Tour Maras – Moray Full Day
SALT WARRIORS - SCIENTISTS OF AGRONOMY
- Ancestral weaving techniques
- Moray Inka site
- Salt mines
Salt Mines of Maras
Maras (3,028 m.a.s.l), is a picturesque village located at 54 km (1 hr) north of Cusco by asphalted road, pertaining to the province of Urubamba and is located in a plain that from ancestral times was an important plateau from where we could observe the Sacred mountains, among them Verónica snow cape (5,682 m.a.s.l) or "Waquey Huillca" and Chicón (5,530 m.a.s.l).
Salt mines, which since ancient times were exploited by the Inkas, are made up of more than 5,000 small pools. The process of obtaining the salt consists of filling them with salt water (the water comes from a natural source located at the top of the complex), until the water evaporates and finally the crystallized salt remains. At the present time, the "Maras salt" has been generated as a brand, which is highly quoted and required in the most prestigious hotels and restaurants nationwide, due to its high quality and filtration process, which makes it unique.
The Archaeological Complex of Moray (3,300 m.a.s.l) is located 49 km from Cusco, according to the historian Edward Ranney, the Incas designed the terraces of Moray, as a place for the development of a specialized agriculture, perhaps for the adaptation of their crops more precious, like corn, coca leaf and chili; As well as to develop diverse studies of adaptation of species for the human consumption from diverse ecological floors.
Due to their sheltered position, each of these platforms represents approximately 1,000 meters of altitude under normal tillage conditions. In its entirety, the complex would contain twenty or more ecological zones in miniature. The Moray complex was also able to serve the Agronomist - Scientists to calculate the annual production in the different regions of Tahuantinsuyo.
Cusco - Chinchero - Agricultural Laboratory of Moray – Salt Mines of Maras - Cusco
In the morning we will pick you up at your hotel to head to the Chinchero district (Tupac Inca Yupanki Palace), the current large-scale production area of the famous Andean tubercle "papa". We will visit a craft production and exhibition center, where the finest textile art is practiced using ancient techniques, revaluing technique and iconography from the most remote times, which has earned it worldwide recognition. Then we will go to the Moray Archaeological Complex "Andean Agricultural Laboratory", where we will be able to analyze and understand the amazing scientific knowledge, grouped in a set of 03 systems with a functional structure that are imposed on the fertile surface of the land; the same ones that were used for the adaptation of the diverse species of plants of high importance in the Inca time. After our guided tour, we could have an optional lunch in a restaurant over the route.At the end of our lunch, we will head for the Salt Mines of Maras, located 7 km from Moray, and northwest of the town of San Pedro de Maras, where the famous salt mines are made up of over 5,000 small wells with an average area of 5 m² each one.Upon completion of our activities we will return to the city of Cusco or we can make a connection to Machupicchu by train via Ollantaytambo, arriving at the town of Aguas Calientes, where you will spend the night in a comfortable hotel previously reserved.
Tour Program includes
- Private bus
- Entrance tickets
- Bilingual professional guide
- SnacksOzonazed water (we will provide it in all the tour, but you must carry your own canteen)
In case of connection to Machupicchu, it includes:
- Hotel in Aguas Calientes
- Round trip train
- Bus up and down to the archaeological complex of Machupicchu
- Entrance to Machupicchu
- Transfer Ollantaytambo - Cusco (private service)
Additional requirements or requests not detailed in the tour
List of Trip:
- Passport or ISIC card (obligatory)
- Day pack
- Canteen is obligatory
- Sun block SPF 45 - 90
- Hat or cap
- Slippers or tennis shoes
- Raincoats or rain ponchos (November to April)
- Photographic camera
If you do not have the required equipment, we can rent one