Days at the ranch

Suggested days at the ranch

Experience a vacation unlike any other
Imagine an evergreen valley, surrounded by majestic mountains. Grassy hills, a picturesque waterfall, a humming creek, rocky mounts and between these wonders of nature – the Ranch. Imagine waking up to the sound of birds singing just outside the window, to the smell of freshly roasted local coffee, to the view of milky clouds tickling the mountain tops. Imagine a breakfast in the shadow of native trees, with the view of a stream cascading lazily from the heart of an Andean peak. Imagine an afternoon tea on a hilltop overlooking the river, enjoying the last sunbeams and relaxing after a day of discovering the ancient Inca ruins just a stone’s throw away. Sounds wonderful? Welcome to the Salineras Ranch!

What would you like to do today? Are you up for an adventure, discovering the Peruvian mountains from the back of a horse? Would you rather engage in a coffee workshop? Perhaps all you need is a good book and a hammock? At the Salineras Ranch we make sure our guests enjoy every single moment spent here, therefore we can suggest you a personalized program of your stay.

Family Vacationer

Day 1: We pick you up from the airport and bring you to the Ranch. We show you around the property and let you make yourself comfortable in your cabin. In the evening you enjoy a light meal prepared according to your requests and relax with a book or a nice film. The kids, most likely tired after the journey can rest in a hammock or get to know the ranch animals.

Day 2: After a hearty breakfast prepared by our team we take you to visit the ruins of Pisac or Ollantaytambo. You can eat a local specialty and buy handmade souvenirs at the market. In the afternoon you can engage in a family activity, for example the cooking workshop led by our ranch chef. You will harvest the vegetables from our organic garden and learn how to prepare the world-famous pearls of the Peruvian cuisine. After the degustation you can enjoy a glass of wine from our international collection or discover our library and read up about Peruvian history.

Day 3: You can start the day with breakfast and choose another activity at the Ranch: mud brick workshop or cycling would be perfect for children! If you´d like, you can also get to know the horses and even horseback ride, you don’t need any previous experience. After lunch you can unwind in a hammock and enjoy the spectacular views around you or take a hike to Salineras, where you will learn how to collect salt from the salt terraces. Make sure to be back for dinner, we will spoil your senses!

Day 4: The last, very special breakfast will be accompanied by the coffee workshop, where you will roast, grind and brew your own coffee and learn about the local production. Then we will arrange a car that will drop you anywhere in the Sacred Valley or Cusco, so you can continue discovering the beautiful land of Peru.

Nature Lover & Eco-Tourist

Day 1: We pick you up from the airport and bring you to the Ranch. We show you around the property and let you make yourself comfortable in your cabin. In the evening you enjoy a light meal prepared according to your requests and relax with a book or a nice film. Make sure to take a walk at night, as the night sky is incredible, you can spend hours stargazing.

Day 2: We serve you a homemade breakfast that you can enjoy in the shade of the native trees, then you can take a hike to Salineras and admire the breathtaking views on the way. In the afternoon you can engage in the chocolate workshop led by a local farmer to learn all about the production processes. Then you will visit our organic garden and can harvest vegetables we will use to prepare dinner. After the meal you can dive into our library and read a book, while drinking a freshly harvested herbal tea.

Day 3: The breakfast will be accompanied by the coffee workshop, where you will roast, grind and brew your own coffee and learn about the local production. Then you can get to know the horses and even ride them if you´d like. You can ride around Pichingoto, which is a fantastic place for birdwatching, you might even spot a condor! In the afternoon you can relax in a hammock or hike up the waterfall to enjoy the view of the valley. You can have our team cook the dinner or you can choose to prepare it yourself with the fresh ingredients from our garden and the local markets. After dinner you can enjoy a glass of wine from our private collection or taste a Peruvian beer.

Day 4: The last breakfast will be served at a hilltop with a view over the river, where you can observe the wild ducks. After the meal you can cycle around the ranch and the village, then we will arrange a car that will drop you anywhere in the Sacred Valley or Cusco, so you can continue discovering the beautiful land of Peru.

