Horseback Riding In Maras Moray & Salt Mines Full Day

Full Day

Full Day

Cusco

Overview

This tour takes the whole day and 5 hours will be spent on the horseback. After a short explanation on how to get to know your “Peruvian Paso Horse” and a demonstration on how to ride this noble and graceful horse, our trip will begin. We will depart from the Maras village, where you will get a picture of the everyday life of the people who live there and where you can admire the typical facades of the Colonial houses.  We will ride through spectacular places with beautiful views of Urubamba chain that surrounds the Sacred Valley with snowcapped mountains of Pitusiray, Chicon and Veronica. Where nature puts on its best to impress you. Thanks to the horses, you will be able to closely observe the local farming activities; no other way of transport would allow you to do this.

Horse: Peruvian Paso Horse to ride

Level: Easy ride, no experience required.

Location: Moray – Maras

Activity duration:  8 hours from Cusco (4 hours riding on the horse). We will pick you up at 8:00 AM in Cusco and returning approx. 4:00 PM.

Description: Unique horseback ride visiting villages and agriculture crops at the Sacred Valley of the Incas.

Departures: Every day. All year round.

Rider´s weight: Max. 85 kg. (187 pounds)

Riding time:

  • Ranch to Moray (2 hours)
  • Moray – Maras salt mine (2 hours)
  • Average riding time: 4 hours

Itinerary

DETAILED ITINERARY

We pick you up from your hotel and drive to the Andean community of Pichingoto; where the Ranch is located; here we will meet the horses and passengers will receive the safety explanation.

We will follow ancient trails and start the uphill ride; on the way, we will appreciate Andean communities with its traditional houses built with adobes (mud bricks), the crops fields; after riding 1 hour we will arrive to the highest point of the tour (K´asa) from this place we will enjoy the beautiful views of Urubamba chain that surrounds the Sacred Valley with snowcapped mountains of Pitusiray, Chicon and Veronica. Continuing with our riding we will have the first views of Moray terraces, arriving there after 2 hours riding, we will dismount our horses to visit this place.

Moray was used as an Incan laboratory to acclimatize their crops. Ancient people of the region took four enormous natural depressions in the landscape and sculpted them into several levels of agricultural terraces that served, hundreds of years ago, as an experimental agricultural station for the development of different strain of crops.

After visiting this place, we will have our picnic lunch.

We will continue our ride towards the town of Maras for approximately one hour, Maras is a typical Andean village; after resting at the main square, we will continue our ride to Maras salt mines for almost one hour. Arriving to Maras salt mine we will appreciate many salt small pools with an average area of 5 m² (53.8 ft²), constructed in a slope of the “Qaqawiñay” mountain. People fill up or “irrigate” the pools during the dry season every three days, with salty water emanating from a natural spring located on the top of the complex, so that when water evaporates the salt contained in it will slowly solidify. That process will be carried out approximately during one month until a considerable volume of solid salt is obtained. After this visit we will take our private vehicle that will transfer us back to our hotel.

(Optional: passengers can finish the riding in Maras town and catch the van to visit Maras Salt mines).

Includes

INCLUDED IN THE TOUR

  • Private transport from Cusco or the Sacred Valley to our ranch
  • All transfers
  • Professional tour guide
  • Peruvian Paso Horses
  • Horseman to help you with the horses
  • Snack (seasonal fruits and non-alcoholic drinks).
  • Picnic lunch
  • Riding helmets
  • Bottle of mineral water.

 NOT INCLUDED

  • Tourist ticket for Moray (70 Soles) – Please have a look at the “IMPORTANT” chapter.
  • Entrance to Salt Mines (10 Soles)

WHAT DO YOU NEED TO TAKE

  • Small back pack with a change of clothes for the whole period of the program
  • Rain jacket or poncho (December – April)
  • Wide-brimmed Hat or cap to protect you from the sun
  • Sun block (sun protection cream)
  • Light jacket or windbreaker (in the afternoons the wind can get strong).
  • Comfortable shoes or riding boots
  • Comfortable Light pants or riding pants.
  • Cotton T-shirt or long-sleeved shirt – Color (preferable White)

Places to Stay

Package List

Additional Options

Price

NUMBER OF PAXS 2 PERSONS 3 PERSONS 4 PERSONS 5 + PERSONS
PRICES PER PERSON USD 190 USD 170 USD 150 USD 130

*If you are a group more than 8 people let us know, we can make a special price.

 

HOTELS IN CUSCO AND SACRED VALLEY

RESERVATION IN HOTEL :OPTIONAL

We select some hotels in this destination, here you can find some of them, but if you would like other accomodation we have a lot of  options for you.

HOTELS IN CUSCO CATEGORY WEBSITE
Belmond Palacio Nazarenas 5* www.belmond.com/es/palacio-nazarenas-cusco/
Belmond Monasterio 5* www.belmond.com/es/hotel-monasterio-cusco/
Inkaterra la casona 5* www.inkaterra.com/en/cusco
Casa Cartagena 5* www.casacartagena.com
JW Marriot cusco 5* www.espanol.marriott.com/hotels/travel/cuzmc-jw-marriott-el-convento-cusco/
Libertador Palacio del inka 5* www.libertador.com.pe/luxury-collection/cusco/informacion-general/
Atiq Boutique Hotel 4* www.atiqhotel.com
El mercado tunqui 4* www.elmercadotunqui.com
Casa andina private collections 4* www.casa-andina.com/hotel-cusco-peru_casa-andina-private-collection
Costa del sol Ramada 4* www.costadelsolperu.com/peru/hotels/cusco/
San Agustin Dorado 4* www.hotelessanagustin.com.pe/es/hoteles/cusco/el-dorado/
Tambo del Arriero 3* www.tambodelarriero.com
Boutique San blas 3* www.casasanblas.com
Tierra viva cusco San Blas 3* www.tierravivahoteles.com/es/tierra-viva-cusco-san-blas
Rumi Punku 3* www.rumipunku.co
Casa Andina Catedral 3* www.casa-andina.com/classic-cuzco-catedral/
Emperador Plaza 3* www.emperadorplaza.com
Villa Hermosa 3* www.hotelesdelavillahermoza.com
Amaru Hostal 2* www.amaruhostal.com
Cusco Plaza I Nazarenas 2* www.cuscoplazahotels.com
Andean Dreams 2* www.andeandreamshotel.com

*If you need more information or you need other options of accomodation, please consult us¡

HOTELS SACRED VALLEY CATEGORY WEBSITE
Tambo del Inka Luxury Collection Resort & Spa 5* www.libertador.com.pe/luxury-collection/hotel-tambo-del-inka/informacion-general
Belmond Rio Sagrado 5* www.belmond.com/es/hotel-rio-sagrado-sacred-valley/
Inka terra Hacienda 5* www.facebook.com/urubamba.villas.higuspucro?fref=ts
Taypikala Valle Sagrado 4* www.taypikala.com
San Agustin Monasterio De La Recoleta 4* www.hotelessanagustin.com.pe/es/hoteles/cusco/valle-sagrado/monasterio-de-la-recoleta/
Hacienda del valle 3* www.hhp.com.pe
San Agustin Urubamba & Spa 3* www.hotelessanagustin.com.pe/es/hoteles/cusco/valle-sagrado/urubamba/
Amaru valle 3* www.amaruhostal.com
Madre Tierra Resort 3* www.madretierraresort.com

*If you need more information or you need other options of accomodation, please consult us¡

 

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