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From Cusco: Moray and Salt Mines Quad Bike Tour

1. From Cusco: Moray and Salt Mines Quad Bike Tour

Get your adrenaline pumping as you ride quad bikes through the Sacred Valley of the Incas. Visit the Incan archeological site of Moray and discover the Maras Salt Mines on a trip from Cusco. Depart Cusco and head to Maras where you'll receive instructions on how to drive your quad bike safely. Start your adventure riding through the Sacred Valley while taking in beautiful views of snow-capped mountains. Reach the Moray archaeological site and enjoy a quick visit with your guide. Drive your quad bikes to the Maras Salt Mines. Park the quads and take the van to visit the mines. Hop back on your quad bikes to continue your adventure back to the base.

Cusco: Moray, Maras Salt Mines & Chinchero Weavers Half-Day

2. Cusco: Moray, Maras Salt Mines & Chinchero Weavers Half-Day

Travel through the historic Urubamba Valley on an unparalleled half-day tour from Cusco and pass the snow-capped peaks of the Peruvian Andes. Meander through lush yellow fields of wheat and sleepy little villages en route to Moray. Upon arrival, learn about the ingenuity of the Incas in their mysterious circular terraces. Continue to the nearby village of Maras to explore its history as a center for salt production. Take in the spectacular nature and admire the unique quilt work of over 3,000 salt ponds spilling into the Sacred Valley. Finish the day back in Cusco in time to explore more of the magnificent city.

From Cusco: Maras and Moray 5-Hour Tour

3. From Cusco: Maras and Moray 5-Hour Tour

Head out on a drive along the Andean plateau in Chinchero to take in fantastic views of the Chicon Mountain as your 6-hour tour begins. Stop in Moray for a guided visit of the deep circular terraces of Moray. The purpose of the terraces is uncertain, but their depth, design and orientation with respect to wind and sun create a temperature difference of up to 15C/27 F from the top to the bottom. It is thought that the temperature difference was used to study the effects of different climatic conditions on crops. Continue to the Maras salt mines, comprising around 3,000 small wells of about 5 square meters. They have been used since Incan times for economic exchange.

From Cusco: Chinchero, Moray, Ollantaytambo, and Pisac Tour

4. From Cusco: Chinchero, Moray, Ollantaytambo, and Pisac Tour

Explore Cusco's Sacred Valley and see Incan Ruins, salt mines, and textile production. Make stops in Moray, Chinchero, Ollantaytambo, and Pisac on this full-day tour by van. Be picked up from your hotel in Cusco in the morning before heading to an archaeological zone and textile center located in Chinchero. See how locals dye alpaca wool with natural plants of the region. Visit the archaeological site in Chinchero and see its terraces before moving on to Moray to learn about the history of the Incas and wonder at their mysterious circular terraces. Head to the nearby village of Maras and learn about its history as a center for salt production at the Maras Salt Mines. Admire the unique quilt work of over 3,000 salt ponds spilling into the Sacred Valley. Travel to Urubamba and enjoy a buffet lunch at a local restaurant. Stop at the ruins of Ollantaytambo and marvel at the remarkable Incan architecture built during the Incan Empire's heyday. See an amazing rock formation that represents the Incan god of Wiracocha. Arrive at the last tour stop, the archaeological site of Pisac, after which you will visit the nearby town. Return to Cusco and be dropped off in the town center after the tour is over.