History Seeker

Day 1: We pick you up from the airport and bring you to the Ranch. We show you around the property and let you make yourself comfortable in your cabin. In the evening you enjoy a light meal prepared according to your requests and relax with a book or a nice film. In our library you’ll find many books about the history of Peru and the Incas – a perfect preparation for the next couple of days.

Day 2: We serve you a hearty breakfast and take you in a private transport to the ruins of Pisac – an excellent spot to discover ancient Inca customs. You can enjoy a meal in a local restaurant and stroll around the artisanal market to buy some souvenirs or handmade alpaca fabrics. In the afternoon we take you back to the Ranch, where we organize the chocolate workshop – you will learn everything about the production and history of cocoa. Use your time before dinner to visit the Ranch and find a perfect spot to lose yourself in the lecture. We´ll prepare you an evening feast according to your wishes, making sure you get to taste local specialties.

Day 3: If you feel comfortable on the horseback, we organize a horseback ride to Salineras, Maras and Moray, this way you´ll admire the breathtaking views on the way and visit the ancient ruins. If you´re not an experienced rider, we will hike to Salineras and continue with a car to Maras and Moray. In Salineras, the salt mine from Inca times, you will learn how to collect salt and will even be able to take some with you. We can have a picnic on the road or eat a late lunch at the Ranch. In the afternoon you can hike the hills around the Ranch. After the long day you´ll eat a delicious dinner, have a glass of wine and relax on the roof terrace, watching the stars. Sounds amazing, doesn´t it?

Day 4: The last, very special breakfast will be accompanied by the coffee workshop, where you will roast, grind and brew your own coffee and learn about the local production and history of the “liquid gold”. Then we will arrange a car that will drop you anywhere in the Sacred Valley or Cusco, so you can continue discovering the beautiful land of Peru.

Adventurous Soul

Day 1: We pick you up from the airport and bring you to the Ranch. We show you around the property and let you make yourself comfortable in your cabin. In the evening you enjoy a light meal prepared according to your requests and relax with a book or a nice film. In our library you’ll find many books about the horses, guides about Peru and the Sacred Valley.

Day 2: You eat a hearty breakfast admiring the majestic mountains around you. Now that you´re acclimatized in the altitude, we offer you couple of options. If you´re an advanced rider in shape, we can organize a horseback ride to Lares, where you will enjoy a picnic, surrounded by glacier lakes and in the evening – you´ll relax in the hot springs. You will also spend the night in the community of Lares and we´ll take you back to the Ranch the next day. If you´re a beginner or don´t have any previous experience with horses, we´ll organize a ride around the Pichingoto community or even take you to Salineras, Maras and Moray, where you´ll enjoy the breathtaking views and visit the ancient Inca ruins. After the picnic lunch we´ll take you back to the Ranch, where you can engage in the Chocolate Workshop – you will learn everything about the production and history of cocoa. In the evening we´ll prepare a dinner according to your requests and let you relax in a hammock or in your suite before the following day full of adventures.

Day 3: After breakfast you´ll choose your cross country bike and a route you want to do – we can start in Chincherro, where we will ride across the valley surrounded by expansive farmlands to the Huaypo lagoon and then to the village of Maras. From here, we will continue down-hill to the Salineras salt mines, where we will observe how the salt is produced and collected by hand. Once we have explored Salineras, we will finish the day with a thrilling down-hill ride to the ranch and enjoy a homemade lunch. If you´ve done this trail on the horseback the previous day, we´ll go down to Pichingoto community and to the lively Urubamba market. After lunch, you can hike up the mountains, surrounding the Ranch to discover some ….. hidden between the rocks. In the evening we´ll serve you a three-course Peruvian style dinner that you can enjoy with a glass of wine or some local beer.

Day 4: The last, very special breakfast will be accompanied by the coffee workshop, where you will roast, grind and brew your own coffee and learn about the local production and history of the “liquid gold”. Then we will arrange a car that will drop you anywhere in the Sacred Valley or Cusco, so you can continue discovering the beautiful land of Peru.

Curious Foodie & Local Customs Explorer

Day 1: We pick you up from the airport and bring you to the Ranch. We show you around the property and let you make yourself comfortable in your cabin. In the evening you enjoy a light meal prepared according to your requests and relax with a book or a nice film. In our library you’ll find many books about the local and international cuisine and customs.

