This is a fantastic half day tour to explore three popular tourist attractions of the sacred valley: Maras Village, Moray Inca Terraces and the Salt mines. This tour also gives you amazing views of Urubamba mountain range with stunning views of the Veronica mountain and the green farming valleys. On this tour you will learn about agriculture , textiles, and the history of the incas.
The tour starts with a visit to the Colonial town of Maras and its church. From Maras we continue to the nearby Inca site of Moray, a magnificent series of terrace circles set into the ground that were once used by the Incas for experimentation with crops. Our final destination are the salt mines which have been in use since Pre-Inca times. Water from a subterranean stream is channelled through pools where it evaporates and leaves behind pure salt crystals. With thousands of stark white pools stretching down the valley, the views are stunning.
The MARAS MORAY HALF DAY TOUR departs daily and it is available year round although the months of April till October are probably more comfortable since the weather is drier. June, July and August are the high season when this tour can be fully booked so be sure to make your reservations in advance. The months of January, February and March are in the wet season, please bring a good rain jacket and waterproof your belongings.
The MARAS MORAY HALF DAY TOUR is rated normal to easy. However, it is important to feel comfortable walking for extended periods of time 30 minutes at a time approximately. You must also be fully acclimated to the high altitude. If you arrived to Cusco from sea level, make sure you feel acclimated before starting this tour.
Let’s start the adventure!!!!
We will pick you up from your hotel at 8 am for a tour in the Sacred Valley South where you can visit the following sites:
MARAS: In the town of Maras, can see the snowy mountain of the Incas Sacred Valley and the Vilcabamba. At present this district keeps attractive pre-Hispanic, colonial and republican, highlighting people in the colonial doorways with coats of the nobles and chieftains from the sixteenth and twentieth century’s.
Splitting the town of Maras, there are two routes, one to the archaeological complex of Moray and the other to the salt mines of Maras, each with an approximate distance of 4 km.
SALINERAS: OR "SALT MINES": Located northwest of the town of Maras consist of about 2000 small wells, which were already exploited since Inca times as a means of economic exchange and is still being exploited by the locals.
The small wells with an average area of about 5 m², built on the side of the slope of the mountain of "Qaqawiñay" during the dry season is fill or "water" every 3 days with salt water that comes from a natural spring located at the top of the wells to the water evaporates, the salt contained in it gradually solidifies. This process will continue for about a month until a considerable volume of solid salt, about 10 cms. height from the floor, which is then beaten and well granulated, the salt is then bagged in plastic bags and shipped to markets in the region today that iodized salt is still so its use is not harmful.
MORAY: Archaeological group unique in the region. It is famous for its sunken amphitheater, formed by four circular terraces which seem to disappear within the highlands, by way of an artificial crater. Apparently, the place was an Inca agricultural research center dedicated to the experimentation of cultures around the different altitudinal levels of the plots (some more than 100 m deep). The terraces, retaining walls built on filled with fertile soil and watered by complex irrigation systems, allowed to grow more than 250 plant species.
The gallery has a depth greater than 45 m and the average height of each platform is 1.80 m. It is considered that the site was an important center of agricultural experimentation during Inca times. Through the use of concentric terraces because the temperatures at each level are different from each other, have played all the ecological zones covered by the rule of Tahuantinsuyo.
Besides being considered for Incas as a place of concentration of female energy, which is considered as a magnetic center of the Pachamama.
At the end, return to Cusco arriving at 1:30pm approximately at the main plaza
• Professional English Speaking Tour Guide
• Pick-up from your hotel if it's in Cusco downtown. (Otherwise you meet us on Saint Teresa street next to the municipality on Plaza Regocijo)
• Private bus
• Entrance fees to all sites visited
• Maras Village
• Moray Inca Terrances
• Sun hat
• Sun protection cream (factor 35 recommended)
• Waterproof jacket/rain poncho (during rainy season)
• Camera and films
• Money for tips and to purchase souveniers
• Personal medication
• The Maras Moray Tour is non-transferable, non-reimbursable and the participant cannot change the date of departure unless client notifies us with a 48-hour advance notice.
• If during the length of the program the traveler abandons the excursion due to altitude, health, or for any other reason, no reimbursement will be made and no claim will be accepted. TICKETSMACHUPICCHU.ORG does not cover the expenses made by the traveler due to abandonement such as meals, hotel, return transportation, medical expenses, etc.
• Certain Services might be interrupted or even cancelled due to weather conditions, natural disasters or other disturbances such as civil unrest, worker strikes, etc. These are out of the control of hotels, Service suppliers, TICKETSMACHUPICCHU.ORG or its partners and therefore, no refund will be given.
• In case of force majeur, when a trek or tour cannot start or be completed, TICKETSMACHUPICCHU.ORG will find an alternative. If this alternative is of lower value than the originally booked tour, TICKETSMACHUPICCHU.ORG will refund the difference.
• It is compulsory that all clients have personal travel insurance. This insurance must cover personal accidents, medical expenses, loss of effects and all other expenses which might arise as a result of loss, damage or injury occurring to the client. TICKETSMACHUPICCHU.ORG cannot be considered responsible for any accident or loss of personal belongings the customer caused by his/her acts