MARAS AND MORAY PRIVATE TOUR
Join us on our fascinating Maras and Moray private tour from Ollantaytambo. This half day tour can also be organized from Urubamba or Cusco hotels. No matter which locations of the sacred valley you are, we come for you and take you there. The Maras and Moray half day tour not only include these two spectacular attraction but also Chinchero. With our private service you can guarantee a personalized attention and get the most of your visit. The Maras and Moray tour itinerary will include an expert local tour guide, a specialist in ancient agricultural and mining techniques. This experience with us will be unique and never comparable to other big bus tours.
The Maras and Moray tour will show you the agricultural laboratory of the Incas, the Maras salt mines and the chinchero textile weaving center. This service comprises the countryside villages and the magnificent Sacred Valley Mountain Range. This also offer spectacular views of the fertile plains with a variety of seasonal crops and magnificent Incan fortress. This will provide a wonderful setting for us to enjoy the excursion between Cusco and Urubamba. Enjoy these charming and historical places with a professional guide on a private service.
Visit the magnificent archaeological site of Moray where the Incas expertly acclimated a variety of crops to different altitudes on a terraced system. Then, you will visit the Salineras, or Maras salt mines. Although the origin of the salt mines dates back to pre-Inca times, the salty spring water keeps nourishing all the pans built on the hillside. Here we will find more than 3000 small pools of salt. The private Maras and moray tour will end with a visit to chinchero archeological site, its colonial church and textile weaving center.
Maras and Moray Half Day Tour
Type of Tour: Hiking, Cultural and Historical.
Accommodation: Included in Aguas Calientes.
Length: Half day tour
Service: Private Maras and Moray Service.
Frequency: From May to November.
The Maras and Moray half-day private tour will show you three places with a local expert.
Discover Moray and Maras Salt Mines on spectacular day hike.
Our Private Maras and Moray tour offers great flexibility, meaning you manage your time.
Moray and Chinchero requires the Cusco tourist ticket, except the salt mines (usd 3 extra).
The road in Maras and Moray circuit is not paved and it might be mostly dusty.
The private Maras and moray half day tour will always include a pick up and drop off at your hotel.
The Sacred Valley Tourist Ticket
Most of the archaeological sites in Cusco (except Machu Picchu, Qoricancha and the natural Maras Salt Mines) require a tourist ticket (Boleto Turistico) that can be purchased at the office of COSITUC located in Cusco (103 Avenida del Sol) or at the first attraction you visit. A 10-day pass allows access to the sites and other museums in Cusco and costs PEN S/130 (USD $46) or PEN S/70 for a student under 18 years old.
We recommend getting the 2-day pass for the Sacred Valley circuit, which cost PEN S/70 (USD $25). This in case you won’t visit the Incan sites around Cusco.
MARAS AND MORAY PRIVATE TOUR ITINERARY
Discover the farming laboratory of Moray, Maras salt mines and Chinchero textile center.
The Maras and Moray private tour is a fantastic option to explore part of the Sacred Valley of the Incas. You will enjoy spectacular views of the sacred valley mountain ranges, and the green valleys with seasonal crops. On our Maras and Moray half day tour, you will be able to learn about agriculture, textiles, and the history of the Incas.
Our private Maras and Moray tour will start with a pickup from your hotel around 8 a.m. and travel to the archeological site of Moray. Our scenic drive from Cusco to Moray takes about one hour and 20 minutes. During this short journey, you will enjoy the sacred valley landscapes with lush yellow fields of wheat, and some countryside villages. Later, you will arrive at the mystic farming laboratory of Moray. The Incan site of Moray will show us four natural depressions, with a series of circular terraces built like an amphitheater. The Incas built and adjusted these terraces in the shape of a bowl. Most archaeologist conclude that Moray was built to determine the optimal conditions for growing crops.
After this, you will keep driving for about half an hour to the impressive salt mines of Maras. Even though the village is from Spanish colonial times, this is known as a former salt-producer center that predates the Inca times. Here, one can find more than 3,000 salt pans built on the hillside of the mountain. These pools are filled daily by a salty spring water that comes out from the Mountains. The Maras salt mines produces pink and brown color salt, which are distributed in the sacred valley markets. This natural attraction is unique in the whole region, therefore, is perfect for you if you wish to see something different from the ruins.
The last destination to visit will be Chinchero. This is a small Andean community situated about 30 km from Cusco at 3,750 meters, on the plains of Anta. The ancient Incan site offers a fantastic view of the Sacred Valley and other farming villages. The name of Chinchero doesn’t have any meaning, however, the villagers theorize its origin to the rainbow. That’s because during the rainy season there are many rainbows in the surroundings of the Village.
This place is very famous because its typical Sunday market, which mostly gathers indigenous people from different rural communities. You can also see foreign visitors getting textiles in direct interaction with local weavers. If you want to learn a bit more how their colorful textiles are made, then you have to visit the weaving centers. There, you can experience a demonstration on how colorful textiles from Alpaca wool are made by hand.
Finally, you will explore the small archeological site and also visit the Catholic Church, which lays over the Inca construction. At the end you will return to Cusco and drop you off at your hotel.
We Include in Maras and Moray tour from Urubamba
•Private transport with a professional driver.
•Expert local tour guide with fluent English.
•Pick up and drop off at your hotel in Cusco.
•Local experience and extra personal touch.
We don’t include in Maras and Moray tours
•The Sacred Valley Tourist Ticket: Purchase the 2-day pass for the Sacred Valley circuit, which cost PEN S/70 (USD $25).
•Lunch, Snacks or drinks (Tunupa or Cusco restaurants are recommended).
•Tipping is much appreciate it.
Packing List for Maras and Moray Tours
•Your original passport and DNI for Peruvians.
•Personal travel insurance.
•You will be required to show your ID to buy your Sacred Valley tourist ticket
•We recommend wearing light clothes, but also bring a four season jacket.
•For the wet season bring a raincoat.
•Personal medication as well as the prescription.
•Sunglasses, sunscreen, and a cap or hat with brim.
•Extra cash in small bills for personal expenses.
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