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Maras Moray and Salineras ATV's Tour

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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.


 
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WHAT SHOULD I BRING:

  1. Sneakers or hiking shoes.
  2. Sunscreen.
  3. Light Backpack.
  4. Suitable clothing / Rain poncho.
  5. Soles for your personal expenses.

Itinerary

Day 1:
Tour of Moray, Maras and Salineras on ATV's

We will start the adventure by picking you up from your hotel at Cusco to start our trip of approximately 50 minutes in our tourist transport towards the Town of Cruz Pata. Here we will have the opportunity get use to drive the ATVs for 15 or 20 minutes. Once we are ready for the unique journey, we will start the tour with the ATVs towards the experimental terraces of Moray where our guide will explain the importance of this archaeological site. Then we will go to the Salineras de Maras, an incredibly beautiful place where we will know how salt is produced. During this tour we will have magnificent views of Nevado La Verónica and Nevado de Chicón, accompanied by a magical landscape in contact with nature. At the end of the circuit, we will return to the town of Cruz Pata, where the transport will be waiting for us to move to the City of Cusco.

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.


Time Table:

  • First Group: 07:00 - 13:00
  • Second Group: 13:00 - 19:00

Included/Excluded

Pre-Departure Briefing
Experienced Tour Guide
First Aid Kit
Customer Service 24/7
Tourist Transportation
Pick Up Service
Safety Equipment (helmet, knee pads, elbow pads)
Personal ATV
Cusco Tourist Ticket - Boleto Turístico (20.00 USD)
Travel Insurance
Tips for Our Staff
Additional Costs
Salineras Entrance Ticket (3.00 USD)

FAQs

Pick up of guests
Machu Picchu Vip can pick you up from your hotel, as long as it’s in the Historical Center of Cusco. Your guide will coordinate the pickup time in the briefing session, but please keep in mind that the time may vary between 20 and 35 minutes due to traffic.
Group Tours
Group tours are made up of different types of people, then physical conditions and ages can vary. By agreeing to be part of a group tour, you also accept that some people may be faster or slower than you. Therefore, each person can go at their own pace on the route. It may be the case that a group wishes to modify the tour; however, the guide will be the one who decides, after consulting with all the participants, if such modifications are possible.
Strikes in cusco
Are usually common in Peru, and this may interrupt some of our tours. Roads can be blocked, and train tracks can be taken over. However, we will try to keep your trip as originally planned, even if it means leaving the night before the scheduled date. Under these circumstances, tours may also be canceled. In case of changes or cancellations, everything will be coordinated with you by our operations department. Your safety is our highest priority, and our decisions will be made to protect it.
Lost objects
Please pay attention to where you leave your things and remember to take everything once you leave our transport, tents, or restaurants. You’re the only one responsible for your objects during the tour.
I can change or cancel my tour
Of course you can modify the date of your tour up to 24 hours before and you can cancel up to 15 days before, but there will be charges for administrative expenses
Should I tip the guides?
How much is appropriate? A tip is voluntary, but the amount is at your discretion. Whatever you feel is appropriate based on the service you have received is fine; please remember to always be courteous and respectful with our guides.

See our offers

Shared Cusco tours (in small groups)
Price per Person 35.00 USD
Additional
Tourist Ticket of Entrance to the Archaeological Centers 20.00 USD
Salt Mines Entrance Ticket 5.00 USD

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