Peruvian Paso horses, Urubamba Valley, Peru
(c) GTH & Nathan DePetris
Peruvian Paso horses prance along at Wayra Ranch in the Urubamba Valley, Peru. With the high Andes in the background, horses dance in time with folk music and entertain the crowds gathered to enjoy a traditional Peruvian cook-out at the ranch.
These beautiful horses were bred from the original stock brought into the area by the conquistadors. Over time Peruvian breeders have kept the bloodlines clean, resulting in a horse that has one of the smoothest gaits in the world. In 1992 the Peruvian government declared the breed a protected asset and a Cultural Heritage of the Nation.
If You Go:
Peru Tourism Commission
Wayra Ranch website