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If an adventure sport excites you then our Sacred Valley ATV Tour to Maras Moray is an ideal one. It is quite a unique activity. You will be visiting the two prime tourist destinations in Sacred Valley of Incas, Salt mines of Maras or Salinas de Maras and Circular terraces of Moray on a Quad bike ATV with a local tour guide.
Both Moray and Maras archaeological sites has been prominent since Inca civilization. Infact, these high altitude sites have contributed vastly to te economic growth of the community and the the region in general.
Maras is home to the salt flats. These salt pools are nestled on a side of a hill. Locals here continue to practise the traditional farming method introduced in the region by Incas, Solar Evaporation Method.
The salt farmers let in natural spring water into the geometric shaped puddles from the nearby hot spring. They let the water evaporate naturally. This leaves behind the crystals of salts which they manually scrape out.
Maras Salt are pinkish in colour and have a good nutritional value. It tastes a little different. Infact, they say if you have tasted Maras Salt, you won’t be fond of the regular salt.
Moray has been an important part of Incan civilization. It is because of this place, Peru is now produces over 800 varieties of potatoes and different types of corns.
This was more like an agricultural laboratory to Incas. The farming terrace is quite distinct here. It is a massive hole on the ground. The terrace is more like steps to walk down.
Each level has a different temperature. There is a difference of 15 degrees from te top to the bottom of the terrace. The Incas tested the growth conditions of different crops here.
It is highly recommended to do the ATV Maras Moray Quad Bike tour while you are acclimatising in Cusco. The farming terraces of Moray and Salt Pans of Maras offers a great experience to travellers. At Treks in Cusco, we have a young fleet of Quads.
They are well maintained and frequently serviced. Our tour guides are from the region with an extensive knowledge on history and culture. Before starting the tour, we will give you a brief training on managing the Quads at our starting point in Cruz Pata.
We operate the tour both in small groups and as a private tour.
Cusco Hotel Transfer
0830 AM or 0130 PM
At 0830 AM or 0130 PM, we will be picking you up from your hotel in Cusco. Then we will drive you to Cruz Pata along the Sacred Valley of Incas. It is a small village. Here our guide will give you a briefing on what to expect on Sacred Valley ATV Tour to Moray Maras and Salt Flat. We will then give you a short instruction on managing the Quad Bike.
Then, we will start our Sacred Valley ATV Tour to Maras Moray. This will be with a gradual downhill biking towards a picturesque lagoon, Laguna Huyapo. Once you feel confident, we will continue to Moray.
At Moray, our guide will give you a tour of the farming terrace. You will learn how this impacted the life of Incas and the life today. Our guide will also share some locally known facts about this farming terrace that resembles the Roman Amphitheatre.
Once you have had your fill of history, we will continue to Maras.
Here you will be visiting the geometric shaped salt pans. You will also get to see locals working there. There are also small stalls from where you can buy some salt if desired.
After the ATV Maras Moray tour, we will return to Cruz Pata. We will be returning the Quad Bikes here. Our driver will pick you up from here and will transfer you back to Cusco. We will be dropping you off at Plaza Regocijo by 0130 PM or 0630 PM.
No, the only option is to pay cash in local currency.
I wasn`t quite sure of doing this trip. However after reading all blogs and reviews i decided to do it. It was a spectacular experience and the guide was very interesting with a good knowledge and excellent communication skills. It was my first time on a quad bike and it was a very positive experience.