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From Cusco: Moray and Salt Mines Quad Bike Tour

1. From Cusco: Moray and Salt Mines Quad Bike Tour

Get back to nature in the dramatic landscapes of the Andes Mountains and experience the amazing scenery of the Sacred Valley by Quad Bike. Benefit from pick-up at your hotel in Cusco, and then journey through typical villages to reach the colonial town of Maras. Admire the pretty church and rustic buildings of the pretty town center and watch the locals going about their everyday lives farming the surroundings. Visit the archaeological site of Moray to see the incredible terraced holes that form an amphitheater-like depression on the surface of the land. Learn how the holes were used by the Incas in ancient times to acclimatize seeds from the Andes Mountains. Next, visit the salt ponds that the locals continue to work to obtain salt at the mines, just as their ancestors did in the days of the Inca Empire.

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Sacred Valley: Huaypoo Lagoon and Maras by Quad Bike

2. Sacred Valley: Huaypoo Lagoon and Maras by Quad Bike

Be part of an incredible experience on four wheels. Begin with a private transport from Cusco, for about 35 minutes, to the Cruz Pata community in the heart of the Sacred Valley of the Incas. After a few minutes of training, be ready to get dirty, and stop at the imposing "Laguna de Huaypo," about which many stories and legends are told. Feel the adventure from foot to helmet and venture along the path that will take you to the Pueblo de Maras, where you will admire the best view of the Urubamba Mountains and the imposing Verónica and Chicon Mountains. From there, descend to the salt mines known as Salineras, where experienced guides will bring you back to the base before returning to the center of Cusco, ending your full day of adrenaline.

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Sacred Valley: Maras & Moray by Quad Bike from Cusco

3. Sacred Valley: Maras & Moray by Quad Bike from Cusco

Embark on an incredible experience on four wheels. Leaving in tourist transport from Cusco, travel for approximately one hour to the community of Cruz Pata in the heart of the Sacred Valley of the Incas. Prepare for the start of your adventure after a few minutes of quad bike training to get you feeling confident. Then cruise over to the archaeological site of Moray to get a closer look at the remains of the terraces built by the Incas to experiment with the adaptation of crops. Continue to the town of Pueblo de Maras for beautiful views of the Urubamba mountain range. Gaze in awe at the peaks of the Verónica and Chicón mountains before descending to the historic salt mines of Salineras. You will take a different route back to base before your return to Cusco city center, ending a day of adrenaline.

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From Cusco: Sacred Valley Cultural Experience by Quad Bike

4. From Cusco: Sacred Valley Cultural Experience by Quad Bike

Depart from Cusco on a 50-minute drive to arrive in the heart of the Sacred Valley of the Incas in the town of Cruzpata. First thing, hop aboard your quad bike and learn how to handle the vehicle from your instructor. After a few minutes of training head out for an unforgettable experience. Pass through the neighboring landscapes of Cruzpata towards Laguna de Piuray, a vast lake, and hear its many stories and legends. While here check out the seasonal birds and other wildlife. Move to the banks of the lake to the community of the Ocutuan to meet and see locals as they live their day to day lives. Be received with a warm welcome from a host family to the rhythm of Andean music, necklaces of flowers native to the area, and dance the Huayllascha, typical of the Chinchero. After drinking a mate of coca, walk to the edge of the Laguna de Piuray to enjoy the natural beauty of the water resource that supplies water to Cusco.  Return to the community of the Ocotuan and after a short break witness the production of Andean textiles. See the process of dying goods from plants in the area. Have the opportunity to buy crafts made by local families. Go to the cultivation field and participate in a demonstration of traditional tools used in agricultural activities. Afterward, enjoy a delicious Andean lunch and taste the authentic food of the Peruvian Andes. Conclude your experience with a goodbye to the local community and go on a thrilling adventure with stunning views of the surrounding mountains on your quad bike before returning to Cusco.

