Maras Moray and City Tour of Cusco (Full Day)
Maras & Moray, Peru has one of the largest networks of Incan remains and you will get to know local Andean communities passing through remote villages and City tour in Cusco which is the old historical heart of Peru and the capital of the Incan Empire. Take a tour of the City, Sacsayhuaman, Qenko, Tambomachay and Pucapucara.
At 8:00am or upon your arrival to the airport of CUSCO, you will be picked up by your English speaking guide where you will catch our comfortable private vehicle for this amazing trip to to the colorful village of CHINCHERO, where we will find the ruins of the Tupac Inca Yupanqui Royal House, we will appreciate its well preserve Inca wall in the main square and you will visit the beauty Colonial Temple with invaluable portraits, built over Inca Bases and then you will continue with the tour to the Inca site of MORAY. This is a fascinating, unique ruin; a fabulous amphitheater of terracing that was used as an agricultural experimental site by the Incas by taking advantage of the microclimates produced by the varying altitude to breed new varieties of their crops. We shall also visit the village of MARAS, and the salt pans which have made it famous. The salt pans are an unforgettable site-people from Maras have diverted a salt-laden spring coming out of the hillside, evaporating the water to collect salt, as their ancestors have done for centuries. We will walk among the SALT PANS; witnessing a scene largely unchanged from Inca times, afternoon, return to Cusco to start with the famous City tour of Cusco where you will visit TAMBOMACHAY (Temple of the Water) a center of adoration and worship of water. PUCAPUCARA (Reddish place) that was used as a military control center… Q`ENQO (Labyrinth) A religious center dedicated to the adoration. SACSAYHUAMAN (Majestic place with impressive works in stone which some up to 120 tons) MAIN CATHEDRAL (Marvel of the religious) KORICANCHA (Temple of the sun) afternoon, you will be drop off to your Hotel in Cusco.
Highlights of Tour
• The colorful town of Chinchero
• Terracing of Moray,Maras and Salt Mines
• Sacsayhuaman, Qenqo, Pucapucara & Tambomachay
Maras Moray and City Tour of Cusco (Full Day)
Detailed Travel Program
Maras Moray and City Tour of Cusco (1D)
Located on the West of Cusco to 3300 m.s.n.m thence is appraised the mountain range of Urubamba and the summits of the Veronica (5682 m.s.n.m) and the Chicon (5530 m.a.s.l) Its important occupation began when the cusqueños noble of the Inkari were undressed of their palaces in the Qosqo and had to leave to settle down in other small towns like Maras. It has a church made in you marinate, typical from the provincial religious architecture, to the interior of the church keep linen cloths from the Cusqueña School.
About 7 km to the southwest of Maras; it is unique archaeological group in his sort in the region. One is depressions or 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, the Andean man consume a thousand and average of diverse varieties of Potatoes, hundred and means of maize, and very many other products.
Or salt mines: located to the northwest of the town of Maras are constituted by about 3000 small wells with an area average of about 5 ms², during the time of drought they fill or they water every 3 days with salt water that emanates of a located natural manante in the superior part of wells so that when evaporating the water, the salt contained in this one is solidified gradually. later the salt is struck and thus granulated; the salt later will be pocketed in plastic bags and shipment to the markets of the region;
Cuzco is a city in southeastern Peru, near the Urubamba valley (Sacred Valley) of the Andes mountain range. Cuzco was the capital of Inca Empire. Many believe that the city was planned to be shaped like a Puma. The city had two sectors: the urin and hanan, which were further divided to each encompass two of the four provinces, Chinchaysuyo (NW), Antisuyo (NE), Contisuyo (SW), and Collasuyo (SE). A road led from each of these quarters to the corresponding quarter of the empire. Each local leader was required to build a house in the city and live part of the year in Cuzco, but only in the quarter of Cuzco that corresponded to the quarter of the empire he had territory in. According to Inca legend, the city was built by sapac Inca Pachachacuti, the man who transformed the Kingdom of Cuzco from a sleepy city-state into the vastempire of Tahuantinsuyo. But archaeological evidence points to a slower, more organic growth of the city beginning before Pachacuti. There was however a city plan and two rivers were channeled around the city. The first Spaniards arrived in the city on November 15th, 1533. Spanish conquistador Francisco Pizarro, officially discovered Cuzco on March 23th, 1534, naming it the “Very noble and great city of Cuzco”. The many buildings constructed after the Spanish conquest are of Spanish influence with a mix of Inca architecture, including the Santa Clara and San Blas barrios. The Spanish undertook the construction of a new city on the foundations of the old Inca city, replacing temples with churches and palaces with mansions for the conquerors. During the colony, the city of Cuzco was very prosperous thanks to the agriculture, cattle rising, mining as well as the trade with Spain. This allowed the construction of many churches and convents, and even a Cathedral, university and an Archbishopric. Often, Spanish buildings were juxtaposed atop the massive stone walls built by the Inca.
Start Time: 8:00 am
Duration: 10 Hours
Private Service: Private Service for organized groups departs any day. Highly recommended.