We will pick you up from your hotel early in the morning to drive to our starting point in the community of Pichingoto, located next to the Vilcanota River. Here we will practice riding and prepare for our adventure ahead, providing you with ample time to get to know your horse. We will embark from our starting point to the Salineras Salt Mines, taking us around 45 minutes to arrive. You will have a chance to gaze upon the 5000 salt pools and understand how the Incans harvested all of their salt. After exploring Salineras, we will head out on a 15 minute ride to get to know the historical colonial village of nearby Maras. Here we will explore one of the first churches in Latin America, Iglesia de San Francisco de Asís. After snapping some photos of this marvelous site, we will walk the streets of Maras to arrive at the coats of arms, where Spanish colonial families carved their arms into the stone doorways. We will enjoy a snack and short break before continuing on the trail. From here, we will journey up to Moray, taking us about 1 ½ hours to arrive. At Moray (known as the Incan agricultural experiment), we will explore the ruins where Incans discovered the effect of altitude and temperature on crops. This archeological site is made of several enormous terraced circular depressions, the largest of which is about 30 meters or 98 feet deep.
The difference between the temperature from the top to the bottom (taking wind-chill into account) can vary as much as 27°F/15 °C. After you have appreciated Moray, we will enjoy an elegant picnic surrounded by the snowcapped peaks of the Vilcanota Mountains. After a fantastic lunch, we will say farewell to our crew before our transportation picks us up for the return to Cusco, marking the end of our adventure.