OVERVIEW

One of the tourist circuits that has been gaining importance in recent years is the excursion to the town of Maras, the Andenes de Moray and the Salineras de Maras. 30 km northwest of the city of Cusco and about 3028 meters above sea level. In this circuit they combine; the mysterious construction of Moray, as a point of concentration of energy, a place for research and acclimatization of plants; Only hypothesis is known until today. Just a few kilometers down is the salt mine known as the Salineras de Maras, the attractiveness of this place is that the people who work are the same people from the place and nearby, they work it in an artisanal way using filtration grounds.

Trip Summary

Highlights:

  • Start: 13.30 hrs.
  • End: 7:00 p.m.
  • Pick up from the hotel and then start with the tour, this tour includes a visit to Koricancha or Temple of the Sun, the Cathedral, the Fortress of Sacsayhuaman, the shrine of Qenqo, the tambo of Puca Pucara and the temple of water called Tambomachay.

Travel Details

Altitude during the trip

  • Capital: 3350 masl (Cusco)
  • Maximum: 3465 masl (Maras)
  • Minimum: 3300 masl (Salineras de Maras)

Weather

  • Semi-dry, cold
  • Minimum: 4 ° C (June during the night)
  • Maximum: 20 ° C (June during the day)
  • Rains: November to April

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Itinerary

Tour Maras – Moray Salineras, starts with the pick-up from your hotel, then go to Moray (terraces or agricultural terraces with irrigation canals), then we will go to Maras Salineras known by some as “salt mines”.

An ideal day tour to see Maras and Moray departing from the city of Cusco, and finally return to Cusco, take a day trip to Maras and Moray is the perfect option for all those travelers who do not have much time to know one the most emblematic places of the ancient Inca empire.

Maras:

Located to the west of Cusco at 3300 m.s.n.m. From there you can see the Urubamba mountain range and the snowy summits of “La Verónica” (5682 meters above sea level) and the “Chikón” (5530 meters above sea level). Its important occupation began when the Inkan Cusquenian nobles were stripped of their palaces in the Qosqo and had They go out to settle in other small towns like Maras. It has a church made of adobes, typical of the religious architecture of the town, inside the church are kept canvases of the Cusqueña School.

Town of Maras

Moray:

It is located about 7 km southwest of Maras; It is unique archaeological group in its kind in the region. These are gigantic natural depressions or pits on the surface of the land that were used to build terraces or agricultural platforms with their respective irrigation channels. It is, therefore, a prototype of a greenhouse or biological experimental station that is quite advanced for its time. that the American man of antiquity inherits to the humanity a 60% of the vegetable products that he consumes, that the Andean man consumes a thousand and a half of diverse varieties of potatoes, a hundred and a half of corn, and many other products.

Moray platforms

located to the northwest of the town of Maras are about 3000 small wells with an average area of about 5 m², during the dry season are filled or “irrigated” every 3 days with salt water that emanates from a natural spring located in the part of the wells so that when the water evaporates, the salt contained in it gradually solidifies, later the salt is hit and thus granulated; the salt will then be bagged in plastic bags and sent to the markets of the region; Today that salt is being iodized, which is why its consumption is not harmful. Finally, we will be returning to the city of Cusco at approximately 3:30 pm. Duration: 6-7 HOURS approximately.

  • Entrance to the archaeological sites of Maras and Moray
  • All transfers in Tourist Bus.
  • Guided by Group.
  • Professional English – Spanish guide.
  • Tourist Ticket.
  • Entrance to Salineras de Maras.
  • Drinks.
  • Tips
  • For this tour in Cusco, it is necessary to bring a jacket or wind.
  • If you take this tour during the months of December to March, it is recommended to bring an umbrella or rain jacket.
  • The landscape is magnificent we recommend to take a camera or a video camera. There is nothing better after a trip than to open a thick photo album and share the memory of the moments lived with friends or family. The sensations, the people and the places they visited will make them relive anecdotes that
  • they will never forget.
  • Use: shoes, light shoes or tennis shoes.
  • Drink liquid in your excursions.
  • Sunscreen, wide-brimmed hat for sunny days.
  • Medicine and / or articles for personal use (liquid for contact lenses).
  • A lightweight backpack or briefcase per person.
  • Carry currency in small denominations dollars or soles.

PRACTICAL INFORMATION.

Recommendation: Wear a coat.
If you wish we can include the entrance tickets that are not included in the tour for your convenience.
To make this tour you must buy the tourist ticket (BTG).

(BTG) General Tourist Ticket:
This ticket is used to visit the City Tour, Sacred Valley, and the South Valley, and other museums in the city.

Foreign Tourist Price.
Adults/. 130.00
Students/. 70.00

National Tourist Price.
Adults/. 70.00
Students/. 40.00

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