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“Lots of fun!”

Hacienda del Chalan
Ranked #4 of 23 things to do in Urubamba
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Owner description: We organize Horseback riding tours with Peruvian Paso Horses along the Sacred Valley of the Inkas (mid day, 1D, 2-6D). Lakes, snow mountains, archaeological complexes (Moray, Salinas, Ollantaytambo) natural reserves, contact with native towns and civilizations, pleasure and good time are part of our tours.
Toronto, Canada
Level 3 Contributor
13 reviews
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“Lots of fun!”
Reviewed 10 September 2013

A group of six of us went horse back riding through the mountains, we only had two hours, so we did not make it to the river which was kind of a bummer but it was still fun! I would recommend doing a tour of more than 2 hours to ensure you can see some cool things. The man who runs the ranch does not speak English but his assistant Marco does which is helpful for those who do not speak Spanish. The horses were mild mannered and friendly. They are mainly trail horses which is good because they are trained to follow the lead horse which means you do not necessarily have to know how to horse back ride to go on an excursion. If you are an experienced rider they will put you on a riding horse. Overall it was a fun experience and would recommend this ranch to those looking for a peaceful way to see the mountains.

Visited August 2013
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“Great family business, too expensive for what's offered though.”
Reviewed 12 July 2013

We did our horseback ride tour today of the Sacred Valley. I was a novice horse rider (and over their 200pd weight restriction by 10 pds). They gave me the nicest horse that I felt really safe to ride. We had a great ride along the river with the guide telling us interesting facts along the way. We ended up in Ollytaytambo and he let us go venture into the city for lunch and the guide waited by the Incan bridge for us to return. Our first quip was that it was supposed to last from 9-4. It was more like 9-2, maybe a minor complaint but we felt like the $95 we paid coudlve gone a bit farther. They are willing to pack a lunch for you for $10 US, what a rip off! We ate for 7 soles at lunch and we kinda felt that maybe lunch shouldve been included for such a small price.

Overall, had fun. Great guide. But be prepared to feel a little empty when you hand over about 270 soles (about $95 plus tip).

Visited July 2013
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USA
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104 reviews
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“Horseback Tour of the Sacred Valley”
Reviewed 25 June 2013

My family (with two teens) wanted a laid back horseback riding tour of the Sacred Valley. Rancho El Chalan offered both half and full day tours. We opted for the 3 hour tour for $65 per person. We enjoyed the tour very much.

We were impressed as to how well trained the horses were. The horses followed Osvaldo (spelling?) amongst houses before leading up to the mountains.

I was especially impressed with the young 17 year old boy who walked 7 miles along our horses. He worked hard. It's amazing that he didn't know English and I knew very little Spanish, but we were able to learn about each other's history.

The three hour tour enabled us to go through small town and up to the mountains and rivers. You can also opt for the full day to Moray and Maras.

I would definitely recommend this.

Visited June 2013
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Astoria, New York, United States
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2 reviews
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“Enjoyable Ride”
Reviewed 6 June 2013

Would've given the experience 5-5 but our original plans had to be changed last minute upon arrival. We wanted to visit the salt mines and were told upon getting there that because we were novice horse riders it couldn't be done and had to choose a different course of travel. The rancher explained the salt mine road was extremely dangerous and you need some experience riding a horse to get it done safely. At the end, we had a fantastic ride, saw amazing views, the horses were beautiful and tame, the rancher was super chill.

Visited May 2013
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Houston, Texas
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“A Ride Through Heaven”
Reviewed 30 May 2013

My husband and I, along with our adult daughter and two of her friends, recently took an all day horseback riding tour with Rancho El Chalan. The owners, Yojan and Carina, operate a first-rate stable. The horses are well cared for in every respect, including being extremely well groomed and well nourished. The horses are Peruvian Paso, which are known for their smooth gait. Three of us are experienced riders, and we attest, that indeed, the horses' gait is extremely smooth. The ride through the Andes was like riding through a piece of heaven! The scenery was exquisite! We were blessed with a clear sunny day, so we saw lakes, snow-capped mountains, archaeological complexes (Moray, Salinas), and mountain goats. Local farmers working their fields smiled and waved to us. This trip allowed us to see parts of Peru that can’t be seen in a car. Some practical points: Yojan is very safety conscious. Two of our riders were inexperienced, so Yojan arranged for each to be accompanied by her own guide, who walked along-side the horses. Even though Yojan made these arrangements, my personal opinion is that if one is going to select the all-day ride, then one should be comfortable on a horse. The ride does take all day (6 – 7 hours); however, there are several stops that provide ample time for both the horses and riders to rest and get nourishment. Consequently, none of us had any soreness to speak of. The site for our picnic lunch was precious! In the middle of the mountains, there was an area with several outdoor shops that sold Peruvian handicrafts. We lunched under the thatched roof of one of these shops. Yojan brought a boxed lunch of sandwiches, fruit, and goodies, and all of it was delicious! Bring sunscreen. The beauty that we experienced on this day, both in the scenery and the people we met, touched our hearts forever! Thank you Yojan and Carina for blessing us with the experience of a lifetime!

Visited May 2013
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