Extended Horseback Ride to Salineras, a beautifully terraced Inca salt mine, Maras village and Moray, the ruins of the agricultural laboratory of the Incas
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. After riding for another 45 minutes across the plains, we will reach 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 through large expanses of farmland. Throughout our descent back to the Ranch, we will have spectacular views of the mountains and fields. This part of the ride is a beautiful mix of peaceful landscapes and adventurous riding, as we can gallop or canter depending on your preference.
For the safety of the riders and the horses, at the very end, we will hike to the ranch down a steep path for about 20 minutes. Back at the ranch, our private vehicle will be ready to take you back to your hotel in Cusco or the Sacred Valley.
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.
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. Our horses are well trained and cared for specimens of the Peruvian Paso breed. All you have to do is enjoy your day of horseback riding along the footsteps of the Incas.
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.
To avoid crowds, we start this ride early - at 8:30 am, with an introduction to your guides and horses, in addition to 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 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)
Downhill walk time:
Approximately 20 minutes
21 kilometers / 13 miles
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
Minimum of 2 people
Type of horses:
Peruvian Paso / Creole Horse
77 kg / 170 pounds
Price per person:
2 or 3 people US $295, groups of 4 or more US $265
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 the box lunch – add. $50 per person
Gourmet hot meal served under a tent in the mountains – minimum for 2 people – add. $130 per person
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)