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From Cusco: Moray and Salt Mines Quad Bike Tour

1. From Cusco: Moray and Salt Mines Quad Bike Tour

Get back to nature in the dramatic landscapes of the Andes Mountains and experience the amazing scenery of the Sacred Valley by Quad Bike. Benefit from pick-up at your hotel in Cusco, and then journey through typical villages to reach the colonial town of Maras. Admire the pretty church and rustic buildings of the pretty town center and watch the locals going about their everyday lives farming the surroundings. Visit the archaeological site of Moray to see the incredible terraced holes that form an amphitheater-like depression on the surface of the land. Learn how the holes were used by the Incas in ancient times to acclimatize seeds from the Andes Mountains. Next, visit the salt ponds that the locals continue to work to obtain salt at the mines, just as their ancestors did in the days of the Inca Empire.

From Cusco: Sacred Valley and Moray Salt Mines

2. From Cusco: Sacred Valley and Moray Salt Mines

Meet with your group at Plaza de Armas in the historical center of Cusco. Travel first to Chinchero, a small rustic town with a long tradition of textile weaving. See various textiles woven with traditional Incan techniques.  Next, you will visit Moray and see the agricultural terraces built along the hillsides. These terraces were built by the Incas to grow an abundance of crops on less-than-ideal mountain terrain. Right next to this area, at Moras, there are over 5000 salt ponds which were used by the Incas for salt extraction. This helped preserve their foods for long periods. After learning about Incan agricultural techniques, make your way to Urubamba, the capital of the Sacred Valley, for some lunch. After lunch, make your way to two historical towns, Ollantaytambo and Pisaq. At Ollantaytambo, you will climb over 200 steps to reach the top of the ancient terraced fortress that overlooks the town. This was an important defensive location during Incan times. At Pisaq, you can discover the local market selling all sorts of souvenirs and local crafts, before returning to Cusco.

Cusco: Full-Day Sacred Valley and Maras Tour

3. Cusco: Full-Day Sacred Valley and Maras Tour

Discover the best of Cusco's Sacred Valley on this full-day tour. After getting picked up from your hotel in Cusco in the morning, head to an archaeological zone and textile center located in Chinchero. Later, visit the archaeological park of Moray, before passing through the town of Maras and visiting the Salineras salt mines. Stop for lunch in the village of Urubamba before traveling to the archaeological sites of Ollantaytambo. Finally, visit the archaeological park of Pisaq, after which you will visit the nearby town to explore the craft market. At the end of the day, get dropped off in downtown Cusco.

From Cusco: Chinchero, Moray, Ollantaytambo, and Pisac Tour

4. From Cusco: Chinchero, Moray, Ollantaytambo, and Pisac Tour

During this Sacred Valley day tour, Discover the best of Cusco's Sacred Valley on this full-day tour. After getting picked up from your hotel in Cusco in the morning, head to an archaeological zone and textile center located in Chinchero. See how locals dye alpaca wool with natural plants of the region. Visit the archaeological site and see its terracesAfterward, move on to Moray to learn about the history of the Incas and wonder at their mysterious circular terraces. Head to the nearby village of Maras and learn about its history as a center for salt production at the Maras Salt Mines. Admire the unique quilt work of over 3,000 salt ponds spilling into the Sacred Valley. From here, go to Urubamba and to enjoy a buffet lunch at a local restaurant. Visit the ruins of Ollantaytambo. Marvel at the remarkable Incan architecture built during the Incan Empire's heyday. In addition to the ruins, see an amazing rock formation that represents the Incan god of Wiracocha. Finally, visit the archaeological park of Pisaq, after which you will visit the nearby town to explore the craft market. At the end of the day, get dropped off in downtown Cusco.

