your room. Day 2: Chinchero - Huchuy Qosco - Lamay - Cusco Get up early for an exciting day of adventure with 4-5 hours of horse riding and hiking. Wrapped up warm, equipped for riding and hiking, and with your helmet on, you’re ready to go. Lead your horse down a 3-hour trail to Pukamarca. From here you will leave the horses behind to hike a section of the famous Inca trail for 45-minutes that leads up to the Huchuy Qosqo ruins at 3600 meters. Make sure to take a breather and take in the spectacular Leon Punku, or Lion’s Mouth, canyon views on your way. Enjoy a snack at Huchuy Qosqo as you listen to your local guide tell you the rich Inca history of the region. After this part, start your descent towards the town of Lamay, famous for its Cuy al Palo, or roasted guinea pig. Have a short rest after lunch here, and your transportation will meet you for an approximately 1-hour drive back to Cusco. Get dropped back off at your accommodation in Cusco.

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What people are saying about Cusco

Riding with Holger (aka, George) was a great experience for us and our kids (13 and 11). George grew up riding horses, and he led our group with an infectious enthusiasm. He speaks excellent English at a volume the entire group could hear. The horses were obviously well-trained, and we rode based on our collective level of experience, maxing out with some trotting here and there (plenty for me, judging by how I felt the next day ). The whole experience seemed like a very authentic way of experiencing the Peruvian countryside. Riding itself would have been 5 stars, but there was icing on the cake: - a short hike to Devil’s Landing; - a 10-minute cave exploration with a little bouldering (have your phone for its flashlight); and - a snack of Peruvian fruit. Altogether, a very enjoyable afternoon! Kudos! Highly recommended!

Amazing landscape, amazing horses and an amazing tour guide :) Holger is a fantastic person, was really a pleasure to meet and talk to him, the surroundings are so beautiful, takes your breath away. We were lucky enough to meet sheeps, lamas, alpacas, and a hummingbird during the trip. :) If you are into horse riding, nice landscapes, and inca culture, go for it!

Best day! Holger trains his horses very well and these are probably the most comfortable horses I ever have ridden! If you have experience, do not leave without having tried the Peruvian gait. Beginners can also go with him, as his horses are not scared of anything.

The tour guide was terrific! Took us to the moon temple, and beyond! He even gave us some snacks after taking us to a peak with a fantastic view, and even gave us snacks and water! The horses were brilliantly trained, and the experience was a once-in-a-lifetime one

Great ride and tour. Morgan does an excellent job. I trail ride at home on a regular basis and this ride is a 10 out of 10