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2-Day Maras-Moray Horseback & Machu Picchu Tour

Ride through the Sacred Valley and ascend to the legendary Machu Picchu.

Location

Cusco, Peru

Duration

2 Days

Difficulty

4/10

Availability

Year Round

Tour type

Adventure

Overview

2-Day Maras-Moray Horseback & Machu Picchu Tour Overview

Discover the enchanting landscapes of Peru with our 2-Day Maras-Moray Horseback & Machu Picchu Tour. This journey invites you to immerse yourself in the heart of the Incan empire, offering a unique blend of adventure, history, and breathtaking scenery. Experience the ancient wonders of the Sacred Valley on horseback, exploring the iconic Maras Salt Mines and the fascinating terraces of Moray. This tour is an invitation to connect deeply with Peru’s rich heritage and stunning natural beauty.

The adventure culminates with a visit to the majestic Machu Picchu, a testament to the brilliance of Incan architecture and engineering. As you wander through this world-famous archaeological site, the mysteries and marvels of a bygone era come alive. Perfect for those seeking a blend of cultural immersion and natural exploration, our tour promises an unforgettable experience, leaving you with lasting memories and a new appreciation for Peru’s timeless wonders.

Departure & Return Location Your Hotel in Cusco
Departure Time 7:00 AM
Estimated Return Time 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Guide Languages Available Guides fluent in English and Spanish
Key Attractions Maras Salt Mines, Moray Archaeological Site, Scenic Train Ride to Aguas Calientes, Machu Picchu Tour

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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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2-Day Maras-Moray Horseback & Machu Picchu Tour

Tour Itinerary

Explore our expertly designed itinerary below, crafted to showcase breathtaking views and provide unique adventures every step of the way.

Day 1: Enchanting Horseback Journey in Maras and Moray

Your journey begins with a scenic drive from the historic city of Cusco to the enchanting town of Maras. As you saddle up, feel the excitement of embarking on a horseback adventure through the picturesque landscapes of the Sacred Valley. The first destination is the Maras Salt Mines, an extraordinary example of Inca innovation. Witness the beauty of countless terraced salt pans, shimmering in the sunlight, a sight that has been a part of this landscape since pre-Inca times.

The adventure continues as you ride towards the Moray Archaeological Site. Here, you’ll be captivated by the breathtaking sight of circular terraces descending into the earth, an ancient Inca experiment in agriculture. The design and depth of these terraces create varying microclimates, a testament to the advanced understanding of the Incas.

After a day filled with awe-inspiring sights, enjoy a leisurely picnic lunch, offering a moment of relaxation amidst the natural beauty of the Sacred Valley. The day concludes with a transfer to Ollantaytambo, followed by a picturesque train journey to Aguas Calientes. Here, you’ll check into your hotel and enjoy a delicious dinner, the perfect end to an exhilarating day.

The second day of your tour is dedicated to exploring one of the world’s most iconic archaeological wonders – Machu Picchu. Start with an early breakfast at your hotel in Aguas Calientes, fueling up for the day ahead. A short bus ride brings you to the gates of Machu Picchu, where you’ll step into a world that defies time.

Embark on a guided tour of the citadel, where every path and stairway leads to stunning terraces, intricate stone constructions, and panoramic views of the surrounding mountains. Discover the Temple of the Sun, the Intihuatana stone, and other significant structures within this UNESCO World Heritage Site. Your guide will share stories and insights, bringing the history of this ancient city to life.

After the guided exploration, take some time to wander through the ruins at your own pace. Absorb the mystical atmosphere, and if you’re feeling adventurous, consider hiking one of the nearby trails for even more spectacular views.

As the day winds down, you’ll make your way back to Aguas Calientes for the return train ride to Ollantaytambo. From there, a comfortable transfer will bring you back to Cusco. This two-day excursion, rich in cultural insights, natural beauty, and historical wonders, is an unforgettable experience that will leave you with lasting memories of Peru’s majestic landscapes and ancient civilizations.

