Maras and Moray Tour (Half a Day)

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Group Tour (Morning)
  • Group Tour (Morning)1 to 18 people. Price per person: $20.
    09:00AM to 2:00PM
    Start Time: 09:00Available: 18 seats
  • Private Tour (Morning)Min. 2 people. Price per person: $95.
    09:00AM to 2:00PM
    Start Time: 09:00Available: 40 seats
  • Group Tour (Afternoon)1 to 18 people. Price per person: $20.
    13:00PM to 5:30PM
    Start Time: 13:00Available: 18 seats
  • Private Tour (Afternoon)Min 2 people. Price per person: $95.
    13:00PM to 5:30PM
    Start Time: 13:00Available: 40 seats
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Departure & Return Location

Hotel - Plaza San Francisco

Duration

08:40am to 2:30pm
Tour Details

During this tour we will observe the Cordillera del Vilcanota and its impressive Nevados that extend throughout the Sacred Valley of the Incas. We will visit the following places: Town of Maras where the houses still preserve their colonial facades, the Archaeological Complex of Moray made up of several circular platforms that served as an agricultural laboratory in the Inca era and finally we will appreciate the Salineras de Maras; made up of hundreds of small pools of salt water and where currently the members of the community still produce salt.

Maras Moray

Many archaeologists and anthropologists believe that the Moray ruins were once used as a means of conducting agricultural experiments. Part of the evidence to support this is the extensive irrigation system (fed by water from a reservoir located high in the mountains) designed into the terraces.

Another fascinating observation is the temperature difference. From the highest to the lowest terrace, the temperature differs by 5°C and the sun hits each terrace at a different angle and intensity.

Moray’s microclimate likely allowed the Incas to conduct agricultural research and identify the best conditions for crops to thrive. Furthermore, all of this suggests that the Incas used their knowledge of the environment to capitalize on their natural resources.

Salineras

Las Salineras de Maras is made up of more than 3,000 natural salt wells near the town of Maras. Each of the wells have a dimension of 5 square meters.

The 3,000 pools are fed by an underground hypersaline spring that originated 110 million years ago during the formation of the Andes Mountains.

Currently, these natural salt pools attract hundreds of tourists. The view that you get from this landscape is beautiful.

The people of Maras market this salt, just as the Incas did hundreds of years ago.

Price Includes

  • Pick up from your hotel
  • Tourist transport
  • Professional bilingual guide

Price Excludes

  • Price for foreign partial ticket S/ 70.00 soles
  • Price for Peruvians partial ticket S/ 40.00 soles
  • General entrance to salt mines S/ 10.00 soles

Things To Carry

  • Peruvian soles in cash
  • Sunscreen
  • Camera
  • Water bottle
Itinerary

CUSCO - MARAS MORAY - CUSCO

The MORAY complex is located 7 kilometers from MARAS in the SACRED VALLEY OF THE INCAS, 38 kilometers northwest of Cusco. During the tour, we will observe traditional communities surrounded by beautiful landscapes. We will visit the MORAY complex, which was an agricultural research center where crop experiments were conducted at different altitudes. Then, we will visit the MARAS SALINERAS, which has over 3,000 salt pools of various sizes and dimensions. These pools belong to local families who take advantage of the salt generated during dry weather, treat it with iodine, and sell it in the market. After our visit, we will return to the city of Cusco. The transport will drop us off 2 to 3 blocks from the main square of Cusco.

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Gabriel H

Family Traveller

We were very well received upon arrival at the airport.
I recommend our guide and driver, Karina and Fred, both very attentive and proactive.
Regarding the tours, we had no problems at all! Everything was very well organized. (TripAdvisor)

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November 25, 2023

Wilson D

Family Traveller

We really liked the service provided by Tayra Tours, they were very reliable and helpful, they served us very well, we were a group of 9 people. I recommend it! (TripAdvisor)

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November 12, 2023

Voyage637847

Couple Traveller

We decided to organize a private visit with them with private transportation from Cusco on the same day. Everything was organized in the best possible way. The tickets were delivered to us the day before directly at the hotel by a guide who explained the program to us in detail. The whole day went smoothly with timely support from the agency. Splendid day. Super recommended! (TripAdvisor)

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October 14, 2023

kalyanihariharan

Family Traveller

Everything was just exceptional

This was a good trip. We visited two main sites of the Sacred Valley of Incas on this half day trip. They took good care of us and the guide was nice too. All in all it’s recommendable. (TripAdvisor)

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March 7, 2020

natashat612

Group Traveller

Nice Service but…

We did the city ruins and the Maras and Moray. City tour was fine but I found it a little bit rushed, wished we had more time to explore.
As for Maras and Moray, the tour was great with explanations and the guide gave us enough time to walk around and take photos.
The down side was that they dropped us very far away from Plaza de Armas, even though the itinerary said that the drop off will be at the plaza. (TripAdvisor)

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May 29, 2019
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