Maras Moray Salt Mines & Sacred Valley Tour (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.You will also explore the fortress of Ollantaytambo with many rural villages along the way, Urubamba for buffet lunch, Pisac market & ruins , Alpaca farm and the zoo of Cochahuasi.
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, the tour continues towards OLLANTAYTAMBO, an archaeological site that the Incas built as a fort and includes a temple, agricultural terraces, and an urban área. There are two distinct sectors: Araqama Ayllu, the religious and worship zone, and Qosqo Ayllu, the residential area. Ollantaytambo was an important administrative center with probable military functions due to the walls and towers. There are also traces of ancient roads and aqueducts.
The town of Ollantaytambo is called a Living-Inca-Town, since the inhabitants maintain very old practices and customs. Afternoon, you will stop in Urubamba to enjoy a tasty buffet lunch in one of the great restaurant (variety of dishes and vegetarian optional) after the lunch, the tour continues to the Andean native markets and ruins of PISAC. This mountainous region of Peru offers mystical awe-inspiring sights to discover… along with farms and villages that welcome you with a taste of daily life.The ancient capital of the Inca Empire, On the way back to Cusco , you will stop at the ALPACA FARM or AWANACANCHA which is a weaving center with the goal to keep alive the traditional textile arts. Here you can see four members of the camelids family – llama, alpacas, vicunas and guanacos. Alpaca have thick wool and is the most commonly used while the vicunas are small and delicate with fur considered the finest. You can meet these fours camelids, learn about the harvesting of the different wools and the natural dying techniques and have change to see native weavers from different areas showing their weaving style and dress and then , before return to Cusco , you will stop at the ZOO of COCHAHUASI where you can observe the flight of the CONDOR`S, Andean pumas, fox, deer’s, parrots, macaws and variety of animals and birds and finally , transfer back to your hotel of Cusco.
Highlights of Tour
• The colorful town of Chinchero
• Terracing of Moray,Maras and Salt Mines
• Ollantaytambo town and ruins.
• Andean buffet lunch in Urubamba ( Upon request by our customers )
• Pisac market and The Ruins
• Alpaca Farm and the zoo of Cochahuasi
Maras Moray Salt Mines and Sacred Valley Tour (Full Day)
Detailed Travel Program
Maras Moray Salt Mines and Sacred Valley Tour (1D)
Maras & Moray, Peru has one of the largest networks of Inca remains and following the innumerable trails that connect with the most amazing sites in the Cusco, Puno, Nazca, Lima, Arequipa, Paracas, passing through remote villages out of the reach of motorized vehicles, and having the chance to get know local Andean communities and learn their amazing life style.
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.
Start Time: 8:00 am
Duration: 10 Hours
Private Service: Private Service for organized groups departs any day. Highly recommended.