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.