Posted on Friday, November 17th, 2006
At the end of August I found myself traveling the Altiplano high in the Peruvian Andes in the Cusco area. I had been selling the Sacred Valley of the Incas Ride since Eddie, our outfitter in Peru, started with Equitours many years ago. Not only was the ride something to anticipate but now I could finally experience first hand the beauty and awe of the ruins of the Machu Picchu.
Over the years I had only the best reviews from our clients and was very excited to encounter this wonderful adventure for myself. The amazing Peruvian Paso horses on this ride had been mentioned by my clients over and over again and a horse named Misti had come up like a red thread throughout. I felt very privileged that Eddie granted my wish and let me ride this noble steed. Misti is an incredible smooth gaited Peruvian Paso Stallion with impeccable manners. Like all Paso’s, he is strong, sure-footed and had a gentle disposition. The comfortable Paso Llano (four beat) gait of Misti took me over rolling hills, rocky cliffs, streams and natural depressions with ease. Upon his back I felt like royalty. Thank -you Misti for the ride of a lifetime.
Peruvian Paso’s have been bred for centuries for their Paso Llano gait which is extremely comfortable and makes them ideal for covering the long distances on this ride without discomfort for the rider. The Paso Llano consists of a permanent four beat, harmonic and rhythmic tapping in which the horse makes a gentle alternating movement. What better way to discover Peru but on its national treasure- the Peruvian Paso.