Day Trips to Maras

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  • From Cusco: Private Half-Day Maras and Moray Tour

    1. From Cusco: Private Half-Day Maras and Moray Tour

    Immerse yourself in the Inca culture on this half-day trip to 2 important Inca sites. Get picked up from your hotel in Cusco in the morning and head to the archaeological sites of Moray. Experience the site's unusual Inca ruins, consisting of several circular terraces. Learn more about the terraces function and their complex irrigation system before heading to the colonial village of Maras. In Maras, enjoy a visit to the nearby salt evaporation ponds at the Salineras Salt Mine and marvel at the vastness of the complex, which consists of over 3000 evaporation pools, and is still in use today. Get dropped off back at your hotel in Cusco in the afternoon.

  • From Cusco: Moray and Salt Mines Quad Bike Tour

    2. From Cusco: Moray and Salt Mines Quad Bike Tour

    Get back to nature in the dramatic landscapes of the Andes Mountains and experience the amazing scenery of the Sacred Valley by Quad Bike. Benefit from pick-up at your hotel in Cusco, and then journey through typical villages to reach the colonial town of Maras. Admire the pretty church and rustic buildings of the pretty town center and watch the locals going about their everyday lives farming the surroundings. Visit the archaeological site of Moray to see the incredible terraced holes that form an amphitheater-like depression on the surface of the land. Learn how the holes were used by the Incas in ancient times to acclimatize seeds from the Andes Mountains. Next, visit the salt ponds that the locals continue to work to obtain salt at the mines, just as their ancestors did in the days of the Inca Empire.

    It was well organized and the guides explained throughly the operation of the quads. Safety first. Beautiful scenery.

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

    3. Cusco: Moray, Maras Salt Mines & Weavers Half-Day Tour

    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.

    The experience was great and the guide was very sweet and informative of the history and facts of each site.

  • Sacred Valley: Maras & Moray by Quad Bike from Cusco

    4. Sacred Valley: Maras & Moray by Quad Bike from Cusco

    Benefit from pick-up at your hotel in Cusco, and then travel to Cruz Pata in the heart of the Sacred Valley. Get a briefing and training session on how to drive a Quad Bike to make sure you feel comfortable and confident before you set off. Venture onwards to the archaeological site of Moray to look closely at the remains of the terraces built by the Incas to experiment with adapting crops. Continue to the town of Pueblo de Maras and get beautiful views of the Urubamba mountain range. Gaze in awe at the peaks of the Veronica and Chicón mountains before going down to the historic Salineras salt mines. Take a different route back and enjoy a snack on arrival.

    The ATV to the Circular terraces was awesome!!! And the circular terraces itself was amazing!!! Edgar did a great job explaining the history of the terraces. He also was very patient and kind, staying with me as I huffed and puffed going back up. The same was true of our other guide, whom I missed getting his name. He stayed with me as well during the uphill climb from the salineras. Both of them also took awesome videos of us, making the videos look like it was taken by a drone. Thank you guys for an awesome experience!!!

  • Sacred Valley: Huaypoo Lagoon and Maras by Quad Bike

    5. Sacred Valley: Huaypoo Lagoon and Maras by Quad Bike

    Enjoy this amazing experience by quad bike. Begin with a private transfer from Cusco, then arrive in the community of Cruz Pata in the heart of the Sacred Valley of the Incas. After a few minutes of training, you will be ready to get going. Your first stop will be the imposing Laguna de Huaypo, about which many stories and legends are still told. Feel the adventure as you head out along the path that will take you to Moray, the Inca agricultural experimentation center. Then, you head to Pueblo De Maras, from where you can admire the best views of the Cordillera Urubamba and the mountains Veronica and Chicon. From there, you will descend to the salt mines known as Salineras, where your experienced guides will surprise you with a new route back.

  • From Cusco: Maras and Moray 6-Hour Tour

    6. From Cusco: Maras and Moray 6-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.

    The tour covered Salineras de Maras and Moray and also a stop at one farm where they present you how they color the wool from llamas and alpacas and then they ask you to buy something several times. That last part I didn’t like as much. We also stopped at one shop in Maras where we had a chocolate tasting and then you could buy all kinds of salt and chocolates, but nobody pressed you. The guide was excellent! The bus driver drove very fast so the ride was very bumpy. The tour started and ended on time which was very nice.

  • From Cusco: Sacred Valley, Pisac, Maras & Moray Day Trip

    7. From Cusco: Sacred Valley, Pisac, Maras & Moray Day Trip

    During this Sacred Valley day tour, go to the must-visit sites of Cusco and have a chance to try traditional Incan beer. Get picked up from your hotel in Cusco's city center and head to your first stop, Mirador Taray. Take in the spectacular views of the Andes and the Sacred Valley to prepare for your day of discovery.  Continue to the town of Pisac, the site of a popular market. See how locals dye alpaca wool with natural plants of the region. Visit the archaeological site and see its terraces, Incan cemeteries, and royal buildings. Afterward, move 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. From here, go to Urubamba and to...

