Full Day Tour to Maras and Moray
- Pickup available
- Duration: 8 hours
Start your day by meeting your friendly driver/guide at your hotel. From here, you will take a scenic drive before enjoying a panoramic visit to a beautiful landscape where the finest salt in the world is extracted, the Maras salt mines. Continue on your tour by heading to Moray, a fascinating archaeological site located in the Sacred Valley of the Incas. There, you will visit and be amazed at its huge concentric terraces, which the Incas used as a botanical laboratory. Afterwards, you will head to Chinchero to enjoy a traditional lunch. After lunch, continue to the PARWA Center, a picturesque place where you can appreciate beautiful textiles and even buy some to take a little bit of Cusco back home with you. Afterwards, you will visit the church of Chinchero, which was built by the Spanish in 1607 and amazingly remains standing to this day. This experience finishes with a visit to the...
View the Sacred Valley from up high on an exciting 30 minute helicopter ride. See the region's most famous sites and stunning landscapes from the sky. Your helicopter experience starts at the international airport of Cusco, where you will receive a brief safety talk before takeoff. Once in the air, you will head towards the Sacred Valley. Fly above two of the most magnificent Inca constructions, the Maras and Moray. See Maras, a salt extraction center that has been operating since the time of the Incas. Made up of thousands of rectangular water deposits located on the side of a mountain, be stunned by this out-of-this-world landscape. Also pass over Moray, an enormous construction of concentric circles that worked as an agricultural laboratory.
Your day will start with a hotel pick-up, before your first visit of the day to Moray. The site contains unusual old buildings, mostly consisting of several enormous terraced circular depressions, the largest of which is about 30 meters deep. Moray was perhaps an Inca agricultural experiment station. As many other Inca sites, it has a sophisticated irrigation system. Learn about Moray and visit it's archaeological sites. Continue your day visiting Maras Salt Mines. During the pre-Incas time, salt was obtained in Maras by evaporating of salty water, provided by a nearby subterranean spring in the sun, leaving the salt behind. The main channel flowed through the mountain and down to all the pools. As the salt saturates the water, its crystals precipitate out of the water. There are over 3000 salt flats, so when light is reflected off them, the view is impressive.
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