Tour Highlights

2-Day Maras-Moray Horseback & Machu Picchu Tour Highlights

  • Maras Salt Mines Adventure: Discover the ancient salt mines of Maras, where hundreds of terraced ponds shimmer in the sun, creating a spectacular mosaic of salt pools used since Inca times.
  • Moray Archaeological Wonder: Explore the Moray Archaeological Site, famous for its unique circular terraces. These impressive Incan structures demonstrate the sophistication of ancient agricultural techniques and knowledge of microclimates.
  • Scenic Horseback Ride: Experience the beauty of Peru’s Sacred Valley on horseback, an unforgettable way to connect with the stunning Andean landscapes and rural tranquility.
  • Cultural Immersion in Maras and Moray: Delve into the rich culture and history of the Sacred Valley, gaining insights into the daily lives and traditions of its inhabitants.
  • Aguas Calientes Stay: Relax in the charming town of Aguas Calientes, the gateway to Machu Picchu, with comfortable accommodations and local cuisine.
  • Majestic Machu Picchu Tour: Witness the awe-inspiring citadel of Machu Picchu, one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. Enjoy a guided tour and learn about the history, architecture, and mysteries of this ancient Incan site.
  • Picturesque Train Journey: Travel through the heart of the Andes on a scenic train ride to Aguas Calientes, offering breathtaking views of the Peruvian countryside.
  • Personalized Experience: Benefit from the knowledge and expertise of professional guides, ensuring a safe, informative, and memorable adventure.

Inclusions & Exclusions

Detailing Every Aspect of Your Travel Experience: What’s Included and What’s Not

Standard Inclusions

All package options include the following:

  • Bilingual, English-speaking tour guide.
  • Pre-departure briefing at your hotel/office 1 or 2 days before the trek.
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off in Cusco.
  • Horseback riding tour in Maras and Moray, including horse rental and equipment.
  • Meals as specified in the itinerary (Day 1: Lunch and Dinner; Day 2: Breakfast).
  • Vegetarian and gluten-free options at no extra cost.
  • Admission fees to all key attractions (Moray, Maras, Ollantaytambo, Machu Picchu).
  • Emergency oxygen bottle and medical kit.
  • 1-night hotel stay in Aguas Calientes (twin bedroom with private facilities).
  • Round-trip bus ticket between Aguas Calientes and Machu Picchu.
  • Round-trip Expedition Train tickets between Aguas Calientes and Ollantaytambo.
  • Private van transportation from Ollantaytambo to your Cusco hotel.

Exclusions:

Not included in our standard tour packages. Consider additional costs. Deluxe packages may cover some exclusions, as specified in the Additional Inclusions section.

  • Day 1 breakfast.
  • Day 2 lunch and dinner.
  • Huayna Picchu/Machu Picchu mountain ticket (US$ 80 extra per person).
  • Gratuities for crew (At your discretion).

Additional Inclusions

Deluxe Packages Only

Elevate your travel experience with our bespoke Deluxe Package, meticulously designed to offer an array of premium amenities and services.

Deluxe Packages Include:

  • 3-Star Aguas Calientes Hotel: Rest and recharge in a carefully selected 3-star hotel.
  • Mountain Climbing Permits: Choose between Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain for breathtaking panoramic views.
  • Vistadome First-Class Train: Enjoy scenic travel from Aguas Calientes with panoramic windows offering spectacular views.
  • Gourmet Lunch: Indulge in a gourmet dining experience at either Machu Picchu or Aguas Calientes.
  • Private Transportation: Transportation exclusively for your group.
  • Dedicated Tour Guide: Get personalized insights and guidance from an expert tour guide throughout your journey.
  • Fair Compensation: We ensure fair compensation for all our dedicated team members.

Prices

Discover our diverse tour offerings, catering to various interests and providing unforgettable experiences for every traveler.

Standard Large Group

Group Size: 2 Min – 16ppl Max

USD

520

Per Person

Join a diverse group of travelers for an economical shared experience.

All standard inclusions
No Additional Inclusions
No Private Service

Standard Small Group

Group Size: 2 Min – 8ppl Max

USD

560

Per Person

Enjoy a more intimate setting, ideal for closer interactions and bonding.

All standard inclusions
No Additional Inclusions
No Private Service

Private Group

Group Size: Customizable

USD

620

Per Person

Curate your journey with exclusivity tailored to your group’s preferences.

