During your day of exploration, you visit the colourful local market in the town of Chinchero. This is one of the most traditional markets in all of South America, and you will be surrounded by locals in their traditional dress all buying and selling their produce.
Mountain Biking Excursion
Mountain Biking Excursion , Peru
This incredibly scenic ride starts in the Andean highlands around Chinchero (3727m) and ends beside the Urubamba River in the Sacred Valley of the Incas.
You cycle amid traditional Andean communities where the way of life has changed very little since the Spanish arrived nearly 500 years ago.
The ride starts on a dirt road with sections of llama track and then progresses to pure llama track. This gives plenty of opportunities for those who wish to play on the more technical parts, while others can cruise through the easier lines.
During the ride you will have phenomenal views of the Urubamba mountain range including the Chicon glacier and the snow-capped peak of Mount Veronica (5682m).
Lunch is taken near the Moray ruins with the option of visiting these. After lunch, the journey continues to the town of Maras, famous in Incan times for the quality of its spies!! There will then be a fantastic descent to the pre-Incan Salineras (salt mines) and the valley floor.
The ride finishes with drinks on the banks of the Urubamba river.
You will be picked up from your hotel in the Sacred Valley of the Incas and returned at the end of the day. A full safety briefing is provided at the start of the day.
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Other experiences in Sacred Valley
These activities are designed to give you the most authentic experiences around where you're staying. We work with local guides, who use their knowledge and often a resident's eye to show you the main sights and more out-of-the-way attractions. Our specialists can suggest tours and activities, such as cooking classes, that will introduce you to the local ways of life.
The trail takes you through small hamlets and affords stunning views of the Sacred Valley and Pisac below. The trail climbs steadily to a pass at 4200m, beyond which you will descend to a beautiful canyon, where a picnic lunch is served.
A trek from the Sacred Valley to Machu Picchu, arriving at the Inti Punku Sun Gate for an unforgettable view of Machu Picchu.
Visit the Maras salt pans, the experimental agricultural terraces of Moray and the remnants of Ollantaytambo, once an important Inca administrative centre.
In the small colonial village of Pisac, spend the morning exploring the colourful Indian market, with its wide variety of textiles and ceramics.
Today will take you above Cuzco to the Chuquicahuana section of the Urubamba River to raft on class III-IV rapids. Here the river is much cleaner and more fun than in the lower sections, and no previous experience is necessary.