From Cusco: Sacred Valley & Machu Picchu 2-Day Tour by Train

5. From Cusco: Sacred Valley & Machu Picchu 2-Day Tour by Train

Day 1: Cusco | Chinchero alpacas farm | Salt flats | Moray | Ollantaytambo Cusco 7:45 am: After breakfast at your hotel in Cusco, we will pick you up to visit part of the beautiful Sacred Valley of the Incas. Chinchero 8:45 am: After driving 1 hour from Cusco we find the traditional town of chinchero, we will visit a local family, here they keep the weaving traditions alive. Their alpacas and llamas will welcome you and you can take a picture with them, you can even give them breakfast. In addition, you will learn about their fascinating weaving techniques using natural ingredients to create stunning fabrics by hand Moray Archaeological Park 9:30 AM: Imagine the impressive Inca terraces and the beautiful Andes in the background. This sight is simply impressive, the story behind it even more so. Your guide will teach you about the agricultural laboratory of the Incas and how they created different climatic zones on these terraces Salt mines, Maras 11:00 AM: Stand in front of thousands of salt ponds, still intact. Here you have the opportunity to take one of the most famous photographs of the Sacred Valley. Our guide will be happy to capture this moment for you. From here we continue our tour to enjoy a delicious lunch Urubamba 1:00 PM: Enjoy an extraordinary buffet lunch (with vegetarian options available). Archaeological Park Ollantaytambo 2:40 PM: Our last discovery of that day: The terraces and ruins of Ollantaytambo. This place was highly protected as it was the entrance to the road to Machu Picchu. Therefore, many things happened here during the Spanish invasion. Then we will take you to the station to board the selected train, when booking you can choose to travel by normal train or Vistadome 360° panoramic train. This 1:45 minute train ride will allow you to see incredible views of mountainous terrain before seeing Machu Picchu. Aguas Calientes 18:10 PM At the exit door of the train station we will be waiting to take you to your hotel where you will spend the night, after check - in, you have the afternoon free on your own Day 2: Machu Picchu and in the afternoon return to Cusco Historic Sanctuary of Machu Picchu 07:00 AM After having our breakfast at the hotel we will move with our guide to the bus station in the same town. This bus will take us to the main gate of the Historic Sanctuary of Machupicchu where we will begin our unforgettable experience. Take the classic photo from the highest part of Machu Picchu and then visit the lower part. Our guide will share all his knowledge about the history of this incredible place. After finishing the visit, we will take the bus back to Aguas Calientes where you will have time for lunch (lunch is not included). At the indicated time, you will board the train that will take you to the train station in Ollantaytambo Ollantaytambo, Cusco Upon arrival at the train station, our transport will be waiting to take us back to your hotel in Cuzco. Estimated arrival time 18.30 PM

Salkantay Trek 5-Day Hike to Machu Picchu

6. Salkantay Trek 5-Day Hike to Machu Picchu

Follow in the footsteps of the ancient Incas and hike along the same paths they used to trek through the mountains centuries ago. Get back to nature and experience amazing views of the snow-capped mountain peaks of the Andes. Day 1: Cusco - Mollepata - Markhuq’asa - Soraypampa - Humantay Lake - Salkantaypampa (L, D) Depart Cusco and journey to Markhuq’asa for the start of your trek to Soraypampa, 3,850 meters above sea level. Stop for lunch at the base camp and then go on a round-trip hike to Humantay Lake. Then continue to the Salkantaypampa base camp to spend the night. Day 2: Salkantaypampa - Salkantay Pass - Collpapampa (B, L, D) Hike to the highest point of the trail at Salkantay Pass and get spectacular views of the snow-capped mountains before a 2-hour downhill hike to the camp for lunch. Then, enter the upper part of the Amazon jungle on a hike through what is know as the cloud forest. Look for native wildlife on the way to the village of Collpapampa, where you will spend the night. Day 3: Collpapampa - La Playa (B, L, D) After breakfast, take an easy hike to La Playa through the Santa Teresa valley and marvel at the waterfalls and wild orchids. Encounter coffee, banana, and avocado plantations, and get the chance to sample the local coffee at an organic coffee farm. After a typical lunch in La Playa, here you will have the option (at an extra cost payable onsite) to visit the hot thermal springs and abundant birdlife. Return to the campsite for an overnight stay. Day 4: Santa Teresa - Hidroelectrica - Aguas Calientes (B, L, D) On this day, in Santa Teresa, you can choose to visit the zipline, rafting, or canopy at an extra cost payable directly on-site. Then, you will head to Hidroelectrica, passing through waterfalls coming from the glaciers and fields of cocoa and coffee. After a nourishing lunch, begin a 2-hour walk to Machu Picchu Pueblo, known as Aguas Calientes. Once in Aguas Calientes, you can go to your hotel to shower and relax before dinner. After dinner, get some rest before the early morning climb up to Machu Picchu the following morning. Day 5: Machu Picchu (B) Explore Machu Picchu in the early morning before the crowds arrive. You can choose to hike uphill to the ruins or take the bus for an additional charge. Benefit from a 2-hour guided tour on arrival and learn more about the temples, palaces, priest houses, and more. Take the train to Ollantaytambo in the afternoon and then catch the bus back to Cusco for drop-off at your hotel or hostel on arrival.

