Moray and the Salt Mines Tour – Half Day

Overview

Maras and Moray are incredible places. Maras is home to salt mines. Moray has ruins in the form of the Roman Coliseum. This site was used to for experimentation and investigation of many different agricultural products.

Pick up at your hotel at 8.30am or 1.00pm

Private transport to Moray and Maras

Visit of the “Green Houses” of Moray and the pre-Inca salt mine of Salineras

Great views of the Andes

Trip back to your hotel

It starts at 9 a.m. and finishes at approx 2p.m. or starts at 1p.m. and finishes at approx 6p.m.

Itinerary

We leave from Cusco at 9am. Our first stop is Maras, from which, we can get to the salt mines. The salt mines display a bizarre spectacle of beauty. Located on a wide-open hill above the Urubamba Valley, a natural salt water stream runs underground. In pre-Incan times, they have been evaporating the salty water from this stream in order to obtain the salt that gets left behind.

How it works: The highly salty water emerges at a spring, a natural outlet of the underground stream. The flow is directed into an intricate system of tiny channels constructed so that the water runs gradually down onto the several hundred ancient terraced ponds. The water, which is exposed to the sun, leaves salt on the land. Viewed from the peak, the myriad of rectangles look like an enormous painting designed by nature.

After visiting the salt mines near Maras, we continue on a short distance to the Moray ruins. The ruins are composed of three coliseums, which are thought to have been used by the Incas as a sort of open air crop laboratory. The coliseums consist of several enormous terraced circular depressions, the largest of which is about 30m/98ft deep. The purpose of these depressions is still uncertain but their depth and orientation with respect to wind and sun creates a temperature difference of as much as 15 °C/27 °F between the top and bottom. This large temperature difference was possibly used by the Incas to study the effects of different climatic conditions on crops. The terraces are arranged in concentric circles and are reminiscent of an ancient Greek theatre.

In the afternoon, we will return you back to your hotel in Cusco.

Includes

INCLUDED IN THE TOUR

  • Professional tour guide who is fluent in English
  • Pick-up from your hotel
  • Private transportation

NOT INCLUDED

  • ENTRANCE FEES: You must have the TOURIST TICKET to enter Moray. The tourist ticket is currently 70 soles for a one day ticket or 130 soles for a 10 day ticket. This one ticket will give you access to many other locations in the Sacred Valley as well as some museums and places of interest in Cusco.
  • The entrance to the Salt Mines is a separate ticket of 10 soles.
  • Tips

WHAT DO YOU NEED TO TAKE

  • For students: ISIC card ( 50% in the tourist ticket discount for students with an ISIC card)
  • Warm jacket
  • Water
  • Hat
  • Sunscreen

Places to Stay

Package List

Additional Options

Price

NUMBER OF PAXS 1 PERSONS 2 PERSONS 3 PERSONS 10 + PERSONS
PRICES PER PERSON USD 130 USD 80 USD 60 USD 40

*If you are a group more than 15 people let us know, we can make a special price.

Hotels

HOTELS IN CUSCO

RESERVATION IN HOTEL :OPTIONAL

We select some hotels in this destination, here you can find some of them, but if you would like other accomodation we have a lot of  options for you.

HOTELS IN CUSCO CATEGORY WEBSITE
Belmond Palacio Nazarenas 5* www.belmond.com/es/palacio-nazarenas-cusco/
Belmond Monasterio 5* www.belmond.com/es/hotel-monasterio-cusco/
Inkaterra la casona 5* www.inkaterra.com/en/cusco
Casa Cartagena 5* www.casacartagena.com
JW Marriot cusco 5* www.espanol.marriott.com/hotels/travel/cuzmc-jw-marriott-el-convento-cusco/
Libertador Palacio del inka 5* www.libertador.com.pe/luxury-collection/cusco/informacion-general/
Atiq Boutique Hotel 4* www.atiqhotel.com
El mercado tunqui 4* www.elmercadotunqui.com
Casa andina private collections 4* www.casa-andina.com/hotel-cusco-peru_casa-andina-private-collection
Costa del sol Ramada 4* www.costadelsolperu.com/peru/hotels/cusco/
San Agustin Dorado 4* www.hotelessanagustin.com.pe/es/hoteles/cusco/el-dorado/
Tambo del Arriero 3* www.tambodelarriero.com
Boutique San blas 3* www.casasanblas.com
Tierra viva cusco San Blas 3* www.tierravivahoteles.com/es/tierra-viva-cusco-san-blas
Rumi Punku 3* www.rumipunku.co
Casa Andina Catedral 3* www.casa-andina.com/classic-cuzco-catedral/
Emperador Plaza 3* www.emperadorplaza.com
Villa Hermosa 3* www.hotelesdelavillahermoza.com
Amaru Hostal 2* www.amaruhostal.com
Cusco Plaza I Nazarenas 2* www.cuscoplazahotels.com
Andean Dreams 2* www.andeandreamshotel.com

*If you need more information or you need other options of accomodation, please consult us¡

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