Salineras Ranch
Salineras Ranch
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Monday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Tuesday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Wednesday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Thursday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Friday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Saturday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Sunday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
About
Salineras Ranch is located in a private, sprawling refuge at the entrance of the ancient Inca’s salt trading center AKA Salt mines of Maras. A unique space of 62-acre open land, welcomes you, your family, and your friends to have a real life experience of the Sacred Valley. We are privileged to show you the secret of this land with private access to paths into the Andes Mountains by horse riding, biking or hiking, offering spectacular panoramic views. We offer activities that suit all tastes, from mountain adventures to cultural experiences, workshops dating from ancient times and more. We also offer cozy accommodation and homemade food. With only three cabins, we are able to follow all health and safety protocols above and beyond what is required. We invite you to share our authentic lifestyle and immerse yourself in the splendor of this unique place.
Urubamba, Peru
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Travelers' Choice
2023

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Birgit A
5 contributions
Oct 2021
I booked a weekend (Friday - Sunday) including 2 trail rides (SAT and SUN) and a Coffee Workshop at Salineras Ranch. Since I had already done all kinds of hikes through the Sacred Valley, I thought it would be a wonderful change to ride a horse through the Sacred Valley.

I was absolutely not disappointed either. The ranch is gorgeous. The main building incl. lounge and "dorm" (which I had all to myself) are really super stylish and leave nothing to be desired. The only thing to mention is that the WIFI does not work in the dormitory (but you don't really need that while sleeping).

The food (breakfast/lunch/dinner) was great and was more than sufficient in quantity. The chef was super eager and catered to all my requests.
My two booked horseback rides (Pumahuanca and River Ride)were also very nice. Adriana gave everything on Saturday so that I could fully enjoy the Pumahuanca ride. The River Ride on Sunday with Pablo was then a nice very very easy about 2 hour ride, after the 4 hour ride on Saturday.

I felt very welcome and comfortable at the ranch. Unfortunately, apparently due to Covid, I was the only guest at the ranch. This was a bit strange, but Adriana was very eager to keep me company whenever possible.

The booking process with Liliana was also very professional and smooth. Unfortunately, again apparently due to Covid, the rebooking/cancellation policies are very strict. A friend would have liked to accompany me and we wanted to shorten the stay a bit, but this was unfortunately not possible and would have driven the already very proud price even higher.

Where I have now arrived at the point that has unfortunately spoiled the whole great weekend for me a little. Namely the price. I must confess, I "overlooked" the price a bit when booking. Despite the special Covid - promotion prices I must honestly say that the prices are really very very expensive (almost above European level).It was not so the rides that have driven the total price so high, but the accommodation and food. Yes the house is great and the food was really really good and more than adequate, but the prices are out of all proportion (in my opinion).

So for a great riding experience I would absolutely recommend the ranch. The people are nice and very eager and the horses are great too. But accommodation and food are unfortunately only something for the larger purse.
Written December 2, 2021
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Lisa B
2 contributions
Apr 2022 • Friends
The whole process from booking to our transfer back to Cusco was effortless. The communication was great throughout and we felt that nothing was ever too much to ask.

Pablo and his team looked after us amazingly. The horses were clearly extremely well looked after and made us feel 100% safe the whole trek.

The experience of enjoying and learning about the local area from horseback was really unique. We especially loved the opportunity to have several canters along the way.

It was such a treat to enjoy the 4 course lunch back at the ranch and we left with very full tummies.

The whole experience was truly magical and we really didn’t want to leave. There aren’t actually enough words to describe how AMAZING it was…it was definitely worth every single penny!!!
Written April 7, 2022
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JC
1 contribution
Oct 2023 • Family
We had a great experience with Salineras Ranch. We did the Salineras Extended tour for two, which included a horseback ride and a tour of the salt mines. Our guide was very helpful and knowledgeable, and made sure the first time horseback rider was feeling comfortable and safe throughout the ride. She gave a very informative tour of the salt mines and didn't make us feel rushed while we looked around. The staff was friendly and very flexible with tour start times, hotel pick up & drop off, even with some last minute changes. We'll definitely be back for the other experiences they offer.
Written October 24, 2023
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envoyage321
New York City, NY33 contributions
Apr 2022
First off, this is not a review of their ranch, horse riding or any other service because we were unable to travel to the ranch because of a strike on the day of our prepaid reservation. The strike caused closure of all major roads/rail in the Cusco and Machu Picchu area. I was in touch with the ranch as well as other outlets throughout to see how the strike developed but no one seemed to know what would happen. Needless to say, all of our plans fell apart and we were scrambling to rearrange our itinerary, rebuy tickets to Machu Picchu, reschedule train rides etc. It was stressful but the situation was out of our control. We had no idea when the train would run again. The ranch pushed very hard for us to stay at their hotel for the duration of the strike but it was at a steep additional price. I thought it a bit indecent that they were pushing additional costs on us during such unsettling time but I was secure in knowing that at least we would receive half of our payment back per their 50% refund policy in case we were unable to get to the ranch because of a strike.

