Horseback riding can be done at the recommended Fundo Chincheros (8 km north of Puno on Puno–Juliaca Highway, tel. 051/35-5694, www.fundochincheros.unlugar.com, $25 pp half-day tour), a country hacienda in the valley just north of Puno operated by the owners of the café Cecovasa in La Casa del Corregidor.
Apart from trail rides, the day is spent hiking through cactus forest, seeing vicuñas, and having a garden picnic next to a rare 17th-century capilla abierta, or open chapel. The controversial constructions, which were banned after 1680, allowed Spanish priests to baptize Indians without having to let them in the church.
© Ross Wehner and Renée del Gaudio from Moon Peru, 3rd Edition