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Extended Moray - Maras - Salineras Mountain Bike Ride

The day starts when our private vehicle (a comfortable sedan or a van) picks you up from your accommodation in Cusco or the Sacred Valley to bring you to the Salineras Ranch, located just outside the town of Urubamba, in the Pichingoto Community on the Urubamba River. Once everyone is ready we will equip you with a state of the art mountain bike and all the necessary safety gear.

 

Our bilingual guides are locals, extremely knowledgeable about the area. Our support team will prepare and serve you a delicious lunch; carry your gear; and assist you at every turn, from door-to-door.

We will start the ride by heading to the the archeological site of Moray: the agricultural experimentation and development center of the Inca. You’ll have an opportunity to visit the impressive architecture of Moray on foot.

 

We will then continue riding for another 45 minutes up to the quaint, colonial village of Maras. We will ride through the streets, where you can see one of the first Spanish churches, and the coats of arms from different Spanish colonial families carved into the stone doorways.

We will start the ride by going up an ancient, steep path for 30 minutes with a stunning view over 4000 salt ponds: the legendary Salineras salt mines.

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​Just outside of Maras village there is a spacious meadow, where our advance-team has set everything up for your picnic-style lunch break. We will take the time to admire the breathtaking views of the valley and snow-capped peaks. 

Riding through Maras, we then begin an exciting descent past the famous Salineras de Maras, and you will get to enjoy a birds eye view of the sprawling salt mines, seeing the 4000 terraced salt ponds from a perspective most tourists do not have the opportunity to see.

We will leave our bikes again and explore the salt ponds on foot, learning from our local guide the fascinating history of this ancient complex.

Finally, get ready for some excitement as we descend a downhill track back to the ranch, where you will be able to use our showers and enjoy some refreshments to finish the adventure.

Start time: 

To avoid crowds, we start this ride early - at 8:30 am, so you can meet your guides and have your bike ready

Pick-up time:

Varies depending on the location of your hotel. If you are coming from Cusco, your driver will pick you up from your accommodation at 7:00 am, if you are already in the Sacred Valley pickup will be at 8:00 am.

Time spent in transit:

(all times are approximations, depending on road and traffic conditions)
Cusco – Salineras Ranch: 1 hour and 15 minutes
Urubamba – Salineras Ranch: 15 minutes
Ollantaytambo – Salineras Ranch: 25 minutes

Total duration of ride/tour:

Approximately 7.5 hours, depending on the rider skill level and desired pace (include time in transit)
 

Time spent riding:

Approximately 5 hours
 

Time covering Salineras salt mines:

Approximately 30 minutes

[We cover 2 km of track above the 4000 pools of salt mines with the guide explaining everything from the saddles]

Time for a box lunch picnic:

Approximately 1 hour
 

Time at Moray:

Approximately 30 minutes (visit on foot)

Distance:  

21 kilometers / 13 miles
 

Level:

Advanced

Altitudes:

Salineras Ranch:  2,720 m.a.s.l. / 8,924 feet 

Salineras salt mines: 2,970 m.a.s.l. / 9,745 feet
Maras: 3,200 m.a.s.l. / 10,499 feet
Moray:  3,600 m.a.s.l. / 11,811 feet

Group size:

Minimum of 2 people

Price per person:

$245

Included:

  • Round-trip private transportation from the place you specify to any place within Cusco or the Sacred Valley

  • A bilingual guide and guide’s assistant(s) knowledgeable about the sites

  • Entrance tickets to the Salineras/Pichingoto community area and the Salineras salt mines

  • Mountain Bike and Safety equipment

  • In Maras: Box lunch (Peruvian solterito salad made with local corn, potatoes, haba beans, fried yuca, and grilled chicken (or avocado – vegetarian), fresh organic salad, accompanied by seasonal fruits and soft drinks)

Not included: 

  • Ticket for the Moray archeological complex is not included. It has to be purchased as a part of “Boleto Turistico” - a multi-day, multi-site pass, which many of our guests already have. 

  • Gratuities for guides

Optional upgrades: 

  • For best experience, we recommend adding the Gourmet meal served in the ranch dining room instead of box lunch  – add. $70 per person (included transport from Moray to the ranch)

  • Gourmet hot meal served under a tent in the mountains – minimum for 2 people – add. $130 per person

Recommended bringing:

  • Sunblock and Sunglasses

  • Long-sleeved shirt, preferably in light color (for sun protection) 

  • Wide-brimmed hat or sun shield ball cap

  • Comfortable walking shoes or sneakers 

  • Rain jacket and a mid-layer fleece

  • Pants suitable for 

    exercise
  • Boleto Turistico or cash for Boleto Turistico (only Soles are accepted)

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