December 5, 2015
THE INCA TRAIL ROAD LESS TRAVELLED TO MACHU PICCHU – LODGE TO LODGE BY HORSEBACK
Those in search of a true once-in-a-lifetime experience can choose to make their pilgrimage to Machu Picchu in comfort with sure-footed horses as their ideal traveling partners.
6 NIGHTS / 7 DAYS
An exciting adventure of surprising comfort that takes you on an ancient Inca trail called the “Salkantay Inca Trail”, the road less traveled to the lost city of the Incas. The route winds through the Cordillera Vilcabamba, a spectacular Andean mountain range, before plunging into forested canyons. Discover a world surrounded by magical moments which will stay with you far beyond your return home. See why the majestic peaks with their emerald-green glacial lakes inspired awe among the natives who consider them gods.
Riding by horseback on the unbeaten trails of the mysterious Incas, high in the mountains and on winding slopes, creates an intimate bond between horse and rider based on mutual trust and the excitement of the journey ahead. These athletic, surefooted and noble horses are well trained for high altitude and changing terrain, and travel with outstanding willingness.
Each day’s ride ends not in a freezing tent but in one of four cozy lodges with hot showers, fine gourmet meals, select wines, goose-down bedding, outdoor jacuzzis and highly personalized service provided by local staff.
In this Machu Picchu Lodge-Lodge experience, riders spend two nights at the Salkantay Lodge, and one night at each of the three other lodges located along the trail: Wayra Lodge, Colpa Lodge and Lucma Lodge. The last night of the journey is spent in an award-winning hotel in the town of Machu Picchu in anticipation of the grand finale: a visit to Machu Picchu, the lost city of the Incas.
Mountain Lodges of Peru has bred a number of its own Quarter Horses which are specially exercised and trained for this trip, so they are highly aware and accustomed to the local terrain, wildlife and to performing at high altitude, making them a very secure ride. They combine responsiveness, energy, bravery and manners to produce the perfect trail horse. All horses are picked from a pre-selected pool especially for each trip, according to their level of fitness at the time. For extra precautions horses are fitted with boots or bandages to pro- tect their extremities.
Our horses are trained Western so they are used to neck reining and going on a loose rein. We mostly use American en- durance saddles, but there are English saddles available for those who prefer them. We are very careful in checking that the saddles fit each horse well and we constantly ensure that the tack and shoeing are in excellent condition. We keep groups small, carefully match horses to riders, see that people of similar skills ride together, and train ride leaders carefully.
Prices from $3490 USD per person
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