We’ll begin our half-day tour of 3 important Inca archaeological sites – Maras, Moray, and Chincheros Town by early pick up at 7:30am from your hotel lobby. The places you will visit on this tour are Moray Inca terraces, Maras Salt Mines, and Chincheros Town. We do not include lunch, but if you wish to eat at a traditional restaurant along the way in Chinchero your Tour Leader can suggest some delicious restaurant options for you. Depending on whether you wish to have lunch while on tour or back in Cusco this tour can last anywhere from 5-6 hours.
Moray translated in Quechua means circular-shaped building. This is an archaeological site of approximately 50KM from Cusco in the Urubamba Valley at an altitude of 11,500ft. Moray is Inca Terraces constructed in a circular form from natural craters.
That is how the Inca architects gave it form. The purpose of the constructions is a mystery; however, by the deepness of some of the terraces, a unique climate is created. Archaeologists and biologists have deduced that the site might have been an ancient Inca laboratory, and its purpose was to plant different products at different altitudes and pollinate different kinds of plants. Today these plants became native of Peru such as Potato, Quinoa, Tomato, and many more.
Maras salt mines are the main source of salt-producing centers in the Cusco region. It is one of the main sources of the economy in Maras. What brings tourists to this location is how the locals extract salt from this mine in its natural form. There are approximately 5,000 pools of salt and every year this number increases.
Every local from this town owns 10-20 pools. During the dry season is when most salt extraction takes place. It is impressive how this salt-producing center from pre-Incan times stills maintains its tradition. To support this community we continue visiting Maras. If you wish to buy natural organic salt for culinary or medicinal purposes, this is the best place to do it.
Afterward, we’ll continue our tour to the small Andean village of Chinchero. You will enjoy beautiful views of the Sacred Valley of the Incas and see firsthand how native people weave clothing garments from Llama and Alpaca wool. Your trip ends in Chinchero. We will drop you off at your respective hotels back in Cusco.
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