    Guide Algredo was awesome. He reinforces his eloquent speeches eith repeats that allowd u to retain all the information he dissipates. He showed us around on a busy day that covers Maras salt mines, Moray ruins, Chincherro ruins, a visit to a authentic Incan handicraft place, and the highlight being the Sacred calley at Ollantaytambo. Alfredo went above and beyond every single time you have questions and concerns. At the end of the tour, Alfredo helped us find the office of the next tour we had scheduled by walking with us around the Plaza de Armas at Cusco because of police blockade. Lunch at Taki wasi was an exotic buffet spread, it was sumptuous. Driver of the van was great, drove safely and never made any rough maneuvers. I highly recommend this tour with Alfredo and his driver Tinto.

  • Lima: 7-Day Inca Adventure with Flights

    8. Lima: 7-Day Inca Adventure with Flights

    Day 1: Arrival to Lima and City Tour Upon your arrival to Lima, your representative will be waiting with a sign stating your name. From there you'll be transferred to your respective hotel where you can check-in. You'll soon begin a city tour through Lima, which will begin with panoramic views of the Pucllana Pyramid or Huaca Pucllana, the historical center of Lima. It will be there that you can appreciate more than fifty monuments and colonial buildings, and once the tour has finished you'll return to your hotel. Day 2: Paracas, Ica, and Huacachina with Buggies and Sandboarding Day 2 begins with pickup from your hotel between 4:30AM to 5:00AM. You will begin with a trip to the Paracas Peninsula to visit the Ballestas Islands, which are a national reserve. From there, continue your trip to the city of Ica for a demonstration with wines and traditiona...

  • Cusco: Pisac, Maras, Moray, Ollantaytambo Small Group Tour

    9. Cusco: Pisac, Maras, Moray, Ollantaytambo Small Group Tour

    Get to know the most interesting and must-visit spots in the Sacred Valley on this small-group day tour. This carefully planned itinerary works to avoid the masses of tourists and allows you plenty of time at each site. You'll learn about the archeological hot spots of Cusco and Perú from guides who are passionate and knowledgeable about the country's history. Discover the ruins of Pisac, the salt mines of Maras with their amazing views (which make for incredible pictures), the Moray Terraces, and Ollantaytambo. Enjoy the chance to see all the top sites including Pisac even if you choose the option for drop-off in Ollantaytambo to catch your train or stay for the night. Itinerary: 7:30 AM: Pickup from your hotel 9:00 AM: Visit of Chinchero 11:00 AM: Visit of the Moray 12:00 PM: Visit of Maras Salt Mines 1:30 PM: Lunch in Urubamba 2:40 PM: Visit of Ollantaytambo 4:00 PM: Drop-off at th...

    We had a fantastic day on our tour. The tour guide Luis was fantastic. He was very knowledgeable and also very friendly. The lunch buffet was delicious too. We couldn't ask for a better day.

  • From Cusco: City Tour, Maras, and Machu Picchu 3-Day Tour

    10. From Cusco: City Tour, Maras, and Machu Picchu 3-Day Tour

    Day 1: Cusco City Tour   Following a pickup from your hotel between 1:10 PM and 1:25 PM, visit the Cusco Cathedral followed by the the most important temple in the Inca Empire, Qorikancha. Then, board the transport and discover ancient ruins at Saqsayhuaman, Qenko, Puka Pukara, and Tambomachay, enjoying stories and explanations at each point. Return to Cusco around 7:30 PM and make your own way back to your accommodation. Day 2: Maras and Salineras Depart with a pickup from your hotel between 8:25 AM and 8:55 AM and then be on your way to Maras in the Sacred Valley of southeastern Peru, famous for its salt mines and marshes. Situated an hour from Cusco, enjoy an explanation of the town before going to a salt marsh where you'll also have views of the snowy and sacred mountains. Return to Cusco around 3 PM when you will be dropped off at or nearby your...

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What people are saying about Maras

Overall rating

4.2 / 5

based on 43 reviews

The ATV to the Circular terraces was awesome!!! And the circular terraces itself was amazing!!! Edgar did a great job explaining the history of the terraces. He also was very patient and kind, staying with me as I huffed and puffed going back up. The same was true of our other guide, whom I missed getting his name. He stayed with me as well during the uphill climb from the salineras. Both of them also took awesome videos of us, making the videos look like it was taken by a drone. Thank you guys for an awesome experience!!!

Good times! It was my first time on a quad and my friends are all very experienced. We all had a great time. Very dusty so definitely bring sunglasses.

It was well organized and the guides explained throughly the operation of the quads. Safety first. Beautiful scenery.

Very nice tour. Thank you Carlos for being such a wonderful guide.

Versatile excursion, interesting and friendly guide; We recommend