Moray and Maras Salt Mines Half Day Private Tour

MORAY AND MARAS SALT MINES HALF DAY PRIVATE TOUR

Moray and Maras Salt Mines Half Day Private Tour takes you to the ancient agricultural laboratory of the Incas and the salt mines of Maras. We will take a private van from Cusco, passing the countryside villages and enjoying the magnificent Sacred Valley mountain range. This journey also includes spectacular views of fertile plains with a variety of seasonal crops and beautiful lakes. On arrival, we start the guided walk to Moray, the ancient Inca agricultural laboratory. Here the Incas expertly domesticated and acclimated plants to different microclimates. After touring Moray, we head towards the shining salt mines (Salineras) of Maras, where a natural spring fills approximately 4,000 salt pans for collecting salt.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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MORAY AND MARAS SALT MINES HALF DAY PRIVATE TOUR ITINERARY

During this fantastic Moray and Maras Salt Mines Half Day Private Tour, you will enjoy the amazing view of the Andes Mountains and also learn about farming and mining techniques of the ancient Incas.

Moray and Salt Mines starts with a pick up from your hotel in Cusco at 8:00 am, and head to the ancient agricultural terraces of Moray. This scenic drive is about one hour and 30 minutes. On your drive, you will see the snow mountains of the Andes, lush yellow fields of barley, and some villages. Finally, you will arrive at the fascinating display of terraces in Moray. Moray boasts four amphitheater-like terraces, made by the Incas. These terraces, which are carved deep into the earth, in the shape of a bowl, were thought to be used to determine the optimal conditions for growing crops.

After our visit to Moray, we will proceed to our next destination and visit the amazing saltpans of Maras. The town of Maras is famous for its colonial door arches and its large Catholic Church. After a quick visit to the town, we will head towards the salt pans located on the northwestern slope of the mountains before entering Cusco – this natural wonder is an incredible spectacle of beauty. Formed by a natural underground salt-stream, the salt has been harvested since Inca times by evaporating the water from the stream in small holding pools which dot the landscape around the stream. The flow emerges at a stream high above the Sacred Valley, and as it flows towards the floor of the valley, is weaves through an intricate system of channels where it is collected into the hundreds of ancient terraced ponds. Here, you will have the chance to buy pink salt and souvenirs at nearby shops.

Once you are done with the guided visit, we will head back to Cusco and drop you off at the hotel or the restaurants near the main square.

MARAS MORAY TOUR INCLUDES:

  • Tourist transportation roundtrip from Cusco.
  • Professional bi-lingual tour guide.
  • Tourist Ticket to visited places.
  • Personalized service.

MARAS MORAY TOUR DOESN’T INCLUDE:

  • Meals & drinks (Upon request typical lunch).
  • Tips and gratuities (Depends on service).
  • Any other items not specified in the above paragraph.

WHAT TO BRING FOR THIS TOUR

  • A small rucksack with personal stuff.
  • Original passport & International Student Identity Card (if applicable).
  • Rain jacket or rain poncho.
  • Trekking boots are recommended.
  • Hat or cap to protect you from the sun.
  • Sun block, at high elevation is easy to get sun burn.
  • Insect repellent – minimum recommended 20% DEET
  • A roll of toilet paper.
  • Your own medical kit with your prescriptions.
  • Cash for tipping staff and buy souvenirs.

PRIVATE SERVICE PRICE $80.00 USD PER PERSON

This service is perfect for friends, couples, and small families because it lets you choose your departure date, group size, and tour duration. More importantly, you’ll set your own pace, which makes the experience much more enjoyable. Prices based on 2 to 5 people maximum.

DISCOUNTS

-Foreign students with a valid International Student Identity Card get a discount.
-Teenagers: $20.00 USD (up to 15 years of age, passport copy required for all bookings).

METHODS OF PAYMENT

We require a deposit of 50% to confirm your reservation.

WESTERN UNION

There are additional fees associated with this method of payment, which will be paid by the client.
Receiver’s Name: DAVID
Receiver’s Surname: GUZMAN FLORES
Receiver’s Address: CALLE NUEVA N° 462
Receiver’s City: CUSCO
Receiver’s Country: PERU
Receiver’s ID: 42567695
After sending payment, please send us an e-mail with the following information:
Transaction numbers: Money Transfer Control Number (MTCN, a ten-digit number)

PAYPAL ONLINE

If you’d like to pay via PayPal or a direct bank deposit, please note that a 10% fee applies. Please add this amount to the tour cost to cover the transaction costs.
Our PayPal email address is: mapitourperu@hotmail.com

For all methods of payment, please include the following information in your reservation email:

* Scanned passports for each traveler. We cannot make reservations or book tickets until we have scanned copies of all passport(s).
* Start date for your trip.
* Details of your arrival flight to arrange airport pick up.