MARAS MORAY AND SALT MINES HALF DAY
This tour is a lovely way to start acclimatizing to the high altitude of Cusco and prepare for a hike if you have booked one.
Maras is a beautiful little town that retains some of its colonial architectural charm. You can see incredible facades made of fine stone, lintels with bas-relief sculptures and learn about textile weaving. At the site of the Moray ruins, located at 3,450m/11,319ft, you can explore circular agricultural terraces with a complex irrigation system. These terraces served as a natural greenhouse for growing an extraordinary variety of produce at an altitude that typically only grows in the tropical Andes. It’s also been suggested that they had a cosmological significance.
Salineras is a vast salt mine located in an impressive valley in the Andean mountains. This tour has become very popular recently and can be added to any other tour or excursion to have the full Cusco experience!
Meeting point: your hotel or the Plaza Regocijo
Tour departure: 8:30am
End Tour: approximately 12:30 or 1pm
Daily departures: with 2+ people
You will be picked up at your hotel or at the Plaza Regocijo (your choice) around 8:30 and driven with your guide to Maras, a beautiful colonial town. In Maras you will see colonial architecture with beautiful stone works and sculptures and learn about traditional textile techniques.
You will have the opportunity to buy some textiles here if you wish. Then we will go to Moray where you can explore the incredible and still mysterious circular agricultural terraces that are surrounded by an impressive mountain landscape.
Finally, we will visit the salt mines (Salineras) where you will be able to see the 3000 salt pools and watch the salt miners harvesting the salt of the Incas! From June 2019 the Salt Mines are visible only from above, as the corridors between the pools are now closed due to damage caused by over tourism. They are still beautiful and worth seeing.
Salineras has a nice little shop where you can buy hand-extracted Andean salt to take home if you wish. After seeing Salineras we take our private transport back to your hotel in Cusco.
- Pick up at your hotel or at the Plaza Regocijo (your choice) if you are already out.
- Private transportation to Maras, Moray, Salineras, and back to Cusco
- Professional English-speaking guide who will provide the tour
- 1-day tourist ticket for Maras, Moray and Salineras
- Water bottle and snacks (any dietary needs that can be met)
- Lunch (Your choice)
- Medical and Travel Insurance
- Tips for your guide
Prices may vary according to your needs and preferences, contact us through the following options of your preference or send us a reservation to answer your questions. We will be happy to help you with your trip.
What to bring
- Hat and sunglasses
- ISIC card if you are a student
- Rainwear and warm jacket in case of inclement weather
- Good shoes for walking on pavement and dirt roads
- Cash for souvenirs, tips, extra snacks.
- Cusco often experiences all the seasons in one day, so it is a good idea to wear a hat and warm gloves, as well as a hat for the sun when it rises in the morning so that you are prepared for all the time.
For Explorape, the best time or month to visit Cusco is June, around the 24th of June, the main reason is that Cusco is on a holiday, so you can enjoy shows in the streets like: typical dances, folkloric parades, etc. This is without any additional cost.
You also have the option to see Inti Raymi, one of the most important festivities of the Incas.
But, you will see many tourists, and if you don’t like them much, you can visit Cusco in its low season, which is from November to April, although it rains in Cusco at this time, but something that is spectacular is that the mountains are green.
There is no difficulty in this tour.
The entrance to Maras is within the tourist ticket called BTC, this does not include for the maras salt mines.
The entrance to the Maras salt mines costs 10 soles (~ 3 USD).
If you wish to volunteer or donate, we can put you in touch with various communities in Cusco, who need help in various aspects, our main contact is:
Cristo Rey Tikari School: Located in Ocongate distric, close to Ausangate Mountain. They need some basic things like: clothes, toys, books, pens, pencils, brushes, etc.