From Cusco: Private Half-Day Maras and Moray Tour
- Private group
- Pickup available
- Duration: 6 hours
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.
Day 1: Start with pickup at 7:00 AM from your hotel and travel to the village of Maras. En route, you can appreciate the beauty of the Sacred Valley. Make a brief stop at the Raqchi viewpoint where you will see the imposing snow-capped mountains of Chicon, Salkantay, and Veronica. Arrive at Maras and visit Las Salineras, where you can take in the spectacular sight of its 3,000 individual salt pools on the hillside. These pools have been used to harvest salt since Incan times. Later, visit the circular farming terraces of Moray, also dating back to the Incas. Arrive at the community of Misminay, where you will be greeted by traditional music and dancing. Enjoy a traditional lunch with the local people. Afterwards, be guided to the viewpoint of the mountain of Waninmarca. Be enchanted by the fantastic views of Moray and the Sacred Valley. Return to the village for dinner...
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...
You will be picked up from your hotel at around 08:00 and head to Moray. The drive is about an hour and 20 minutes and is absolutely beautiful. You will drive through the snow-capped peaks of the Andes, through lush yellow fields of wheat and past some villages. Finally, you will arrive to the fascinating display of terraces in Moray. Moray boasts three amphitheater-like terraces made by the Incas. These terraces, which are carved deep into the earth in a bowl shape, were thought to be used to determine the optimal conditions for growing crops. When you are done exploring Moray, you will head to the salt mines of Maras, which is about 2 miles away. This village is known as a former salt-producing center that is thought to date back all the way to pre-Inca times. There are over 3000 salt pools all carved into the mountain side, being filled daily by a little stream of water. The last pl...
Your experience will begin with a 1-hour and 20-minute drive throughout which you will see the snow-capped peaks of the Andes, lush yellow fields of wheat, and some villages. Finally, you will arrive to the fascinating display of terraces in Moray. Moray boasts three amphitheater-like terraces which were made by the Incas. These terraces, which are carved deep into the earth in the shape of a bowl, were thought to be used to determine the optimal conditions for growing crops. When you are done exploring Moray, you will travel just over 3 kilometers to the salt mines of Maras. This village is known as a former salt-producing center and is thought to date back all the way to pre-Incan times. There are over 3,000 salt pools carved into the mountainside which are filled daily by a stream of water. This spectacular area is perfect for you if you wish to see something different outside of 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.
Spend the day visiting archaeological sites and getting to know the mysterious Incan civilization on this day trip from Cusco. Visit the Sacred Valley with stops in Chinchero, Maras, and Moray. Meet your guide in Cusco and depart for Chinchero. Chinchero was an important town of the Incan Empire and is located on a terrace at about 3500 meters above sea level. The beautiful Andean landscape surrounds the town, with Chincero being framed by the calm beauty of the Chicón and Verónica snow-capped mountains. Every Sunday, the town becomes a trade center for products from the neighboring communities. After visiting Chinchero, go to the archaeological sites in Maras and Moray. In Maras be impressed by the salt mines. The salt deposits from these mines were used to trade for products from other regions of the empire. In Moray see archaeological remains composed of mysterious concentric circul...
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It was a super nice tour. Our guide Franco very helpful, always ready to answer any of our questions and we would always recommend it. Thanks Franco, number one -)