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Sacred Valley: Maras & Moray by Quad Bike from Cusco

Sacred Valley: Maras & Moray by Quad Bike from Cusco

Embark on an incredible experience on four wheels during this guided ATV adventure tour from Cusco through the Sacred Valley. Take in views of the Urubamba Mountains as you venture to Maras and the archeologist site of Moray. Leaving by van from Cusco, travel for approximately one hour to the community of Cruz Pata in the heart of the Sacred Valley of the Incas. Get ready for the start of your adventure after approximately 15 minutes of ATV training. Once ready, drive approximately 1.5 hours to the archaeological site of Moray to closely observe the remains of the terraces built by the Incas to experiment with the adaptation of crops. Later, hop back in the van to continue to the salt mines of Maras (outside only). Enjoy beautiful views of the Urubamba Mountain range and contemplate the peaks of the Verónica and Chicón Mountains. At the historic salt mines, you'll have the opportunity to take pictures from a viewpoint as well as buy the products made from the same salt that is found there. At the end of the trip, take a different route back to the city of Cusco, ending a day full of adrenaline.

Sacred Valley: Huaypoo Lagoon and Maras by Quad Bike

Sacred Valley: Huaypoo Lagoon and Maras by Quad Bike

Explore the Huaypoo Lagoon and Maras on this Sacred Valley quad bike tour from Cusco. Spot the snow-capped mountains of Verónica and Chicón and reach a viewpoint to see the Maras salt mine. Get trained on how to operate your bike for a safe adventure off the beaten path. The tour begins with the pickup from your hotel or chosen meeting point in Cusco. Take off on a 50-minute ride to the community of Cruz Pata in the heart of the Sacred Valley of the Incas. In Cruzpata, join a 15-minute bike training, then officially start your adventure. Drive to the imposing Laguna de Huaypo, a location that has inspired many stories and legends. Feel the adventure from head to toe as you venture down the path that will take you to Riobamba, then take the bus to the salt mines of Maras. See the mines from a viewpoint and choose to buy some of the salt products that are offered there. On the tour route, you'll also see the mountains of Verónica and Chicón. Later, return from the Salineras de Maras to the city of Cusco.

From Cusco: ATVs Quad Bike Tour Piuray Lake & Huaypo Lake

From Cusco: ATVs Quad Bike Tour Piuray Lake & Huaypo Lake

Join a guided Atv journey from Cusco to discover breathtaking landscapes and immerse yourself in vibrant Andean culture. Explore the enchanting Huaypo and Piuray lakes on this captivating adventure, Discover the rich biodiversity of lakes nestled between Anta and Urubamba provinces. On the journey from Cusco to Cruzpata, observe Andean villages and stunning scenery, Explore Huaypo Lake at 3800 meters and proceed to Piuray Lake, renowned for its serene beauty. Unearth the fascinating stories of these lakes on this Atv tour.

Sacred Valley: Huaypo Lagoon & Salt Mines of Maras.

Sacred Valley: Huaypo Lagoon & Salt Mines of Maras.

Our thrilling ATV adventure kicks off with a comprehensive briefing on safe ATV handling, followed by a practice session to ensure you feel confident and secure behind the wheel. Once you're ready, we'll head towards the stunning Huaypo Lake, where you'll marvel at its crystal-clear waters set against snow-capped peaks. We'll continue our journey, navigating winding roads and changing landscapes as we make our way to the famous Maras Salt Mines. Here, you'll have the unique opportunity to witness salt extraction done traditionally on terraced hillsides dating back to ancient times. Immerse yourself in the history and culture of this fascinating region as you explore these ancient salt mines. In addition to enjoying panoramic views and breathtaking landscapes, you'll also have the chance to interact with the local community and learn about their traditions and customs. Throughout the tour, our knowledgeable guide will share interesting insights and historical details about the places we visit, ensuring you have an enriching and educational experience. After an exhilarating day of exploration and adventure, we'll return to the starting point, where you can relax and reflect on the incredible experiences you've had during this unforgettable journey. Whether you're a nature lover, history enthusiast, or simply a thrill-seeker, this ATV excursion will leave you with memories to cherish forever. Join us and discover the beauty and excitement of Huaypo Lake and Maras Salt Mines in a unique and thrilling way!

