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Horse Back Riding Tours Cusco

Take a half-day out mounted in the saddle of a horse riding through the most famous archeological sites around Cusco. Starting at the Inca site of Tambomachay, you will ride your way back to the city through the beautiful countryside with fantastic views of Cusco. Along the way, you’ll pass by the Incan sites of Puca Pucara, Qenko and Sacsayhuaman.


At 8:50am meet at SAM Travel Peru office to take private transport to the Ranch near Qenko and get saddled up with our horses.   You’ll meet the horseman who will walk with you through the extent of the trail until Saqsayhuaman. After departing from the ranch we will go directly to the ruins of Qenko. You will get a wonderful view of the ruins, but if you would like a closer inspection you can with the tourist ticket. The horseman will mind the horses while you explore.

After passing through the ruins you follow a small dirt path, alongside a road, up to the next site, Puca Pucara, which translates to “The Red Gate”and has it’s name because it was used as the control entrance to the city of Cusco in the days of the Incas. You will pass by the ruins as you are on your way to Tambomachay, which was something of an “Inca bath house” and was also used for a worship of water. Then you will begin your return, passing through a eucalypt forest on the way. Finally, before you reach the ranch, you will pass by the famous Inca temple, Saqsayhuaman, which is where the Incas worshiped lighting. Our service with the horses ends at Saqsayhuaman, so you can take as much time as you want at this extensive and most spectacular site. Finally we go back to Cusco.


What is Included:

  • Transport to the Ranch from SAM Travel Peru Office
  • Horse with basic equipment “Horse Man” (non english speaking) to lead you at walking pace.

What is not Included:

  • Entrance fee to Tambomachay, Saqsawaman, Qenqo and Puca pucara 70 Soles (Partial Tourist Ticket -Boleto Turistico) or other option Cusco Tourist Ticket for 10 days (130 soles approx US$40, valid for 14 places included in the Sacred Valley of the Incas.)
  • Appreciation


Please Note:  This special private tour and price is only for our clients who have booked any 2, 3, 4, 5  days  or more tour or trek with SAM Travel.

The Horse Back Riding Tours Cusco is available on any day that suits your schedule, however we need a minimum of two people in order to book.


2 people: US $50 per person
3 people: US $40 per person
5 or more people: US $30 per person



SAM (initials of Saul Alvarez Montalvo) Travel Peru is a family owned travel agency and direct local tour operator based in Cusco with personal experience over many years of trekking.  SAM Travel Peru is a 1oo% Cusquenian Company without any shareholders.

My dream as the owner was to create small personalized tours & treks strictly and only operated by local professional staff catering in PERSONALIZED and HIGH QUALITY SERVICE.    

We take pride in having a reputation as being a RESPONSIBLE & SUSTAINABLE tour operator. My staff are my extended family. I ensure they are supported financially by paying them a good wage. I am proud of my team without them I couldn’t give the best service and lifetime experiences to our clients.


In an effort to provide a more personalised service to our passengers, we, in SAM Travel Peru  have a policy to keep our groups small.  With private tours we do 1 to 6 person and a larger group of 7 to 12 if requested.  By keeping our groups small, this sets us apart from other companies that operate departures with much larger groups.


I am very proud of my guides! Highly professional, speaking fluent English, very knowledgeable, passionate for the Inca heritage/ history, dedicated to a steady personal development, learning to ensure that you receive accurate and recognised theories about the Inca Andean culture. Fun loving, great sportsmen and well educated crew as well as having a degree in Archaeology, Botany, History or Anthropology. Some of them are great entertainers and the best “Salsa Dancers” on this side of Machu Picchu.


SAM Travel Peru has always believed that we should “give back” to the communities we pass through when on our treks. Therefore, as part of our commitment to responsible tourism, we always do many social projects and hire locally.

Have a look our recent social work:  “We, (the students from Patachancha Community) got to go to Machu Picchu for the first time”

SAM Travel Peru is so proud to be able to support these beautiful people, not only employing them work but also to keep things at grassroots, to share in their homes and with their families. This makes us happy to have this holistic approach with our highland employees and their families!

A beautiful reflection of our attitude in everything we do, is making life richer and more meaningful for all involved.

Important Info

BOLETO TURISTICO (tourist ticket )

You have the Option to Purchase a 1 Day or a 10 Day Boleto Turistico. 

The partial ticket, or 1 Day ticketcosts70 soles (US $20) and is valid for 1 day.  You can visit a many sites as you like in one day with no further charge.  There are no discounts with this ticket.

Both tourist tickets, of 1 day or 10 day, allows the access to different archeological sites around Cusco, and Sacred Valley.  This is the best way to visit all the archeological sites of the region and the Sacred Valley. Most of the main archeological sites are not accessible for free.

The general ticket allows you over the next 10 days to enter16 archeological and cultural sites in Cusco, the south valley and the Sacred Valley. The price of this ticket is 130 soles (about US $40) and is valid for 10 days. This is the cheapest and most convenient way to plan to see different sites in a few days. The cost for students under 25 (with the presentation of a valid ISIC card) and for teenagers under 18 (with the presentation of an identity card) is 70 soles (US $20). Children under 11 are free.

Here is a list of sites where you can use your Boleto Touristico:

  • Sacsayhuaman
  • Qenqo
  • Pucapucara
  • Tambomachay
  • Pisaq
  • Ollantaytambo
  • Chinchero
  • Moray
  • Tipon
  • Piquillaqta

Note : The entrance ticket  to the main archeological sites like Sacsaywaman, Pisac, Ollantaytambo,Chinchero,Tipón and Moray cannot be sold individually; you must buy the Boleto turístico to visit them. You can get it in Avenida el Sol nearby Peru office or at the time you enter the first site that you are visiting.  YOU MUST PAY IN SOLES, NO CREDIT CARD OR US DOLLARS ARE ACCEPTED. 

Important: These entrances are not included in the Boleto Touristico.  

  • The entrance to Qoricancha or Santo Domingo Convent (10 soles)
  • The entrance to the Cathedral (25 soles)

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    What to Bring


    • Small daypack
    • Water bottle
    • Camera
    • Sun hat/cream
    • Boots or Sturdy walking shoes
    • Pants are recommended not shorts
    • Rain poncho in case of rain
    • Original passport if purchasing a tourist ticket
    • ISIC card for the 10 day ticket if applicable
    • Soles if purchasing tourist ticket, (do not accept credit card or dollars)

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