Descended from North African and Spanish stock, caballos de Paso are mid-sized horses bred for sure-footedness and comfort, not for speed. Unlike trotting breeds, Paso horses pace smoothly with little up-and- down movement, resulting in an exceptionally comfortable ride. As a result, they are tough and well-suited to demanding trips into the rough, dry, and expansive western Andes. Today, they are considered the smoothest saddle horses in the world.
The end of January sees the week-long, annual Northern Marinera Festival in its traditional home of Trujillo. It is not only a celebration of Peru’s national dance, but also of the creole culture of the northern coast.