Live an unparalleled experience in the town of Maras, where we can observe the salt mines one of the most visible enclaves of Peru. The archeological complex of Moray fulfilled the function of agricultural laboratory by the variation of micro-climates. Its stage has circular floors as if it were an amphitheater inside a hole.
Day 1Moray Maras
We begin the tour with the pick up from your hotel at 6:00 am. We will begin this tour by visiting the town of MARAS. At this town, we will be able to appreciate inside the town with its houses emblazoned with coats of arms in their stone lintels showing the great importance of its time. Continuing on, we will visit the archaeological site of Moray. Here, we will appreciate big concentric terraces giving life to the fabulous scenery and depicting what was probably an agricultural laboratory for the experimentation of their wild vegetables or products during the Inca empire. From here, we will go to the salt mines for a live example of salt mining. Salt extraction was an activity carried out during the Inca period to prepare their food and exchange products with other nearby inhabitants. Today, the local inhabitants still use the 3,000 wells for salt mining.
MARAS: This town is located in the Urubamba Valley at an altitude of 3,300 m.a.s.l. From the town you can see the mountain chain of the Urubamba Valley, inside which the Verónica y Chicón snow capped mountains both stand out. The most attractive sight in this town are all the houses with their coats of arms on their stone lintels very well worked on by the Spaniards. In this town you can see the church that was built with adobes from the area and also appreciate some of the artworks from the Cusquenian School of Art, dating from the sixteenth and seventeenth century.
MORAY: This is the only archaeological site that has large geographical depressions which were conveniently used for the construction of concentric agricultural terraces. During the Inca period, this archaeological is thought to have been an agricultural laboratory for experimentation, domestication and acclimatization of wild plants. Large irrigation channels are found in each terrace, and small microclimates are created from terrace to terrace by the slight variation of temperatures. Moray also served for very important ceremonies since it was a magnetic center where all the energy of Tawantinsuyo was concentrated.
SALINERAS OR MINES OF SALT: Towards the south-east of the town of Maras you can find the salt mines located on the side of the QAQAWIÑAY mountain. Within this sector you can see more than 3000 small salt wells. During the time of the Incas, this sector was one of the most exploited places for the exchange of products of the famous “bartering.” Today, local people still maintain alive the ancestral techniques for the extraction of salt.
Pick up from and drop off form hotel in Cusco
Experienced, Bilingual Guide – The service is available in both English and Spanish.
Transportation to all sites visited.
Tourist ticket (Boleto Turistico General)
Entrance ticket to the salt mines
Tip for our staff
WE RECOMMEND YOU TO BRING…
Personal backpack for the day
Clothing for the wind (jacket, hat for day and gloves)
Sunscreen and sunglasses
Water bottle or Camelbak
Extra Snacks – your favourites! (e.g. chocolate bar, dried fruit, cookies and candy)