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Maras, Moray and Salt Mines with Picnic – Half Day

It’s picnic time!

This full day tour will give you the opportunity to explore the less visited colonial town of Maras, Inca ruins of Moray, and unique Pre-Inca salt mines of Salineras. Maras and Moray are areas where the Incas cultivated different products, such as potatoes and corn, and you will also see evidence of coca leaf horticulture. These sites are well worth visiting as you will experience first-hand the remarkable Incan engineering and their unique agricultural techniques, such as drainage systems that continue to function to this day. The salt mines or “Salineras” was a very important place for Peru´s ancestors and remains a significant locale for surrounding communities. The salt pools have been passed down from generation to generation and are still to this day maintained by a community, who cultivate the salt and prepare it for purchase. In addition, on this tour you will see fascinating views of local agricultural terrain and the Andes across the valley.

    • Type of tour: Historical tour
    • Duration: 8:30am to 3pm
    • Crowds: Moderate
    • Pick up time: Starts at 8:20am
    • Pick up location: At your hotel in Cusco City Centre
    • Maximum 10 people per service

  • In this lovely one day tour we visit Moray, perhaps the most unusual of the Inca ruins and then descend to Sacred Valley of the Incas, via the salt mines at Salineras. Departure time from Cusco is at 8:20am.

    We will pass along Chinchero & continue on to the village of Maras and then to Moray. A pre-Inca site, though used by the Incas, Moray is a series of agricultural terraces which were believed to be an experimental agricultural station for different crop strains.

    We spend about one hour exploring these huge amphitheaters before heading back cross country through traditional farmland to the charming village of Maras. Walking along the cusp of the Sacred Valley we are rewarded with views of the opposite snow-capped mountains. Enjoy a lovely picnic on route.

    Visit sleepy, charming Maras before heading downhill to Salineras, sometimes meeting large numbers of donkey trains carrying the salt uphill. Salineras is a collection of watered terraces that take salt from an underground salty stream, which is collected by locals through a fascinating process of evaporation. The pools and salt embankments are an incredible sight against the stunning mountain backdrop.

    From Salineras our private transport collects us and returns us to Cusco.

    From Salineras our private transport collects us and returns us to Cusco, via Urubamba (about 2 hours drive).

  • What’s Included

    • Pick from hotel in Cusco.
    • Private transportation.
    • Private English speaking guide.
    • All entrance fees
    • Snacks for picnic
    • Drop off at hotel in Cusco.

    What’s not Included

    • Extras & Gratuities
    • Breakfast and Dinner
    • Drinks at lunch time is not included
    • Pick up outside Cusco City Centre.

    • This is a group service and if client is not ready at pick up time might lose tour. We cannot make the rest of the group wait.
    • Pick up time is at client’s hotel in Cusco City Centre, if hotel is outside the City Centre there is an extra fee and has to let us know in advance for coordination.
    • This tour includes snacks and there are food options for those that have allergies or restrictions, please let us know these in advance.
    • Sacred Valley Tour involves visiting Maras market were you can buy great souvenirs so they can bring extra money.
    • Bring sunscreen, sunglasses, hat, a jacket, passport, water and good vibes!

  • Price

    US$130.00 per person

 

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