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The Maras Salt Mines and Moray are two of the most incredible sites in Peru. Located in the Sacred Valley, the Maras Salt Mines have been in operation since pre-Incan times and are still used today to produce salt. The mines are made up of thousands of small pools, which are filled with salty spring water and left to evaporate. As the water evaporates, a layer of salt is left behind, which is then harvested and used to produce salt.
Moray is an archaeological site located near the Maras Salt Mines. It is made up of several terraced circular depressions, which were likely used as an agricultural experimental center by the Incas. The terraces were carved out of the sides of the mountains, creating a unique landscape that is still visible today.
Together, the Maras Salt Mines and Moray are two of the most impressive sites in Peru. They offer a fascinating glimpse into the history and culture of the Incas and provide a unique experience for visitors.
Peru Vive Travel is an experienced tour operator that specializes in customizing unique and memorable trips to the region of Cusco, Peru. We offer a wide range of services, from planning personalized itineraries and providing knowledgeable guides to arranging transportation and accommodation. Our experienced team of travel experts are dedicated to providing exceptional customer service and creating unforgettable journeys.
Cusco hotel transfer
Your private tour guide and driver will pick you up from your Cusco hotel at 8:00 am to begin the Moray and Salt Mines of Maras half-day tour. You will travel to Chinchero town, a small Andean village at 3,750 meters/12,303 feet, where you will enjoy the traditional handmade weaving demonstration of textiles on how to make lovely natural alpaca wool sweaters. You’ll also have the opportunity to visit the Moray and Salt Mines of Maras.
We will travel to the farming laboratory in Moray after Chinchero. This journey is incredibly lovely and lasts for approximately an hour. Along the way, you’ll pass wide cornfields, enormous snow-capped mountains, luscious wheat and potato farms, and stunning high Andean communities. Finally, you will reach Moray’s remarkable circular terraces, which are situated at a height of 3,450 meters (11,318 ft). The terraces’ size is quite remarkable! Although it appears to be an amphitheater, this enigmatic circular location is actually a sizable Inca agricultural research facility.
After you’ve done exploring Moray, you’ll travel to Maras, a colonial settlement constructed during the Spanish invasion to take advantage of the salt mines nearby. There are still representations of lintels with sculptures in bas-relief in the Maras town’s stunning 1650 church, together with traditional practices and colonial architecture.
You’ll drive another 30 minutes to the Maras salt mines after your Maras excursion. The manufacture of salt in this location has a long history and is well known. In the mountainside that is daily filled with groundwater, there are more than 3,000 salt wells. It served as Cusco’s primary source of salt and continues to do so for many nearby settlements including the Sacred Valley, where inhabitants continue to cultivate salt by hand much as the Incas did hundreds of years ago. To get the greatest shots, you’ll also have a fantastical landscape at your disposal.
It’s time to head back to Cusco, but don’t fret—the tour is still ongoing! We’ll stop at the stunning Huaypo Lagoon on the way back. 3,657 meters above sea level, amid the windswept plains of Anta, is another fantastic location for pictures. After the trip, we either drop you off at your hotel or, if you want, we drop you off in Cusco’s Main Square.