Maras Moray Horseback Adventure: A Day of Discovery

Saddle up for a unique horseback tour through the Sacred Valley, exploring the iconic Maras and Moray.

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Location

Cusco, Peru

Duration

1 Day

Difficulty

3/10

Availability

Year Round

Tour type

Adventure

Overview

Discover the enchanting Sacred Valley of Peru from a unique perspective on our 1-Day Maras Moray Horseback Riding Tour. This excursion offers an unparalleled opportunity to connect with the rich history and stunning landscapes of the Andean highlands. Perfect for adventurers and culture enthusiasts alike, the tour combines the thrill of horseback riding with the exploration of ancient Incan sites and natural wonders. As you traverse the picturesque trails, you’ll be immersed in a world where history and nature blend seamlessly, creating an unforgettable experience.

The tour is expertly designed to cater to both novice and experienced riders, ensuring a comfortable and safe journey through the valley’s captivating scenery. From the spellbinding salt mines of Maras, a testament to ancient ingenuity, to the architectural marvel of Moray’s terraces, each stop on this tour is a window into the heart of Incan civilization. Along the way, the breathtaking views of the Andes and insights into local village life enrich your understanding and appreciation of this majestic region. Join us for a day of exploration and adventure that promises to be a highlight of your Peruvian journey.

Departure & Return Location Your Hotel in Cusco
Departure Time 9:00 AM - 09:30 AM
Estimated Return Time 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Guide Languages Available Guides fluent in English and Spanish
Key Attractions Maras Town, Maras Salt Mines, Andean Landscapes, Moray Archaeological Site
Price
FromUSD 150
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  • Standard Large GroupGroup Size: 2 Min – 16ppl MaxStart Time: 09:00
  • Standard Small GroupGroup Size: 2 Min – 8ppl MaxStart Time: 09:00
  • Private GroupGroup Size: CustomizableStart Time: 09:00
  • Deluxe Private GroupGroup Size: CustomizableStart Time: 09:00
  • Solo TravelerGroup Size: 1 personStart Time: 09:00
  • Deluxe Solo TravelerGroup Size: 1 personStart Time: 09:00

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Tour Itinerary

Explore our expertly designed itinerary below, crafted to showcase breathtaking views and provide unique adventures every step of the way.

Begin your adventure with a convenient 9:00 am pickup from your hotel in Cusco, setting off for a day filled with cultural insights and natural beauty. Upon arrival in the picturesque town of Maras, you'll meet our skilled rider guides and get acquainted with your horse. After a brief orientation, saddle up for the first leg of your journey to the historic Maras Salt Mines. As you ride, marvel at the intricate network of salt pools, shimmering in the sunlight, a testament to the enduring legacy of Inca innovation.

The trail then winds through the breathtaking landscapes of the Sacred Valley, offering panoramic views of the majestic Andes Mountains. Ride past charming villages and lush farmlands, capturing the essence of local life in the Peruvian highlands. The journey is as much about soaking in the serene beauty of the Andes as it is about exploring its cultural treasures.

A key highlight of the tour is the visit to the Archaeological Complex of Moray. Here, you'll be captivated by the sight of its unique concentric terraces, an ancient Inca agricultural laboratory. These terraces, varying in altitude, reveal the ingenuity of Inca farming techniques and their deep understanding of micro-climates.

Concluding this enriching day, we aim to return to Cusco by approximately 3:00 pm. This 1-Day Maras Moray Horseback Riding Tour is an ideal outing for anyone seeking to experience the historical gems and scenic landscapes that make this part of Peru truly unforgettable. It's a perfect blend of adventure, culture, and natural beauty, suitable for families, friends, and solo travelers alike.

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Tour Highlights

  • Maras Salt Mines: Begin your horseback adventure with a visit to the historic Maras Salt Mines. These ancient salt pools, used since Inca times, present a stunning mosaic of white and pink hues, creating a unique and photogenic landscape.

