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MARAS – MORAY CUSCO (HALF-DAY)

ACTIVITY ITINERARY AND DESCRIPTION:

Maras – Moray – Salineras 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

On this tour you will travel to Peru’s historic Urubamba Valley. Located between Cusco and Machu Picchu, the Urubamba Valley is known for its lush scenery, picturesque colonial towns, and magnificent Incan fortresses.

We will pick you up from your hotel between 8 and 8:15 a.m. and head to Moray. The drive will last around 1 hour and 20 minutes and is absolutely beautiful. You will drive through the snow capped peaks of the Andes, the lush yellow wheat fields, and traditional Andean villages. You will ultimately arrive in the fascinating terraces of Moray. Moray is made up of three amphitheater-like terraces made by the Incas. These terraces, which are carved deep into the earth in a bowl shape, are thought to have been used as an agricultural laboratory to determine the optimal conditions for growing crops.

After exploring Moray, you will head to the salt mines of Maras, which are just 2 miles away. Dating back to colonial times, Maras was considered a salt-producing center. Carved into the mountain side are over 3000 salt pools, which are filled daily by a little stream of water. Once the water evaporates, it leaves behind a glistening patchwork of salt. The salt mines are a great spot to take pictures and capture the amazing beauty of both the Andes and the spectacular Salineras. We will head back to Cusco following the end of our visit. 

INCLUDED

  • Professional English speaking guide
  • Tourist Transportation

NOT INCLUDED

  • Tourist ticket: 70 soles for the 4 Inca sites (If you are also doing the Sacred Valley tour, it is better to purchase the 10 day tourist ticket which is 130 soles total.  Gives you access to other museums and attractions in Cusco as well.)
  • Cathedral: 25 soles
  • Temple of the Sun: 15 soles