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Colca Canyon Explorer Ride on Peruvian Pasos


Colca Canyon Explorer Ride on Peruvian Pasos
Arequipa Peru
Mario Vargas Llosa, the Peruvian novelist and most famous Arequipeño, described Colca as "The Valley of Wonders."

That is no literary overstatement. Colca is one of the most scenic regions in Peru, a land of imposing snow-capped volcanoes, narrow gorges, artistically terraced agricultural slopes that predate the Incas, arid desert landscapes and vegetation, and remote traditional villages, many visibly scarred by the seismic tremors common in southern Peru. Some of Peru's most recognizable wildlife - including llamas, alpacas, vicuñas, and the celebrated giant Andean condors - roam freely in the region. The Colca River, one of the sources of the mighty Amazon, slices through the massive canyon, which remained largely unexplored until the late 1970s. Reaching depths of 3,400m (11,150 ft.) - twice as deep as the Grand Canyon - el Cañón del Colca forms part of a tremendous volcanic mountain range more than 100km (62 miles) long. Another big draw is the almost ineffable wonder of seeing  the majestic, giant condors with their massive wingspans soar overhead at Cruz del Cóndor lookout point over Colca Canyon as they head out along the river. Dispersed across the Colca Valley are 14 colonial-era villages, which date to the 16th century and are distinguished primarily by their small but often richly decorated churches. Local populations in the valley, descendants of the Collaguas and Cabanas, pre-Inca ethnic communities that have lived in the region for some 2,000 years, preserve ancient customs and distinctive traditional dress.

The valley and its summits are a rapidly growing destination for mountain climbing, river rafting and now also for avid horseback riders. If this is not enough to attract you to come and explore – we even throw in some superbly smooth-gaited Peruvian Paso horses for you to ride. The Peruvian “Paso” horse is known in the equestrian world to be the most comfortable horse around the globe. It is a strong horse - noble, faithful - a mix of proud and warm. The riding program offered here opens the gates to Colca and every horse lover who dreams to make their travel an unforgettable experience. On horseback you will feel closer to nature than you have ever been, and ever could. The Valley is a reminder of times past and you will return home haunted by the feeling that society has changed so much and has lost two very precious qualities: the ability of people to live at peace with nature, and with each other.

Progressive Ride (no camping)
Ride with Gaited Horses

Meeting: Arequipa
Airport: Arequipa
Transfer: Arequipa airport to hotel and then to Yanque Village on Day 2
Riders: Min 1 riders
Max 6 riders

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    Colca Canyon Explorer Ride on Peruvian Pasos
    Tour Code: IT-PERT10
    12 days / 11 nights ~$2,400.00
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    Difficulty : Riding Level
    Riding Level Explained
    ABeginner
    Beginner A rider who has limited experience, is unable to post the trot and does not canter.
    BNovice
    Novice A rider who is capable of mounting and dismounting unassisted, capable of applying basic aids, comfortable and in control at the walk, moderate length posting trots, and short canters.
    CIntermediate
    Intermediate A rider who has a firm seat, is confident and in control at all paces (including posting trots, two point canters and gallops), but does not ride regularly.
    D Strong Intermediate
    Strong Intermediate An intermediate rider who is currently riding regularly and is comfortable in the saddle for at least 6 hours per day.
    EAdvanced
    All of the above, plus an independent seat, soft hands, and capable of handlinga spirited horse in open country.
    Lodging: Standard
    Lodging Level Explained
       
    = Facilities in lodges, estancias, haciendas, resorts, etc.
       
    Basic lodging - some with shared bathroom facilities, usually no AC or room service.
    Regular standard room - usually with private bath.
     Accommodations with superior comforts.
       
     = Trips with nights in tent camps. Sometimes the first and last night are in hotels.
       
    Basic tent camping - everyone helps out with camp chores.
    Regular standard with some camp amenities and camp cook.
    Camping facilities with superior comforts like camp shower, bathroom facility..
       
     = Trips that combine nights in hotels and camping.
       
    Basic accommodation and basic camping facilities can be expected.
    Regular standard with some nicer amenities.
    Only assigned to hotel and camping facilities with superior comforts.

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    Season Tour Dates  Min / MaxReserve
    A 2016 08/23 - 09/03 12d / 11n 12 day trip- Lake Titicaca (... 1 /6 Expired
    B 2016 08/23 - 08/30 8d / 7n 8 day trip- Lake Titicaca (5... 1 /6 Expired
    B 2016 09/20 - 09/27 8d / 7n 8 day trip- Lake Titicaca (5... 1 /6 Expired
    A 2016 09/20 - 10/01 12d / 11n 12 day trip- Lake Titicaca (... 1 /6 Expired
    A 2016 10/18 - 10/29 12d / 11n 12 day trip- Lake Titicaca (... 1 /6 Reserve
    B 2016 10/18 - 10/25 8d / 7n 8 day trip- Lake Titicaca (5... 1 /6 Reserve
    B 2016 11/15 - 11/22 8d / 7n 8 day trip- Lake Titicaca (5... 1 /6 Reserve
    A 2016 11/15 - 11/26 12d / 11n 12 day trip- Lake Titicaca (... 1 /6 Reserve
    A 2016 12/13 - 12/24 12d / 11n 12 day trip- Lake Titicaca (... 1 /6 Reserve
    B 2016 12/13 - 12/20 8d / 7n 8 day trip- Lake Titicaca (5... 1 /6 Reserve
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    Tack: Peruvian
    Horses: Peruvian Pasos
    Pace: Paso Llama - Peruvian Walk. 5 to 6 hrs...

    Airport: Arequipa
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