  • Ride Through Sacred Valley: Experience the beauty of the Sacred Valley on horseback, traversing rustic trails with panoramic views of the majestic Andes Mountains. The journey offers a blend of breathtaking scenery and peaceful countryside.

  • Local Village Life: As you ride, pass through charming villages where you’ll see glimpses of local life in the highlands. This part of the tour offers an authentic insight into the daily lives and traditions of the Andean people.

  • Archaeological Complex of Moray: Explore the fascinating terraces of Moray, an Inca site known for its extraordinary circular terraces. Learn about the ingenious agricultural techniques of the Incas, with each terrace representing a different microclimate.

  • Scenic Andean Landscapes: Throughout the tour, enjoy the ever-changing landscapes of the Andes, from verdant farmlands to rugged mountain vistas, offering endless opportunities for stunning photographs and moments of reflection.

  • Expert Guides and Gentle Horses: Benefit from the knowledge and experience of our skilled rider guides, and enjoy the company of well-trained, gentle horses, making this tour suitable for riders of all levels.

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Payment Terms & Cancellation Policy

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Payment Terms

Beginning Your Adventure - Booking Confirmation and Deposit

Your journey starts with a commitment: a 30% deposit of the total tour cost. This initial investment is pivotal in activating the extensive preparatory process, ensuring every aspect of your tour is curated to perfection.

Final Payment: The Last Step Before Your Journey Begins

The remaining 70% of the tour cost is due no later than 48 hours before the commencement of your tour. This timely payment is critical to finalize all logistical arrangements, guaranteeing a hassle-free start to your adventure.

Expansive Payment Options for Ease and Flexibility

In line with our commitment to your convenience, Peru Tripper accepts a variety of payment methods, including bank transfers, credit cards, and PayPal. Please be aware that additional fees may apply depending on the payment method selected. Detailed payment procedures and potential fees can be found on our dedicated payment page.

Implications of Late Payments - Protecting Your Reservation

Adherence to the payment schedule is crucial. Late payments can unfortunately lead to the cancellation of your reservation, with the deposit being retained as a non-refundable fee. We urge you to maintain timely payments to safeguard your tour plans.

Policy for Last-Minute Adventurers

For those inspired to join this tour on short notice, namely less than 15 days before departure, full payment is required at the time of booking. This ensures that we can expedite all necessary preparations for your inclusion.

Cancellation Policy

Flexible Cancellation Options for Clients

We understand that circumstances can change, sometimes unexpectedly. If you find the need to cancel your booking, you have the flexibility to do so up to 30 days before the tour start date. In this case, you will receive a full refund minus a 10% administration fee, acknowledging the efforts and resources already invested in planning your tour. Any additional balance paid will also be refunded, ensuring a fair and transparent process.

Understanding Cancellations Within 30 Days

We wish to draw your attention to our policy for cancellations made within 30 days of the tour departure. Given the advanced stage of preparations and commitments made at this juncture, we are unable to offer refunds. This policy is in place to balance the significant logistical arrangements and reservations made on your behalf.

Navigating Through Force Majeure

In the event of extraordinary and uncontrollable circumstances, such as natural disasters or significant political unrest, Peru Tripper adopts a flexible approach. We prioritize your safety and satisfaction, offering to reschedule your trip or provide a credit for future travel, subject to availability.

Strong Advocacy for Comprehensive Travel Insurance

We cannot overstate the importance of securing comprehensive travel insurance. Such insurance plays a critical role in safeguarding your investment against unforeseen cancellations, emergencies, and other unexpected scenarios. It is a proactive measure to ensure peace of mind throughout your journey. Peru Tripper is not responsible for any expenses arising from incidents not covered by your insurance policy.

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Discounts

Special Discounts

 

  • Adult (12+ Years): Standard rates apply for travelers over 12 years old.
  • Group Discount: Automatically applied during online booking.
    • Save USD 10/person for groups of 5-7 people.
    • Save USD 15/person for groups of 8-10 people.
    • Save USD 20/person for groups of 11+ people.

Please note that the applicable age is considered at the time of completion of the trip.

