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Our half day Sacred Valley ATV tour Maras Moray is designed to offer you the best and the most of the two iconic sites in the Sacred Valley of Incas. This is one of the best activities you can participate in as you reach Cusco and are acclimating before visiting Machu Picchu.
Accompanied by our local expert, you will be experiencing the best of the Peruvian countryside as you will be cruising on our brand new Quad Bikes to see the circular terraces of Moray and Salt Mines of Maras.
Both Maras and Moray played a significant role in the life of Incas. Today, these are the most visited and photographed sites in the Sacred Valley of Incas.
Moray is home to the circular farming terraces that somewhat resemble the Roman amphitheatre. The terrace is a massive hole dug into the ground with different levels. Each level bears a different temperature. Infact, there is a difference of 15 degrees celsius from the top of the terrace to the bottom.
Incas experimented with the growth conditions of crops here. This helped them to determine the best temperature needed to grow vegetables and grains. Thanks to this, Peru now produces over 800 varieties of potatoes.
Maras is a beautiful Andean village tucked under the snow capped Andean peaks. It is home to the salt mines that nestles on one side of a hill. These geometric shaped salt puddles have been used to extract salts since pre Incan civilization.
It is passed down generation after generation. People still use the traditional Solar evaporation method to extract salt. They let in the natural spring water and wait for it to evaporate. Then they manually scrape out the salt from the puddle.
Salt of Maras is pinkish in colour and has a distinct taste. Locals say that it also has rich nutrients.
Plaza de Armas Cusco
08:30 AM and 01:30 PM
We will be picking you up from your hotel in Cusco. Then in our private transport, we will be driving you to Cruzpata village. It is the starting point of Sacred Valley ATV Tour Maras Moray.
Here our local expert will be handing you over our brand new Quad Bikes. Our guide will then give you a quick training on riding it. We will then start with a gradual ride so that you can get your hands on it.
Once all set, we will be riding through the shores of the picturesque Huaypo lagoon witness the enchanting beauty of the Peruvian highland farms and communities. Our first stop will be in Moray.
At the main entrance of the site, you can buy your tourist ticket if you don’t have one. We will then give you a detailed tour of the site. Here you will understand how important these sites were and how it made an impact on life then and now.
Once you have had your fill of Maras terraces, we will continue our half day Moray Maras and Salt Mines tour on ATV Quad Bike to the Salt Mines of Maras.
Maras Salt mines are an unique and unmissable site. Here our local expert will be explaining the salt farming method used by locals and how it has been playing an importance in their lives since Pre Inca times.
After touring the Salt mines, we will be continuing on the quad bike back to Cruzpata village. Here we will be boarding our private van back to Cusco city.
One of the best tours overall! Great sites to see and a lot of fun. Just enough time spent at the Moray and Maras to get an idea. The staff was great and patient and will make sure you know how to drive safely. Excellent time.