This tour visits two astonishing and unique highlights: the archaeological site of Moray and the Maras Salt Pans, both are a must-see for anyone interested in Inca history and architecture. The ride is of intermediate level and basic off-road experience is required, but anyone with either one of these levels of experience can participate in this ride and enjoy it. You will be transferred from your hotel to the site of Moray, a set of circular terraces built by the Incas as an agricultural experimental station (or, another theory is that it was a ceremonial crop site).
After spending approximately half an hour exploring the mystical site and soaking in its historical meaning, the main part of the mountain bike ride will start. The route consists of a 5 mile (9km) of gentle up and down with incredible views of lush farmland and of the Urubamba glacier range. After riding through the Andean Altiplano, you will arrive at the town of Maras, originally settled as a station for distributing the salt supplies. After a short break, the tour resumes down a steeper hill on a rocky path directly down to the Salt Pans. These Salt Mines were built before the time of the Incas and are still in use today. The salt harvest occurs between May and December and, if visiting during those months, you can see the harvesting of the salt by the local families, each of whom controls a share of the Salt Pans. Following the visit of the Salt Mines, comes the final stretch of the journey on a mountain bike single-track before being transferred back to your hotel.
Included: Private excursion with Transfers, Guide, Mountain bike, Helmet, Water and Fruit snack, Accommodation in the Sacred Valley. (Meals – Breakfast).
As an alternative, we can offer Llama Pack Project Sacred Valley Visit. Once you arrive at Llama Pack Base Camp in Quebrada Pumahuanca, you will be greeted by members of the Local Guilds of Llama Breeders and an English-speaking interpreter, who will present the Llama Pack Project to the group. After that, you will be asked to assist in the packing activity led by your local hosts. Then, you will leave the base camp and start trekking uphill at a slow pace through a zig-zag trail, walking behind the llamas with the assistance of your local hosts until you reach the designated spot, where you will enjoy an outdoor picnic while you chat with your hosts, relax and enjoy the panoramic views and the Valley’s fresh air. After this nice rest, you will head back with the llamas to the base camp and then, take the private transport back to your hotel. Please note that, in the unusual event of a storm the previous day or a community chore that prevents llamas from joining the trek, the rest of the activities will still be carried out (previous evaluation from the Llama Pack team).
Note: We recommend you to bring a lightweight personal backpack with drinking water, mosquito repellant, sunscreen, any personal medicines, cash for tips and crafts, and your camera. Wear comfortable clothes: Fresh long-sleeved shirt, long pants, closed trekking shoes, socks, hat, sunglasses, an extra jacket for a fresh breeze, and rainproof clothes. For small children, we recommend a trekking child carrier.
Included: Private trek with Llamas, English speaking interpreter, Hosts from Local Guilds of Llama Breeders, Accommodation in Sacred Valley (Meals – Breakfast, Picnic Brunch).
This tour visits two astonishing and unique highlights: the archaeological site of Moray and the Maras Salt Pans, both are a must-see for anyone interested in Inca history and architecture. The ride is of intermediate level and basic off-road experience ...