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Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu: 2-Day Private Tour

5. Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu: 2-Day Private Tour

Day 1: Cusco–Aguas Calientes After hotel pick-up in Cusco at around 8:00AM, you will drive to Chinchero to start the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu Tour. Your first visit will be to the main square, filled with its well-preserved Inca walls and altars. Following this, you will visit a textile center for a brief introduction and learning experience of the art of Andean textiles. Local weavers will guide you through a step-by-step process of the ancient science of Andean weaving as it has been done since long before the Inca. As you continue on your way to our next site, wyou will pass through lush agricultural fields and small rural communities. Weather permitting, spectacular views of snow-capped peaks line the horizon far into the distance. Your next stop will be Moray, with its spectacular terraces of concentric rings, which has been proven to be an experimental center for understanding the various climates and temperatures of different crops or agricultural plants, perhaps even used for domestication of different crops. After exploring Moray, you will descend lower in elevation to the salt mines of Maras, an important production center dating back to pre-Inca times. Here there are over 3,000 salt pools carved into the mountain side, filled daily by water seeping from the Earth, referred to by the locals as the "tears of mother earth". In the afternoon, your train will depart from the town of Ollantaytambo to the train station in Machu Picchu. You will have the option of visiting some local hot springs before retiring to your hotel. Day 2: Machu Picchu–Cusco You will rise at first light for breakfast, before you head to the bus station to take the first buses up to the majestic mountain of Machu Picchu, also known as the “the Crystal City”. We recommend arriving early enough to catch sunrise before receiving a guided tour which last about 2.5 hours, followed by free time to explore the site on your own. If booked in advance, it will be arranged for you to climb Machu Picchu or Huayna Picchu Mountain. You will agree on a time to meet in the afternoon in Aguas Calientes where you can board the train back to Ollantaytambo followed by a private bus or van back to Cusco. Once back in Cusco you will be returned to your hotel of origin, marking the end of your tour.

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Cusco: 2-Day Inca Trail Tour to Machu Picchu in Small Groups

6. Cusco: 2-Day Inca Trail Tour to Machu Picchu in Small Groups

After pick-up from your hotel on the first day, travel by bus to the town of Ollantaytambo in the Sacred Valley. From here, a train will take you to the starting point of the trek, on the banks of the Urubamba River. The trail slowly ascends to meet the original Inca Trail. Along the way, pass through dense cloud forest with a rich variety of plants, flowers, and birds. If you are lucky you might see some of the local mammals, such as the rare spectacled bear. After a full day of trekking, arrive at the Sun Gate in the late afternoon for your first views of Machu Picchu. The lighting at this time makes for amazing pictures. Descending from the Sun Gate, continue along the beautiful paved stone path to Machu Picchu, to the famous look-out point above the main part of the citadel. From here, descend to the town of Aguas Calientes in the valley below. Check in to your hotel and enjoy dinner. You will rise very early on the second day to catch the first bus up to Machu Picchu. Take a 2-hour guided tour of the site to see some of the most important locations, altars, and constructions. Learn about the history of this amazing place and the people who once lived here. After this, the rest of the day is yours to explore the citadel by yourself. If you have the additional permit to climb either Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu mountain, this will be the time. In the afternoon, your train will depart from Aguas Calientes back to Ollantaytambo. From here, drive by bus to Cusco, where you will be dropped off at your hotel.

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What people are saying about Sacred Valley

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 92 reviews

Overall really great experience! I think it should be clarified that there are some extra costs involved with going to each location. Also you will not be ATVing to the salt mines, you will actually take a bus. Other than these small issues, the experience was actually awesome! Truly breathtaking views and everything was handled very professionally. Pick up was on time, drop off was a bit late but not bad!

So much fun!! Salt mines were amazing, ATV’s were wickedly fun, they teach you how to drive them and give you a good amount of time to practice before setting out!

Fun way to see a different part of Peru! The guide was nice and was cracking jokes and let us go pretty fast on the ATVs. I would recommend!

I would have preferred to ride on trails rather than a dirt road, but I am aware that there are many levels of riding experience.

Incredible, unique experience full of adventure and good times