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Maras Moray Tour from Cusco is one of the popular half day tours while you acclimate in Cusco before visiting Machu Picchu. Just as the Cusco City Tour, this trip with our local expert will give you an introduction to the Inca civilization and how farming played a vital role in their life.
Both Maras and Moray are notable archaeological sites in the Sacred Valley of Incas. These are among the most photographed places in Cusco.
The salt mines of Maras have existed since pre Inca times. It is passed down in the line of succession. The salt flats are owned by a small group of local communities. At a very young age, they are taught the traditional salt farming methods which were introduced by their ancestors – Pre Incas.
Salt farmers here use the traditional Solar Evaporation Method. They let in the natural spring waters into the geometric shaped salt puddles. Then they wait for the water to evaporate. It leaves behind crystals of salt which is manually scrapped out.
Maras Salt is quite distinct. It is pinkish in colour and tastes a bit different. Locals say that the salt of Maras is very nutritious.
In order to prevent contamination, the authorities restrict the access near the salt puddles. Visitors can now enjoy the sight from a viewpoint.
The village of Moray is home to the iconic circular shaped high altitude farming terraces. These circular terraces somewhat resemble the Roman amphitheatre. Moray terraces have different levels dug into the ground.
Each level bears a different temperature which allowed the Incas to experiment with the growth conditions of crops at different climates. This was an agricultural laboratory to Incas. Thanks to this advancement in Incas farming methods, Peru now produces more than 800 varieties of potatoes.
Join us on a half day tour from Cusco to visit the emblematic sites in the Sacred Valley with our local expert and discover more about the Inca civilization.
We are a local tour operator based in Cusco. We have an excellent team of local guides who will be guiding you on this Moray Maras and salt flat tour. Our guides are tourism professionals with an extensive knowledge about the history and culture.
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We will be picking you up from your hotel in Cusco in our private transport. Then we will be driving you along Chinchero to Maras Village, home to the famous Salt Mines. The route offers enchanting view of the natural beauty of Peruvian highland farms. Maras Salt mines nestles on the slope of a hill. It is a picturesque sight.
It costs 10 Soles to enter the site. Access to Maras is not included in Boleto Turistico – Tourist Ticket. Here our guide will give you a detailed tour of the complex and introduce you to the traditional pre Inca farming method which is in use till today.
Once you have had your fill of this beautiful site, we will continue the Maras Moray trip to the agricultural terrace of Moray. If you have already purchased your tourist ticket you can simply present it and enter. If not, you can buy one here.
The agricultural terraces here are distinct and have played a vital role in the life of Incas. Our guide will be explaining this in detail as you will be visiting a series of farming terraces in Moray.
After the full day tour, we will be driving back to Cusco with a brief stop in Chinchero. Our local expert will be introducing you to the famous Andean textile here.
Highly recommend this tour company and their services. Just a top class and the guide, Jose Luis is a gem of a person. Thanks to the Encuentros Peru team.