Maras and Moray - Half a day Tour
The tour of the Salt mines of Maras and the agricultural terraces of Moray is a great complement for your Machu Picchu tours. Appreciate snow-capped mountains, crops fields and traditional villages. Daily departures for singles and groups. This tour starts and ends in Cusco and the journey is by tourist bus.
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Half a day tour: Maras and Moray
Attractions Included in this tour:
Half a Day Tour of Maras and Moray
The tour starts at 09:00 am with pick up from your hotel; we head towards the Quechua village of Chinchero where we will have a quick stop. This town is located 28 km from Cusco city and is surrounded by patchwork style fields of exquisite natural colours. Chinchero is a charming town, with colonial style constructions and was a major agricultural center during the Tawantinsuyo. Here you can appreciate the stone walls with trapezoidal niches and a traditional market where locals still practice bartering. The women of Chinchero are easily recognized for their very distinguishing clothing and braided hair.
We will go on towards the picturesque town of Maras, 52 km from Cusco. It is located at an altitude of 3,380 m. This is a small village famous for its salt mines which are made up of about 3000 small wells with an average area of about 5m² from which salt is extracted after a drying process of the salty water coming from an underground spring. The Salt mines, better known as "Salineras de Maras", have been exploited since Inca times as a means of economic exchange.
Continuing with the tour, 7 km from Maras, we will visit the archaeological site of Moray. Here we will appreciate the greatness of the circular terraces of Inca agriculture. Moray, is a group of different-sized circular terraces which have been used as an experimental agricultural place where the Incas use to study the adaptation of plants to new ecosystems. The overlapping concentric circular stone rings widen as they rise and it all has a depth of 150 m. According to some, it is a place of concentration of female energy which is why it is considered a magnetic center of the Pacha Mama (Mother Earth).
After the guided tour, we will go back to Cusco city. The tour lasts about 5 hours and ends at Regocijo Square (a half away block from the main square) at around 14:30 pm. Transfer to your hotel.
Prices: Fares for the Half a day tour of Maras and Moray depend on the number of people in your group (more people less pricy). From USD $ 30.00 per person.
The Maras and Moray Package Includes:
- Professional English speaking Tour Guide
- All Transfers from and to your hotel
- Entrance tickets to all places of visit
The Maras and Moray package Does Not Include:
- Meals not mentioned in the package
- Tips or extra expenses
What you need to take for this tour:
- Sneakers, T-shirts, trousers, Shorts, Rain poncho for the rainy season
- Sun hat, Sunscreen, Bottled Water and Personal medication
- Extra money, Cameras