MARAS, MORAY & CHINCHERO PRIVATE TOUR
The Maras, Moray and Chinchero half-day tour takes you to the agricultural laboratory of the Incas and the salt mines of Maras. We will take a private van from Cusco, passing the Andean villages and enjoying the green, yellow barley fields. This journey also includes spectacular views of the Sacred Valley mountain range and beautiful lakes.
On arrival, we start the guided tour of Moray, the ancient Inca agricultural laboratory. Here the Incas expertly domesticated and acclimated plants to different microclimates. After visiting Moray, we head towards the shining salt mines (Salineras) of Maras, where a natural spring fills approximately 4,000 salt pans for collecting salt.
Pickup location: Hotel in Cusco or Urubamba.
Drop off location: Cusco Hotel or Urubamba.
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MARAS, MORAY & CHINCHERO PRIVATE TOUR
Maras Moray and Chinchero Private Tour starts with a pickup from your hotel in Cusco at 8:00 am, and head to the ancient agricultural terraces of Moray. This scenic drive is about one hour and 30 minutes. On your drive, you will see the Snowy Mountains of the Andes, lush yellow fields of barley, and some villages.
The archaeological park of Moray boasts four amphitheater-like terraces, made by the Incas. These terraces, which are carved deep into the earth, in the shape of a bowl, were thought to be used to determine the optimal conditions for growing crops.
After our visit to Moray, we will proceed to our next destination and visit the amazing saltpans of Maras. The town of Maras is famous for its colonial door arches and its large Catholic Church. We will stop in its plaza for few minutes and head towards the salt mines. This natural wonder is an incredible spectacle of beauty.
Formed by a natural underground salt-stream, the salt has been harvested since pre-Inca times by evaporating the water from the spring in small pools. The flow emerges at a stream, and as it flows towards the floor of the valley, is weaves through an intricate system of channels where it is collected into the hundreds of ancient terraced ponds. Here, you will have the chance to buy pink salt and souvenirs at nearby shops.
Finally, we will stop in Chinchero to experience the weaving demonstration process. At the end, we head back to Cusco and drop you off at the hotel.
Tour Type: Private Service
Lodging: No hotel
Meals: No lunch
Activity: Cutural Tours
Experience the weaving process in Chinchero.
Visit the Agricultural experiment station of Moray.
Observe 4 thousand salt pans of Maras.
|Prices are per person, valid through 2022|
|2||3 - 4||5 - 6||7 - 8|
|$ 110||$ 85||$ 70||$ 60|
Our Maras and Moray private tour is perfect for friends, couples, and families because you can leave any date you wish. With our premium tours, you can also set your pace to maximize your experience. You do not have to wait for anyone else because this half-day tour starts with only 02 passengers.
Maras & Moray Tour Includes:
- Tourist transportation roundtrip from Cusco.
- Professional bi-lingual tour guide.
- Personalized service.
- Entrance tickets to Chinchero, Maras, Moray
Maras and Moray Tour Excludes:
- Meals & drinks (Upon request typical lunch).
- Tips and gratuities (Depends on service).
- Any other items not specified in the above paragraph.
- Lunch in a local community: $25
Bring for Maras and Moray Tours:
- A small rucksack with personal stuff.
- Original passports.
- Rain jacket or rain poncho.
- Trekking boots are recommended.
- Hat or cap to protect you from the sun.
- Sunblock, at high elevation, is easy to get sunburn.
- A roll of toilet paper.
- Your own medical kit with prescriptions.
- Cash for tipping staff and buying souvenirs.