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Maras and Moray Salt Mines Tour

Maras Salt Mines
A tour of the Sacred Valley is an essential part of your exploration of the Inca Heartland in Peru. Indeed there are many ruins to visit and mountainsides to trek, but one intriguing sight which should not go unnoticed are the ancient salt pans
Moray
These are terraces or agricultural platforms built in depressions or gigantic natural holes. These terraces are superimposed concentrically, taking the form of a gigantic amphitheater.
Moray
These are terraces or agricultural platforms built in depressions or gigantic natural holes. These terraces are superimposed concentrically, taking the form of a gigantic amphitheater.
Moray
These are terraces or agricultural platforms built in depressions or gigantic natural holes. These terraces are superimposed concentrically, taking the form of a gigantic amphitheater.
Moray
These are terraces or agricultural platforms built in depressions or gigantic natural holes. These terraces are superimposed concentrically, taking the form of a gigantic amphitheater.
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Moray and Maras Salt Mines Tour

It is a good alternative tourism to know Maras and Moray, along with this the salt mines or salt mines, which come from the time of the Incas, in this tour you will enjoy a trip to places little visited in Cusco. It is recommended if you want to do travel activities other than the usual.

Enjoy a full day in this fabulous tour to the Sacred Valley of the Incas!

This adventure begins when we come for you to your hotel and your friends between 6:40am and 7:00am thus giving beginning of our fabulous excursion.

Itinerary

Maras salt pans:

Located to the west of the Cusco to 3300 m.a.s.l. from there is appreciated the mountain range of Urubamba and the snow peaks of “La Verónica” (5682 m.a.s.l.) and the “Chikón” (5530 m.a.s.l.) Their important occupation began when the noble “cusqueños” of Incas Empire were stripped of their palaces in the Qosqo and had to go out to settle in other small towns like Maras. It has a church made of adobe, typical of the religious architecture of the village, inside the church are kept canvases of the Cusqueña School.

Moray:

It is located about 7 km southwest of Maras; it is the only archaeological group of its kind in the region. It is therefore a prototype of a greenhouse or biological experimental station quite advanced for its time that helped the American man of the antiquity to inherit to the humanity 60% of the vegetable products that he consumes, that the Andean man consumes a thousand and a half of diverse varieties of potatoes, a hundred and a half of corn, and many other products.

Salt mines: or “salt mines”.

located to the northwest of the town of Maras are constituted by about 3000 small wells with an average area of about 5 m², during the dry season are filled or “irrigated” every 3 days with salt water that emanates from a natural spring located at the top of the wells so that when the water evaporates, the salt contained in it solidifies gradually, then the salt is beaten and thus granulated; the salt will then be bagged in plastic sacks and sent to markets in the region; today that salt is being iodized, which is why its consumption is not harmful. Finally, we will be returning to the city of Cusco at 3:30pm approximately.

Duration: 6-7 hours approximately.

INCLUDES:
  • Pedestrian pick up from your accommodation in Cusco, provided that it is within the urban area of the city and after coordination with the agency, in case it is withdrawn, must approach the pool in the Main Square.
  • Private transport to the attractions.
  • Excursion (Full day Maras Moray and salt pans from Cusco)
  • Bilingual Guide (Spanish and English)

NOT INCLUDED:

  • Tip and Gratuities
  • Food & Beverage
  • Admission to the places to visit in case you don’t have the tourist ticket (you will have to pay it in the same place):
  • Moray S/ 70 (for foreigners), S/ 40 (for Peruvians)
  • Maras S/ 15 (for foreigners), S/ 10 (for Peruvians)
  • Extra expenses

What should I bring to the tour?

  • Camera
  • Snacks (chocolates, sweets, coca leaf)
  • Jacket for the cold.
  • Cap and sunglasses
  • Rain coat (Consult according to the season)
  • Comfortable shoes

Recommendations

  • Wear a hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, rain or cold jacket.
  • Drinking coca tea or lemon candy or coca for dizziness or altitude sickness (soroche)
  • If you have a prescription, always keep it with you in case of emergencies.
  • Cusco has a somewhat cool but very changing climate, although the rains may be unexpectedly, the months of June to July are the best, without the presence of much rain and cold.
  • Arrive punctually to the starting point that we will indicate you, after your reservation.
  • Recommended age from 5 years old
  • Book at least 2 days in advance

FREQUENT QUESTIONS

Can I get off at Ollantaytambo? I have bought train tickets / I have accommodation in Ollantaytambo

Yes, if your train leaves from Ollantaytambo at 4pm, you have time to visit the complex as we finish the visit at approximately 3.30pm; this gives you time to get to the train exit (anyone who leaves after 4pm).

You will miss the visit to Pisaq, however, you will know most of the sacred valley.

Can I buy entrance tickets to the Sacred Valley on the same day?

Yes, it is possible, you must bring cash to pay the tickets (no credit cards accepted)

For Peruvians the cost is of: S/40 Soles (Sacred Valley) + Salineras de Maras (S/10 Soles) |

Total: S/50 Soles per person

For foreigners the cost is of: S/70 Soles (Sacred Valley) + Salineras de Maras (S/10 Soles) |

Total: S/80 Soles per person

RATES 2019-2020

Exclusive service: we will only operate on our tourists; we will not pass or join with other agencies. Our groups in average are from 2 to 6 people, the departure is guaranteed 100% even if it is only one person.

Christina John
Cardiologist

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