Maras and Moray Tour

Maras and Moray Tour

Visit two incredible sites! Maras is one of the worlds oldest active salt mines and Moray one of the largest examples of the Andean agricultural terracing technique
Activity Level: 1  | Duration: 1 day | Group Size: 2-16 | Price: $180

Overview

This tour will take you to two incredible sites! During this half-day trip, you will have the opportunity to learn how the Incas thrived in the high Andes by using the natural resources found in the Sacred Valley. 

Our private van will pick you up directly from your hotel in Cusco around 8AM. You will have a beautiful 1.5 hour drive from Cusco to reach the terraces of Moray. This site is home to one of the largest and best preserved examples of the famous Inca terracing farm technique, which allowed the Incas to grow a variety of different plants all year long. 

After enjoying a tour of Moray, you will drive a few miles down the road to Maras, which is a collection over 3,000 salt pools that are over 1,000 years old! It is a visual marvel and one of the most stunning sites in the Sacred Valley. 

After touring Maras, our van will take you back to Cusco, where you will arrive between 12 - 1PM, just in time to enjoy lunch on your own. 

Trip Highlights

  • Experience Peruvian culture and learn about Inca history
  • Excellent option to acclimate to the elevation 
  • Visit one of the oldest operating salt mines on the planet
  • Visit the best preserved example of an Inca terrace-farm

Activities

  • Light-Moderate Walking
  • History
  • Culture
  • Great company

Accommodations

  • NA

WHAT'S INCLUDED:

TRANSPORTATION
All transportation for the tour.
This includes:
   - Pickup from your hotel (or nearby) in Cusco in a private van
   - Drop-off in private van from the same place we pick you up
PROFESSIONAL GUIDE
Kusa Treks strives for greatness and this begins and ends with our people. All of our guides are local to this region and studied Tourism and/or Archaeology in University. They are all fluent in English and are passionate about their work. Trust us when we say, there is no better person to be on a trip with than a Kusa Treks guide. You will be in incredible hands!

WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED:

ENTRANCE TICKETS
In order to enter the majority of archaeological sites in Cusco and the Sacred Valley (including Moray), you will need the Boleto Turistico (Tourist Ticket). These Tickets are sold as a one-day pass or a ten-day pass and grant access to several areas.

The one day pass is 70 Soles and the ten day pass is 130 Soles. A valid Student ID allows for a discount, which makes the 10-day pass 70 soles.

The ticket must be purchased in person with Soles and a valid passport. You will be able to purchase the ticket directly at the first site.

Maras requires a separate entrance fee of 10 Soles (~$4).  
MEALS
There are no meals served during this tour. You will be back in Cusco in time to enjoy lunch on your own.

Pricing:

We offer Private services for our Day-Tours. The price is based on the number of people in your group.
  • 2 – 4 people: $180 total per group
  • 5 – 9 people: $220 total
  • 10+ people: Our customer service representative will work directly with you on pricing and arrangements. 
NOTE: Based on the time of year, and with your permission, we are sometimes able to combine multiple private groups into one larger group, which allows us to provide you with a discount.

Please inform your booking agent if you are open to being paired with other groups.

PRICES ARE IN USD ($)

Itinerary:

MARAS AND MORAY TOUR ITINERARY

You will be picked up from your hotel between 8-8:30AM. From Cusco you will take a 1.5 hour drive through part of the incredible Sacred Valley to Moray. During the drive, you will see incredible mountain peaks, farms and other natural wonders. Our first stop will be Moray, which is is one of the best preserved examples of the terraced farming technique the Incas used to thrive in the Andes.

In Moray you will observe the concentric circles that made up an Inca agricultural laboratory. Your tour guide will lead you on a 5-10 minute hike down into the archaeological site. Once you reach the bottom, you will receive a guided tour of the ruins that served as one of the main amphitheaters for the Incas where they performed rituals and ceremonies.

After touring Moray, you will re-board the van and drive a few miles down the road to Maras. This area is a collection of over 3,000 salt pools carved into a mountainside. These pools have been here for over 1,000 years and are fed daily by a stream of water from the mountain. It is truly a breathtaking site.

After the tour of Maras, you will have a private van ride back to your hotel in Cusco, arriving around 1PM.