Moray and Maras sald mine 1 Day
Moray and Maras sald mine 1 Day
Half Day Horseback Riding in Maras Moray & Salt Mines: This interesting horse ride consists of three important tourist attractions: the Salineras salt mines, Maras and Moray, which we discover by using paths that connect us to the history of these lands from times long before the Incas..Leaving our ranch located in the rural community of Pichingoto, we will get to the salt mines known as Salineras, where you can see how the salt is collected by hand, and after the visit we will continue riding to the colonial village of Maras, where one of the first churches in Latin America was constructed, which goes by the name of San Francisco de Asís. Here we will have our fruit snack and a drink…We will go for a walk through the streets of the village of Maras where you can see the coats of arms from different Spanish colonial families carved into the stone doorways, and afterwards we will ride towards Moray, an important agricultural experimentation and development centre of which we can appreciate its grand architecture and some of the native products that are still being produced there. After the visit we will have our box lunch or picnic…During the visit we will enjoy the impressive views all around, where you can see several Andean snow-capped mountains like nowhere else in Cusco.
The Sacred Valley of the Incas is famous for its archaeological sites and beautiful landscapes.
Among them, the salt mines of Maras and the terraces of Moray are less touristic sites than their neighbors, but really fascinating.
Here is my complete guide with all the practical information and tips for you to organize your visit, either on your own or with a tour.
Details of the route: This trail can only be started in the morning, in case you are in Cusco, your pick up will be at 7:45am at the latest.
Level : Beginners to intermediate riders.
Distance :15 kilometers in total (one way) Ranch in Pichingoto – Salineras – Maras – Moray
Time spent riding : Approximately 3 hour and 30 minutes.
Time at Salineras salt mines: Approximately 30 minutes (visit on foot)
Time in the village of Maras: Approximately 30 minutes (visit on foot)
Time at Moray : Approximately 1 hour (visit on foot)
Spent in transit : Cusco – Urubamba: Approx. 1 hour &15 minutes, Urubamba – Pichingoto ranch: Approx.10 minutes. Moray – Urubamba: Approximately 45 minutes and Moray – Cusco: Approximately 1 hour.
Altitude : Pichingoto (starting point): 2800 m.a.s.l. / 9,186 feet. Salineras salt mines 3221 m.a.s.l. / 10,567 feet; Maras: 3400 m.a.s.l. / 11,155 feet; Moray (Final destination): 3600 m.a.s.l. / 11,811 feet.
Number of person: A minimum of 2.
Type of horse : Peruvian Paso Horse to ride.
Level : Beginners – Intermediate
Duration :5 Hours
Weight limit :85 kilos / 187 pounds
Horse : Peruvian Paso Horse to ride: Ranch, Maras,Moray,Salineras,Pumahuacanca , Chicon, Urubamba & Vilcanota.
Book your entrance ticket to Machu Picchu
For most visitors, the city of Cusco is just a passing place on their way to the Inca citadel of Machu Picchu. For this reason, many adventurers only stay a couple of days or nights in this city. But, that couple of nights should be memorable and for this reason we recommend making your reservation well in advance.
Book and buy your flight tickets to Cusco
To travel to the city of Cusco by plane, remember that there are only direct flights from the following countries: Santiago de Chile, Bogota (Colombia) and La Paz (Bolivia). So, with the exception of the destinations mentioned above: book your flight to Cusco (or Lima – Cusco) months in advance. 92% of flights arrive to Cusco from Lima. Due to the high demand and the small number of airlines, it is advisable to book months in advance.
Book your lodging
In the city of Cusco you will find a wide variety of accommodations. From lodgings, hostels, hostels and hotels ranging from 2 to 5 stars. But, as in all the most visited places in the world, most of the time they do not have availability. Therefore, we advise you to book in advance the hotel or hostel that best suits your budget and requirements.
Beware of altitude sickness or “soroche”.
The city of Cusco is located in the south of Peru, between the inter-Andean valleys of the Great Andes Mountains. Its altitude is above 3399 meters above sea level. For this reason, the first and main problem you will have to deal with will be altitude sickness or soroche.
What is altitude sickness? Acute mountain sickness (AMS), also called soroche, apunamiento or páramo sickness, is the lack of adaptation of the organism to the hypoxia (lack of oxygen) of altitude.
When is the best time to travel to Cusco?
In spite of what was said in the previous paragraph. Personally for our team, the best months to visit Cusco are the months of April and May. Since in these months the weather is pleasant with a radiant blue sky, adorned with white clouds, and with a green nature in full bloom.
Take your personal documents with you
As in all the countries of the world, the most important thing is to carry with you your passport that has a minimum validity of 6 months at the moment of your entrance to Peru. However, if you are from Argentina, Brazil, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Paraguay, Uruguay or Venezuela you will only need your National Identity Card.
Carry cash or your credit card.
When it comes to money, it is always advisable to bring dollars and make the change to soles, in the exchange houses that abound around the Plaza de Armas in Cusco.
Always look out for your safety
Cusco, in general, is a quiet place with friendly and hard-working people. However, as in any other place, there are always opportunists and people with bad intentions.
For your safety in Cusco:
Do not stray too far from the Historic Center of the city, as it is the only place that is monitored with security cameras and police patrolling the streets.
Take tourist services only with duly authorized travel agencies.
Take with you appropriate clothing according to the season.
What to bring to Cusco? Cusco is characterized by its rainy season and dry season or drought. Also, for its frigid nights and sunny days. For this reason, the ideal clothing to travel to Cusco will be:
Use urban or tourist transportation.
The best way to move within the city of Cusco is in private cabs or tourist transport services. The prices of cabs vary from 6 soles to more, depending on where you want to go.
Stay connected at all times
In Cusco you will not have communication problems, because this city has all the communication services that have the big cities: internet, fixed telephony, mobile telephony and others. Also all the applications work perfectly.
Taste the exquisite Cusquenian gastronomy
Cusco’s gastronomy is varied, traditional and full of flavor and color. So, you will have no problem finding food to your liking. However, always try to eat in a restaurant that is located around the Plaza de Armas or within the historic center of the city of Cusco.
What To Bring
• Small back pack with a change of clothes for the whole period of the program
• Rain jacket or poncho (December – April) & Tenis shoes
• One complete change of clothing & Bottle of water
• Flash light and batteries & Hat or cap to protect you from the sun
• Sun block (sun protection cream)
• Wide-brimmed sunhat.
• Light jacket or windbreaker (in the
• Afternoons the wind can get strong).
• Comfortable riding boots or high walking
• Comfortable riding pants.
• Cotton T-shirt or long-sleeved shirt, in a light
• color (preferible White)
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