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Chinchero District

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From Cusco: Sacred Valley Tour with Pisac and Ollantaytambo

1. From Cusco: Sacred Valley Tour with Pisac and Ollantaytambo

The first stop on this full-day tour from Cusco is the Mirador of Taray for spectacular views of the Andes and the Sacred Valley. Continue to the town of Pisac, the site of a popular market.. Visit the archaeological site and see the agricultural terraces, Inca cemeteries and royal buildings. Continue to Urubamba and enjoy a buffet lunch at a restaurant. Head to Ollantaytambo, built to guard the entrance to Machu Picchu, and to protect the Incas from possible invasions. Visit the picturesque village of Chinchero on the way back to Cusco, and see the remains of the royal estate of Tupac Inca Yupanqui. See also how locals dye alpaca wool with natural plants of the region.

Cusco: Moray, Maras Salt Mines & Chinchero Weavers Half-Day

2. Cusco: Moray, Maras Salt Mines & Chinchero Weavers Half-Day

Travel through the historic Urubamba Valley on an unparalleled half-day tour from Cusco and pass the snow-capped peaks of the Peruvian Andes. Meander through lush yellow fields of wheat and sleepy little villages en route to Moray. Upon arrival, learn about the ingenuity of the Incas in their mysterious circular terraces. Continue to the nearby village of Maras to explore its history as a center for salt production. Take in the spectacular nature and admire the unique quilt work of over 3,000 salt ponds spilling into the Sacred Valley. Finish the day back in Cusco in time to explore more of the magnificent city.

From Cusco: Chinchero, Moray, Ollantaytambo, and Pisac Tour

3. From Cusco: Chinchero, Moray, Ollantaytambo, and Pisac Tour

Explore Cusco's Sacred Valley and see Incan Ruins, salt mines, and textile production. Make stops in Moray, Chinchero, Ollantaytambo, and Pisac on this full-day tour by van. Be picked up from your hotel in Cusco in the morning before heading to an archaeological zone and textile center located in Chinchero. See how locals dye alpaca wool with natural plants of the region. Visit the archaeological site in Chinchero and see its terraces before moving on to Moray to learn about the history of the Incas and wonder at their mysterious circular terraces. Head to the nearby village of Maras and learn about its history as a center for salt production at the Maras Salt Mines. Admire the unique quilt work of over 3,000 salt ponds spilling into the Sacred Valley. Travel to Urubamba and enjoy a buffet lunch at a local restaurant. Stop at the ruins of Ollantaytambo and marvel at the remarkable Incan architecture built during the Incan Empire's heyday. See an amazing rock formation that represents the Incan god of Wiracocha. Arrive at the last tour stop, the archaeological site of Pisac, after which you will visit the nearby town. Return to Cusco and be dropped off in the town center after the tour is over.

From Cusco: Sacred Valley & Maras Salt Mines Tour with Lunch

4. From Cusco: Sacred Valley & Maras Salt Mines Tour with Lunch

Meet with your group at Plaza de Armas in the historical center of Cusco. Travel first to Chinchero, a small rustic town with a long tradition of textile weaving. See various textiles woven with traditional Incan techniques.  Next, you will visit Moray and see the agricultural terraces built along the hillsides. These terraces were built by the Incas to grow an abundance of crops on less-than-ideal mountain terrain. Right next to this area, at Moras, there are over 5000 salt ponds which were used by the Incas for salt extraction. This helped preserve their foods for long periods. After learning about Incan agricultural techniques, make your way to Urubamba, the capital of the Sacred Valley, for some lunch. After lunch, make your way to two historical towns, Ollantaytambo and Pisaq. At Ollantaytambo, you will climb over 200 steps to reach the top of the ancient terraced fortress that overlooks the town. This was an important defensive location during Incan times. At Pisaq, you can discover the local market selling all sorts of souvenirs and local crafts, before returning to Cusco.

From Cusco: Sacred Valley & Maras Salt Mines Tour with Lunch

5. From Cusco: Sacred Valley & Maras Salt Mines Tour with Lunch

Explore the Sacred Valley of the Incas on this full-day tour that includes hotel pickup from the Cusco historic center. See archaeological sites at Chinchero, Ollantaytambo and Pisac, the Maras Salt Mines, and textile production sites. Savor a tasty buffet lunch that includes a vegetarian option. Begin with an early morning pickup from your hotel in the Cusco historic center. Relax on the scenic drive to Chinchero where you can step back in time at the archaeological sites and stroll through its colorful artisan market. Head to the town of Maras and capture pictures of the sprawling salt mines where salt has been gathered from hillside pools since Inca times. Continue to the mountain-surrounded town of Urubamba for a delicious buffet lunch. After lunch, travel to Ollantaytambo, to take in the Ollantaytambo ruins where there is a a massive Inca fortress, a Sun Temple, and the Princess Baths fountain. Finally, visit the town of Pisac to discover the the Pisac archaeological site and go for a stroll in a vibrant artisan market. Return to the city of Cusco in the early evening and be dropped off in the main square where you can find a nice place to have dinner after your tour. Note: Because we will be visiting 5 tourist atractions, take a note that the time to visit each one will be limited and the information will be given on the bus.

