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What will you do?
The ride starts at our Ranch located on the foot of the Salineras mountain, beside the Vilcanota River. We set off by going up the ancient steep path for 30 minutes until the stunning view of over 4000 salt ponds appears on the horizon. There we’ll learn about salt harvesting.
We then continue our ascent to reach the Maras platform. From there you will have an astonishing view of the mountains and surrounding our region. You will ride through high-altitude cornfields enclosed by multicolored mountains.
From the cornfields and still on horse, we commence the descent back to the Ranch where you will also have a privileged view of the Vilcanota River. We arrive at a very special stone connected with spirituality – you’re welcome to approach it and feel the connection with your own beliefs. For the safety of the riders and that of the horses, we continue the descent hiking down a steep path for about 20 minutes back to the ranch.
2:30 hours (depending on speed)
Monday to Sundays
Mornings: 9:30am to 12:00n
Afternoons: 2:00pm to 4:30pm
How to get there
Do not use the coordinates of the ranch to get there as it will take you the wrong way. First, follow the google map directions to Tunupa restaurant.
After arriving at the restaurant enter the coordinates of the Ranch
What is included in the price
- A bilingual guide and the entrance ticket to the salt mines
- Refreshments (nuts/dried corn and local seasonal fruit juice)
- Safety helmet
- Transport to and from the Ranch which is located near Urubamba city.
- Tips for guides
Language in which the experience is offered
Spanish and English.
Things to consider
Good walking shoes
Sunblock and Sunglasses
Long-sleeved shirt, preferably in light color (for sun protection)
Wide-brimmed hat or sun shield ball cap
Rain jacket and a mid-layer fleece
Long comfortable pants or jeans
In this route the horses can carry up to 80 kg / 175 pounds. Check our alternative route along the Vilcanota River for people who exceed the limit.
Good physical shape is required
Details of the ride:
Salineras Ranch (starting point): 2,720 m.a.s.l. / 8,924 feet
Salineras salt mines: 2,970 m.a.s.l. / 9,745 feet
Maras Platform: 3,127 m.a.s.l. / 10,260 feet
6,64 km (1 km walking) – 4.13 miles (0.6 walking)
Learn about host Adriana
My name is Adriana, I was born and raised in the city of Cusco. I am passionate about art, nature, beautiful landscapes and horses; that is why I moved to Urubamba, in the Sacred Valley of the Incas, where I started as an equestrian guide and horse trainer more than 17 years ago. My passion for horses, as well as my vocation of service, have allowed me to work as a horseback riding guide in the Sacred Valley, with the satisfaction of sharing short but memorable life experiences for our visitors.Meet your host
24 hours in advance.