This is a fantastic half day tour to explore three popular tourist attractions of the sacred valley: The salt pools of Maras, the inca terraces of Moray and the Chinchero's textile market.
You will be picked up from your hotel in the Historic center in Cusco at approximately 8:00am (08h00) and you will travel through the Sacred Valley of the Incas until you arrive to Chinchero. You will visit an artesan center and get a demonstration by the locals on how they make their beautiful textiles surrounded by the Chinchero inca ruins at the distance. From here, we will travel to the Village of Maras and visit the Maras salt pools ("Salineras") to discover how the Incas ingeniously tapped a natural salt water stream to create evaporating pools for collecting salt, a system that is still used to this day.
Then we will continue to the inca site of Moray, a site of circular terraces, some as deep as 98 feet (30 meters), that once offered a testing ground for agricultural products. Each terrace has a unique microclimate which subsequently experiences its own temperature. Without even having to leave the valley, the Inca had created an agricultural laboratory which mimicked the temperature throughout the empire.
After your tour, you will be dropped off at the Cusco historic center. This tour also gives you amazing views of Urubamba mountain range with stunning views of the Veronica mountain and the green farming valleys. On this tour you will learn about agriculture , textiles, and the history of the incas.
• 08h00 Pick-up from your hotel in Cusco
• Professional tour guide
• Return back to Cusco historic center
• Original Passport
• Warm jacket
• Sun protection
• Money for tips, souvenirs, etc.
• Money in Peruvian Soles (PEN) to purchase tourist entrance ticket
• If you are a student, take your ISIC card (only discount is for the 10 day tourist ticket)
The Maras Salt Pools + Moray terraces tour is rated EASY. However, it is important to feel comfortable walking for extended periods of time 20 minutes at a time approximately.
The Maras Salt Pools + Moray inca terraces tour departs daily and it is available year round. The months of January, February and March are in the wet season, please bring a good rain jacket and waterproof your belongings.
Cancellations allowed with 48 hours notice and a $10 usd per person cancellation fee