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From Cusco: Moray and Salt Mines Quad Bike Tour

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

Get your adrenaline pumping as you ride quad bikes through the Sacred Valley of the Incas. Visit the Incan archeological site of Moray and discover the Maras Salt Mines on a trip from Cusco. Depart Cusco and head to Maras where you'll receive instructions on how to drive your quad bike safely. Start your adventure riding through the Sacred Valley while taking in beautiful views of snow-capped mountains. Reach the Moray archaeological site and enjoy a quick visit with your guide. Drive your quad bikes to the Maras Salt Mines. Park the quads and take the van to visit the mines. Hop back on your quad bikes to continue your adventure back to the base.

From Cusco: Chinchero, Moray, Ollantaytambo, and Pisac Tour

2. From Cusco: Chinchero, Moray, Ollantaytambo, and Pisac Tour

Explore Cusco's Sacred Valley and see Incan Ruins, salt mines, local markets, and textile production. Make stops in Moray, Chinchero, Ollantaytambo, and Pisac on this full-day tour by van. Be picked up from your hotel in Cusco in the morning before heading to an archaeological zone and textile center located in Chinchero. See how locals dye alpaca wool with natural plants of the region. Visit the archaeological site in Chinchero and see its terraces before moving on to Moray to learn about the history of the Incas and wonder at their mysterious circular terraces. Head to the nearby village of Maras and learn about its history as a center for salt production at the Maras Salt Mines. Admire the unique quilt work of over 3,000 salt ponds spilling into the Sacred Valley. Travel to Urubamba and enjoy a buffet lunch at a local restaurant. Stop at the ruins of Ollantaytambo and marvel at the remarkable Incan architecture built during the Incan Empire's heyday. See an amazing rock formation that represents the Incan god of Wiracocha. Arrive at the last tour stop, the archaeological park of Pisaq, after which you will visit the nearby town to explore the craft market. Return to Cusco and be dropped off in the town center after the tour is over.

From Cusco: Maras and Moray and Ollantaytambo Tour

3. From Cusco: Maras and Moray and Ollantaytambo Tour

Immerse yourself in the Inca culture on this trip to the most important Inca sites. Get picked up from your hotel in Cusco in the morning and head to the archaeological sites of Moray. Experience the site's unusual Inca ruins, consisting of several circular terraces. Learn more about the terraces function and their complex irrigation system before heading to the colonial village of Maras. In Maras, enjoy a visit to the nearby salt evaporation ponds at the Salineras Salt Mine and marvel at the vastness of the complex, which consists of over 3000 evaporation pools, and is still in use today. Drive along the Urubamba River towards the town of Ollantaytambo. Once we reach Ollantaytambo, we will visit the ruins, an important area of Incan construction, built during the Inca’s heydays. Get dropped off at your hotel or train station in Ollantaytambo in the afternoon.

Cusco: Half-Day Zip Line Adventure and Chinchero Tour

4. Cusco: Half-Day Zip Line Adventure and Chinchero Tour

Following pickup from your hotel in Cusco, journey towards the village of Raqch'i in the middle of a natural paradise of the former Inca Empire. Take part in a zip line adventure and fly through the air to appreciate the beauty of the mountains and Sacred Valley from a completely different perspective. You can choose from 4 different zip line lengths, from 300 meters to 700 meters. Relax on the 20-minute drive to Chinchero to admire the well-preserved Inca walls of the main square and many altars of the village. Visit the beautiful colonial church, unique for its interior art and imagery. Next, participate in a wonderful learning experience and benefit from an introduction to the textile art of the Andes region. Get acquainted with the wisdom and meanings of the weavings, dating back to an era that even pre-dates the Inca Empire.

