Cusco, Sacred Valley
Max Altitud: 3,500 m
Maras Moray Tour Peru
Did you see this amaing photos of salt pools and those of incredible agricultural platforms in Cusco? Yeah!! There are really impressive places like this located on the Sacred Valley.
The Incas built thousands of platforms for the cultivation of various products such as potatoes, sweet potatoes, tomatoes, quinoa and more. Perhaps the most beautiful of all was Moray, a circular system of platforms that survives to this day. Nearby, there are some natural salt wells formed thousands of years ago. This place is called the Salt Mines of Maras and, together with Moray, are two of the most popular tourist attractions in the Sacred Valley Tour.
- Daily Departures
- Shared and Private Services
- Open all year
Price Per Night
- 08:30 We pick you up from Hotel
- 09:00 Starting to the Maras, Moray & Salineras Tour
- 10:20 Guided tour of Moray
- 10:50 Driving to Maras
- 11:00 Guided tour of the Maras Colinial small town
- 11:20 Driving to Salt Mines
- 11:50 Salt Mines guided tour
- 12:30 Return to Cusco
- 14:30 Cusco
We will pick you up from the hotel, taking the route to the Sacred Valley of the Incas where we will visit our first point which is the town of Maras, a small town that preserves its traditions and customs since today. Also you will appreciate the style of construction of its colonial houses with stone gates, also observing the famous “picanterías” (place where the traditional “chicha de jora” corn alcohol is sold) and where you can taste its unique flavor.
The place is famous for its large Salt Mines that are used from Inca times to the present where it is only worked by the people of the town of Maras in an artisanal way. Then, we will visit our last place, the terraces of Moray famous for its circular shape and also because in Inca times it was a place for agricultural experimentation of all the products they produced in the empire. Finally we will return to the city of Cusco, accompanied by unique views of the snow-capped peaks and large fields of crops, especially potatoes, until arriving in the imperial city around 3:00 p.m.
- Partial tourist ticket.
- Entrance to the Salt Mines of Maras.
- Tourist transport.
- Professional guide in English / Spanish language
- Permanent assistance
Maras Moray Tour – Location and attractions:
Two of the most important tourist centers of the city of Cusco are Maras and Moray. In these places you can see part of our millenary culture in its different stages such as pre-Inca, Inca, colonial and republican. We invite you to learn a little more about these tourist attractions and also to start planning your next vacation with visits to these places. Maras and Moray are waiting for you!
Maras is located at an altitude of 3,380 meters above sea level. Maras is at a distance via Izcuchaqa – Chequerec of 48.10 Km. Via Cusco – Chinchero of 48.88 Km. (This is the most recommended for being asphalted highway).
In the town of Maras, you can appreciate the chain of snow-capped mountains of the Sacred Valley of the Incas and Vilcabamba. The district of Maras has tourist attractions of the pre-Hispanic, colonial and republican period; in the town they emphasize mainly their colonial covers with shields of the nobles and caciques of the XVI and XX centuries.
Maras was the obligatory stop for the muleteers and their mule trains that transported tropical products and especially coca leaves from the high Cusco forest to satisfy the needs of the city of Cusco and the country. The district of Maras has a church built with adobes, typical construction of the religious architecture of the town, in whose atrium is a cross carved in granite; Inside the church you can see canvases of the Cusco school in which the apostles are represented; The author of these canvases is the Quechua painter, Mr. Antonio Sinchi Roqa Inka, a native of the district of Maras, who is said to have painted with great care for his church.
From the town of Maras there are two routes, one to the archaeological complex of Moray and the other to the salt mines of Maras, both roads have an approximate distance of 4 km.
Salt Mines of Maras
The Salt Mines of Maras has an impressive saline exploitation complex, located in the area called Qoripujio, at an approximate distance of 4 km, compared to the town of Maras. It has salt mines, which were already exploited since the Incas (time of the Incas) as a means of economic exchange and values. From Maras you can get to visit the salt mines by a bridle path; for the place it is very usual to find animals that carry the sacks of salt extracted from the natural salt pans.
Moray is located 53 km from Cusco, has an altitude of 3,385 meters above sea level. At approximately 7 km. to the southwest of Maras is Moray which is a unique archaeological group within its region. Moray is a center of gigantic natural depressions or holes which were used to build (in its contours) terraces or agricultural platforms with their respective irrigation channels. What is important in the place and therefore draws much attention is the average annual temperature difference between the top and the bottom of the depressions, that difference reaches up to 15 ° C.
The biggest hole has a depth of 150 m. and the average height of the platforms is 1.80 m. among them. The structures found in Moray are typically Inca, however, some suggest that they are previous structures; this can be noticed mainly in the lower terraces. It is also estimated that the bottom of Moray is on a very porous natural rocky formation that facilitates the filtration of the water towards the interior of the earth since at the bottom of the depressions there is no flooding during the rainy season.
It is recommended to bring:
- Camera or video camera (Optional).
- Sunglasses, sunscreen, caps or hats.
- Light clothing.
- Warm clothes.
Freequently Asked Questions
What is Maras Moray?
Is the Maras Moray Tour dangerous?
The only problem during the tour can be caused by altitude sickness (headache, nausea, discomfort). For the rest, the tour is safe and well organized.
When is the best time to visit Maras Moray Tour?
The best time to take the famous Maras Moray Tour, is on the dry season, we are talking about the months between April and October. Why? Becausa the days are more sunnier and there is less chance of rain during those months.
Can I suffer from altitude sickness in Maras and Moray?
Altitude sickness is a condition caused by the lack of adaptation of the tourist to high altitude climates. It is recommended to adapt to the climate of Cusco at least 1 or 2 days before the tour.