Full Day Quad Atv Bike Tours around Maras Moray and Salt Mines
Moray Agricultural Terraces And Salineras De Maras – Quat Atv Bike Guided Tour
2 People US$ 170 per person / 3 up 4 People US$ 160 per person
A brief history of Maras Moray and Salt Mines .-Maras and Moray are located on the northwest of Cusco, just 1 hour driving through Andean villages as Chinchero and the picturesque town of Maras. This colonial town preserves mansions and pretty church surrounded by typical and rustic buildings where the local’s live dedicated to the agriculture... One of the main attraction next of Moray is located gigantic natural holes in the surface of the land that were used to construct in their contours agricultural terraces or platforms with their respective channels of irrigation, is because a prototype of conservatory or biological experimental station enough outpost for his time that helped to that the American man of the antiquity inherited to the humanity a 60% of the vegetal products that consumes, that the Andean man consumes a thousand and average of diverse varieties of Popes, hundred and means of maize, and very many other products produced till today by local farmers. This amphitheater of Moray also is known as agricultural laboratory, made up of four circular terraces that seem to disappear within the highlands, by way of an artificial crater. Apparently, the place was an Inca agricultural research center devoted to crop experimentation over different altitudinal levels of their land (some more than 100m deep). The terraces were built on retaining walls filled with fertile soil and watered by complex irrigation systems, allowed to grow more than 250 plant species. Through the use of concentric terraces and because the temperatures at each level are different from each other, have played all ecological zones covering the rule of the Inca empire.
Incan agricultural terraces at Moray, These consist of several terraced circular depressions that are believed to have been used to study the effects of different climactic conditions on crops. The depth of the pits (the largest is about 30 m deep) creates a temperature gradient of as much as 15° C between the top and the bottom...
Other interesting place to visit is “salt mines”, also is called Salinas de Maras were was the largest salt mines in the region to be operated from the Incas and the colonial period, where they were the first salt-producing center in the southern part of the saw.
There are salt mines whose exploitation is as old as the Inca Empire. Resident’s saline water channeled emanating from the floor of a spring called "Qori Puquio" - into pools in which, by the effects of the sun, evaporates leaving salt on the surface which is then processed and sold in local market.
In Salinas de Maras are constituted by about 3000 small wells with an area average of about 5ms², during the time of drought they fill every 3 days with salt water that emanates from natural spring located on the superior part of wells so that when evaporating the water, the salt contained in this one is solidified gradually. Later the salt is struck and thus granulated; the salt later will be pocketed in plastic bags and shipment to the markets of the region; today that salt is being iodized reason for which, its consumption is not harmful.
Departure: 9am. every day.
Duration: all day.
Location: Around the mountains of Maras Moray and Salt Mines.
Season: all year
Description: A spectacular Half Day or Full Day Quad biking trip near Cusco. We will leave the ancient capital of the Inca Empire and drive to Chinchero village in the Sacred Valley. At this point we will start Quad biking through the Andes, towards the experimental terraces of Moray first, to then go on to Maras village, where we will stop for lunch. In the afternoon, we will descend to the famous salt mines and then we will be back to the lodge , from where we will drive back to Cusco. We will travel around 35 km of single-track roads, passing through small villages with fantastic views of the valley.
Our tour Includes:
• Pre-departure briefing
• High quality mountain Quad bike
• Safety equipment (helmets and gloves)
• Highly qualified English / Spanish speaking professional tourist guide
• Private transportation
Our tour NOT Included:
• Entrance fees to Maras and Moray OR any drinks.
We recommend you to Bring:
• Comfortable clothing
• Rain jacket or poncho (plastic ponchos can be purchased in Cusco)
• Biking shoes or sport shoes
• Fleece, Jacket or sweater
• Camera, films
• Hat or cap to protect you from the sun, rain or cold
• Sun block
• Toilet paper
• Snacks: biscuits, energy bars, chocolate, etc.
• Water bottle
Guarantee deposit before the tour : Original Passport and 200 Soles per person