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Moray Terraces and Maras Salt Mines Day Trip

Cusco, Peru

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  • All necessary equipment included
  • Informative, friendly and professional guide
  • Perfect for all ages and skill level
  • Small-group tour

Overview

You will be picked up from your hotel at the specific set time and head to the town of Maras. Located on the West of Cusco at 3,300 meters above sea lever, this place is located close to the mountain range of Urubamba and the summits of Veronica (5,682 meters) and Chicon (5,530 m.s.n.m). Learn about its occupation which began when the Incas left Qosqo and settled in this small town. You'll also see the church which has very traditional religious architecture with the interior of the church containing linen cloths from the Cusqueña School.
You'll then head to see the Moray terraces. About 7 kilometers southwest of Maras; this is a unique archaeological site. It has gigantic natural holes in the surface of the land which were used to construct agricultural terraces or platforms to create channels for irrigation. Learn about the use of these terraces by the Inca community and how it helped them with agriculture.
Finally, you'll see the salt mines, located northwest of the town of Maras. These are formed by about 3,000 small wells with an area average of about 5 square meters. During the time of drought, Incas would fill these with salt water every 3 days which would evaporate and the salt contained would gradually solidify. This salt would then be granulated and packed in bags for shipment to the markets of the region.
After learning a great deal of history of two important places of the Inca culture, you will return to Cusco at approximately 3:30pm.

Information

Includes:
  • Driver/guide
  • Professional art historian guide
  • Professional guide
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Entry/Admission - Salinas de Maras
  • Entry/Admission - Moray Agricultural Terraces
Excludes:
  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities
Additional Info:
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Infant seats available
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate

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Traveler pickup is offered

Departure Time:
9:00 AM
Departure Comments:

Hotel pickups commence approximately 30 - 60 minutes prior to this time

Return Details:
Returns to original departure point
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