Every year a lot of tourists come to Cusco. It is I think the most popular and the most famous city in all Peru. Most companies recommend for visitors take a rest during first or even second day after arriving and then start to explore the region, including hiking, climbing and other physical activities. Why? Because of the risk of altitude sickness. Elevation of Cusco is around 3400 meters, so for a lot of us at the beginning it can be a problem. Of course for some people it is not an issue, but for majority yes. I agree that at least first day or sometimes even second you should take very easy, just walk around the city, or visit other places, but without doing long trekking, hiking, climbing. You need to be aware that to strong physical effort in the first days can really destroy your holiday. It is maybe not so important for these of you who have plenty of time, but if you have 1, 2 or maximum 3 weeks, better take care about that and chose at the begining the easiest and the lightest options. Here you will find some tips about horse riding in Cusco, which can be an excellent alternative in the first days of your travel.
Just around 20 minutes by bus from the city center of Cusco, in the direction of Saksaywaman and Cristo Blanco you can find a wonderful landscapes with a great panoramic view for all city. There are also horse riding tours organised.
Riding by horse in the area surrounded by mountains, with some small villages around, is a great option to know better the neighbourhood of Cusco, without strong physical effort
A lot of routes around with pure nature. If you do not have to much time for trekking around and exploring this area, definitely horse riding tours will give you opportunity to see much more in a shorter time
Only nature with a lot of mountains, you and horses
You can rent a hors eby yourself or ask in the city about organized horse riding tours. They can prepare for you all trip, including also a guide who will expalin you the history of the ruins which you will pass and of the other