Maras Salt Mines And Moray Mountain Bike Tour

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Key Details

  • Mobile Voucher Accepted
  • Hotel pickup Available
  • Free Cancellation
  • Duration: 12 Hrs
  • Language:
    English
  • Departure Time :
    9:00 AM
  • Departure Details :
    Ollantaytambo hotels
  • Return Details :
    Ollantaytambo
  • Cancellation Policy :
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.

Overview

This mountain bike trip visits two of the most interesting and unique Inca archaeological sites in all of Peru Moray and the Salt Mines of Maras. These two Inca sites are on everyones must see list -as they should be, as both are fantastic.

Highlights

  • Small group ensures personal service
  • All necessary equipment included
  • Led by a local guide
  • Informative, friendly and professional guide

Know More about this tour

You begin this trip from Ollantaytambo. It is one of our most popular mountain biking tours and is a great half day activity. You will drive with your guide for about thirty minutes through the Sacred valley of Peru to the site of Moray, which is a set of circular terraces built by the Incas as a ceremonial crop site. Before you begin mountain biking, your guide can explain further the various theories about this place.

Entrance is included with most "Boleto Turistico" tickets, otherwise entrance is only 10 soles (not included). After spending around a half an hour exploring this fascinating place, you will start the main part of the mountain bike ride, which is a 9 kilometer route of gentle up and down single track through gorgeous farmland and views of the Urubamba glacier range. The riding is of an intermediate level basic off road experience and skills are required but with those, anyone can do this ride and enjoy it.

After a nine kilometer ride across the Andean altiplano, you will arrive mountain biking at the town of Maras originally settled as a station for distributing the salt supply and also known for its unique, carved stone doorway headers that date back up to 500 years ago. After a brief rest, you continue on the mountain bike ride, taking a steeper downhill and somewhat rocky path down to the Salt Mines themselves. These salt pans were built even before the time of the Incas and are still functioning today. Particularly during the months of May to December, you can see first hand how the sunny climate evaporates the naturally salinated stream as it slowly flows through the gravity-fed evaporation pools.

You also will be able to see the actual harvesting of the salt by local families, each of whom controls a half dozen or so of the pools, of which there are hundreds in total. We can go down into the pans itself and taste a little of the salt or even buy a small souvenir bag

After this visit, you have one final stretch of mountain biking single-track before ending down at the Urubamba river, the same river that goes through the base of Machu picchu before eventually making its way out to the Amazon jungle and Atlantic Ocean. At the end, you load the mountain bikes on the vehicle and head back to Ollantaytambo. This ride makes an ideal half day excursion before taking the train to Machu picchu from Ollantaytambo; also many of our guests add this trip to a already-needed car trip between Cusco and Ollantaytambo, in either direction.

Inclusions

Quality, full suspension bike with disc brakes

Use of helmet

Riding gloves

Private transportation throughout the trip

English speaking guide

All taxes, fees

Entry/Admission - Sacred Valley of the Incas

Entry/Admission - Salinas de Maras

Exclusions

Food and drinks

Gratuities

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

What to Bring: Sunscreen, sun hat to wear while visiting the sites, light windbreaker or fleece, bottle of water. No special clothing is needed, and any standard pair of tennis, running, or hiking shoe is fine for footwear.

Minimum age is 14 years

A minimum of 3 people per booking is required

Price is for trips beginning in Ollantaytambo

Traveler Reviews

  • 02-Jul-2016

    Views were lovely but some of the trail was too technical for us. Guide was helpful and sites were very interesting. Few gears on the bike and not much oxygen made uphills very difficult . Best to stress it is not just a gentle ride on dirt roads but includes single track down steep rocky canyons.

  • 14-Jun-2016

    This tour was ok. There was some confusion between the tour guide and the company which delayed us a bit. I would've appreciated if the Cost of entrance fees were mentioned ahead of time. Moray would have been 70 soles we didn't pay that, and the salt mines were 10 soles. They provided all the equipment. The mountain biking was a little more intense than I had expected but for someone who has never mountain biked before I was fine. Our tour guide was not as knowledgeable as I expected. Maybe it was a language issue but he told us the bare minimum especially when we went to moray. On a good note I love mountain biking now!

  • 06-Dec-2015

    The guide and the tour itself was great but the bicycles were not well maintain, they charge me a small amount for the inconvenience of the guide because apparently he wait for us two days early, we wait for him that day around one hour, they didn't have an office so we couldn't ask anybody. Plus I'm almost sure they charge twice.