Maras and Moray Hike 1 Day
Salt Mines Maras and Moray Hike 1 Day
Maras and Moray Hike 1 day takes place right high above the Sacred Valley of the Incas. Your hike to Maras Salt mines from Moray passes through colorful fields, Quechua villages with impressive Andean landscapes. Discover Maras and Moray in a day hike with our private service from Cusco.
The Hike Moray to Maras shows the oldest agricultural experimental station and the beautiful salt mines. This personalized day hike allows you to visit these sacred valley highlights as you learn the history of the incas. Your hike from Moray also offers a continuous country experience with frequent chances for local interaction.
The Inca site of Moray consists of four circular depressions, where the incas built concentric 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 extracted the salt. Today you are able to see more than 4000 salt pans built on the side of the mountain.
The full day Maras and Moray Hike is the best way to visit these famous attractions of the sacred valley of the incas. This hike to salt mines of Maras is also an easy and not touristy trail.
Pick up & drop off Location: Cusco hotel.
Tour Duration: Maras and Moray Hike 1 day.
Max. Elevation: 3,500m / 11,480ft.
Service: Private Tour
Maras and Moray Hike 1 Day Itinerary
Maras and Moray Hike 1 day begins with a pick up from your hotel in Cusco or Urubamba. Our private vehicle will transfer you to the trail head 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 occupied four enormous natural depressions of the Andean plains 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.
Your hike from Moray to Maras continues 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.
Hike Moray to Maras Includes:
- English speaking tour guide.
- Transfers to/from Cusco hotel.
- Box lunch
- Entrance tickets
Bring for Maras and Moray Hike:
- 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 jacket and hiking shoes.
- 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.
Maras and Moray Hike Prices
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Maras and Moray Tour Highlights
Enjoy a day hike through the sacred valley of the incas with an expert by your side. This tour is a new option to visit these wonderful places and avoid the crowd.
- 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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