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Take a day trip to the town of the pre-Inca town of Maras, its colonial church and the salt mines/ponds of the same name. You will also visit the agricultural circular Inca ruins at Moray. This is a great trip if you want to take a break from the city and enjoy another side of the Sacred Valley.

Cusco - Moras - Moray - Salineras - Cusco

You will leave Cusco at about 9:00 AM for a 25 mi / 40 km drive until you reach the town of Maras. This town has an interesting mix of Inca and colonial influence. We will stop to see the church in the main square.

We will then proceed to Moray, which has an impressive Inca monument of giant terraces in the shape of nearly perfect circles. It is believed to have been used for agricultural experimentation, because of the increasing rise in temperature as you descend deeper into the complex.

From there we will head to the Salineras of Maras, an ancient pre-Inca salt mine. You will see hundreds of ponds at various stages of production. A natural salt water spring emerges from the adjacent mountain and is intricately channeled to the pools below. The inhabitants of the area have worked and harvested the salt the same way since before the time of the Incas. You can watch them work and even buy a small bag of the fresh salt to take home and use in your kitchen.

We'll stop for lunch nearby in the Sacred Valley. (not included in the tour).

After the visit, the car will transport you back to Cusco.

Included:

  • Round-trip transportation (tourist bus)
  • English-speaking Tour Guide

Not included:

  • Tourist ticket (Full USD 52.- / Partial USD 28.-).
  • Entrance fee to Salineras (approx. USD 3.-).
  • Meals.

We recommend to bring:

  • Sun hat
  • Sunblock (factor 35+ recommended)
  • Waterproof jacket/rain poncho
  • Water
  • Camera

(All values are subject to change without notice, for consideration by the service providers, museums, churches, etc...)