All standard inclusions
No Additional Inclusions
Private Service

Deluxe Private Group

Group Size: Customizable

USD

820

Per Person

Indulge in luxury, enhancing every aspect of your tour for a memorable experience.

All standard inclusions
Additional Inclusions
Private Service

Solo Traveler

Group Size: 1 person

USD

860

Per Person

Embrace the freedom of a solo adventure, with options to mingle or stay independent.

All standard inclusions
No Additional Inclusions
Private Service or Join a Group

Deluxe Solo Traveler

Group Size: 1 person

USD

1040

Per Person

Elevate your solo journey with added luxury and attentive service.

All standard inclusions
Additional Inclusions
Private Service

Special Discounts

  • Adult (12+ Years): Standard rates apply for travelers over 12 years old.
  • Student (-25 Years with Student Card): Save USD 20 with a valid Student Card for those younger than 25 years old.
  • Child (3 – 11 Years): Save USD 30 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.

Payment Terms & Cancellation Policy

Kindly take a moment to read our Payment Terms & Cancellation Policy before booking. Happy adventuring!

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

Cancellation Terms for Clients

We recognize that life is ever-changing. However, due to the elaborate planning and expenses involved in preparing for this tour, we maintain a strict no-refund policy after booking confirmation. This underscores the importance of obtaining comprehensive travel insurance, which can offer protection against unforeseen cancellations.

Navigating Unpredictable Circumstances – Force Majeure

In extraordinary situations beyond our control, such as natural disasters or political upheavals, Huaynas Expeditions will strive to offer alternative arrangements. This may include rescheduling your trip or issuing a credit for future travel, based on current availability and discretion.

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.

Emphasizing the Need for Comprehensive Travel Insurance

To cover unexpected events, including trip disruptions and medical emergencies, we cannot stress enough the importance of securing comprehensive travel insurance. It’s your safety net, ensuring peace of mind throughout your journey. Please note, Huaynas Expeditions does not bear responsibility for costs arising from incidents not covered by your travel insurance.

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What to Pack

Your Essential Packing Guide for a Hassle-Free Adventure

Packing List

Prepare for an unforgettable journey with our essential packing guide. Here’s what you need to bring:

  • Original passport & student ID (if applicable).
  • Layered clothing for varying temperatures (t-shirt, long-sleeve, light fleece).
  • Lightweight rain jacket or poncho.
  • Comfortable walking shoes or sneakers.
  • Camera or smartphone for photos.
  • Sunblock & after-sun hydrating cream.
  • Insect repellent (20% DEET minimum, no malaria risk reported).
  • Toilet paper.
  • Snacks (biscuits, energy bars, chocolate, fruits, etc.).
  • Reusable canteen with water.
  • Personal medical kit (special medications, paracetamol, blister treatment, etc.).
  • Cash for snacks, tips & souvenirs.
  • Chargers for all devices (charging available at the hotel).

Note:

This list is a general guideline. Adjustments may be necessary based on personal preferences and the season of travel. Always check the weather forecast before your trip and feel free to reach out to us for any specific advice or requirements.

Packing Tips

Pack Wisely with Our Essential Packing Tips

  • Weather Readiness: Layering is essential due to the varied microclimates of the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu.
  • Comfortable Walking Shoes: Prioritize footwear that provides support and comfort as you navigate uneven terrain and cobblestone streets.
  • Efficient Packing: Travel with a lightweight backpack to keep your belongings organized and easily portable.
  • Document Accessibility: Keep your passport, tickets, and insurance details in a secure yet accessible place for smooth transitions and check-ins.
  • Stay Hydrated: Carry a refillable water bottle and drink water regularly to prevent altitude sickness.
  • Carry Cash: Have enough local currency on hand for small vendors, tips, and areas where credit cards might not be accepted.
  • Sun Protection: Use sunscreen, wear a hat, and consider UV-blocking sunglasses to protect against intense sun exposure.
  • Charge Smart: Although charging facilities are available at your hotel, keep a charger handy for use on the go if needed.
  • Minimal Electronics: Consider the essentials when it comes to gadgets to lighten your load.
  • Snack Wisely: Bring along some light snacks for energy boosts during your explorations.

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