From Cusco: Maras and Moray 5-Hour Tour

5. From Cusco: Maras and Moray 5-Hour Tour

Head out on a drive along the Andean plateau in Chinchero to take in fantastic views of the Chicon Mountain as your 6-hour tour begins. Stop in Moray for a guided visit of the deep circular terraces of Moray. The purpose of the terraces is uncertain, but their depth, design and orientation with respect to wind and sun create a temperature difference of up to 15C/27 F from the top to the bottom. It is thought that the temperature difference was used to study the effects of different climatic conditions on crops. Continue to the Maras salt mines, comprising around 3,000 small wells of about 5 square meters. They have been used since Incan times for economic exchange.

From Cusco: Sacred Valley, Pisac, Moray, & Salt Mines Tour

6. From Cusco: Sacred Valley, Pisac, Moray, & Salt Mines Tour

During this Sacred Valley day tour, go to the must-visit sites of Cusco and have a chance to try traditional Incan beer. Get picked up from your hotel in Cusco's city center and head to your first stop, Mirador Taray.  Take in the spectacular views of the Andes and the Sacred Valley to prepare for your day of discovery.  Continue to the town of Pisac, the site of a popular market. See how locals dye alpaca wool with natural plants of the region. Visit the archaeological site and see its terraces, Incan cemeteries, and royal buildings.  Afterward, move on to Moray to learn about the history of the Incas and wonder at their mysterious circular terraces. Head to the nearby village of Maras and learn about its history as a center for salt production at the Maras Salt Mines. Admire the unique quilt work of over 3,000 salt ponds spilling into the Sacred Valley. From here, go to Urubamba and enjoy a buffet lunch at a local restaurant. Continue with a drive along the Urubamba River towards the town of Ollantaytambo to visit the ruins. Marvel at the remarkable Incan architecture built during the Incan Empire's heyday. In addition to the ruins, see an amazing rock formation that represents the Incan god of Wiracocha. After your time at the ruins, choose to return to Cusco with your guide or to stay in Ollantaytambo so you can continue your personal travels to Machu Picchu.

Cusco: Moray, Maras Salt Mines & Chinchero Weavers Half-Day

7. Cusco: Moray, Maras Salt Mines & Chinchero Weavers Half-Day

Travel through the historic Urubamba Valley on an unparalleled half-day tour from Cusco and pass the snow-capped peaks of the Peruvian Andes. Meander through lush yellow fields of wheat and sleepy little villages en route to Moray. Upon arrival, learn about the ingenuity of the Incas in their mysterious circular terraces. Continue to the nearby village of Maras to explore its history as a center for salt production. Take in the spectacular nature and admire the unique quilt work of over 3,000 salt ponds spilling into the Sacred Valley. Finish the day back in Cusco in time to explore more of the magnificent city.

Maras Moray Sacred Valley Tour from Cusco

8. Maras Moray Sacred Valley Tour from Cusco

Head out from Cusco in the morning for a visit to the Sacred Valley of the Incas. Learn about Incan culture and a bit of the history of emblematic sites, such as the archeological park of Moray and the salt mines of Maras. During this 5-hour Maras Moray tour you’ll gain an insight into the life of the Incas centuries ago and Peru today, and also into the power of nature. Visit Salineras, a collection of watered terraces that produce salt from the evaporation of water from a salty underground stream. The pools and salt embankments are an incredible sight against the stunning mountainous backdrop.