Day 2: After a hearty breakfast, prepared with traditional Peruvian ingredients, we’ll hike up to Salineras salt mines where you will learn the processes of salt collection and you´ll be able to use your knowledge in practice, you will also take some salt with you and be able to use it during the afternoon activity. After freshly prepared Peruvian lunch you can discover the organic garden, where you will harvest the vegetables, fruit and herbs to cook with during the Cooking Workshop we´ll organize in the evening. According to the “from the farm to the table” principle we´ll prepare a Peruvian-style dinner with fresh ingredients from the garden and the local markets. You will learn about traditional techniques and flavors and be able to taste everything you´ll prepare together with our chef. We´ll also pair the food with one of the wine bottles from our private collection. After dinner you can relax on the roof terrace, stargazing.

Day 3: Today´s breakfast will be accompanied by the chocolate workshop, where you will roast the cocoa beans and learn about their history and production. After breakfast we´ll drive down to the jungle where you´ll discover our own coffee and tea plantation. You’ll harvest and process your own coffee and tea and we’ll take the green coffee beans back to the Ranch. You´ll love the lush vegetation and countless animals you´ll find in the jungle. We will prepare a dinner with wild fruit and jungle vegetables and you´ll eat it in the shade of banana trees. Wouldn´t it be magical?

Day 4: The last, very special breakfast will be accompanied by the coffee workshop, where you will roast, grind and brew your own coffee, that you harvested yourself and learn about the local production and history of the “liquid gold”. Then we will come back to the Ranch and arrange a car that will drop you anywhere in the Sacred Valley or Cusco, so you can continue discovering the beautiful land of Peru.

Yoga and Meditation Enthusiast

Day 1: TWe pick you up from the airport and bring you to the Ranch. We show you around the property and let you make yourself comfortable in your cabin. In the evening you enjoy a light meal prepared according to your requests and relax with a book or a nice film. In our library you’ll find many books about yoga and meditation techniques.

Day 2: We suggest you start your day meditating by the creek. The fresh, morning breeze, the sound of water splashing beneath your feet and first sunbeams will help you start a wonderful day. By the time you´re up on your feet, a nutritious breakfast will await you in the shade of native trees. After the meal you can take a hike to the nearby Salineras, where you´ll learn the ancient science of collecting salt from the water terraces. When you´re back from your hike, a lunch made entirely from fresh ingredients from our organic garden and local markets will be ready for you. You can always choose the vegetarian or vegan option, according to your preferences. After lunch you can relax in a hammock and observe the nature around you – the majestic mountains, the wild ducks, the horses, the waterfall… In the afternoon you can practice yoga in our meditation and yoga center or, if you prefer, you can use our roof terrace, for the spectacular views and connection with nature. You can spend the rest of the day discovering the Ranch, its´ nature and animals. In the evening you´ll taste the Peruvian specialties and after, you can enjoy the night sky with countless stars visible in the valley.

Day 3: You can meditate by the waterfall or by the river and whenever you´re ready, you´ll have your freshly prepared breakfast. If you´re a horseback riding enthusiast we´ll organize a trip to Pichingoto community. If you prefer, you can also choose the mountain bike ride to the Urubamba market, where you can discover the local products sold by farmers. During lunch we´ll organize a chocolate workshop, where you will learn everything about the history and the production of cocoa and even roast your own nibs! After lunch you can take hike to one of the surrounding hills and enjoy the peace and quiet admiring the nature surrounding you. You can practice yoga on a hilltop with the wind in your hair and a gorgeous view ahead you. In the afternoon you can relax in a hammock with a book or simply take a nap in the nature. In the evening we´ll serve the dinner of your choice in our rustic, ranch style dining room.

Day 4: Meditate on the hilltop, overlooking the river bed. The last, very special breakfast will be accompanied by the coffee workshop, where you will roast, grind and brew your own coffee and learn about the local production and history of the “liquid gold”. Then we will arrange a car that will drop you anywhere in the Sacred Valley or Cusco, so you can continue discovering the beautiful land of Peru.

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