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Maras Moray and Salt Mines half day tour

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SAFE ADVENTURE – Covid 19

This activity includes the appropriate protection measures to ensure your safety. In addition, our excursions are outdoor and in Private groups to reduce the risk of contagion. Remember to follow the instructions of the staff during the development of the excursion.

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Change of plans? No problem. Cancel up to 24 hours before your activity starts for a full refund.
Trip Length: 4 to 5 hours
Departure: Cusco
Availability: Daily Departures
Group Size: 12 PER GROUP
Trip Styles: Cultural
Max Altitude: 3500 M. / 11483 FT.
Lodging Type: Not
Difficulty: Relaxed
Overview

Visit Moray’s giant agricultural laboratory and the Maras Salt Mines

When visiting Cusco, some of the most exciting moments are taking trips out of the city to Inca archaeological sites and other places of interest. Two of the most significant and intriguing in the region are the Maras Salt Mines and Moray. You’ll also get to experience something special in the small town of Chinchero.

Discover the impressive Inca constructions and enjoy the traditional handmade weaving demonstration of textiles in Chinchero. Then, you’ll head on to the agricultural experimental station of Moray, where the Inca culture developed new crops. Finally, visit the famous Maras Salt Mines to see one of the most fascinating sights you’ll likely see and purchase one of the most unique products available in Cusco—pink Maras salt.

Are you hoping to get out of the city for the day and experience something different? Does ancient history fascinate you? How about unique, one-of-a-kind sights and learning customs and traditions from local communities? Then, this trip is for you. Join us by yourself, as a couple, or part of a larger group on this fun and interesting day out of Cusco.

In the small town of Chinchero, you’ll get to enjoy the traditional handmade weaving demonstration of textiles by local women. You’ll then go to the giant agricultural laboratory that is Moray—one of the most intriguing Inca archaeological complexes around. Finally, you’ll visit the Maras Salt Mines that’ll surely astound you with how they sit on the side of a mountain!

All the while, you’ll be in the middle of the Andean mountains, enjoying the stunning views, and observing locals going about their daily lives and working in the fields. We’ll also visit the Huaypo Lagoon, a beautiful body of crystalline water located at an elevation of 3,510 m / 11.515 ft.

Wait no more to organize this fun day out where you’ll learn a lot and enjoy incredible landscapes from the moment of your departure! What’s more, you don’t need to perry about a thing as we plan every last detail. All you need to do is enjoy yourself on this exciting trip.

Highlights

  • Learn the weaving process explained by Andean women in Chinchero and observe their beautiful pieces of handmade art.
  • Visit the Incan agricultural terraces of Moray, which are extraordinary rings of stone terraces built almost like an amphitheater.
  • Stop off at the Maras Salt Mines; a stunning array of terraces filled with water that collect salt and have been in use since pre-Columbian times.
  • Marvel at the fantastic views of the Sacred Valley mountain range throughout the day.
  • Take a break at the pretty Huaypo Lagoon with its crystalline water.
  • Enjoy a wide range of sights all in one day with every detail planned for you.
  • Learn more about the history of the Incas.
Itinerary

DAY 1Explore the wonderful Huchuy Qosqo route

Your fun day out of the city begins as we collect you from your accommodation at around 8:00 am. We’ll set off to the small town of Chinchero. The trip takes a little over an hour and is a beautiful ride through the mountains that provides you with the most spectacular views. You’ll discover immense snowy mountains, vast fields of corn, and beautiful villages.

When we arrive, you’ll be treated to a demonstration of textiles that local women hand-make. They are experts in the art, and it’s a tradition that’s been around for hundreds of years with all-natural dyes.

We’ll soon be on our way again and take our private transport to Moray. You’re sure to be blown away by the unique formation of the place that many liken to an amphitheater or even something extra-terrestrial. However, it was actually a gigantic Inca agricultural laboratory. Your guide will fill you in on the site’s history, and you’ll have plenty of time to explore and snap some photos.

Close by and often combined with a trip to Moray are the Maras Salt Mines. It’s only another 3 km away and will surprise you yet again with sights that you’ve likely never seen before. The place has produced salt since ancient times and there are more than 3,000 pools of salt that are filled daily with groundwater. You’ll have a surreal landscape at your disposal to make the most incredible photographs with the salt mines in the forefront.

It’s now time to start heading back toward Cusco but fear not. Our tour isn’t over quite yet. On the way, we’ll make a stop at the pretty Huaypo Lagoon. This serene place is another fantastic spot for photos. You’ll also get the chance to observe local wildlife and visit some of the small communities where many of the Inca Trail porters live.

Finally, we’ll arrive back in the city just in time for you to find somewhere to enjoy your dinner. You’ll have plenty to talk about as you enjoy a bite to eat and some rest after your day out.

