The salt flats of Maras are located in the Sacred Valley, just 50 kilometers from Cusco. The distance between the salt mines of Maras and the archaeological site of Moray is only 7 kilometers.
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
|Shared Cusco tours (in small groups)|
|Price per Person
|Tourist Ticket of Entrance to the Archaeological Centers
Tourist Tickets: Income tickets are sold by the municipality of Cusco, they are purchased personally at the first place of visit of the tour and in soles at the exchange rate.
|Salt Mines Entrance Ticket
Salt Mines Entrance Ticket: This income is controlled by the community itself, it is paid when entering personally and in soles at the exchange rate.
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