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Maras and Moray are two amazing attractions located within a short distance of each other, creating the perfect half-day tour in the Sacred Valley of the Incas. Maras is famous for its salt evaporation ponds, which have been in use since at least Inca times. Moray, meanwhile, is an Inca archaeological site that looks like something straight out of a sci-fi movie. Built as an agricultural laboratory of sorts, it consists of several large terraced circular depressions which were used to test crop production in various microclimates. Together, these two sites provide one of the most fascinating spectacles in the Cusco Region.
Our standard tour takes you to Maras and Moray to explore both sites. Alternatively, you can visit them as part of a mountain biking excursion or a fun-filled ATV (quad bike) adventure.
Our standard half-day tour to Maras and Moray begins when we pick you up from your hotel in Cusco at around 08h00. First we’ll head to magnificent Moray, the Inca agricultural laboratory. It takes about 1.5 hours to get there, but we’ll be driving through spectacular Andean scenery, passing by yellow wheat fields, picturesque traditional villages and snow-capped mountains.
Arriving at Moray, your guide will show you arou...
Maras and Moray are incredible places. Maras is home to salt mines. Moray has ruins in the form of the Roman Coliseum. On this Maras Moray half day tour, you will visit the sites that were used for experimentation and investigation of many different agricultural products.
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 ...