From Saddle to Citadel: A 2-Day Horseback and Machu Picchu Experience

Experience the best of both worlds in this two-day adventure, riding through the scenic Maras-Moray on horseback before delving into the ancient wonders of Machu Picchu.

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Location

Cusco, Peru

Duration

2 Days

Difficulty

3/10

Availability

Year Round

Tour type

Sightseeing

Overview

Journeying through the Sacred Valley on the 2-Day Maras-Moray Horseback & Machu Picchu Tour is an adventure that combines serene natural beauty with the profound depth of ancient history. The first day of this tour presents an exhilarating opportunity to ride through the picturesque landscapes of Maras and Moray, immersing yourself in the serene countryside and engaging with the ingenious agricultural techniques of the Incas. The horseback ride through these historical sites not only connects you to the tranquil beauty of the Peruvian landscape but also to the centuries-old traditions and innovations that have shaped it.

As the tour progresses to its second day, the focus shifts to the majestic and mystical Machu Picchu. Here, the ancient Inca citadel reveals its secrets against a backdrop of stunning Andean mountains. Walking through this UNESCO World Heritage Site, you’re not just exploring an archaeological treasure but also experiencing a spiritual and cultural pilgrimage. The tour culminates in a rich tapestry of experiences, blending the tranquil pace of horseback riding with the exhilarating discovery of one of the world’s most iconic ancient wonders. This combination promises not only a journey through breathtaking landscapes but also an intimate encounter with the heart and soul of Incan civilization.

Departure & Return Location Your Hotel in Cusco
Departure Time 7:00 AM
Estimated Return Time 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Guide Languages Available Guides fluent in English and Spanish
Key Attractions Maras Salt Mines, Moray Archaeological Site, Scenic Train Ride to Aguas Calientes, Machu Picchu Tour
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  • Standard Large GroupGroup Size: 2 Min – 16ppl MaxStart Time: 07:00
  • Standard Small GroupGroup Size: 2 Min – 8ppl MaxStart Time: 07:00
  • Private GroupGroup Size: CustomizableStart Time: 07:00
  • Deluxe Private GroupGroup Size: CustomizableStart Time: 07:00
  • Solo TravelerGroup Size: 1 personStart Time: 07:00
  • Deluxe Solo TravelerGroup Size: 1 personStart Time: 07:00

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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.

Embark on a journey that blends adventure with historical wonder, starting with a picturesque drive from Cusco to the charming town of Maras. As you mount your horse, feel the thrill of exploring the Sacred Valley's stunning landscapes on horseback. Our first stop is the Maras Salt Mines, a testament to Inca innovation. Here, you'll witness the extraordinary sight of countless terraced salt pans, a legacy that predates the Inca civilization, glittering under the sun.

Your adventure continues towards the Moray Archaeological Site. Prepare to be mesmerized by the sight of vast circular terraces plunging into the earth, an ancient experiment in agriculture by the Incas. The depth and design of these terraces, creating different microclimates, showcase the Incas' deep understanding of their environment.

After a day of awe-inspiring exploration, enjoy a leisurely picnic lunch in the heart of the Sacred Valley. Relax and take in the natural beauty surrounding you. The day concludes with a scenic transfer to Ollantaytambo, followed by a beautiful train journey to Aguas Calientes. Upon arrival, check into your hotel and unwind over a delightful dinner, reflecting on the day's exhilarating experiences.

Day two is dedicated to uncovering the mysteries of Machu Picchu, one of the world's most iconic archaeological sites. Begin with an early breakfast at your hotel in Aguas Calientes, gearing up for an unforgettable exploration. A short bus ride ushers you to the gates of Machu Picchu, where you step into a realm that transcends time.

Our guided tour takes you through the citadel, where each pathway and staircase reveals breathtaking terraces, intricate stone constructions, and sweeping views of the enveloping mountains. Discover key landmarks like the Temple of the Sun and the Intihuatana stone, gaining insights and stories from your guide that breathe life into the history of this ancient city.

Post-tour, seize the opportunity to meander through the ruins at your own pace. Soak in the mystical atmosphere, and for those who crave a bit more adventure, consider a hike on one of the nearby trails for even more astonishing views.

As the day draws to a close, return to Aguas Calientes for the train journey back to Ollantaytambo. A comfortable transfer will then escort you back to Cusco. This two-day tour, rich in cultural, natural, and historical splendors, offers an unforgettable narrative of Peru's majestic landscapes and the profound legacy of its ancient civilizations.

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Tour Highlights

  • Horseback Riding in Sacred Valley: Experience the enchanting beauty of the Sacred Valley on horseback, riding through the picturesque landscapes of Maras and Moray.

  • Exploration of Maras Salt Mines: Discover the ancient terraced salt pans of Maras, a unique and historical site showcasing traditional salt extraction methods used since pre-Inca times.

