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Day Tours > Cusco Horseback to Moray
Trip Notes
Difficulty:Beginner, Intermediate

Duration: 1d (approx. 6 hours)

Distance: 15 km or 9.3 miles

Elevation: Pichingoto(starting point/lowest point):  2800 meters or 9,186 feet; Moray (ending point/highest point): 3600 meters or 11,811 feet

  • Horseback riding through an off-the-beaten-path section of the Sacred Valley
  • Travel from bottom to top of the famous Sacred Valley of the Incas
  • Explore the 5000 pools of salt at Salineras where the Incans derived their salt
  • Take a tour of the colonial village of Maras to explore one of Latin America’s first churches
  • Visit the famous agricultural terraces of Moray and enjoy a delicious picnic lunch
  • Transportation from your hotel to Pinchingoto
  • Entrance ticket to the Pichingoto community area
  • Entrance ticket to the Salineras salt mines
  • Entrance ticket to the church in Maras
  • Snack and beverage at Maras
  • Bilingual guide
  • Gourmet picnic lunch
  • Entrance ticket to the Moray archeological site
  • Safety helmet
  • Carrier
  • First-Aid kit
  • Transportation back to your hotel in Cusco
Not Included:
  • Breakfast or dinner
Packing List:
  • Hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen
  • Windbreaker or jacket
  • Rain poncho (if necessary)
  • Comfortable riding boots
  • Long-sleeve shirt

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Cusco Horseback to Moray

Travel via horseback through the Sacred Valley to explore the Salineras salt mines, the historical colonial village of Maras, and the archeological site of Moray. Marvel at ancient Incan salt Pools, entrenched circular ruins and one of the oldest churches standing in Latin America. Snap some photos of glorious snowcapped peaks of the Andes as you enjoy a picnic prepared by our gourmet chefs. This off the beaten path horseback ride will take you on an adventure like you have never experienced through some of the most incredible terrain Peru has to offer.

Tour Itinerary

Horsback Riding to Salineras – Maras - Moray

We will pick you up from your hotel early in the morning to drive to our starting point in the community of Pichingoto, located next to the Vilcanota River.  Here we will practice riding and prepare for our adventure ahead, providing you with ample time to get to know your horse. We will embark from our starting point to the Salineras Salt Mines, taking us around 45 minutes to arrive. You will have a chance to gaze upon the 5000 salt pools and understand how the Incans harvested all of their salt. After exploring Salineras, we will head out on a 15 minute ride to get to know the historical colonial village of nearby Maras. Here we will explore one of the first churches in Latin America, Iglesia de San Francisco de Asís. After snapping some photos of this marvelous site, we will walk the streets of Maras to arrive at the coats of arms, where Spanish colonial families carved their arms into the stone doorways. We will enjoy a snack and short break before continuing on the trail. From here, we will journey up to Moray, taking us about 1 ½ hours to arrive. At Moray (known as the Incan agricultural experiment), we will explore the ruins where Incans discovered the effect of altitude and temperature on crops. This archeological site is made of several enormous terraced circular depressions, the largest of which is about 30 meters or 98 feet deep.

The difference between the temperature from the top to the bottom (taking wind-chill into account) can vary as much as 27°F/15 °C.  After you have appreciated Moray, we will enjoy an elegant picnic surrounded by the snowcapped peaks of the Vilcanota Mountains. After a fantastic lunch, we will say farewell to our crew before our transportation picks us up for the return to Cusco, marking the end of our adventure.







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