MORAY HIKE TO MARAS SALT MINES 1 DAY
Maras and Moray hike 1 day takes place right high above the Sacred Valley of the Incas and passes through the magnificent, varied landscapes of the Andes.
This beautifull day hike will show you the oldest agricultural experimental station and the Maras’ salt mines. Additionally, with this private tour you will visit countryside communities and the sacred valley highlights.
The Inca site of Moray consists of four circular depressions, where the incas built consentric stone terraces. Because of the freezing climates, they adapted a variety of crops to different altitudes.
Unlike the Moray constructions, the Maras’ salt mines belong to pre-inca cultures. Since 1982 the andean communities of Maras and Pichingoto have extrated the salt. Today you are able to see more than 4000 salt pans built on the side of the mountain.
Pick up & drop off Location: Cusco hotel.
Tour Duration: Maras and Moray Hike 1 day.
Max. Elevation: 3,500m / 11,480ft.
Service: Private Tour
HIGHLIGHTS OF MORAY HIKE TO MARAS SALT MINES
- Experience Cusco’s beautiful countryside on foot.
- Visit the ancient agricultural station of the Incas.
- Enjoy the spectacular views of the Sacred Valley Mountain Range.
- Learn how pink color salt is obtained from more than four thousand pools.
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MARAS AND MORAY HIKE 1 DAY ITINERARY
Maras and Moray Hike 1 day begins with a pick up from your hotel in Cusco or the Sacred Valley. Our private vehicle will transfer you to the trailhead located in Moray. Once there, you will start with a guided tour of Moray Inca site and learn about the purpose of construction.
The ancient Incas took four enormous natural depressions in the landscape and sculpted them into several levels of agricultural terraces that served, hundreds of years ago, as an experimental agricultural station for the development of a different strain of crops. This was possible because of the discovery of a fascinating phenomenon: the climates of different ecological zones were present at a single site.
After visiting this attraction, we will continue on to Maras colonial village, enjoying breathtaking views of the Vilcanota Mountain Range. This section involves a two-hour hike, passing fertile plains and farms. Once there, You will stroll down the narrow streets of Maras, seeing its fine examples of colonial doorways and also have a chance to buy some snacks.
Later, we hike for two hours until we reach the Maras Salt pans. The Maras salt mines or so called “salineras” have about 4000 pools with an average area of 5 m². People fill up the pools during the dry season every 4 days, with spring salty water located on the top of the area. So, when the water evaporates the salt flakes remain in it until slowly solidify. This process will be carried out during a month until a considerable amount of salt is obtained.
Finally, our Maras and Moray hike experience ends with a transfer to the hotel in Cusco or the sacred valley.
- English speaking tour guide.
- Transfers to/from Cusco hotel.
- Box lunch
- Entrance tickets
- Tips or gratuities.
PRICES FOR MORAY HIKE TO MARAS SALT MINES
02 people 130.00 usd per person
03 – 04 people 105.00 usd per person
05 – 07 people 90.00 usd per person
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