The Maras-Moray & Salt Mines Tour

Inca Terraces of Moray and Salt Mines of Maras.

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Description

This circuit is perfectly organized for nature-loving visitors while allowing them to simultaneously become familiar with more archeological sites.
On this tour, we visit a different part of the Sacred Valley which is actually located northwest of the city of Cusco.

  • Duration: 6 hours & 30 minutes
  • Frecuency:  Every day, upon reservation
  • Group: Group Service
  • What Inclnudes?: Transportation Cusco – Sacred Valley – Cusco, professional guide, guided tours: Moray, Maras Salt Mines, Drop-off (ends in the city center).

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Summary

The following places of visit – Maras and Moray Tour:

The Town of Maras

The town of Maras was an essential settlement during the Inca Empire, inhabited by noble Cuscanians who were displaced from their palaces in Qosqo and had to relocate to various towns, including Maras. Maras also held significant importance during the colonial period as the primary supplier of salt.

The town is characterized by its unique architectural style, evident in the large, grand houses that showcase the markings of indigenous nobility on their facades. These houses feature inscriptions on their lintels, with Scriptures in stone or iconography representing each family. Visiting Maras provides a glimpse into the rich history and cultural heritage of the Inca and colonial eras.

The Archaeological Site of Moray

The Moray archaeological site is a unique destination included in the Maras and Moray Tour. It is the only site of its kind in the region, constructed with terraces and agricultural platforms forming gigantic natural depressions. Each terrace or platform has its own irrigation channel and microclimate, allowing for the cultivation of over 250 plant species. These terraces served as an Inca agricultural laboratory, where ancient farmers experimented with various crops. The innovative design and purpose of Moray make it a fascinating stop on the Maras and Moray Tour, offering insights into the advanced agricultural practices of the Inca civilization.

The Salt Mines Tour

Known as “the Salinas de Maras in Cusco,” these salt mines are another highlight of the Maras and Moray Tour. Located on the slope of a hill, the salt mines consist of approximately 5,000 wells arranged in terraces, a design exclusively crafted by the Incas. A naturally salty liquid emanates from underground and flows to the top of the wells. The water seeps into the pools, and as it evaporates under the intense heat of the sun, coarse salt crystals form. During the Maras and Moray Tour, visitors can observe the traditional techniques locals use for salt extraction, offering a unique cultural experience.

Experience the Maras and Moray Tour

Embarking on the Maras and Moray Tour allows travelers to explore these incredible sites in depth. The town of Maras, with its historical significance and distinctive architecture, offers a window into the past lives of noble Cuscanians. The Moray archaeological site reveals the ingenuity of Inca agricultural innovation, while the salt mines of Maras showcase centuries-old methods of salt production. Each stop on the Maras and Moray Tour provides a rich tapestry of cultural, historical, and natural wonders that are sure to captivate and educate visitors. Whether you are a history enthusiast, a nature lover, or someone looking to experience the cultural richness of Peru, the Maras and Moray Tour is an unmissable journey through time and tradition.

Itinerary

Maras and Moray Tour Itinerary:

Time: From 08:30 AM to 02:30 PM

Places Visited:

  1. Town of Maras: Discover the charming town of Maras, renowned for its colonial architecture and local culture.
  2. Archaeological Site of Moray: Explore the fascinating Inca terraces at Moray, known for their unique circular depressions.
  3. Salt Mines of Maras: Visit the ancient salt mines, still in use today, offering stunning views and a glimpse into traditional salt production.

Join our Maras and Moray Tour for an unforgettable journey through these incredible sites, guided by local experts. This Maras and Moray Tour promises a rich historical and cultural experience that you won’t want to miss.

 

Includes/ Not Included

Includes:

  • Tour bus and guide

Not Included:

  • Tourist Ticket and the entrance fee to the salt mines.

IMPORTANT:

  • Buy Tourist Ticket!!!

Recommendations

Recommendations:

  • Wear the mask and face shield at all times
  • Bring a small backpack
  • Bring sunscreen and hats and/or caps, etc.
  • Bring rain ponchos
  • Carry water at all times

Frequently asked questions about the Maras and Moray Tour

What is the duration of the Maras and Moray Tour?

The tour usually lasts about half a day, between 4 to 6 hours. This may vary depending on the tour operator and the time spent exploring each site.

What is included in the Maras, Moray, and Salineras tour?

Typically, the tour includes transportation to and from Cusco, a professional tour guide who speaks Spanish and English, entrance fees to the archaeological sites and the Salineras de Maras, as well as stops for photo opportunities at strategic points.

Is good physical condition necessary for this tour?

Exceptional physical condition is not required, but it’s important to note that the tour may involve moderate walks on uneven terrain, especially when visiting the agricultural terraces of Moray. Comfortable footwear and appropriate walking attire are recommended.

What is the best time of day to take the tour?

Most tours depart in the morning when the sites are usually less crowded, and the weather is cooler. Additionally, the sunlight enhances the natural colors of the landscapes, making the experience even more impressive.

Is food included in the tour?

Most tours do not include meals, but they often make stops at places where food can be purchased or bring packed lunches. It is advisable to bring water and some snacks to stay energized during the tour.

Can Maras, Moray, and Salineras be visited in one day?

Yes, it is possible to visit all three sites in one day, as they are relatively close to each other. However, it’s important to consider travel time and the duration of visits to each site to make the most of the experience.

What is the history behind these places?

Maras is known for its impressive salt terraces, dating back to pre-Inca times and continuously used by local communities since then. Moray, on the other hand, is famous for its circular agricultural terraces, which were likely used to experiment with different crops and microclimates. Both sites are testament to the agricultural ingenuity of the ancient Andean civilizations.

Can souvenirs be purchased at the visited sites?

Yes, at the Salineras de Maras and at some points near Moray, there are local shops where souvenirs such as crafts, textiles, salt products, and more can be purchased. It’s a perfect opportunity to support local communities and take home a unique memento of the place.

Is it safe to take this tour in terms of health and safety?

Generally, the tour is safe as long as the instructions of the tour guide are followed, and basic precautions such as applying sunscreen, carrying drinking water, and respecting the regulations of the visited sites are taken. However, it’s advisable to consult with a doctor before traveling, especially if you have pre-existing medical conditions.

What other activities can be done in the area?

In addition to visiting Maras, Moray, and Salineras, the region offers a variety of additional activities such as hikes through the Andean landscapes, visits to local communities to learn about their lifestyle and traditions, and tastings of typical food at nearby restaurants. Additionally, more adventurous individuals can opt for activities such as mountain biking or even hot air balloon flights to enjoy breathtaking panoramic views.

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