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Biking to Maras Salt Mines and Moray
MINIMUM 2 passengers
PRICE 80 USD
LOCATION Cusco
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Biking to Maras Salt Mines and Moray Full Day

Trip Overview

Tour Type: Day tour
Good For: Adventures and lovers of adrenaline.
Difficulty: Easy
Consideration: Please remember comfortable shoes.
Season: From January 1 to December 31.
Duration: 1 Day

Itinerary

PACKAGE DETAILS | biking MARAS – MORAY – SALINERAS

Maras-Moray-Saltmines-Cusco

This beautiful bicycle tour will allow you to discover the Sacred Valley of the Incas in a whole new way. This tour combines magnificent views of the Sacred Valley while surrounded by the impressive snow-capped mountains.

Further, we will be able to explore the archaeological sites in a new way and appreciate the fresh air from your mountain bike.

Here is a list of the magnificent places we will visit during our adventure.

Maras:

Maras is a district of the Urubamba province, which can be reached by a paved road. The town is located at kilometer 50 on the road Cusco – Chinchero – Urubamba. It has at an altitude of 3300 mts. (10824 feet), on a plain that in prehistoric times was a huge plateau, from which it is possible to observe the range of mountains of Urubamba including the snow-capped mountains of Weqey Willka (today “La Veronica”, 5682 mts., 18641 ft.) and ” Chicken” (5530 mts., 18143 ft.).

Moray:

About 7 km. (4.3 miles) southwest of Maras. Moray is a very unique archaeological site in the region. It is possible to reach it by car over a dusty road/path departing from the town.

There are enormous natural depressions or hollows in the ground surface that the Incas used for constructing irrigated farming terraces inside.

What is surprising is that the difference of the average annual temperature between the top and the bottom (about 30 mts/100 feet deep) reaches about 15°C (59°F). Towards the northwest of the Maras village are the famous “Salt Mines”.

The Maras “salt mines” are made up of about 3000 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 3 days with salty water emanating from a natural spring located on the top of the complex so that as the water evaporates, the salt solidifies.

Bike-Route:

We leave Cusco by bus at 9:00 a.m., with the direction to Chinchero (30 minutes to get here), a small village that retains the layout of the streets of the Inca edge and also several buildings dating from this time. From here we go by bike in the direction of Lake Huaypo. We will first stop in the agricultural site of Moray and then continue to the Maras colonial village, and then visit the salt mines. In the Salineras we will learn how the salt and precious minerals were collected from the flats during the Inca and colonial period. Finally, we will complete our circuit with a beautiful descent into the village of Urubamba at the bottom of the Valley of the sacred river Vilcanota. We will return to Cusco by car around 5:00 pm.

The biking is not too challenging and is about 35 km in total with little uphill.  Don’t miss out on this incredible adventure.

Included

INCLUDED:

  • English speaking guide for the archaeological sites
  • Gloves, helmet, bike, lunch box, round trip transportation

NOT INCLUDED:

  • The entrance  ticket for the archaeological site Moray – 70 soles (included on the Tourist Ticket)
  • The entrance ticket for the Salt mines – 10 soles
  • Tips for guides

What to Bring?

WHAT TO BRING

  • A small backpack and tennis shoes
  • Raincoat or poncho (Especially December to April, but is always safe to bring)
  • Water bottle and sunglasses
  • Hat to provide sun protection
  • Sunscreen
  • Extra money (Soles)
  • Selection of small snacks, chocolate, dried fruit, biscuits etc.
  • Camera and extra batteries

RECOMMENDATIONS

RECOMMENDATIONS

Groups of more than 5 people, students with a valid international student ID card, and children under 17 years old will receive a discount.  You must show your identity card or passport at the time of booking

NOTE:

The rainy season lasts from December to March. On some days the sky is still blue and allows for a nice bike ride.
From April to June, the mountains are completely covered with snow and the landscape presents itself in fresh green for beautiful photos. July to November the weather is mostly sunny but maybe a little chillier.

Physical Requirements:

Normal and good physical conditions recommended. Bikers should be relatively acclimated to being over 3000 meters. The day before the tour, participants will meet with the mountain bike guide in our office or at the hotel. He will give an introduction to the tour and you will have the opportunity to check the quality of the bikes and equipment that we will use on the tour.

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