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Maras Moray and Salt Mines half day tour

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  • We are a local company located in the heart of Peru, Cusco, the imperial city of the Incas. We have for you the most fair prices, since we are an operating Agency that counts with professional and experienced local guides in long walks and expeditions all over Peru. If you are booking a tour with us you are generating work and helping the poorest villages and children, as we are the only agency that supports native peoples.
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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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    Duration : half day tour
    Availability : Daily Departures
    Departure Location : Cusco
    Destination : Maras, Moray, Salt Mines
    Min Age : 6+
    Max People : 12 PER GROUP
    Activity

    Trip styles

    Tour Cultural
    Mountain altitude

    Max. Altitude

    3500 M. / 11483 FT.

    7 HOURS

    Tour
    easy

    Activity Level

    EASY
    TOUR DESCRIPTION

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

    Discover the impressive Inca constructions and enjoy the traditional handmade weaving demonstration of textiles in a Chinchero. Then, visit the famous salt pans of Maras, take incredible pictures of the landscape, and get the country’s best quality. Finally, visit the agricultural experimental station of Moray, where the Inca culture developed new crops.

    Overview

    During this half-day tour, you’ll enjoy the traditional handmade weaving demonstration of textiles in a Chinchero and then visit Moray’s giant agricultural laboratory and the Maras salt mines. They’re 2 of the most special places in the Sacred Valley. We’ll also visit the Huaypo Lagoon, a beautiful body of crystalline water located at an elevation of 3,657 masl (11,915 fasl). You’ll enjoy incredible landscapes from the moment of your departure!

    Why Take the Maras Moray – Salt Mines?

    • Enjoy the Incan agricultural terraces of Moray, which are extraordinary rings of stone terraces built into the earth’s natural depressions.
    • Another highlight of the Sacred Valley is the salt pans of Maras, often visited in combination with Moray. Maras is a stunning array of watered terraces that collect salt and have been in use since pre-Columbian times.
    • Learn the weaving process explained by Andean women
    • Marvel at the fantastic views of the Sacred Valley Mountain Range.
    TOUR ITINERARY

    Cusco – Chinchero – Moray – Maras Salt Mines

    We’ll pick you up from your hotel around 8:00 a.m. to head to Chinchero town where you will enjoy the traditional handmade weaving demonstration of textiles. After Chinchero, we will take our transport to Moray. This trip takes about 1 hour and is really beautiful. You’ll discover immense snowy mountains, vast fields of corn, and beautiful villages. Finally, you’ll arrive at the fascinating circular terraces of Moray. The size of the terraces is really impressive! Although it seems like an amphitheater, this mysterious circular place is a gigantic Inca agricultural laboratory.

    Once you’ve finished exploring Moray, we’ll head to the Maras salt mines, which are approximately 3 km away. This place is famous for its salt production dating back to ancient times. There are more than 3,000 wells of salt that are filled daily with groundwater. You’ll have a surreal landscape at your disposal to take the best photographs.

    It’s time to return to Cusco, but don’t worry, the tour is not over yet! On our way back we’ll stop at the beautiful Huaypo Lagoon. Another great place to take photos! In addition, you’ll appreciate the incredible local wildlife and visit some of the communities where many of the Inca Trail porters live.

    We’ll arrive in Cusco’s city just in time for you to enjoy your dinner (price not included in the tour).

    Places to visit:

    • Chinchero, Traditional handmade weaving demonstration of textiles Town of Maras
    • Inca terraces of Moray
    • Salt mines – Pichingoto
    • Huaypo Lagoon
    ADDITIONAL TRIP INFO
    INCLUDED
    Packing List
    Before You Go
    What Is Included?
    What is included in the Maras, Moray Tour?
    • English speaking guides
    • Experienced Guide
    • Medical Kit
    • Customer Service 24/7.
    • All Transport
    What Is Not Included?
    • Travel Insurance
    • Tips for our staff.
    • Additional costs or delays out of control of the management.
    • Personal clothing and gear
    • Entrance to Koricancha
    • Entrance to Cusco’s Cathedral
    • Snacks
    • Entrance for Salt Mines = 10 soles
    • Entrance for Moray Maras = 70 soles, If you have already the tourist ticket, you can use it
    • 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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