Horseback Ride to Salineras, a terraced Inca salt mine, Maras village and Moray, the ruins of the agricultural laboratory of the Incas
Spend a day on a custom horseback ride, visiting several treasures of the Sacred Valley of the Incas, off-the beaten path and away from the crowds.
Our bilingual guides are locals, extremely knowledgeable about the area and are dedicated to enhancing your experience with us. Our support team will prepare and serve you a delicious lunch, carry your gear, assist you at every turn from door-to-door. Last but not least, our Peruvian-Paso horses are well trained and cared for. Everything will be carefully planned out, so all you have to do is enjoy your day on horseback, following the footsteps of the Incas!
The day will start when our private vehicle (a comfortable sedan or a van) collects you from your accommodation in Cusco/the Sacred Valley to bring you to the Salineras Ranch, located just outside the town of Urubamba, in the Pichingoto Community. Here you will be given horseback riding and safety instructions and have the opportunity to get to know your horse.
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. Setting off early will ensure we beat the tourists; however, as our horses are unable to stop here, our guide will explain everything about this site from the unique perspective of our saddles. 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.
Just outside of Maras village there is a peaceful meadow, where our advance-team will set everything up for your picnic-style lunch break. We will ensure you have plenty of time to admire the breathtaking valley and the snow-capped peaks. After riding for another hour across the plains we will reach the archeological site of Moray, an Incan center for agricultural experimentation and development. Here you will say goodbye to your horses and visit the impressive architecture of Moray on foot. Once you have explored Moray, your driver will be ready to bring you back to your accommodation in Cusco/the Sacred Valley.
To avoid crowds, we start this ride early - at 8:30 am, with introduction to your guides and horses and horseback riding and safety instructions.
Varies depending on the location of your hotel. If you are coming from Cusco, your driver will pick you up from your accommodations 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 6 hours, depending on the rider skill level and desired pace (include time in transit)
Time spent riding:
Approximately 4 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)
For adventurous beginners and intermediate riders
Salineras Ranch: 2,720 m.a.s.l. / 8,924 feet
Salineras 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
Minimum of 2 people, maximum of 8
Type of horses:
Peruvian Paso / Creole Horse
80 kg / 175 pounds
Price per person:
2 or 3 people US $235, groups of 4 or more US $215
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
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)
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
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
Extended ride for advanced riders – 45 additional minutes of riding, including stretches of cantering and galloping – add. $40 per person (for details see Salineras - Maras - Moray - Extended)
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
Long comfortable pants or jeans
Boleto Turistico or cash for Boleto Turistico (only Soles are accepted)