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  • From Cusco: Moray and Salt Mines Quad Bike Tour

    1. From Cusco: Moray and Salt Mines Quad Bike Tour

    Get back to nature in the dramatic landscapes of the Andes Mountains and experience the amazing scenery of the Sacred Valley by Quad Bike. Benefit from pick-up at your hotel in Cusco, and then journey through typical villages to reach the colonial town of Maras. Admire the pretty church and rustic buildings of the pretty town center and watch the locals going about their everyday lives farming the surroundings. Visit the archaeological site of Moray to see the incredible terraced holes that form an amphitheater-like depression on the surface of the land. Learn how the holes were used by the Incas in ancient times to acclimatize seeds from the Andes Mountains. Next, visit the salt ponds that the locals continue to work to obtain salt at the mines, just as their ancestors did in the days of the Inca Empire.

    It was well organized and the guides explained throughly the operation of the quads. Safety first. Beautiful scenery.

  • Cusco: Moray, Maras Salt Mines & Weavers Half-Day Tour

    2. Cusco: Moray, Maras Salt Mines & Weavers Half-Day Tour

    Travel through the historic Urubamba Valley on an unparalleled half-day tour from Cusco and pass the snow-capped peaks of the Peruvian Andes. Meander through lush yellow fields of wheat and sleepy little villages en route to Moray. Upon arrival, learn about the ingenuity of the Incas in their mysterious circular terraces. Continue to the nearby village of Maras to explore its history as a center for salt production. Take in the spectacular nature and admire the unique quilt work of over 3,000 salt ponds spilling into the Sacred Valley. Finish the day back in Cusco in time to explore more of the magnificent city.

    The experience was great and the guide was very sweet and informative of the history and facts of each site.

  • From Cusco: Maras and Moray 6-Hour Tour

    3. From Cusco: Maras and Moray 6-Hour Tour

    Head out on a drive along the Andean plateau in Chinchero to take in fantastic views of the Chicon Mountain as your 6-hour tour begins. Stop in Moray for a guided visit of the deep circular terraces of Moray. The purpose of the terraces is uncertain, but their depth, design and orientation with respect to wind and sun create a temperature difference of up to 15C/27 F from the top to the bottom. It is thought that the temperature difference was used to study the effects of different climatic conditions on crops. Continue to the Maras salt mines, comprising around 3,000 small wells of about 5 square meters. They have been used since Incan times for economic exchange.

    The tour covered Salineras de Maras and Moray and also a stop at one farm where they present you how they color the wool from llamas and alpacas and then they ask you to buy something several times. That last part I didn’t like as much. We also stopped at one shop in Maras where we had a chocolate tasting and then you could buy all kinds of salt and chocolates, but nobody pressed you. The guide was excellent! The bus driver drove very fast so the ride was very bumpy. The tour started and ended on time which was very nice.

  • Cusco: Full-Day Sacred Valley and Maras Tour

    4. Cusco: Full-Day Sacred Valley and Maras Tour

    Discover the best of Cusco's Sacred Valley on this full-day tour. After getting picked up from your hotel in Cusco in the morning, head to an archaeological zone and textile center located in Chinchero. Later, visit the archaeological park of Moray, before passing through the town of Maras and visiting the Salineras salt mines. Stop for lunch in the village of Urubamba before traveling to the archaeological sites of Ollantaytambo. Finally, visit the archaeological park of Pisaq, after which you will visit the nearby town to explore the craft market. At the end of the day, get dropped off in downtown Cusco.

    The guide was exceptional. Everything was great but the last destination (Pisaq) was unnecesary: We drove there but we didn´t make it as the distance from Urubamba to Pisaq didn´t allow us to get there before the ruins closed. It would have been better to just stay at Urubamba and explore the city.

  • From Cusco: Sacred Valley, Pisac, Maras & Moray Day Trip

    5. From Cusco: Sacred Valley, Pisac, Maras & Moray Day Trip

    During this Sacred Valley day tour, go to the must-visit sites of Cusco and have a chance to try traditional Incan beer. Get picked up from your hotel in Cusco's city center and head to your first stop, Mirador Taray. Take in the spectacular views of the Andes and the Sacred Valley to prepare for your day of discovery.  Continue to the town of Pisac, the site of a popular market. See how locals dye alpaca wool with natural plants of the region. Visit the archaeological site and see its terraces, Incan cemeteries, and royal buildings. Afterward, move on to Moray to learn about the history of the Incas and wonder at their mysterious circular terraces. Head to the nearby village of Maras and learn about its history as a center for salt production at the Maras Salt Mines. Admire the unique quilt work of over 3,000 salt ponds spilling into the Sacred Valley. From here, go to Urubamba and to...

    Guide Algredo was awesome. He reinforces his eloquent speeches eith repeats that allowd u to retain all the information he dissipates. He showed us around on a busy day that covers Maras salt mines, Moray ruins, Chincherro ruins, a visit to a authentic Incan handicraft place, and the highlight being the Sacred calley at Ollantaytambo. Alfredo went above and beyond every single time you have questions and concerns. At the end of the tour, Alfredo helped us find the office of the next tour we had scheduled by walking with us around the Plaza de Armas at Cusco because of police blockade. Lunch at Taki wasi was an exotic buffet spread, it was sumptuous. Driver of the van was great, drove safely and never made any rough maneuvers. I highly recommend this tour with Alfredo and his driver Tinto.