Lima: 7-Day Inca Adventure with Flights

9. Lima: 7-Day Inca Adventure with Flights

Day 1: Arrival to Lima and City Tour Upon your arrival to Lima, your representative will be waiting with a sign stating your name. From there you'll be transferred to your respective hotel where you can check-in. You'll soon begin a city tour through Lima, which will begin with panoramic views of the Pucllana Pyramid or Huaca Pucllana, the historical center of Lima. It will be there that you can appreciate more than fifty monuments and colonial buildings, and once the tour has finished you'll return to your hotel. Day 2: Paracas, Ica, and Huacachina with Buggies and Sandboarding Day 2 begins with pickup from your hotel between 4:30AM to 5:00AM. You will begin with a trip to the Paracas Peninsula to visit the Ballestas Islands, which are a national reserve. From there, continue your trip to the city of Ica for a demonstration with wines and traditional Pisco of the valley. Following that, you will taste a typical local lunch according to the menu of the day. You will then travel for approximately 30 minutes to the oasis of Huacachina, where you will enjoy the adrenaline of riding buggies and sandboards. After this great adventure, you will return back to Lima in your private transportation. Day 3: Arrival to Cusco According to your flight schedule in Cusco, your representative will be waiting for you at the Cusco Airport. From there, your day will be spent by you acclimatizing to Cusco's altitude. Day 4: Chinchero, Maras, and Moray You will begin day 4 between 8:00AM and 8:30AM, at which point you will travel to the colorful town of Chinchero. There you will learn about Andean fabrics in a textile interpretation center, before continuing onward to the famous circular cultivation terraces in Moray. After that, descend towards the salt mines in Maras where you will visit the more than 3,000 wells of salt. Finally, you will travel to Ollantaytambo Station where you will board your train to Aguas Calientes. Day 5: Machu Picchu Citadel On day 5 you will encounter one of the 7 Wonders of the World: Machu Picchu. You'll begin by taking the bus from Aguas Calientes, as your tour guide provides you with all the information before your 2-hour tour through this Inca citadel. In the afternoon you will take the train back to Ollantaytambo, from where you will be transferred to Cusco by private transportation. Day 6: Rainbow Mountain Between 4:30AM and 5:00AM, your transportation will pick you up from your hotel from where you will drive for 3 hours in the direction of Rainbow Mountain. Following breakfast, you will drive for another 45 minutes to begin your 2-hour trek. Upon reaching the top of the "Mountain of Colors", you will have enough time to take the photographs and enjoy the landscape. In addition, you will also be able to appreciate the highest snow peak in Cusco: Ausangate Mountain. Day 7: Airport Transfer On the final day of your tour, you will be taken to Cusco Airport, at which point your tour will conclude.

Cusco: Alpacas, Salt Mines, Moray, and Ollantaytambo Tour

10. Cusco: Alpacas, Salt Mines, Moray, and Ollantaytambo Tour

Discover the most interesting and must-visit spots in the Sacred Valley on a day tour from Cusco. Avoid the masses of tourists and take plenty of time at each site. Enjoy breathtaking views over the Andes, and learn about lots of fascinating cultural and historic facts to be prepared for your Machu Picchu visit. Begin your day with an early morning pickup from Cusco. Travel first to a nearby alpaca and guinea pig farm, where you'll fall in love with the alpacas and guinea pigs. Feed them their breakfast, and learn about the weaving traditions of the eldest family in Cusco, keeping this culture alive. From here, enter the salt mines of Maras and admire Moray's fascinating terraces, used for agricultural experiments by the Incas. Take amazing pictures and learn about the history of these fascinating historic sites. Around noon it's time for an energetic and delicious lunch in one of the best restaurants in the Valley, picked for its quality in food and service. Later, explore the impressive Ollantaytambo ruins and what happened during the Spanish conquest of Peru. Depending on the option chosen, you'll either be dropped off in Ollantaytambo or be returned to Cusco.

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What people are saying about Maras Salt Mines

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 529 reviews

Great trip and all you can eat buffet! Truly amazing guide, very knowledgeable and attentive, he was even translating questions and answers from Spanish speaking people to English so we could also understand. He also knew where to get best pictures and helped with them! Thank you so much, we loved it!

We were with Adolfo. He was very friendly and helpful, giving us loads of interesting information at every stop. The trek ran very smoothly, with no stop feeling rushed or dragged out. The food was good and the commodities too. Very comfortable and enjoyable trip ! Highly recommended !

Both sites were beautiful but the ride on ATVs thru the Sacred Valley was so much fun! The views are absolutely breathtaking- an unforgettable experience.

A great activity to discover the Salines of Maras and Moray. In addition to being a very good guide, Edgar is a great photographer! I recommend ++!

A good tour for the money. Easy way to see several different sites in the area.