Maras, Moray and Salineras are very impressive and important tourist circuits near the imperial city of Cusco. We invite you to visit with us these places that were used in the Incas time and that to date are worthy of admiration.
Moray is an Archaeological Center with circular platforms and at different depths, which was built by the Incas as an agricultural research center. The Incas in Mora y carried out research projects of various crops at different heights and temperatures, until they reached the appropriate level for each type of product.
It will be very impressive to see the hundreds of white salt wells located on a mountain that make up the Salineras of Maras, which is being used to this days.
We'll come pick you up at your hotel at 8:30 in the morning and then depart by bus through the Urubamba River Valley. On our way to Moray (3200m), we'll pass the bucolic countryside, where you'll see the small family farms of corn and oca ringed by Andean peaks in the distance. We'll spend an hour visiting the Inca ruins of Moray, an agricultural laboratory comprising a set of circular concentric terraces, with each terrace replicating distinct microclimates, each representing a 1000m altitude difference under normal farming conditions. The guide will teach us about the site's construction, design and use. Before moving on we'll sit down to a box lunch.
Our next stop will be the Maras Salt Mines. Long ago the Inca diverted a small saltwater stream from the interior of Mt Qaqawiñay and channeled it through staggered terraces along its slopes which were carved into thousands of small pools. Salt left behind by evaporating water is harvested by the families of the Maras community. As the sunlight bounces off the different pools it produces an array of tonal and textural variety in this visualy stunning site. After our guided visit, we will board the bus to return to Cusco, around midday.
Wear a hat and sunscreen and bring a bottle of water as there is usually strong sun in the afternoons. If you are visiting during the rainy season, bring a waterproof windbreaker or rain poncho.