Duration: Half Day
Tour Type: Cultural
Max.Height : 3,399 msnm
Group sizes: +2
Fisica Level: Easy
We offer Tour Maras Moray every day (8:00 a.m – 3:00 pm). First we will make a stop in Chinchero, where we will appreciate the process of dyeing wool with which local people weave different garments.
Then we will continue to the salt mines where we will observe the process of salt extraction; after a brief rest we will go to the agricultural center of Moray and after the explanation of the guide we will return to the city of Cusco.
Overview Tour Maras Moray
- 08:00 – 08:30 Pick up from your hotel and transfer by tourist bus.
- 09:40 – 10:00 Stop in the town of Chinchero.
- 11:00 – 12:00 Guided tour of the Maras salt mines.
- 12:30 – 13:00 Guided tour at the agricultural interpretation center of Moray.
- 13:30 – 14:30 Transfer by bus back to the city of Cusco.
We will pick up from the hotel at 8:00 am on our private mobility, to go to the town of Chinchero, passing through very typical populations and beautiful landscapes that we can enjoy in our tour, we will visit to the following places :
Itinerary Tour Maras Moray
First of all we will make a short visit to the town of Chinchero where people still maintain their ancestral traditions, we will observe the dyeing of wool used to make clothing and then sell it.
The Salt Mines: Those are salt mines whose exploitation is as old as the Tahuantinsuyo. Located on the slope of the hill, in the form of terraces or platforms is crossed by a stream which feeds salt water pools. The use of Maras Salt dates thousands of years ago and is inherited in each family, but is managed in a communal way.
Maras: Located in the province of Urubamba at 3300 masl. From there you can appreciate the Vilcanota mountain range and the snowy peaks: “El Chikón” (5530 masl), “Putukisi” “La Verónica” (5682 masl). Nowadays this picturesque town keeps attractive of the pre-hispanic, colonial and republican period, emphasizing in the town streets and colonial fronts with shields of the nobles and caciques of the centuries XVII and XVIII.
Moray: It is about 7 km southwest of Maras and 53 km from Cusco with altitude of 3,385 masl; Is a unique archaeological group of its kind in the region. They are giant natural holes that were used by the Inkas who built terraces or agricultural platforms with their respective irrigation canals, is therefore a prototype of greenhouse, this place is where incredible gains were made in agriculture.
After visit those places, return to Cusco.
Included in Tour Maras Moray
- Professional guide (English or Spanish).
- Turist Transportation.
- Entrances tickets.
- Box lunch
Not Included in the Trip
- Tips (optional).
- Things not mentioned above.
LIST OF THINGS YOU SHOULD BRING
- Photo Camera
- Mineral Water
- Light Clothes.
To carry out this tour you, you will need the following:
- Tourist Ticket General: This ticket serves you to visit the City Tour, Sacred Valley, and the South Valley, and other museums in the city.
- International Tourists: Adults/. 130.00 – Students/. 70.00
- National Tourists: Adults/. 70.00 – Students/. 40.00
- Partial Tourist Ticket: This ticket is for City Tour, the Sacred Valley or only the South Valley.
- International Tourists: Adults/. 70.00
- National Tourist. Adults/. 40.00
Group Service or Shared Service
US $ 55.00 per person
US $ 95.00 per person (from 2 to 6 people).
Maras of the Sacred Valley: Is a town located to 48 km, to the northwest of Cusco city, to 12 km of Urubamba and on the 3300 masl. The temperature fluctuates between 1 to 21 degrees Celsius.
Maras was an important town during the viceroyalty (it was the main salt supplier in the southern highlands), as evidenced by the church and houses that still have the Indian nobility shields on their facades.
The houses are of adobe, white walls with roofs and blue windows, the streets are of stone and mud. On the lintels can be read inscribed in stone the date in which they were built, its owner or some shield or ornament. Maras was founded by the Spaniards in 1556, and it was in charge of the encomendero Pedro Ortiz de Orue, whose house is located one block from the place of arms, in its lintel of its door the data of its owner is read, he was who establish this custom, which continues today. It is recommended to see the house belonging to the Inca Tupac Sinchi Roca (Jerusalem 249), the Jesuit portal (Jerusalem 233), the cover of Sancho Usca Paucar (Jerusalem 245) that surprises by its work and ornamentation. The church San Francisco built by Orue, has four altarpieces in the baroque style of the seventeenth century, with beautiful carvings and covered with gold leaf. There are paintings on the walls of the painter of the Cusco school Antonio Sinchi Roca, with scenes from the Gospel and portraits of saints.
At present the main economic activity of Maras is agriculture. Among its most visited attractions are the Salineras, located 10 km away of the village and nearby is located the Andenes de Moray
The Salt mines of Maras: Those are salt mines, whose exploitation is as old as the Tahuantinsuyo. Located on the slope of the hill, in the form of terraces or platforms is crossed by a stream which feeds salt water pools. The use of Maras Salt dates thousands of years ago and is inherited in each family, but is managed in a communal way.
The name of the saline in Quechua is kachi raqay and it is composed of about four thousand pools of about five square meters each approximately, the water seeps into the pools and evaporates by the action of the intense sun, making the coarse salt crystals appear. After 1 month the salt reaches 10cm high and has to be harvested. The place is highly recommended for lovers of photography. The area is ideal for trekking and mountain biking.
Andenes de Moray: These are terraces or agricultural platforms built in depressions or gigantic natural holes. These terraces are superposed concentrically, taking the form of a gigantic amphitheater. The largest hole has a depth of 150 m and the average height of the platforms is 1.80 m.
According to historians these constructions constituted an important agricultural laboratory of the Inca Empire. Since their platforms are built with their respective irrigation channels and each of them constitute a microclimate. What is striking is the large annual average temperature difference between the top and bottom of the depressions, a difference that reaches up to 15 ° C. The platforms, built on retaining walls filled with fertile soil and irrigated by complex irrigation systems, allowed to cultivate more than 250 plant species. These platforms served as Inca agricultural laboratory to experiment with their crops.