Our Tour Moray, Maras and Salineras enables you to explore the ancient archeological complex of Moray and the surrounding area. Enjoy this wonderful adventure and the incredible scenery of the Sacred Valley with a friendly local guide. Beautiful snowcapped Chicon Mountain and Veronica Mountain of the Cordillera Vilcanota form the backdrop for our Maras Moray Tour. Moray is one of the most enigmatic sites in Peru. The concentric ring terraces of Moray are unlike anything else left behind by the Incas. Three main sets of rings are carved deep into the earth forming sculpted Inca terraces thought to have served as an agricultural laboratory, where the Incas tested experimental crops and conditions.
Next stop on our Maras and Moray Tour will be the colonial town of Maras, where the Incan nobility relocated after the Spanish Conquest of Cusco. There are fascinating Incan coats-of-arms that are still visible on the lintels of the front doors of the houses.
Finally, you’ll explore the ancient Salt Mines of Salineras. These mines are made up of holes with an average size area of about 5 square meters. These holes are filled with water and the evaporation of the water enables the salt to be harvested. 5000 of these wells have been excavated on the hillsides of the Sacred Valley. Join us on our Half Day Tour to Maras Moray and the Salt Flats from Cusco and take wonderful photos, learn about Incan agricultural techniques, and have fun!
This Maras Salt Mines Tour is highly recommended for photography lovers because of the impressive landscape that surrounds you in Chinchero, Urubamba and Ollantaytambo. The Maras and Moray Tour is also perfect for hikers and mountain bikers, since there is a trail that connects the salt mines with the old Andean villages in the Sacred Valley.
We recommend that all of our customers make their reservations well in advance of their arrival date. This is because in the high tourist season everything in Cusco is in very high demand.
Very Important: the cost of the tours does not include the entrance ticket to Moray and Salineras. The cost of the tours includes your guide and your tourist transportation. Maximum number of people in your group is 16, usually there are less people. Moray Salineras tour will be in both languages, English and Spanish. That means that your guide will explain the history of the sites to you in English, and then he will explain the same thing to other people in Spanish. This is because, at present, there is not a great demand for an “English only”.
The entrance fee for Moray is included if you have bought your Cusco Tourist Ticket. Cusco Tourist Ticket is valid for 10 days, and also allows you to enter a lot of other Incan Archeological Sites and local museums in Cusco and the Sacred Valley.
Dear Customer: If your hotel is not located in the center of Cusco, we will do our best to pick you up from your hotel. But, if this is impossible because your hotel is located at a great distance from the center of Cusco, you would have to provide your own transportation into Cusco center. If we cannot pick you at your hotel, we will tell you one day before your tour exactly where in Cusco center we will pick you up. (This notice is principally for Air BnB customers).
Cusco Tourist Ticket 2023 is required to enter the tourist attractions of the Cusco area. (The exception to this is Machu Picchu which requires a separate entry ticket).
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This Maras and Moray Tour is an excellent way to begin acclimatizing to the high altitude of Cusco and get ready for trekking activities if you have booked a trek.
If you are one of those travelers who loves to explore and to experience unique adventures, this Moray Tour is definitely the alternative that you have been looking for. During your stay in the City of Cusco we recommend that you take advantage of every opportunity to explore Cusco and the authentic Heart of the Inca Empire.
You will leave Cusco around 8:00 am. The first place that you will visit will be the house of the weavers’ association in Chinchero. Here the local weavers will show you the most exquisite weavings in all of South America. Next, you will travel to the ancient and important Incan agricultural testing station of Moray. Here they built great circular terraces where the temperature changed depending on the altitude. As you descend the terraces, the temperature increases. Incas had extraordinary knowledge of climates and microclimates. Plants from all over their Empire were brought here to be adapted so that they would grow at different elevations.
After Moray you will go visit the traditional town of Maras. These houses of Maras feature the coats-of-arms of Incan nobles who lived here during Incan and colonial times. Today Maras is a very traditional town.
Finally, you will explore the Salt Mines of Salineras. This is a photogenic site consisting of over 5000 small wells where salt is collected. Some of these wells are very old. Incas mined salt at this site, and this practice continued throughout the reign of the Spanish viceroys. These days local people let the salt water flow into the depressions which they have dug out. The sun then evaporates the water, leaving behind a residue of salt which is then collected and sold on the local market. You will finish up the Maras Moray Tour by returning to Cusco in the afternoon
The tour was not very strenuous, and we all had a great time. I love the foklks at Travel 1. They are so sweet.