When I reached out to them after the strike, the ranch gave us many convoluted reasons whey they will not refund us. Their reasons mostly put the blame on us and made us accountable for a no show despite their own refund policy for national strikes. The exchange made me believe that it was futile to continue engaging with them. They did not show good faith. I don’t think this is good business practice and it says a lot about who they are. I’ve had no other recourse but to dispute payment through PayPal Thank goodness for consumer protection apparatus like this because this was the only way for them take the situation seriously. After months, they finally agreed to honor their own refund policy.

My lesson is this: NEVER PREPAY in a volatile country like Peru with so many strikes. Also, there are so many horse riding outfits in Peru that there is no reason for you to prepay. This ranch just happened to have a good online presence (website) but there are many other places. I was able to find a wonderful ride through our hotel in Ollantaytambo.
Written June 20, 2022
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Greetings from the wonderful Sacred Valley, Cusco - Peru. Salineras Ranch is a 62-acre eco-friendly ranch with only three cabins and vast areas where our horses graze freely. We are the owners of the ranch and will be very happy to share our home with you. There is no middleman, so we will deal directly with you. We run this project making our dream come true day by day. While living in the countryside is a true blessing because of the contact with nature, it also demands very hard and organized work. At Salineras Ranch we offer life experiences for families or small groups. So, when you want to do a horseback ride, take part in our full-day activities or stay over at the Ranch, you must make a reservation; that way we can start preparing every detail for you to arrive and enjoy your stay with us. The best experiences require preparation. On the contrary, if you want something ordinary, you pay less, and will definitely receive a mass-produced riding or commercial stay. You get what you pay for. As per Mrs. envoyage321’s booking with us, we helped her in every way we could. She talks about the strike in April, but we had nothing to do with that unfortunate event. We suggested many solutions, one of them was that she stays with us. We offered her a discount, but she preferred something smaller and cheaper; certainly not what our beautiful 62-acre ranch is worth. A very important detail she did not mention is that she’d missed her flight to Peru. Missing a flight is a problem that most of us have experienced. But when facing a problem, one should try to find solutions. Mrs. envoyage321 surely had complications with her trip, but they all derived from the missed flight and the strikes in Peru. Perhaps that is why she is looking for someone to blame. Regarding the ride she’d reserved with us, she rescheduled it, but then failed to respond to our messages. She left us waiting for a reply. She did not show on the arranged day for the ride, which constitutes a no show. Later on, she contacted us to reschedule the ride again, but by then we were no longer available. No refund was due. Despite all this, we offered her a 50% refund on April 27. She started a dispute for a 100%. Then, it seems she changed her mind and accepted the 50% refund. The refund was completed on May 27. However, she writes this ill-intentioned review on June 20. We are happy to send all the information and evidence on request. We are very sorry for the complicated trip that Mrs envoyage321 and her son had to Peru, but we cannot accept her comments, as they twist the truth and seek only to hurt those who tried to offer solutions and help when she needed them.
Written June 29, 2022
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Brigitte Quaeyhaegens
1 contribution
Jun 2021
I enjoyed this amazing experience that much and can advise it to every amator of beautiful nature and very nice horses.
This ranch breathes respect for beauty in every detail, environment, beauty of construction, every view through the window is like a painting. only pure food and last but not least love for the beautiful horses.
As owner says, happy horses give happy rides which I can surely agree upon.
I can surely recommend this heaven on earth
Written July 13, 2021
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judicearnal
Santa Barbara, CA9 contributions
May 2022
