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Maras – Moray

A day full of varying sites from local markets, ancient salt mines still used today, and a very unique style of Incan architecture. An excellent tour for anyone wanting to get the most of different aspects of Cusqueñan history and modern village life.

Itinerary

We will pick up in your hotel to go to the Quechua village of Chinchero. This town is located 28 km outside of Cusco and is surrounded by patchwork style fields with exquisite natural colours. Chinchero is a charming town, with colonial style buildings and was a major agricultural center during the Tawantinsuyo cultural period. Here you can appreciate the stone walls with trapezoidal niches and a traditional market where locals still practice bartering. The women of Chinchero are easily recognized for their very distinguishing clothing and braided hair.

We will go on to the picturesque town of Maras. It is located at an altitude of 3,380 meters above sea level. This is a small village famous for its salt mines which consist of about 3000 small pools with an average area of about 5m² from which salt is extracted after a drying process. The Salt mines, better known as “Salineras de Maras”, have been exploited since Incan times as a means of economic exchange. 7 km from Maras, we will arrive at the archaeological site of Moray. We will see the greatness of the circular terraces of Incan agriculture. Moray is a group of circular terraces which was used as an agricultural experimental center. The Incas used it to study the adaptation of plants to new ecosystems. The overlapping circular stone rings widen as they rise and it has a total depth of 150 m.

Included / Not Included

INCLUDED

  • Tour guide service: Spanish/English.
  • Transport tourist.
  • Entrance fee.
  • Box lunch.

NOT INCLUDED

  • Meals
  • Tips

 

Price

2016 prices per person

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Duration: Full Day
Level: Easy
Destinations: Maras and Moray