1-Day Andean Odyssey: Moray to Maras Llama & Alpaca Trek

Embark on a Full-Day Journey with Majestic Llamas and Alpacas, from the Ingenious Terraces of Moray to the Historic Salt Mines of Maras

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Location

Cusco, Peru

Duration

1 Day

Difficulty

4/10

Availability

Year Round

Tour type

Adventure

Overview

Discover the enchanting allure of the Andean highlands with our specially curated 1-Day Llama or Alpaca Trek. This immersive experience is not just a journey through the stunning landscapes of Peru’s Sacred Valley; it is a voyage into the heart of ancient traditions and the daily lives of the communities that have thrived here for millennia. The trek offers a unique opportunity to engage with these majestic creatures, whose presence adds an element of tranquility and a connection to the rich tapestry of Andean culture. As you walk alongside these gentle animals, they become your guides through a world where every path and stone tells a story.

Beyond the scenic vistas and the companionship of llamas or alpacas, this trek is a cultural pilgrimage. It invites you to witness the remarkable agricultural feats of the Incas at Moray and the enduring craftsmanship of Chinchero’s weavers. Every aspect of the excursion—from the panoramic mountain views to the intricate patterns of hand-woven textiles—echoes the deep harmony between the Andean people and their environment. This trek transcends a typical tourist experience, offering a profound connection to the spirit of the Andes, a spirit that continues to thrive in the practices and innovations of its people today.

Departure & Return Location Your Hotel in Cusco
Departure Time 7:00 AM
Estimated Return Time 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Guide Languages Available Guides fluent in English and Spanish
Key Attractions Moray Archaeological Site, Maras Salt Mines, Chinchero Weaving Community
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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.

Starting with a pick-up from your accommodation in Cusco, we'll drive approximately one hour through the Sacred Valley's picturesque landscape to reach the archaeological site of Moray. Here, the ancient terraces provide a glimpse into the Incan's innovative agricultural techniques, with concentric circles designed to mimic different climatic zones.

A short drive from Moray brings us to our ranch, where our llamas or alpacas eagerly await your arrival. As you bond with these charming Andean animals, we'll provide insights into their importance in local culture and their role in sustainable farming.

Setting off from the ranch, you'll embark on a serene one-hour trek to Maras. This journey, set against the grand backdrop of the Chicon, Veronica, and Salkantay mountains, showcases the breathtaking beauty of the Andes at an elevation of over 3750 meters.

Next, we'll take a brief drive to the Salineras salt mines. Here, the time-tested salt harvesting methods of the local community come to life, presenting a harmonious blend of nature and tradition.

For those wishing to experience local cuisine, we offer an optional lunch stop in the verdant Urubamba Valley (please note, lunch costs are not included).

Our day progresses with a 30-minute drive to the textile haven of Chinchero. Engage with skilled artisans as they demonstrate the art of Andean weaving, from the dyeing process to the intricate weaving techniques. This cultural immersion continues with a visit to the Chinchero archaeological site, highlighting the architectural marvels of the Incas.

Concluding our journey, we'll drive back to Cusco, ensuring you return with a heart full of memories, an appreciation for Andean traditions, and the unforgettable experience of trekking with our delightful llamas or alpacas.

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Tour Highlights

  • Inca Agricultural Marvels: Visit the circular terraces of Moray, an incredible example of Incan ingenuity and ancient agricultural science.

  • Llama or Alpaca Companions: Trek through the Andean landscapes with a friendly llama or alpaca, learning about their significance to local culture and sustainability.

  • Breathtaking Andean Vistas: Hike amidst the stunning natural beauty of the Sacred Valley, with panoramic views of snow-capped peaks and high-altitude terrains.

  • Traditional Salt Mines: Explore the Salineras salt mines, where local communities maintain centuries-old harvesting techniques in a landscape of shimmering pools.

  • Weaving and Textiles of Chinchero: Witness the vibrant art of Andean weaving with a live demonstration and learn about the intricate processes that create beautiful traditional textiles.