Private tour Sacred Valley and Maras Moray Salineras

7. Private tour Sacred Valley and Maras Moray Salineras

Day 1- Sacred Valley Maras Moray Salineras Tour It starts with the pick up from the hotel at 6:30 am to go to our first destination "Chinchero" where we will visit the archaeological site and the colonial temple. Continuing we will visit the agricultural laboratory of "Moray" where we will find agricultural terraces, we will also visit the salt ponds "Salineras" that are exploited since the Inca period. Then we will go to the town of Urubamba where we will have free time to enjoy an Andean buffet lunch. After the time we will go to the town of Ollantaytambo where we will visit the archaeological part, in this town is also located the train terminal where some travelers will stay to take their train to Aguas Calientes. Continuing with our trip our last visit will be the archaeological center of Pisac where we will find many Andean terraces and the most preserved Andean cemetery of the Andean culture. We will return to Cusco (07:00 p.m.).

Atv Tour in Moray and Maras Salt Mines from Cusco

8. Atv Tour in Moray and Maras Salt Mines from Cusco

Pick up at your selected hotel in Cusco we'll take you 1 hour by car to our base in Cruzpata Maras. Here you'll receive safety instructions and all the equipment needed for the tour. Once everyone is ready, we'll begin our adventure through the valley, surrounded by breathtaking landscapes and majestic snow-capped mountains. Our first stop will be at Moray archaeological site, where your guide will take you on a quick tour of the ruins. Then, we'll hop back on our quad bikes and continue our journey towards the basecamp in Cruzpata and after we will take a van to visit the Maras Salt Mines. This half-day tour can be done in the morning or afternoon, depending on your preference. For the morning slot, we'll pick you up from your hotel between 6:30 and 7:00 am, depending on its location. We'll arrive back in Cusco around 1:00 to 1:30 pm. For the afternoon slot, we'll pick you up from the meeting point Plaza de Regocijos around 12:50 to 1:00 pm, and we'll arrive back in Cusco around 7:30 pm. Join us on this unforgettable adventure and discover the beauty and history of the Sacred Valley of the Incas in a unique and exciting way.

From Cusco: Maras Salt Mines and Moray Half-Day Tour

9. From Cusco: Maras Salt Mines and Moray Half-Day Tour

Experience the best of maras & moray with an experte team. We will come to pick up you at your hotel around 7am, then we will go to the amazing salt mines in Maras, this place is runnig salt since even preincan times. After the salt mines we will go to the Ancient inca Farming laboratory, a huge system of terraces that were used to discover new varietys of crops and food. Finally we will visit the little village of Maras, a colonial town with nice colonial architecture. Then we will return to Cusco to dropoff at your hotel.

From Cuzco: Salt Mines and Moray Ruins ATV Adventure

10. From Cuzco: Salt Mines and Moray Ruins ATV Adventure

Enjoy a full-day guided tour of the Peruvian countryside on this thrilling ATV adventure. Explore beautiful locations like the Sacred Valley and see ancient wonders like the Salt Mines and the ruins of Moray. Start the day with a pickup from your hotel in Cusco and drive along the scenic Peruvian countryside to basecamp. Mount your ATV and start your thrilling all-day adventure. The first stop is the Salt Mines. Ride for 1.5 hours along dusty trails to the Sacred Valley of Peru. Witness a vast collection of salt mines with water flowing from a spring high on a mountain. Admire the incredible views overlooking the valley and the unusual rectangular pools below. Continue riding for another 1.5 hours until you reach Moray, an Incan archaeological site. Marvel at this archeological wonder built by the ancient Incan people and learn how it was used for farming from your expert guide.

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based on 182 reviews

Highly recommend this tour for sacred valley. The tour was well organized from the start to finish. Pick-up location, timing, tour plans and drop-off were well communicated. Lunch was good. Our tour guide - Mijael was very knowledgeable, fluent in English and friendly. The roads to moray and maras salt mine wasn't paved and was bumpy. However, the van organized was so comfortable and suspension was good. My husband has a bad back and he had no problems after the whole day tour.

I loved this tour! All around it was a great day. The quad bikes are semi automatic and I was quite nervous when they were teaching us how to handle them. Once we got a little practice with them I felt totally comfortable. I recommended this tour to many other travellers I met since I went on this tour

I absolutely recommend this ! It's action and culture at once, really fun day out and the guides were so nice and did a great job!the views are stunning!It will get dusty so come prepared,wear clothes you don't mind getting dirty!

Pretty comprehensive tour. Guide was bilingual and very patient with questions.

Great experience. Good pickup, the guide was very knowledgeable