From Cusco:Atvs in the salt mines of Maras and Laguna Huaypo

From Cusco:Atvs in the salt mines of Maras and Laguna Huaypo

The Atvs tour in the Maras salt mines and Huaypo lagoon is an ultimate experience that combines the excitement of riding Atvs with the opportunity to enjoy stunning landscapes and learn about local history and culture. Your first visit will be the lagoon where you will enjoy the beauty of the calm waters of the Huaypo lagoon and the surrounding landscapes, a perfect place for the best photographs. You will visit the Maras salt mine, a historical legacy that dates back to Inca times. Discover the ancient process of salt extraction as you immerse yourself in a wonder of evaporation terraces that paint the mountain in shades of brilliant white. For the tour, pick-up will be at your hotel in Cusco according to the chosen time. Together with the guide and the entire group, you will leave for the community of Cruzpata along the highway (Cusco – Ollanta). The trip will take about 45 minutes to arrive the base. At this point you will have all the equipment and Atvs available, then you will have a training of about (10 -15) minutes to familiarize yourself with the Atvs. Once everyone is ready for the tour, you will begin the tour on the Atvs heading to the Huaypo lagoon. Once you arrive at the Huaypo lagoon, you will have 20 free minutes to explore the place on your own. Later you will head towards Maras. The trip consists of ups and downs with incredible landscapes. On the tour you will be able to take photos, arriving at the Maras salt mines you will take the guided tour that will be led by one of the professional bilingual guides. Later you will pass through the typical town of Maras, which is characterized by its colonial façades. Finally return to the Cruzpata base. When you arrive here, you will leave all the equipment and ATVs to board the bus that will take you back to the city of Cusco.

From Cusco: Maras Moray ATV Tour

From Cusco: Maras Moray ATV Tour

We will begin our exciting journey at the beautiful Plaza Regocijo, just a step away from the impressive Plaza de Armas in Cusco. Once we gather, we will board a comfortable tourist transport that will take us to the charming village of Cruspata. The road journey will last approximately 50 minutes and drop you off at the base of our incredible ATVs. Our experienced professional guide will provide you with a detailed introduction to the route you have chosen, and you will have time to familiarize yourself with operating the ATVs. After a 30-minute training session, we will board the transport again to head towards one of the following destinations that you have to select: Huapo Lagoon or Moray. The first route will take us to the incredible Huaypo Lagoon, located in the district of Eqqeco, near the charming village of Chinchero, at an altitude of 3,500 meters above sea level. For approximately 2 hours, you will explore the surroundings of this wonderful lagoon, which stretches for 1 kilometer in length, while learning about the legends that surround it. Additionally, you will delight in the impressive views of the majestic mountain ranges that surround it, such as Salkantay, Verónica, and Chicón. Various activities such as fishing and water sports can be enjoyed in this place. The second route you can explore is towards the Moray ruins. It will be a fantastic 2-hour ATV ride around this place to then explore these Inca ruins with a walking tour of 20 minutes. The archaeological site of Moray is located 7 kilometers from Maras. Imagine the coliseums of Moray, composed of three enormous circular terraces, each with its own history to discover. The largest coliseum, with an impressive depth of about 30 meters (98 feet), offers a sight to behold. Marvel at the agricultural terraces arranged in concentric circles, reminiscent of an ancient Greek theater. Be amazed by the complex and advanced irrigation system developed in Moray, surpassing the expectations of its time. After exploring the Huaypo Lagoon or Moray, you will back to the base to leave the ATV and again take the transport to go towards the famous Maras Salt Mines. Located just 40 kilometers northwest of the majestic city of Cusco, in the Urubamba province, you will encounter the impressive natural salt pools known as Maras, dating back to the Inca era. At an altitude of 3,300 meters above sea level, these pools are a true marvel of Inca engineering and construction. You will be amazed to see how saltwater flows beneath the pools and evaporates, leaving behind salt crystals that form over 3,000 natural pools. Moreover, the views from this place are simply breathtaking as it sits on an open hill, creating a unique and spectacular landscape. At the end of this fun experience, we will return to the city of Cusco to drop you off at the final point of the excursion, at Plaza El Regocijo.

Sacred Valley: ATV tour to Huaypo Lagoon and Maras salt mine

Sacred Valley: ATV tour to Huaypo Lagoon and Maras salt mine

The tour begins when our transportation picks you up from your hotel in the first shift (6:30 am). In the second shift the meeting point will be at the regocijo square (12:50 pm). We will begin one hour trip to the community of Cruz Pata where our atv base camp is located. In Cruzpata, receive the training and also practice atvs driving for 15 minutes and then the adventure will officially begin. Drive for 40 minutes until you reach the impressive Huaypo lake, a place full of charm and magic. Upon arriving at the lagoon you will have approximately 20 minutes to enjoy the tranquility of the place. Later, enjoy the adrenaline for 30 minutes while you continue driving the atvs to our Cruz Pata base camp. Next, get on the bus for a 30-minute trip to the Maras Salt Mines where you will learn about the salt extraction process and also take photos at the site. During the tour you will also see the impressive mountains of Verónica and Chicón. Finally return to Cusco where our transportation will drop you off next to the main square at 2:30 pm in the mornig shift or at 6:30 pm in the afternoon sift.

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What people are saying about Laguna Huaypo

Overall rating

4.4
(131 reviews)

The ATV experience is great and the guide is super friendly and attentive at all times. The visit to the salt mines and Moray is short but it is to avoid sacrificing time on the ATVs so there are no problems.

This is a must do experience. We were lucky also since the weather was so pleasant. Our guides were extremely nice and took good care of the whole group!

Very good ! the quad is great and the guide too and the salt flats incredible just meic specify the starting meeting point

It was amazing trip with nice vibes, guided, and tour. It saved a lot of money. Thank youuu

Excellent experience and tour guides, really enjoyed it.