  • Lima: 7-Day Inca Adventure with Flights

    6. Lima: 7-Day Inca Adventure with Flights

    Day 1: Arrival to Lima and City Tour Upon your arrival to Lima, your representative will be waiting with a sign stating your name. From there you'll be transferred to your respective hotel where you can check-in. You'll soon begin a city tour through Lima, which will begin with panoramic views of the Pucllana Pyramid or Huaca Pucllana, the historical center of Lima. It will be there that you can appreciate more than fifty monuments and colonial buildings, and once the tour has finished you'll return to your hotel. Day 2: Paracas, Ica, and Huacachina with Buggies and Sandboarding Day 2 begins with pickup from your hotel between 4:30AM to 5:00AM. You will begin with a trip to the Paracas Peninsula to visit the Ballestas Islands, which are a national reserve. From there, continue your trip to the city of Ica for a demonstration with wines and traditiona...

  • Cusco: Pisac, Maras, Moray, Ollantaytambo Small Group Tour

    7. Cusco: Pisac, Maras, Moray, Ollantaytambo Small Group Tour

    Get to know the most interesting and must-visit spots in the Sacred Valley on this small-group day tour. This carefully planned itinerary works to avoid the masses of tourists and allows you plenty of time at each site. You'll learn about the archeological hot spots of Cusco and Perú from guides who are passionate and knowledgeable about the country's history. Discover the ruins of Pisac, the salt mines of Maras with their amazing views (which make for incredible pictures), the Moray Terraces, and Ollantaytambo. Enjoy the chance to see all the top sites including Pisac even if you choose the option for drop-off in Ollantaytambo to catch your train or stay for the night. Itinerary: 7:30 AM: Pickup from your hotel 9:00 AM: Visit of Chinchero 11:00 AM: Visit of the Moray 12:00 PM: Visit of Maras Salt Mines 1:30 PM: Lunch in Urubamba 2:40 PM: Visit of Ollantaytambo 4:00 PM: Drop-off at th...

    We had a fantastic day on our tour. The tour guide Luis was fantastic. He was very knowledgeable and also very friendly. The lunch buffet was delicious too. We couldn't ask for a better day.

  • From Cusco: City Tour, Maras, and Machu Picchu 3-Day Tour

    8. From Cusco: City Tour, Maras, and Machu Picchu 3-Day Tour

    Day 1: Cusco City Tour   Following a pickup from your hotel between 1:10 PM and 1:25 PM, visit the Cusco Cathedral followed by the the most important temple in the Inca Empire, Qorikancha. Then, board the transport and discover ancient ruins at Saqsayhuaman, Qenko, Puka Pukara, and Tambomachay, enjoying stories and explanations at each point. Return to Cusco around 7:30 PM and make your own way back to your accommodation. Day 2: Maras and Salineras Depart with a pickup from your hotel between 8:25 AM and 8:55 AM and then be on your way to Maras in the Sacred Valley of southeastern Peru, famous for its salt mines and marshes. Situated an hour from Cusco, enjoy an explanation of the town before going to a salt marsh where you'll also have views of the snowy and sacred mountains. Return to Cusco around 3 PM when you will be dropped off at or nearby your...

  • Maras Moray Sacred Valley Tour from Cusco

    9. Maras Moray Sacred Valley Tour from Cusco

    Head out from Cusco in the morning for a visit to the Sacred Valley of the Incas. Learn about Incan culture and a bit of the history of emblematic sites, such as the archeological park of Moray and the salt mines of Maras. During this 5-hour Maras Moray tour you’ll gain an insight into the life of the Incas centuries ago and Peru today, and also into the power of nature. Visit Salineras, a collection of watered terraces that produce salt from the evaporation of water from a salty underground stream. The pools and salt embankments are an incredible sight against the stunning mountainous backdrop.

    Our tour guide Max did an excellent job. He explained in both English and Spanish. The drive was very long for such a short trip, lot of dirt roads.

  • Cusco: Full-Day Horseback Riding Tour to Maras & Moray

    10. Cusco: Full-Day Horseback Riding Tour to Maras & Moray

    Enjoy a full-day tour on horseback around the stunning landscapes of the famous Sacred Valley. Ride amongst snow-capped mountains and historic farmlands as you make stops with your guide to visit the archaeological site of Moray, the town of Maras, and the spectatcular Maras salt pans.  Get picked up from your hotel in the morning and en route to the ranch receive an activity briefring from your guide. At the ranch, receive a brief introduction to how to control and steer your horse. You will be given a horse based on your experience and activity level.  Ride towards the archaeological site of Moray with incredible views of the stunning scenery composed by snowy mountains and serene farmland. At Moray your guide will explain the importance of this archaeological site, where the Incas adapted the farming of plants and foods to different altitude levels.  Jump back on your horse and co...

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What people are saying about Maras Salt Mines

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 467 reviews

Guide Algredo was awesome. He reinforces his eloquent speeches eith repeats that allowd u to retain all the information he dissipates. He showed us around on a busy day that covers Maras salt mines, Moray ruins, Chincherro ruins, a visit to a authentic Incan handicraft place, and the highlight being the Sacred calley at Ollantaytambo. Alfredo went above and beyond every single time you have questions and concerns. At the end of the tour, Alfredo helped us find the office of the next tour we had scheduled by walking with us around the Plaza de Armas at Cusco because of police blockade. Lunch at Taki wasi was an exotic buffet spread, it was sumptuous. Driver of the van was great, drove safely and never made any rough maneuvers. I highly recommend this tour with Alfredo and his driver Tinto.

It was well organized and the guides explained throughly the operation of the quads. Safety first. Beautiful scenery.

Very well organized, amazing local guide and very friendly. The places are just beautiful. I advise 100%

I had a really good time the guide was really nice and told us a lot about the history of the places !

Versatile excursion, interesting and friendly guide; We recommend