A brief history of Maras Moray and Salt Mines: Maras and Moray are located on the northwest of Cusco, just 1 hour driving through Andean villages as Chinchero and the picturesque town of Maras. This colonial town preserves mansions and pretty church surrounded by typical and rustic buildings where the local's live dedicated to the agriculture... One of the main attraction next of Moray is located gigantic natural holes in the surface of the land that were used to construct in their contours agricultural terraces or platforms with their respective channels of irrigation, is because a prototype of conservatory or biological experimental station enough outpost for his time that helped to that the American man of the antiquity inherited to the humanity a 60% of the vegetal products that consumes, that the Andean man consumes a thousand and average of diverse varieties of Popes, hundred and means of maize, and very many other products produced till today by local farmers.
This amphitheater of Moray also is known as agricultural laboratory, made up of four circular terraces that seem to disappear within the highlands, by way of an artificial crater. Apparently, the place was an Inca agricultural research center devoted to crop experimentation over different altitudinal levels of their land (some more than 100m deep). The terraces were built on retaining walls filled with fertile soil and watered by complex irrigation systems, allowed to grow more than 250 plant species. Through the use of concentric terraces and because the temperatures at each level are different from each other, have played all ecological zones covering the rule of the Inca empire.
This tour on ATV is designed for families group, friends etc, whose look for a group adventure visiting the most typical and traditional places in Cusco city such as Chinchero the archeological site of Moray, Maras village and Salt mines of Maras so this is just for a couple of hours and well recommend to have a fun day acclimatization.
- Duration of the tour From: 9 or 1:00pm till
- Departure time: 9:00 am OR 1:00 pm
- Distance of tour: 150 Km
- Season From: January to December