The prices of Perol Chico may seem high for non-horse persons but one must realise that it is very expensive to feed and take good care of horses in this part of the country. During the dry season (7 months) green pasture is scares and very expensive (Perol Chico buys its alfalfa from Arequipa, about 600 miles away) .To feed a horse well with good pasture, cereals, mineral supplements, etc. it cost around US $1400 per horse per year. Then add salaries of stable hands, medicines (most of them are imported), vet bills and tax (i.e. if you run a formal company) and you will get an idea how much it cost to keep a horse happy in this part of the country. The tourist season in Cusco is only 7 months long followed by 5 months of rainy season, when rides high in the mountains are impossible (slippery trails). So in 7 months an outfitter has to earn enough to survive the other 5 months without income. Any outfitter in Cusco that offers horse rides at cut prices is not able to feed and to take good care of his horses, period.
If you want to ride a happy, healthy and well fed horse, then be willing to pay a fair price.
Eduard van Brunschot, owner of Perol Chico