Half day Maras Moray biking tour from Cusco is one of the popular tours while acclimatizing in Cusco. Mostly a downhill bike ride, this half day tour not only offers an introduction to Incas history but also gives you the opportunity to immerse in the tranquility of the Peruvian countryside.
This is an off the beaten track experience. Some travellers opt the ATV Quad Bike tour while others choose the easier way of experiencing Maras and Moray in a van. The mountain biking experience is truly unique.
The route rewards you with a view of the Sacred Valley of Incas dotted with small villages. You will be witnessing the best of the Andean landscape.
Maras is home to a series of geometric shaped salt pools. They have been existing since the pre Inca times. It is passed down from generation to generation. Local people here continue to practice the traditional salt farming method as their ancestors.
It is an unmissable attraction in the Sacred Valley of Incas.
As farming was the prime source of income to Incas, Moray was one of most prominent sites. Unlike other agriculture terraces, those in Moray are quite different. These circular terraces are massive holes dug into the ground.
Each has different levels and different levels have different temperatures. This allowed Incas to determine the best climatic conditions for the growth of crops. Moray was like an agricultural laboratory to Incas.
Cusco Hotel Pickup
The half day Maras Moray bike tour begins with a pickup from your hotel in Cusco. In our private transport we will be driving you to Cruz Pata. Here, our team will be handing you over the bicycle and gears.
You will have some time to practice biking. Once you feel confident, we will start with a downhill ride along Huaypo Lake to Maras. Our van will be following you and the guide will be leading the group. If at any point of the ride, you feel tired you can simply stop the van and hop in.
Once in Maras our guide will be giving you a detailed tour of the salt mines. Here you will understand the traditional salt farming method.
Local authorities have imposed a regulation which restricts visitors from entering the salt terraces. This is to avoid any contamination. However, you will be able to see the salt terrace from a nearby view point.
After the tour, we will continue to Moray. Here our professional guide will walk you through different terraces. You will be introduced to different farming techniques implemented by Incas.
Once you have had your fill of Maras and Moray, we will be riding to Pichingoto. Our crew will collect the bikes and gears here. Then we will hop in to the van to return to Cusco.
Cant speak highly enough about this tour company and Jose. Just a remarkable experience. Nothing was lacking and the tour was very well organised with a lot of fun and learning.
Highly recommend this tour company and their services. Just a top class and the guide, Jose Luis is a gem of a person. Thanks to the Encuentros Peru team.
Fantastic tour and a good guide service by Jose Luis. We were extremely convinced and will surely be recommending this to our friends and families.
They are simply the best. Jose Luis is a super nice guide and knows a lot about the culture and history. We did Maras Moray Bike Tour with them and do recommend this company strongly.