  • Meals: Breakfast & Lunch (Plus Snack)
  • Difficulty:  Easy to Moderate
  • Walking Distance:  6.21 miles
Trip Info
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Before You Go

High Quality Service & Safety

  • Pre-departure briefing
  • Experienced Guide
  • Medical Kit – First Aid Kit
  • Customer Service 24/7

Transportation

  • Transportation to all archaeological sites

Meals

  • Meals: Buffet lunch in Maras

What Is Not Included?

  • Travel Insurance
  • Tips for our staff
  • Additional costs or delays out of control of the management
  • Entrance for Salt Mines = 10 soles
  • Partial ticket 70 soles (Circuit III – Sacred Valley) Includes: Pisac, Ollantaytambo, Chinchero & Moray
  • General ticket 130 soles Includes: Saqsayhuman, Qenko, Pucapucara, Tambomachay, Museo de Arte Popular, Museo Histórico Regional, Museo Municipal de Arte Contemporáneo, Museo de Sitio de Korikancha, Centro Qosqo de Arte Nativo, Monumento de Pachacutec, Tipon, Pikillacta, Pisac, Ollantaytambo, ChincheroMoray
  • Original Passport
  • Walking boots
  • Waterproof jacket / rain poncho
  • Warm jacket
  • Hat and gloves
  • T-shirts
  • Comfortable trousers
  • Sun hat
  • Sun cream (factor 35 or higher)
  • Insect repellant
  • Toiletries and hand sanitiser
  • Personal medication
  • Camera and film with extra batteries
  • Torch with spare batteries
  • Daypack

Information Before leaving for the Maras, Moray Tour

We want to make your trip to Peru as memorable and as easy as possible. In this section, you will find speedy answers to all those questions you had about Maras, Moray Tour in one place. Please read the following information carefully – it will help you with any questions about our services.

Has another question that we haven’t answered here? Drop us a line, and we will get back to you asap!

Briefing or informative meeting

All information meetings are held in your hotel at 6:00 p.m., one night before the tour begins. If you cannot attend, you must coordinate another time at the (Peru Hike) offices. These meetings last approximately 30 to 45 minutes and there you will be given a small duffel bag, in which you’ll put all the belongings you intend to bring on the trek that won’t be in your day pack.

Payment of Trek Balance (in Cusco)

The trek has to be paid for in full by at least 7.30 pm two days before departure. For example, if your tour departs on a Wednesday, then you must come to our office before 7.30 pm on Monday.

It would be much appreciated if you pay the trek balance in cash US dollars or local currency. You can withdraw some money from several ATMs along Avenida Sol (either in US dollars or local Peruvian Soles). You can pay by credit card or PAYPAL online, but you will have to pay an 8% service charge, charged by VISA and PAYPAL. We do not accept bank checks or payment of the balance by traveler’s checks.

Storing your luggage at our Office.

Of course! During the travel, your main luggage can be stored at our office(you can organize briefing day or by email) or at your hotel, both free of charge.

Any equipment that you are not going to need on the trek can be stored safely in your hotel. Nearly every hotel will provide this service. Don’t leave items of value with your bags, put them in the hotel safe and obtain an itemized receipt (In the unlikely case of theft many insurance companies require that you have a copy of the receipt itemizing all the items). Best put items such as credit cards inside a sealed, signed envelope for extra peace of mind.

Pickups:

Peru Hike Company can pick you up from your hotel, as long as it’s in the Historic Center of Cusco. The pickup time will be coordinated with your guide in the briefing. The pickup time may vary between 30 and 45 minutes due to traffic. Cusco is a very old city, therefore, it has many narrow cobbled streets. Some hotels and Airbnbs may be located on streets without access to cars or on long, steep slopes, making it difficult to transport luggage. We strongly recommend that you book accommodation with good access.

Group tours:

Group tours are made up of different types of people. Physical conditions and ages can vary. By agreeing to be part of a group tour, you also accept that some people may be faster or slower than you. Therefore, each person can go at their own pace on the route. It may be the case that a group wishes to modify the tour; however, it will be the guide who decides, after consulting with all the participants, if said modifications can be made.

Strikes and demonstrations:

Strikes and demonstrations are usually frequent in Peru and this may interrupt some of our tours. Roads can be blocked and train tracks can be taken over. However, we will try to keep your excursion as planned, even if it means leaving the night before the scheduled date. Under these circumstances, tours may also be cancelled. In case of changes or cancellations, all situations will be coordinated with you by our operations department. Your safety is our highest priority and our decisions will be made to protect it.

Lost objects:

You’re responsible for your objects during the tour. Please pay attention to where you leave your things and remember to take everything once you leave our trucks, tents, or restaurants.

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