Maras and Moray are two unique 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 used to test crop production in various microclimates. Together, these two sites provide one of the fascinating spectacles in the Cusco Region.
Our standard Cusco Maras Moray half-day 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.
Departure & Return Location:
Pick up from your hotel (8:00am – 8:30am).
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 around the three amphitheater-like terraced structures. These terraces, carved in a circular series to create a bowl shape, are believed to have been used as a testing ground for various crops to find the most optimal growing conditions. It’s an incredible sight and gives a real insight into the genius of the Inca Empire.
After exploring Moray, we’ll head on to Maras, which is just two miles away. Here we’ll see the great salt evaporation ponds used by the Incas and possibly pre-Inca civilizations. More than 3,000 salt pools are carved into the mountainside, which catches highly salty water as it emerges from a spring in the mountain. The ponds catch this water, slowly evaporating, leaving just the salt behind. This salt is collected via a communal process and is most famously used to make sal de Maras, the famous pink table salt. It’s an incredible sight looking down across the salt ponds, which look like they are covered in snow or ice.
After spending time at Maras, we’ll head back to Cusco, where we’ll drop you off at your hotel.
We also offer a special service only for you or your group, you have the power to choose the size of your group and the date of departure, we will never add other people since it will be organized only for you.
Our Maras and Moray Tour private service includes additional items such as:
We offer 3 kinds of service, each with different price ranges and you can book in any of these services according to your convenience, we just need you to be a minimum of 02 people to organize your trip on the date that suits you, all our services are 100 % guaranteed.
We are a direct TOUR OPERATOR that never passes clients to other agencies as most agencies do it here in Cusco to save operating costs with poor quality.
We will make the trip even if there are only 02 people in your group.
Can i be picked up from Pisac?
Yes, let us know in advance to organize your pick up time.
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