Type: Classic tour.
Visited Places: Maras, Moray and Salineras.
Departures: Every day from 09:00 am. Until 17:00 hrs.
Duration: Full Day.
Level Difficulty: Easy.
Group Size: Maximum group size 12.
Pickup location: Pick up at centrally located hotels in Cusco.
Drop off location: Drop off at centrally located hotels in Cusco.
Moray agricultural terraces and national park.
Maras village and Salt mines.
Mountain biking in rural areas of the Sacred Valley.
A one day mountain biking trip near Cusco. Cycling through the Andes, to the town of Maras and the experimental terraces of Moray. Suitable for beginners and up.
We travel around 35 kilometers on dirt roads and single track, passing through small villages. With fantastic views of the valley and the hummingbirds flying around, the abundance of butterflies you are reconnected with nature.
Lunch at Moray with a visit to the salt mine or Salineras. The perfect excursion for a free day.
Your mountain bikes and helmets will be provided and your guide will lead you from Chinchero to Moray and Maras, for a day of moderate bicycling and.
This is a great one day trip for anyone who enjoys biking; includes visiting not only Maras and the Inca ruins of Moray, but also the famous Salt Mine.
This beautiful bicycle tour, will allow you to discover the high part of the Sacred Valley of The Incas. This tour combines magnificent views of the Sacred Valley and the mountains snow overlooking, the discovery of archaeological sites and the freedom that comes with the practice of mountain biking on small roads and also having a view of the traditional agricultural life.
MARAS: Maras is a district of the Urubamba province, possible to be reached through a paved road from kilometer 50 on the road Cusco – Chinchero – Urubamba.
It is located towards the west of Cusco at an altitude of 3300 m. (10824 ft.); over 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 snowcapped mountains of Weqey Willka (today “La Veronica”, 5682m., 18641 ft) and ” Chikon” (5530m., 18143 ft).
MORAY: About 7 kms. (4.3 miles) away southwest from Maras; Moray is a very unique archaeological site in the region.
It is possible to reach it by car through the dusty road and the path departing from the town.
Those are enormous natural depressions or hollows in the ground surface that Incas used for constructing irrigated farming terraces around them.
What is surprising is that the difference of average annual temperature between the top and the bottom reaches even about 15°C (59°F) in the main pression that is about 30 m. (100 ft) deep towards the northwest of the Maras village is the famous “Salt Works”. The Maras “Salt Works”, to which some people call “salt mines”, are constituted by 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 when water evaporates, the salt contained in it will slowly solidify.
You will be picked up from the hotel in Cusco at 08:35 am; leaving Cusco by bus at 09:00 am, with the direction to Chinchero (30 minutes until reaching the village of Chinchero at 3650 masl), small village that retains the layout of the streets of the Inca edge and several buildings dating from this time.
From here, you will get your biking equipment and after going over a few safety procedures the ride begins.
From here, we will go by bike in the direction of the Lake Huaypo, before discovering the agricultural site of Moray, the Maras colonial village and then the salt mines of Maras, where we will see the process of salt recollection, precious mineral during the Inca edge and then at the time of the colony.
Later, we will complete our circuit by a beautiful descent to the village of Urubamba, at the bottom of the Valley, by the sacred river Vilcanota.
Finally, we find our car that will bring us back to Cusco, arriving at approximately 17:00 hrs.
This easy excursion of about 35 kilometers bicycle, in small paths without difficulties will leave you an unforgettable memory.
For this adventure, you will need to take mineral water one liter (drink plenty of fluids in excursions), rain gear or poncho (plastic long poncho in the rainy season, can purchase in Cusco), warm jacket or fleece and wind coot, t-shirts, sun block and insect repellent, toilet paper and garbage bag, camera, extra film and extra batteries for your camera, snacks, chocolates, energy bars, a light backpack, tennis shoes, Carry currency in small denominations dollars or soles, Binoculars, Sunglasses, plastic bags.