Moray and Salt Mines of Maras tour are unique Journey into Cusco’s History and Traditions, embark on an unforgettable adventure to explore two of Cusco’s most distinctive and fascinating sites: The agricultural marvel of Moray and the ancient salt mines of Maras. This enriching tour offers a rare glimpse into the Inca civilization’s ingenuity and the region’s enduring traditions.
Your journey begins at 8:30 am in our Cusco main office, where you will board a comfortable vehicle for a 1.5-hour drive to the first destination, Moray. Here, marvel at the impressive circular terraces ingeniously designed by the Incas as a botanical laboratory, enabling them to acclimatize plants from warmer regions to thrive in the high-altitude Andean climate. Your knowledgeable guide will provide insights into the historical and cultural significance of these enigmatic terraces, followed by free time for you to explore and capture stunning photos of the area.
Next, you will continue to the captivating salt mines of Maras, a centuries-old site still in use today as a small-scale salt production facility. Wander through the labyrinth of salt pools, and let your guide enlighten you about the extraction process and the role salt plays in the local economy. Feel the texture of the salt pools and seize the opportunity to purchase unique souvenirs crafted from this versatile mineral.
Concluding this remarkable experience, you will return to Cusco in our vehicle, arriving around 3:00 pm. Don’t miss this extraordinary opportunity to delve into Cusco’s hidden treasures and witness firsthand the remarkable legacy of the Inca Empire and the living traditions that continue to shape the region today.
Moray and Salineras of Maras Highlights
- Explore the intriguing Moray archaeological site, featuring a unique system of circular terraces believed to have been used by the Incas as an agricultural laboratory.
- Discover the fascinating history and purpose behind the Moray terraces, learning how the Incas cultivated and experimented with different crops at various microclimates.
- Visit the visually striking Maras Salt Mines, where thousands of salt pools are carved into the mountainside, showcasing an ancient and still-functional salt extraction method.
- Learn about the traditional process of salt harvesting in the Maras Salt Mines, which has been passed down through generations of local families.
- Enjoy the breathtaking panoramic views of the Sacred Valley, admiring its natural beauty and agricultural terraces.
- Immerse yourself in the rich history and culture of the region, with expert guides sharing fascinating insights and stories about the Inca civilization and local traditions.