Cusco: Chinchero, Moray, and Salt Mines Tour

6. Cusco: Chinchero, Moray, and Salt Mines Tour

Your tour will start with your group pick-up. From there you will drive for about an hour to Chinchero, making a short stop in this town to visit one of the last traditional families. You will also learn about ancient textiles and the weaving process. After driving 30 minutes more, you will arrive to Moray, the ancient Inka agriculture laboratory located in a rare topographical depression in which the Inkas developed into unique circular terraces. You will learn how this entire area was also watered by a well-engineered irrigation system. After enjoying Moray, you will continue for another hour to the Salineras Salt Mines of Maray, your last destination on your tour. The salt mine is actually a vast collection of terraces born from a water stream high on a mountain. Over many centuries this salt spring has been channeled to 1,000 small pools. People wait for the sunny days to evaporate the water which leaves the pure salt behind, a technique of which has been used since pre-Inka times. You will finally drive approximately 1.5 hours back to Cusco, where your group will be dropped off near the Main Plaza de Armas.

From Cusco: Moray, Maras Salt Mines & Chinchero Weavers Tour

7. From Cusco: Moray, Maras Salt Mines & Chinchero Weavers Tour

Get picked up from your hotel in Cusco and set off for Chinchero, situated at an elevation of 3,762 meters. Take a tour of a weaving workshop, where local artisans continue the Quechua tradition. See how they use natural plants to extract colors for their Andean art. Continue to Moray, situated at an elevation of 3,450 meters (11,318 feet). Marvel at the mesmerizing terraced landscape and irrigation system. Next, visit Maras Village and see the preserved colonial architecture and thin-stoned buildings. Proceed to the remarkable Salineras salt mines, comprising 3,000 small pools. Explore this historic site that dates back to pre-Inca times and continues to produce salt that is processed and distributed in the region. Finally, return to the city in time to enjoy lunch on your own.

From Cusco: Maras and Moray 5-Hour Tour

8. From Cusco: Maras and Moray 5-Hour Tour

Head out on a drive along the Andean plateau in Chinchero to take in fantastic views of the Chicon Mountain as your 6-hour tour begins. Stop in Moray for a guided visit of the deep circular terraces of Moray. The purpose of the terraces is uncertain, but their depth, design and orientation with respect to wind and sun create a temperature difference of up to 15C/27 F from the top to the bottom. It is thought that the temperature difference was used to study the effects of different climatic conditions on crops. Continue to the Maras salt mines, comprising around 3,000 small wells of about 5 square meters. They have been used since Incan times for economic exchange.

From Cusco: Chinchero, Moray, Maras and Ollantaytambo

9. From Cusco: Chinchero, Moray, Maras and Ollantaytambo

Get picked up from your hotel in Cusco and travel to Chinchero. Explore the archaeological site and and visit an Andean textile center to learn about the processing of alpaca wool. Next, travel to Moray to see the circular terraces. These fascinating structures were used as agricultural laboratories by the Inca. Later, move on to Maras and its 3,500 salt extraction sites. Learn about the extraction process and have some time to take photos and videos. At noon, go to the heart of the Sacred Valley of the Incas, Urubamba. Stop for a delicious Andean Buffet lunch. Continue your journey at the archaeological site of Ollantaytambo. There, you can discover Inca architecture and design and take in spectacular views of the valley. This tour ends at Ollantaytambo at 3:30 pm. You have the option of staying in the main square or taking the train to Aguas Calientes. Note: The rest of the group will continue the Tour to visit Pisaq and finally come back to Cusco

Cusco: Full-Day Sacred Valley and Maras Tour

10. Cusco: Full-Day Sacred Valley and Maras Tour

Discover the best of Cusco's Sacred Valley on this full-day tour. After getting picked up from your hotel in Cusco in the morning, head to an archaeological zone and textile center located in Chinchero. Later, visit the archaeological park of Moray, before passing through the town of Maras and visiting the Salineras salt mines. Stop for lunch in the village of Urubamba before traveling to the archaeological sites of Ollantaytambo. Finally, visit the archaeological park of Pisaq, after which you will visit the nearby town to explore the craft market. At the end of the day, get dropped off in downtown Cusco.

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Overall rating

4.5
(460 reviews)

Awesome experience! Best day in my Peru trip. If you hesitate because the note is lower than other tours, please don't. I loved every minute. I went alone and I felt welcomed. We were a group of 19 people, the pace was not too fast and felt I could enjoy my day! I'm not the most sporty person and I was physically ok. Multiple toilet stops planned along the shops and attractions were a big plus. Views to get there are absolutely amazing and the guide Yenny is so funny and lovely. Thank you soooo much!

Very interesting itinerary at all stops (Chinchero, Maras, Salinerss and Ollantaytambo). The guide, Darwin, was very friendly and gave good explanations. Very correct buffet lunch. Additionally, this tour is a very good option if you take the train to MachuPicchu on the same day in the afternoon.

Fantastic. Everything promised occurred. Guide very knowledgeable and courteous. The tour was over 10 hours and cost $38. Even though paid directly for an entry ticket, still think this was one of the best values ever. Loved it.

After asking, we were able to take our luggage to Ollataytambo and thus combine the useful with the beautiful. We had a wonderful tour and saved the extra transfer to Ollataytambo :)

Loved every minute of it! Amazing guide, amazing group of people, everything was very organized.