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Itinerary for Condor's Canyon Trail

Sample Itinerary - subject to changes

Day 1: Zurite to Ch’uro
The meeting point to start this wonderful experience will be the village Zurite in the province of Anta. After your transfer from the Sacred Valley (or Cusco upon request) you will meet your guide and support staff. Your luggage will be carried in our support vehicle.
After getting to know and tacking up the horses, we start riding at about 10 am. Our riding adventure starts in the Pampa de Anta. After climbing a hill through an eucalyptus forest, we enjoy a wonderful view of the Chicón snow-capped mountain. Then, we will start riding downhill until we reach the Ankawasi village (Eagle’s Nest). We will stop for lunch in Ccacahuara (around 1 pm).
During the afternoon ride, we will reach an altitude of 4,000 meters above see level. It is the highest point at this day which is located at a distance of 2 hours from Caserío de Ch’uro, where we will spend the night. We expect to arrive in Caserío de Ch’uro at about 5pm. Then it is time to set up camp and prepare dinner.
Meals included: Lunch & Dinner
Overnight Camping at Ch’uro

Day 2: Caserío de Ch’uro to Chonta
After breakfast at about 8 am we hope to get back in the saddle for 9 am. Today, we intend to cross a part of the central mountain range, using very old horse paths that connect small hamlets. We will eventually arrive at the Pampa Huaylla stream, from where we will begin to ascend to a height of 4,100 meters above sea level. At this height, both us and our horses’ breathing will be accelerated by the scarcity of oxygen. Surrounded by grasslands we will observe scarce vegetation.
We stop for our midday break in the grasslands. Then, a wonderful view of the snowcapped mountains of Humantay and Salkantay will be our inseparable companions until arriving at the Chonta community, around 5pm.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight Camping at Chonta

Day 3: Condor viewpoint (no riding) 
After enjoying a delicious breakfast, we will meet a guide that will carefully guide us down the steep paths of the condors viewpoint. We will cover this way by foot, as the road is suitable for us to enter but not with our horses. It is narrow and right at the edge of one of the deepest canyons of Peru, the Cañón del Apurimac. This scenery is the home of the impressive and majestic condor. Sometimes condors fly over the canyon in search of food in the morning and evening hours.
Once back in Chonta, we will eat our lunch.
If the conditions were not favorable during the morning walk, the strong winds in the afternoon tempt the birds to take flight into the depths of the canyon. In order to see this we can access three different observation points (by foot).
We should be back at our camp for 5:30pm.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight Camping at Chonta

Day 4: Chonta to Ch’uro
This morning, we ride back to the heights of the grasslands at over 4,100 meters of altitude. The terrain that awaits us during the afternoon ride will allow us to move more easily until arriving at the town of Pampa Huaylla. Located in the heart of a ravine, from here, we will ride to the side of the stream which is also named Pampa Huaylla, until we reach Ch’uro village.
We expect to arrive at our campsite in Ch’uro village for 5 pm.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight Camping at Ch’uro

Day 5: Ch’uro to Compone
After an hour of riding uphill, a rocky and difficult road opens up in front of us. This one will take us to reach an indescribable beautiful forest of stones. There are rocks that resemble prehistoric animals as well as giant birds. Undoubtedly the sites of Ventanayoq, Waachayoq, Quinsa Rumi and Yuraq Qaqa are magical religious places from the beginning of our history.
After lunch, we go on a recognition walk through the lithic collection of Yuraq Qaqa. This place, due to its capricious morphological characteristics, was used by the locals to hid the cattle or horses that they stole from different towns. This natural corral camouflaged and concealed by the dense forest of Qeuñas and endemic shrubs has been used by astutely rustlers.
At about 3pm, we start our downhill ride to the town of Compone. Dinner and overnight at a lodge where it will be finally possible to take a hot shower.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at Lodge in Compone

Day 6: Last Ride
After a good night of rest, we take our breakfast at 8am. During the morning ride, we cross the flat Anta área from one side to the other, passing by the towns of Markjo and Huerta. After passing through an eucalyptus forest, we will arrive to the town Huaylla Qocha and its beautiful catholic chapel constructed in the XVI century. We stop for lunch here.
During our last afternoon ride, we will see different water reserves in the high communities of Chaquepay, Mahuay Pampa and Maras. Maras town draws our attention giving us the opportunity to discover different ancient little streets and its typical gates. Just after passing Maras town, we start our descent ride in the direction of the valley.
We expect to arrive at our hacienda for 5:30 pm.
Meals included: Breakfast & Lunch

Note: If you wish to extend your stay in Peru, we suggest to sign up for the Machu Picchu Mountain Lodges Ride.
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Condor's Canyon Trail
Tour Code: IT-PERT08
6 days / 5 nights ~$2,335.00
Dates : Available all year round

Difficulty : Riding Level
Riding Level Explained
Beginner A rider who has limited experience, is unable to post the trot and does not canter.
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.
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.
All of the above, plus an independent seat, soft hands, and capable of handlinga spirited horse in open country.
Lodging: Basic
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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Tack: modified McClellan saddles with saddle...
Horses: Peruvian Paso Horses
Pace: Slow on mountain paths with opportunit...
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Airport: Cusco
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