When visiting the northern coast of Peru, you'll most likely follow the Moche Route through the city of Trujillo and the beach of Huanchaco. When doing this, don’t forget to stop by the ‘Fundo Palo Marino’. This beautiful farm is home to the Association of Horse breeders and Owners in La Libertad Province. Here you’ll find one of Peru’s cradles of the Peruvian Horse: Caballo Peruano de Paso.
At Fundo Palo Marino you learn about this unique horse breed. Imagine yourself attending an authentic horse exhibition with traditional Marinera dance! Prepare to be blown away…
Fundo Palo Marino is a fun place to visit with your family or with a group of friends. Before or after attending the horse exhibition you can order an exquisite lunch at the Palo Marino Restaurant. Enjoy the charming view on the green area, the horse stables and the farm. The atmosphere is pleasant and you actually feel like being out in the countryside. After a nice pisco sour cocktail and a delicious ceviche platter, it’s show time!
Let us tell you more about the Peruvian Paso horse.
Peruvian horses, cultural heritage of Peru
The Peruvian Paso or Peruvian Horse is considered the best saddle horse in the world because of its smooth walking. Due to the isolation of the breed for over 400 years (Berber, Arabic and Andalusian cross breeding), the Peruvian Paso developed a very particular body proportion and side walk. This natural lateral gait is called thepaso llano: the horses lift their front leg and hind leg at the same time. The Peruvian Horse has been declared Cultural Heritage of the Nation of Peru since 1992. This demonstrates how much the horse is respected, appreciated and celebrated in Peru.
The horseman riding the Peruvian Horse is called ‘Chalán’. He wears a wide straw hat or ‘jipijapa’ and a brown poncho made of vicuña fiber. The horseman neither jumps neither moves toward the sides on the saddle. He remains almost immobile on the mount.The Peruvian Paso is typical of the northern Peruvian regions. Did you know the city of Trujillo city is considered the Cradle of typical Peruvian Paso Horse?
Horse exhibition at Fundo Palo Marino
During the show, you’ll be able to appreciate beautiful horses mounted by the ‘chalanes’ wearing their typical clothing. There’s also a dance demonstration of the Marinera, Trujillo style. A special choreography is performed which includes a horse, the chalán and a female dancer.
For those who don’t know the dance, Marinera is a graceful and romantic dance performed by a couple. Both the man and woman use handkerchiefs as props. The dance is a nice blend of different cultures of Peru. It’s considered one of the most popular traditional dances of the country. Trujillo hosts the most famous annual Marinera festival every January.
We'd like to invite you to a preview of the ‘Show del Caballo Peruano de Paso y Marinera Norteña’ at Fundo Palo Marino.
Shows every Monday to Sunday, including festive days: 11:30 a.m. | 1:30 p.m. | 2:45 p.m
Entrance fee: 30.00 soles (+/- 12.00 dollars).
The entrance includes the horse exhibition and the opportunity to ride a horse.
* Special tours are offered on Peruvian Paso horses, on demand.
Address: Via de Evitamiento, Area Buenos Aires Norte, Trujillo
Phone: +51 948 315 055
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