FARM EXPERIENCE PERU
The happiness of the earth lies… on the back of Peruvian Paso horses, of course! In the midst of the endless nature in the north of the country, a Peruvian-Swiss couple has built a ranch where they keep, care for and ride the horses. Horses in need as well as street dogs and stray cats are also cared for and fostered by the owners and volunteers. You, too, can get to know Peru’s rural life up close and live your passion. Support in the care of the animals and the execution of the tours, and become a horse whisperer yourself!
Type of program
Pacora, near Chiclayo, Peru
about 5 hours per day
Every 1st Saturday of the month
German and Spanish basic knowledge (desirable)
Animal lover, desire for country life
Single or double room on the farm
3 meals per day included (Mon – Sat)
English-speaking contact person via WhatsApp
Mobile internet with SIM card from WanderWorld Travel
From 1.370,00 €
Type of program: Horse Ranch
Program location: Pacora, near Chiclayo, Peru
Working hours: 5 hours a day, 5 days a week
Program start: Every 1st Saturday of the month
Duration: 1-6 months
Minimum age: 17 years
Language: English and Spanish basic knowledge (desirable)
Requirements: Fond of animals, desire to experience real country life
Accommodation: Single or double room on the farm premises
Meals: 3 meals per day included (Mon – Sat)
Support: English-speaking contact person via WhatsApp
Internet access: Mobile internet with SIM card from WanderWorld Travel
Price: from 1.370,00 €
Horses are your passion and you can’t imagine anything better than living on a real horse ranch and getting your hands dirty? Or do you have no experience with the animals yet, but always wanted to learn how to ride? Here it doesn’t matter if you are already a professional on horseback or an interested beginner – you can spend a lot of time on the back of fascinating animals if you want to.
On our horse ranch in a small and idyllic village in the north of Peru you have the unique opportunity to learn horse riding or to further develop your skills. And not on just any horses, but on the world famous Peruvian Paso horses. There are quite a few of them on the farm. A Swiss-Peruvian couple runs the farm, where you can expect pure rural atmosphere in the midst of beautiful and impressive nature.
Besides horses, the farm also keeps cows, chickens and ducks. In addition, the operators of the farm also help horses in need and street dogs and cats. They shelter the abandoned animals, sterilize them, cure them and find them new homes.
In the surroundings of the farm there are exciting sights of the Inca culture, which can be explored on horseback. From time to time tourists visit the farm and book excursions with the horses. You can accompany them on a tour, for example to pyramids from the Inca period.
On the farm there are different areas of responsibility, and (almost) everything revolves around the horse. You will take care of the Peruvian Paso horses and assist in training the elegant animals. Of course, you will also spend a lot of time on the horses’ backs. It doesn’t matter if you are a beginner or a professional, here everyone can get involved according to their own abilities and quickly develop them. A unique opportunity to combine work with passion. Then the time flies by.
In addition, there are other activities on the farm where you can lend a hand. The operators of the farm also help horses in need and street dogs and cats. They shelter the abandoned animals, sterilize them, cure them and find them new homes. You can support them and take care of the dogs and cats as well as the other animals on the farm. If you want, you can also help with the work in the fields and the maintenance of the farm.
From time to time tourists book a tour with the horses, for example to the archaeological sites of the Incas. You can accompany them on the horseback tours. You will become a Peru expert yourself and get to know the country from a very special side.
In the surroundings of the farm you will find an idyllic rural atmosphere in the middle of nature, beautiful landscapes and impressive archaeological sites from the pre-Inca and Inca times. The village center of Pacora is only a five minute walk away. It is located on the north coast of Peru in the province of Lambayeque, only an hour bus ride from Chiclayo. You can visit the city of Chiclayo in your free time and explore the beaches in the area. The bus connection to Chiclayo is very good during the day. But also in the village of Pacora itself there are pharmacies, butchers, bakers and various stores where you can get almost everything. In the idyllic village it is very familiar. Everyone knows everyone here. There is a nice swimming pool 5 minutes by bus from the farm. About 7 hours north you will reach the probably most beautiful beaches of Peru in Máncora, which are perfect for a longer trip, there you can watch whales and swim with turtles. You can also reach the Andean city of Cajamarca in 7 hours by bus, there the last Inca king was captured by the Spanish. You can see many sights, go trekking in the Andes as well as bathe in the Inca thermal baths. A little further away, accessible by night bus, you can visit Chachapoyas, there is an Inca temple (Kuelap) as well as the highest falling waterfall in the world, the Gocta waterfall. Or you can travel, also by night bus, to Tarapoto in the jungle. There you can do jungle tours and visit a lagoon.
You don’t need any special qualifications for the job at the farm. If you have a big heart for horses and other animals, a positive attitude and enthusiasm, you will love volunteering at the horse ranch. Even if you have never been on a horse before, it is not a problem. The animals are very docile and if you feel like it, you can learn to ride very quickly. If you already have experience with horses, you may take on more responsible tasks, such as training the Paso horses.
Of course, you should not be afraid to get your hands dirty, you will live on the farm and will be involved in the daily work.
The national language in Peru is Spanish. The farm is run by a Swiss-Peruvian couple. Therefore, you have the advantage of having a German-speaking contact person directly on the farm. However, since you will be working with locals who do not speak German, you should have some basic knowledge to be able to communicate with them. If you don’t have any knowledge yet, we recommend a language course at the beginning of the trip, which we will gladly organize for you.
You will live directly on the farm in a room or bungalow, which is located next to the family’s residential building. You will live either in a single room or a double room with another participant.
From Monday to Saturday you will eat together in the kitchen three times a day. In the morning the participants prepare their own breakfast. In the evening the owner of the farm cooks, and at noon a cook prepares the meal. On Sundays the meals are not included, of course you are free to use the fully equipped kitchen.
A washing machine is available on site for a fee of 1€ per wash.
YOUR CONTACT PERSON IN PERU
Carlos is German-Peruvian and grew up in Lima in a German family. He still lives there today and thus speaks both Spanish and German. He has never been in Germany for more than three months, but he knows the customs and traditions first hand. He also knows his home country Peru and the culture and can’t wait to show you everything. Carlos describes himself as a fun-loving, helpful and humorous person who will always help you with words and deeds. He is our local insider who will give you lots of tips and information about Peru and the rest of Latin America. Carlos will take care of you during the introductory meeting in Lima. For questions of any kind during your stay in Latin America, a German-speaking contact person is available via WhatsApp in the same time zone.
SERVICES AND PRICES
- 1st month in start package: 1.370,00 €
- Extension month: 770,00 €
- As 2nd or 3rd program: 1.120,00 €
Learn more about our benefits here.
Lisa spent three adventurous months in Peru and visited two volunteer projects. First, she supported the Wildlife Sanctuary Project in Cusco and then worked for a month at the Horse Ranch in Pacora.
Franka started her adventure in Latin America in the spring of 2022. It started with the horse farm in Pacora. Then she supported the national park project in Costa Rica. In addition to the programs, she explored the countries on her own during her free travel time and has endless experiences to share.
Ronja worked for a month at the Horse Ranch and tells in this interview about her time at the farm. Starting with her first riding lesson, Ronja fell in love with the horses, especially the foals. Although she wasn’t a horse person before, she became very interested in riding and ultimately made the right decision.