While in the Sacred Valley, my husband and I went on an amazing horseback riding adventure! We spent a remarkable morning with Adriana (our guide) and her gentle, calm, and trustworthy horses. We also shared our memorable morning with Quinn, an entertaining and likable New Zealander and Luis, Adriana's kind assistant. We took the 1/2 day ride to Maras and Moray which meandered through a gorgeous and much less traveled countryside. As we rode, Adriana shared her knowledge of Peru's history, Inca archeological sites and their indigenous farming practices. All which further enhanced our riding experience. Mid-way through the ride we dismounted and were offered a deliciously fresh lunch encircled by the Valley's picturesque mountains. We learned of Adriana's passion for her horses and her time spent gently training and readying them for riders. Each horse was clearly dedicated to her and thus to us, her guests. Everyone at Salineras Ranch was professional, reliable, and kind. The ranch has the added benefit of being located in a more perfect spot to begin your horseback riding adventure. Our ride was definitely the high point of our time in the Sacred Valley and we are grateful for every moment!!!
Written July 2, 2022
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Biz
Bampton, Oxfordshire3 contributions
Jan 2020
My daughter and I stayed at Salinaras for 4 nights. We had an amazing time. We arrived on the Tuesday and were warmly welcomed by the staff including the lovely Mathilde who served our meals and looked after us during our stay. After a rest and lunch we went on the River ride which was a perfect introduction to the horses and landscape. The following morning we visited Ollantaytambo with Oscar and Walter, guide and driver organised by Pablo. Oscar was so knowledgeable, he knew everything about the Incas, the history of the area and the birds and wildlife. He also spoke very good english! In the afternoon we went on the Pumahuanca ride. On Thursday Oscar and Walter arrived after breakfast to take us to Chinchero and Pisac. Both were facinating and we were tempted by the fabulously soft baby alpaca scarves made by the craftswomen in Chinchero and the jewellery in the market in Pisac. The Inca ruins in Pisac were well worth the visit. Abraham and Mathilde taught us to make chocolate in the evening. We went on an all day ride on Friday. We visited Maras salt pans, had a picnic in the mountains and then on to Moray where we visited the beautiful Inca terraces. The horses were superb and we had several opportunities to canter in the afternoon. Abraham was a terrific guide. Salineras Ranch was beautiful, the horses were well cared for and a joy to ride, the food delicious and the staff could not have been more helpful, thank you all at Salineras. I would love to visit again oneday.
Written March 1, 2020
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Feze89
Varese, Italy7 contributions
Aug 2022 • Couples
The experience of horsebackriding with Pablo, his crew and his Paso Horses from the ranch to Maras and Moray was absolutely amazing.
Pablo is very kind, entusiastic and available to take some pics and to give information and anecdotes about Maras saline and Moray Archeological Site.
His horses are very clean and cared for. You can easily understand how good he trats them and how much he loves them.
We were never in a rush and he dedicated all the day to us. We were just us.
The pic-nic in the nature with the horses around us was fantastic (good food and wonderful companionship!).
I gave us the opportunity to trot and gallop and we really appreciated it.
We were completely in contact with nature and horses.
Federica & Luca
Written August 21, 2022
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CT F
2 contributions
Mar 2022 • Family
The horseback tour was a great experience. Pablo was communicative and lead the tour. Their horses were easy to ride, the staff were friendly and helpful. The lunch provided was excellent, much better than the typical “boxed lunch” you would receive on a full day tour. The route of the ride leads you through a great view of the valley, salts, Mara and Moray. I did wish we could have stopped or requested to stop in the town and salts to take photos and quick shop. Not sure if time would have permitted as it was directly from the Ranch to Moray with the lunch stop. “Closed mouth don’t get fed.” We also added a side trip to ollyantayambo before having dinner at the ranch. We didn’t not spend the evenings at the ranch. The cost was on the higher side of the tours available to the Central Valley but you do get good service for what you pay for. The food at the ranch was good, however i would not suggest for multiple nights as there are excellent restaurants in town. Overall it’s a great experience if you have kids that would enjoy the horseback riding and you would love a great view of the mountainous valley!
Written April 9, 2022
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Mike G
14 contributions
Apr 2022 • Family
Pablo and Adriana are amazing hosts that made our family feel safe and confident on their beautiful horses. We arrived to a fantastic lunch followed by a quick lesson on safety and off we went. Along the way Pablo and Adriana led us the though beautiful landscapes, a small town and we even saw the ruins at Moray. They are wonderful hosts and even took and shared amazing photos of our trek. Our son left his new hat at the ranch and Pablo had it delivered to our hotel. What more can we say! An unforgettable experience while in Peru.
Written April 15, 2022
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