From Cusco: Maras and Moray Full-Day Biking Tour

5. From Cusco: Maras and Moray Full-Day Biking Tour

Head to the popular and unique destination around the Sacred Valley of the Incas. Explore the wonderful valley in the best way, by mountain biking on different paths that lead to incredible places.  Learn more about the lively culture of Chinchero, witness the production of handmade fabrics, visit the magnificent agricultural laboratory INCA of Moray, and explore the colorful salt mines of Maras. Take in views of the impressive landscapes, around which are lagoons, mountains, and glaciers full of life and color. Embark on a complete adventure of history, culture, tradition, and mountain biking. The route has different bike trails suitable for all skill levels, so you can always let your guide know which of the paths suits you best.

Private Full-Day Sacred Valley & Alpaca Farm Tour

6. Private Full-Day Sacred Valley & Alpaca Farm Tour

Explore a beautiful textile and South American camelid exhibition center which, in addition to displaying the beauty and benefits of vicuñas, alpacas, llamas and guanacos, presents the products obtained from them through a combination of traditional and modern techniques. This is a true living museum, involving and benefiting several camelid breeding communities in the area. Take in the views from the famous point, El Mirador, before seeing Sacred Valley and gaining insight into the local Inca history. There is an unusual abundance of fertile plains in this high area of the Andes, witness vast contour terracing and irrigation channels left behind by the Incas. See amazing works of stone art and impressive agricultural terrace. After lunch, visit Incan ruins in Ollantaytambo. Find rock formations representing the Inca god, Wiracocha. Continue to Chinchero to see how natural dyes are made for artisanal textiles and how the local inhabitants live in dwellings and conditions nearly the same as their ancestors. They dress in multicolored clothing, speak only Quechua and maintain age-old customs.

Cusco: A Cultural Day at a Cusco Community

7. Cusco: A Cultural Day at a Cusco Community

Pick up at your hotel is at around 8:00 AM for the wonderful tour of the Sacred Valley of the Incas, where you will be heading to the village of Chincheros, as well as to the community roughly 20 minutes away from Chincheros. Upon arrival you will be greeted with local music and dance. After the welcoming, you will begin our activities in the fields, where you will be able to participate in local agriculture, with the most common crops being potatoes and quinoa. You will also learn about Inca methods of planting, harvesting, storing, and transporting crops. You will have the opportunity to feed and take care of the animals, and it may be possible to help milk the cows owned by the host family. You will also learn about traditional weaving skills and natural dyes by the local women, who create traditional textile products to sell at local markets. This tour will be followed by lunch where we will enjoy an organic meal, before arriving back in Cusco at around 4:00 PM.

From Cusco: Indigenous Potato Farm Cultural Experience

8. From Cusco: Indigenous Potato Farm Cultural Experience

After pickup from your hotel in central Cusco, head straight into the wondrous landscapes and views of the Sacred Valley. After pausing for the vistas in the town of Pisaq, you’ll continue to the sustainable farm and village. Once you arrive, you’ll be greeted warmly by the villagers, who will give you a tour of the communal farm that they tend. Next on the agenda is a visit to the Kinsaqocha lagoon, where you’ll have an unmatched panorama of the Andes and the valleys below. Marvel at the tranquil vastness beneath you as you search the trees for local birds and wildlife. Afterwards, you’ll participate in a workshop about local medicinal plants and artisanal crafts unique to the region.  To cap things off, you’ll enjoy a hearty local meal, including stews made with the diverse selection of local potatoes. Afterwards, you’ll head back to your hotel in Cusco.

From Cusco: Choquechaca and Pumamarca Private Full-Day Hike

9. From Cusco: Choquechaca and Pumamarca Private Full-Day Hike

Enjoy a full-day hike that showcases the natural and cultural wealth of the Sacred Valley. Be in awe of stunning landscapes and learn more about Andean culture. Begin your day with a pickup from your hotel in Cusco. Head towards Pallata, and make a short stop in Ollantaytambo, the former royal estate of the Inca Empire. Continue on to Pallata and begin your hike. Starting at 3100 meters above sea level, this hike takes you through several ecological floors that display magnificent changes in the colors of the flora and fauna. Witness and experience the cloud forest phenomenon, where the humidity of the valley is retained causing it to drizzle all year. At 3800 meters above sea level, arrive in Choquechaca. Meet the locals that live in this quaint town and learn about its traditions and culture. Then, enjoy a box lunch before heading back. On your way back, take a detour to Pumamarca, the Inca archeological site with the largest number of platforms throughout the valley. Conclude your hike with a relaxing ride back to your hotel.

