Experience the stunning beauty of the Andes by horseback on this horseback riding Machu Picchu tour. You will have the time of your life as you ride the Salkantay Trail to Machu Picchu.
This horseback riding Machu Picchu tour is perfect for adventurers who love riding and connecting with nature. We take the Salkantay Trail, a different road than many other travelers, to avoid the crowds and provide the best experience. You will ride through breathtaking scenery in the Sacred Mountains of the Andes.
Along the way, you will enjoy taking photos and camping at night in style with a professional chef to prepare your meals. Your experienced tour guide will lead you between the snow-capped mountains of Salkantay and Humantay and tell you all about the locations you visit, including the fascinating history of Machu Picchu.
Duration: 4 Days / 3 Nights
Start and end location: Cusco
Day 1 – Ride on Your Horse to Humantay Lake and Take in Breathtaking Views Along the Way
Your horseback riding Machu Picchu tour starts from a place called Soraypampa, elevation 12, 631 feet (3,850 meters). After a good breakfast, you will ride your horse up to Humantay Lake, a beautiful place surrounded by icy mountains. You will have time to admire the amazing views. Then, return to the main dirt road and ride to the lunch spot.
Afterwards, you will ride for a couple more hours to the campsite, with some uphill and downhill parts. The campsite is located at a gorgeous place called Japonisichayoc (13,123 feet/4,000 meters) at the bottom of Salkantay Mountain.
Day 2 – Soak in Beautiful Mountain Scenery on a Remote Trail
After waking up with traditional coca tea and a plentiful breakfast, you will hop on your horse to continue your horseback riding Machu Picchu trip in the Andes. You will be able to enjoy beautiful mountain views and a delicious lunch along the way. Finally, you will camp at a spot surrounded by llamas and alpacas. You will be able to immerse yourself in nature as this trail is less crowded.
Day 3 – Ride on Cachiccata Mountain and Take the Train to Aguas Calientes
Today you will ride on Cachiccata Mountain. You will pass through farm fields and see llamas and alpacas. The farmers in this area have mixed heritage and speak both Quechua and Spanish. Upon arrival to a place called Pumatales, you will have lunch and say goodbye to the cooking team.
From there, you will go by car to Ollantaytambo and take the 19:00 am night train to Aguas Calientes, the town at the base of Machu Picchu. You will arrive there by 21:00 pm and stay the night in a hotel.
Day 4 – Explore the Incredible Ancient City of Machu Picchu and Go Back to Cusco
Wake-up time today is 4:30 am, with breakfast at 5:00 am, so that you can take the 5:30 am bus up to Machu Picchu. There, you will have a guided tour for a couple of hours, then free time to explore. One option for your free time is walking to the Sun Gate, a 2-hour round-trip hike.
Afterwards, you will take the bus down to Aguas Calientes, have lunch (optional), and go on a 2-hour train ride to Ollantaytambo. From there, you will take a 2-hour bus ride to Cusco. This is where you will be dropped off at your hotel.
After you book your experience, you will receive a confirmation email from us confirming that your payment went through. You will then be connected directly to the tour operator, in case you have any further questions. We are also happy to answer any questions about the tour, or travel in general in your country of destination.