  • Visit to Moray Archaeological Site: Be captivated by the circular terraces of Moray, an innovative Incan site used for agricultural experiments, demonstrating the advanced understanding of the Incas.

  • Scenic Train Journey to Aguas Calientes: Enjoy a breathtaking train ride through the Andean landscapes, offering stunning views of glaciers and terraces, as you head to Aguas Calientes.

  • Guided Tour of Machu Picchu: Dive into the history and mystery of the iconic Machu Picchu with a guided tour, exploring its temples, terraces, and panoramic views.

  • Optional Hikes for Spectacular Views: For the adventurous, optional hikes such as Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain offer an even more dramatic perspective of the ruins and the enveloping valleys.

  • Cultural and Historical Insights: Gain a deeper understanding of Peruvian culture and Incan history, enriched by expert commentary throughout the tour.

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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

Cancellation Terms for Clients

We recognize that life is ever-changing. However, due to the elaborate planning and expenses involved in preparing for this tour, we maintain a strict no-refund policy after booking confirmation. This underscores the importance of obtaining comprehensive travel insurance, which can offer protection against unforeseen cancellations.

Navigating Unpredictable Circumstances - Force Majeure

In extraordinary situations beyond our control, such as natural disasters or political upheavals, Peru Tripper will strive to offer alternative arrangements. This may include rescheduling your trip or issuing a credit for future travel, based on current availability and discretion.

Emphasizing the Need for Comprehensive Travel Insurance

To cover unexpected events, including trip disruptions and medical emergencies, we cannot stress enough the importance of securing comprehensive travel insurance. It’s your safety net, ensuring peace of mind throughout your journey. Please note, Peru Tripper does not bear responsibility for costs arising from incidents not covered by your travel insurance.

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Discounts

Special Discounts

 

  • Adult (12+ Years): Standard rates apply for travelers over 12 years old.
  • Student (-25 Years with Student Card): Save USD 20 with a valid Student Card for those younger than 25 years old.
  • Child (3 – 11 Years): Save USD 30 for children between 3 and 11 years old.
  • Infant (0 – 2 Years): Infants younger than 2 years old are free (must ride on the adult’s lap; for a separate seat, add them as a child).
  • 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 2-Day Maras-Moray Horseback & Machu Picchu 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 2-Day Maras-Moray Horseback & Machu Picchu Tour, it’s crucial to pack the right items for a successful and enjoyable experience.

Packing List

Packing Tips

  • Weather Readiness: Layering is essential due to the varied microclimates of the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu.
  • Comfortable Walking Shoes: Prioritize footwear that provides support and comfort as you navigate uneven terrain and cobblestone streets.
  • Efficient Packing: Travel with a lightweight backpack to keep your belongings organized and easily portable.
  • Document Accessibility: Keep your passport, tickets, and insurance details in a secure yet accessible place for smooth transitions and check-ins.
  • Stay Hydrated: Carry a refillable water bottle and drink water regularly to prevent altitude sickness.
  • Carry Cash: Have enough local currency on hand for small vendors, tips, and areas where credit cards might not be accepted.
  • Sun Protection: Use sunscreen, wear a hat, and consider UV-blocking sunglasses to protect against intense sun exposure.
  • Charge Smart: Although charging facilities are available at your hotel, keep a charger handy for use on the go if needed.
  • Minimal Electronics: Consider the essentials when it comes to gadgets to lighten your load.
  • Snack Wisely: Bring along some light snacks for energy boosts during your explorations.

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 best time of year to go on this tour?

The best time to visit the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu is during the dry season, from April to October. However, the tour operates year-round, offering different perspectives of the region’s beauty in each season.

What currency is needed, and can I use credit cards during the tour?

Peruvian Nuevo Sol (PEN) is the local currency. Credit cards are accepted in many places, but it’s wise to have cash for small expenses.

Can I visit Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain during the tour?

Yes, you can visit these mountains if you book the additional permits in advance. Please note that this requires an extra fee and is subject to availability.

Is there a place to store my belongings while I'm on the tour?

You can store non-essential luggage at your hotel in Cusco or with our office before the tour.

What is the difference between the Expedition and the Vistadome trains?

The Expedition Train is designed for passenger comfort with large windows for viewing the landscape. The Vistadome offers upgraded features such as larger windows, a glass roof for sky viewing, and additional comfort amenities.

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.

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.

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.

What happens in case of an emergency?

Our guides are trained to handle emergencies, and we have protocols in place to get you the assistance you need. Always inform your guide of any medical conditions before starting the tour.

How far in advance should I book the tour?

We recommend booking as far in advance as possible, especially during peak tourist seasons, to ensure availability. Machu Picchu has a visitor limit per day, and tickets can sell out quickly.

How knowledgeable are the tour guides about local history and culture?

Our guides are highly knowledgeable and trained in Andean history, culture, and the natural environment of the region.

Can the tour be customized for private groups or special occasions?

Absolutely! We can tailor the tour for private groups, special occasions, or even add additional activities upon request.

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