Sacred Valley of the Incas &Moray and Salt Mines
Sacred Valley of the Incas &Moray and Salt Mines
Embark on a full-day adventure exploring the Sacred Valley of the Incas, the archaeological marvel of Moray, and the captivating Salt Mines of Maras. This immersive journey invites you to discover the agricultural ingenuity of the Incas, witness breathtaking landscapes, and explore ancient salt pans .The Sacred Valley of the Incas, Moray, and Salt Mines tour offers a captivating blend of history, culture, and natural beauty, providing a deeper understanding of the Inca civilization’s agricultural prowess and ingenuity.
- Pisac Market and Ruins: Discover the lively Pisac Market and explore the Inca ruins overlooking the Sacred Valley.
- Andean Cuisine: Enjoy a delicious traditional Andean lunch, savoring local dishes made with fresh ingredients.
- Moray Agricultural Terraces: Explore the circular terraces of Moray, an engineering marvel that showcases the Inca’s advanced understanding of agriculture.
- Salt Mines of Maras: Witness the unique salt extraction process at the Maras Salt Mines, where salt has been harvested for centuries.
- Scenic Landscapes: Admire the breathtaking landscapes of the Sacred Valley, surrounded by majestic mountains and Inca agricultural sites.
- Cultural Insights: Gain insights into Inca agricultural practices, engineering achievements, and the cultural significance of the sites visited.
- Departure from Cusco: The day begins with an early departure from Cusco, heading towards the Sacred Valley of the Incas.
- Visit to Pisac Market and Ruins: Explore the vibrant Pisac Market, where local artisans showcase their crafts. Continue to the Pisac Ruins, an archaeological site with terraced fields and ancient structures.
- Traditional Andean Lunch: Enjoy a traditional Andean lunch, featuring local ingredients and flavors.
- Moray Agricultural Terraces: Journey to Moray, an archaeological site featuring circular agricultural terraces that served as an Inca experimental agricultural center. Marvel at the precision of Inca engineering and the innovative farming techniques.
- Maras Salt Mines: Continue to the nearby Salt Mines of Maras, a fascinating network of terraced salt pans. Learn about traditional salt extraction methods dating back to Inca times and witness the intricate patterns created by the salt pools.
- Return to Cusco: After a day of exploration, return to Cusco in the evening. Reflect on the cultural and historical insights gained during the journey.
Tour Sacred Valley of the Incas with Moray & the Salt Mines.
Onward, we drive to the archaeological site of Pisac, where you can see an immense Inca cemetery with more than 2000 tombs. You will learn about the incredible farming terraces carved into the mountain. We will spend about 1.5 hours here, exploring the ancient Inca city. These ruins are quite extensive and you will see many examples of original Inca architecture.
Then we head back to the colorful market of Pisac, which we visit for about 20 minutes. Then we drive to Urubamba for lunch where you have the option of a buffet restaurant of delicious Peruvian food, or other nearby restaurants.
The Salt Mines (Salineras), close to the colonial town of Maras, are Pre-Inca. Hundreds of saltpans decorate the hillside and have been used for salt extraction since before the Inca era. A natural spring at the top of the valley discharges a small stream of water heavily laden with salt, which is diverted into saltpans and evaporated to produce a salt that is of very high quality. This is one of the few places in the world where you can find naturally pink salt! This is a shorter walk than Pisac.
The fascinating Inca site of Moray is also known as “The Greenhouses of the Incas.” Different levels of terraces are carved into a huge bowl, part of which was further excavated by the Incas. The terraces have varied microclimates depending on how deep into the bowl they are placed. It is believed they were used by the Incas to research the optimal conditions for their crops. This is another short stop.
We finish our tour in Ollantaytambo, exploring the archeological site for about 1 hour. Like Pisac, this is a very extensive site. You will learn about the incredible architecture of the Sun Temple, admire the water fountains, the Incahuatana and the impressive storehouses. Finally, we will return to Cusco, dropping you at your hotel around 6:30 pm.
- Small group up to 12 people
- Professional English speaking guide with extensive knowledge of each site
- Private comfortable transportation
- Buffet lunch
- Entrance tickets to archeological sites: 70 soles (1 day only) or approximately US$20 per person which can only be purchased in soles and only at the first archeological site. (See important info for more information)
- Salt Mine entrance 11 soles
What To Bring
- Warm and waterproof jacket (depending on the season ).
- Sun protection cream (factor 35 recommended).
- Camera and films