Salineras, Maras, and Moray Ride
Horseback Ride to Salineras, a beautifully terraced Inca salt mine,
Maras village and Moray, the ruins of the agricultural laboratory of the Incas
Spend a very special 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 knowledgeable about the area and dedicated to this ride for the day. Our support team will prepare and serve your delicious organic lunch, carry your gear, assist you at every turn and provide door-to-door service. Last but not least, our horses are exceptional: well trained and well-cared-for specimens of the Peruvian Paso horses. You will be fully taken care of. Everything has been figured out, to minute detail, and with ultimate care, all you have to do is enjoy your day of horseback riding along the footsteps of the Incas.
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. 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 45 minutes to the Salineras salt mines where we will observe the fascinating and ancient process of pink salt collection and harvesting. After visiting Salineras on foot, and having a snack, we will continue riding for another hour and 15 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 beautiful 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 the snow-capped peaks.
After riding for another hour across the plains we will reach the archeological site of Moray, agricultural experimentation and development center of the Incas. Here you will say good-bye to the horses and visit the impressive architecture of Moray on foot. Once you have explored Moray, your driver will be standing ready to bring you back to your accommodations in Cusco or 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.
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 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 – Urubamba: 1 hour and 15 minutes
Urubamba – Salineras Ranch: 15 minutes
Moray – Urubamba: 45 minutes
Moray – Cusco: 1 hour
Moray – Ollantaytambo: 1 hour
Total duration of ride/tour: Approximately 6 hours (does not include time in transit)
Time spent riding: Approximately 3 hours (depending on rider comfort level and desired pace)
Time at Salineras salt mines: Approximately 45 minutes (visit on foot)
Time for picnic-style lunch break: Approximately 1 hour
Time at Moray: Approximately 30 minutes (visit on foot)
Distance: 15 kilometers / 9 miles
Altitude: Salineras Ranch: 2,800 m.a.s.l. / 9,186 feet
Salineras salt mines: 3,221 m.a.s.l. / 10,567 feet
Maras: 3,400 m.a.s.l. / 11,155 feet
Moray (Final destination): 3,600 m.a.s.l. / 11,811 feet
Group size: Minimum of 2 people, maximum of 8
Type of horses: Peruvian Paso / Creole Horse
Weight limit: 82 kg / 180 pounds
Price per person: 2 or 3 people US $185, groups of 4 or more US $170
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
Snack (seasonal fruit) and water
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)
Gourmet hot meal served under a tent - minimum of 2 people - add $100 per person
Gourmet meal served in the ranch dining room instead of box lunch - add $70 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
Each ride and workshop can be conducted as private (only for your group) for an additional fee.
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
We recommend you bring:
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)