  • Inca Architectural Wonders: Conclude the tour with a visit to the Chinchero archaeological site, showcasing the sophistication of Inca stonework and urban planning.

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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, Huaynas Expeditions 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

Flexible Cancellation Options for Clients

We understand that circumstances can change, sometimes unexpectedly. If you find the need to cancel your booking, you have the flexibility to do so up to 30 days before the tour start date. In this case, you will receive a full refund minus a 10% administration fee, acknowledging the efforts and resources already invested in planning your tour. Any additional balance paid will also be refunded, ensuring a fair and transparent process.

Understanding Cancellations Within 30 Days

We wish to draw your attention to our policy for cancellations made within 30 days of the tour departure. Given the advanced stage of preparations and commitments made at this juncture, we are unable to offer refunds. This policy is in place to balance the significant logistical arrangements and reservations made on your behalf.

Navigating Through Force Majeure

In the event of extraordinary and uncontrollable circumstances, such as natural disasters or significant political unrest, Huaynas Expeditions adopts a flexible approach. We prioritize your safety and satisfaction, offering to reschedule your trip or provide a credit for future travel, subject to availability.

Strong Advocacy for Comprehensive Travel Insurance

We cannot overstate the importance of securing comprehensive travel insurance. Such insurance plays a critical role in safeguarding your investment against unforeseen cancellations, emergencies, and other unexpected scenarios. It is a proactive measure to ensure peace of mind throughout your journey. Huaynas Expeditions is not responsible for any expenses arising from incidents not covered by your insurance policy.

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Discounts

Special Discounts

 

  • Adult (12+ Years): Standard rates apply for travelers over 12 years old.
  • Child (3 – 11 Years): Save USD 20 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 1-Day Moray to Maras Llama Trek. 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 1-Day Moray to Maras Llama Trek, it’s crucial to pack the right items for a successful and enjoyable experience.

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Packing Tips

  • Pack Light: Remember that you’ll need to carry everything you bring.
  • Organize Your Pack: Use packing cubes or ziplock bags to keep your gear organized and easy to find.
  • Prepare for the Weather: The weather can change quickly, so pack for all conditions. Always have a rain jacket or poncho handy.
  • Secure Your Valuables: Keep your passport, money, and other valuables secure and on you at all times.
  • Layer Up: Dressing in layers is key. It allows you to quickly adapt to changing temperatures.
  • Waterproof Everything: Ensure that your pack is waterproof or that you have a rain cover. Keep all electronics and important documents in waterproof bags.
  • Respect the Environment: Consider using eco-friendly products and always take your trash with you.

Frequently Asked Questions

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What fitness level is required for the trek?

The trek is considered easy to moderate, with mostly flat terrain and some downhill sections. It’s suitable for individuals with basic fitness levels. However, due to the high altitude, it’s still recommended to acclimatize in Cusco before embarking on the trek.

Can children participate in the trek?

Yes, the trek is family-friendly, and children can participate. We advise that children should be comfortable with walking for extended periods and adapting to the high altitude.

Are meals included in the trek?

Meals are not included in the Standard package. Options are available for purchase during the trek. The Deluxe package includes a specially prepared gourmet buffet lunch.

What type of animals will accompany us?

A friendly llama or alpaca will accompany each trekker. These animals are gentle, accustomed to human interaction, and well-suited to the trek’s terrain.

What are the guide's qualifications?

All of our guides are certified and have extensive knowledge of the local history, culture, and wildlife. They are also trained in first aid and emergency response to ensure your safety and comfort throughout the trek.

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 is the terrain like on the trek?

The trek traverses mostly easy, flat paths with some gentle slopes. The terrain is a mix of well-trodden dirt paths and grassy areas, with the occasional rocky section.

How does the agency ensure the welfare of the llamas and alpacas?

Animal welfare is a top priority. Our llamas and alpacas are well-cared for, properly fed, hydrated, and not overburdened. They are also given regular health checks and plenty of rest.

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