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Inclusions & Exclusions

Dive into our in-depth guide on what’s included and not included for all package options on the 1-Day Maras Moray Horseback Riding Tour. With these carefully put-together lists, you’ll know exactly what to anticipate when booking the journey of a lifetime.

Standard Inclusions

Our Standard package offers a range of amenities and services for a comfortable and enjoyable trip experience. All package options include the following:

Not Included

The following items are not included in our trek packages. Please consider these additional costs when preparing for your trek. Note that some exclusions may be included in the Deluxe package, as mentioned in the Additional Inclusions section:

Additional Inclusions (Deluxe Package)

Upgrade to our Deluxe package for an enhanced and luxurious trekking experience. The Deluxe package includes these premium amenities and services, which can also be added individually to the Standard package:

What to Pack

When embarking on the 1-Day Maras Moray Horseback Riding Tour, it’s crucial to pack the right items for a successful and enjoyable experience.

Packing List

Packing Tips

  • Light but Practical: Since it’s a 1-day tour, pack light but make sure you have all essentials for a day outdoors.

  • Layer Up: Weather in the Sacred Valley can be unpredictable. Dress in layers that you can easily add or remove as needed.

  • Comfort is Key: Make sure your shoes are comfortable for walking and safe for horseback riding. Break them in before the trip if they’re new.

  • Protect Against the Sun: The high altitude intensifies the sun’s rays, making sunscreen, a hat, and sunglasses crucial.

  • Hydrate: Bring a refillable water bottle to stay hydrated during the ride. Extra water may also be purchased, but it’s good to start with some.

  • Cash is King: Always carry a small amount of cash in Peruvian Soles as not all places accept credit cards, especially for small expenses like tips or snacks.

  • Camera Ready: Don’t forget your camera or smartphone to capture the scenic vistas, but ensure they’re secured during the horseback ride.

  • Identification: Keep a copy of your ID and essential documents in your backpack and leave the originals in a safe place.

Frequently Asked Questions

Got questions? We’ve got answers! Dive into our FAQ section for detailed responses to common queries. If you don’t find what you’re looking for, our team is just a click away to assist you.

What is the altitude of the locations visited?

The altitude of Maras is approximately 3,380 meters above sea level, and Moray is around 3,500 meters. If you’re concerned about altitude sickness, consult your healthcare provider before the trip.

Can I book last minute?

While we recommend booking in advance to secure your spot, last-minute bookings are possible subject to availability.

What is the best time of year to take this tour?

The tour operates year-round, but the dry season from May to September offers the most reliable weather conditions.

How are the horses cared for?

Animal welfare is a priority for us. Our horses are well-trained, well-fed, and regularly checked by veterinarians.

Do I need to tip the horse manager?

Tipping is optional and entirely at your discretion.

How can I confirm my booking?

Once you’ve made your booking, you’ll receive a confirmation email with all the necessary details.

How qualified are the tour guides?

All our tour guides are certified professionals with extensive knowledge of the area’s history, culture, and geography.

Is the tour suitable for all ages?

The tour is open to all ages, but children under 12 should be accompanied by an adult. Please note that the tour involves horseback riding and moderate physical activity.

Do I need prior horseback riding experience?

No prior experience is required. Our horses are well-trained, and we provide a short orientation before the tour starts.

What happens if I am late for the tour?

If you are running late, please contact us immediately. We may be able to make accommodations but cannot guarantee it.

What's the difference between the Standard and Deluxe package?

The Deluxe package includes additional amenities such as private transportation, a restaurant lunch, and included entrance fees to Moray and Salineras, among other benefits.

Where does the tour start and end?

The tour starts and ends in Cusco. We provide pickups and drop-offs at your hotel in Cusco.

Do you offer dietary accommodations?

Yes, please let us know at the time of booking if you have any dietary restrictions or allergies, and we will do our best to accommodate you.

Is there a weight limit for horseback riding?

Yes, there is a weight limit of 220 pounds (100 kilograms) for horseback riding to ensure the safety and well-being of both riders and horses.

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