From Cusco: 2-Day Trip to Maras and Moray with Machu Picchu

10. From Cusco: 2-Day Trip to Maras and Moray with Machu Picchu

DAY 1 MARAS AND MORAY. We will start this great adventure with the pick up from your hotel in Cusco to go to the Sacred Valley, you will enjoy a guided tour of the few frequented treasures of the Sacred Valley of the Incas, we will start in Maras, where the salt lagoons create a dazzling setting, the contrast of its white wells with the green of the valley is impressive and unmissable for a spectacular postcard, we will continue towards Moray, where the view is impressive thanks to colossal concentric terraces simulating a great amphitheater, its usefulness: to recreate 20 different types of microclimates, measurement that ensured agricultural production. You will continue the tour visiting Corcor, an ancient Andean community where you can appreciate the livestock and agriculture of the place, in addition the local people will show us their techniques of weaving and dyeing traditional textiles, enjoy the magical experience by sharing with the families of the community some of their daily activities, enjoy a typical lunch "la Pachamanca". At the end of the visit, the next stop is the train station in Ollantaytambo where you will board the train according to the chosen category to Aguas Calientes, where the guide will be waiting to assist you and take you to the hotel according to the chosen category. Hotel 3* (Standard) - 500 meters from the Aguas Calientes train station, basic services (concierge, non-smoking rooms, shared lounge, free Wi-Fi throughout and restaurant). Hotel 4* (Superior) - 200 meters from the Aguas Calientes train station, superior service (concierge, non-smoking rooms, shared lounge, free Wi-Fi throughout the facilities, restaurant, laundry, massages and spa). DAY 2: AGUAS CALIENTES/MACHU PICCHU/CUSCO. The most anticipated day has arrived, you will meet one of the 7 Wonders of the modern World, you must get up early to have breakfast at the hotel, at the coordinated time, the guide will pick you up at the hotel to take you to board the transport that will take you to the top of the mountain, during the journey you will enjoy a spectacular view of the Urubamba River that shapes the famous canyon. The Lost City of the Incas, Machu Picchu, will welcome you with its incredible terraces, stairways, ceremonial precincts and urban areas. The energy emanating from all over the place. After a guided tour, you will have time to have lunch at one of the restaurants in the area. At the indicated time, you will return by train to the Poroy or Ollantaytambo station, where the transport will wait for you to transfer you to the city of Cusco.

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Highly recommend this tour for sacred valley. The tour was well organized from the start to finish. Pick-up location, timing, tour plans and drop-off were well communicated. Lunch was good. Our tour guide - Mijael was very knowledgeable, fluent in English and friendly. The roads to moray and maras salt mine wasn't paved and was bumpy. However, the van organized was so comfortable and suspension was good. My husband has a bad back and he had no problems after the whole day tour.

One of our favorite excursions during our trip to Peru! Our tour guide was great and knowledgable. We took the ATV to Moray and the bus to Maras. Definitely get to spend a decent amount of time on the ATVs. Visit to Moray was brief. You will definitely get very dusty during this excursion. I recommend wearing a bandana or mouth covering to prevent dust.

I loved this tour! All around it was a great day. The quad bikes are semi automatic and I was quite nervous when they were teaching us how to handle them. Once we got a little practice with them I felt totally comfortable. I recommended this tour to many other travellers I met since I went on this tour

I absolutely recommend this ! It's action and culture at once, really fun day out and the guides were so nice and did a great job!the views are stunning!It will get dusty so come prepared,wear clothes you don't mind getting dirty!

Great experience. Good pickup, the guide was very knowledgeable