Maras Moray – Moray Maras Peru (Half Day)

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Embark on an unforgettable half-day tour to the breathtaking landscapes of Maras Moray. This is where the echoes of the past meet the brilliance of Inca civilization. With Cusco Open Tour, you’ll dive deep into the heart of the Sacred Valley of the Incas. Explore two of its most iconic sites: the Moray terraces and the Salineras de Maras.

As you begin your day tour, anticipation builds while you traverse the rolling hills. We are heading to Moray, a mere 20 minutes away from the village of Maras. Here, the Moray Inca ruins await for us and your cameras ready to be. Is a testament to the Inca’s mastery of agriculture and their use of micro-climates.

The site’s amphitheater-like terraces may look like an artist’s creation. Yet these circles were an ancient laboratory where the Incas experimented to grow crops. We will uncover the secrets of these concentric circles insight into the advanced technologies of the Inca civilization.

After visiting Moray, we will journey towards the Salineras de Maras. Is a complex of salt ponds that shimmer like jewels under the sun. This millennium-old salt mine, still in use today, paints a vivid picture of community and resilience. As we explore the area, learn how the local people harvest the crystalline salt by hand, just as their ancestors did.

Seamless Exploration with Cusco Open Tour

With Cusco Open Tour, you won’t miss a detail to immerse yourself. Delve into the history while visiting the Maras salt mines, where each pool tells a story of tradition and survival.

Stand in awe at the ruins of Moray, where the Inca’s genius unfolds in the layers of terraces. Each creates a different micro-climate to cultivate a variety of crops from the coast to the jungle.

Throughout your tour, your guide will share fascinating tales and facts, making the history of Moray Maras Peru come alive. We will manage all the logistics, allowing you to immerse yourself. Remember to book your spot with Cusco Open Tour for an unparalleled half-day journey. Reservations must be in 24 hours of advance.

Visit the Sacred Valley of the Incas together, and witness the marvels of Maras Moray. You will tread on the paths of ancient Incas and gaze upon the striking landscapes. Also, you’ll leave with stories and memories that will last a lifetime.

Explore the alluring beauty of Cusco on our exclusive Open Bus Tour.

Price Includes

  • Professional Tour GuideA bilingual tour guide will accompany the group. He will offer detailed explanations of the Moray terraces and the salt ponds of Maras. The guide is knowledgeable about the history, culture, and traditions associated with these ancient sites.
  • TransportationThe round-trip transportation is from Cusco to the Maras Moray site and back. Comfortable vehicles ensure a pleasant drive through the scenic routes of the Sacred Valley.
  • Cultural InsightIn addition to visiting the historical sites, the tour offers insights into the local customs and practices. Particularly the traditional salt extraction methods at the Salineras de Maras.
  • Photo OpportunitiesThere will be ample time for photos, allowing you to capture the breathtaking landscapes and unforgettable moments.

Price Excludes

  • Meals and BeveragesThe tour does not typically include food or drinks. Participants will need to bring their own snacks or purchase them during the trip.
  • Personal GearSun protection, comfortable walking shoes, hats, sunglasses, and any other personal gear recommended.
  • SouvenirsAny souvenirs or additional items purchased at the sites, such as Maras salt, are not on the tour.
  • Additional Site VisitsWould require separate arrangements.

Recommended To Carry

  • Comfortable FootwearWear sturdy walking shoes or hiking boots suitable for walking on uneven terrain.
  • Weather-Appropriate ClothingDress in layers, as temperatures can vary, with warm clothing for cool mornings. Lighter options are great for the warmer midday period.
  • Sun ProtectionBring sunscreen, sunglasses, and a hat to protect against the strong sun at high altitude.
  • CashSome small cash for personal expenses such as souvenirs, additional snacks, or tips for your guide and driver.

Half DayMaras. Moray Tour

Immerse yourself in the Inca history with Cusco Open Tour’s Maras Moray – Moray Maras Peru half-day adventure. Our journey begins in the vibrant city of Cusco, where we will depart early to maximize our exploration.

Upon reaching the village of Maras, we will feel the anticipation rise. Here lies our first stop, the Moray Inca ruins. Our experienced tour guide will lead us through this fascinating Inca site. We will reveal the secrets behind the agricultural marvel of the terraces.

The site showcases a series of concentric terraces carved into a huge earthen bowl. Each layer provided different environmental conditions to grow an astonishing variety of crops.

Next, we will make our way to the world-renowned Salineras de Maras. We will witness the local community at work, harvesting the pink salt that has made this site famous. Our guide will explain the delicate process of salt extraction.

At the Salineras de Maras, we will stroll along the edges of the salt ponds. We will have the chance to purchase the salt, a unique and natural souvenir.

Finally, we will return to Cusco, carrying with us a deeper appreciation. Our half-day tour promises to be a highlight of your Peruvian journey.

Throughout our tour, remember that an entrance ticket is necessary. Our tour gives you a comprehensive insight into the marvels of the Maras Moray.

  • Total distance covered: Approximately 50 kilometers (31 miles) round trip.
  • Highest altitude reached: Moray sits at about 3,500 meters (11,482 feet) above sea level.
  • Lowest altitude encountered: Maras Salt ponds lie at about 3,300 meters (10,826 feet).
  • Level of difficulty: Easy to moderate, suitable for most travelers with an option for light walking.

1How long is the Maras Moray - Moray Maras Peru Half Day tour?

The half-day tour typically lasts about 4 to 6 hours, including travel time from and back to Cusco.

2What is the best time of year to take this tour?

You can take the tour year-round. But the dry season (May to October) offers the most predictable and pleasant weather conditions.

3What should I do if I have altitude sickness symptoms during the tour?

It’s important to acclimatize to Cusco’s altitude before taking the tour. If you feel unwell, inform your tour guide immediately. Carrying coca leaves for tea or altitude sickness pills can help alleviate symptoms.

4Will there be opportunities to buy food and drinks during the tour?

You might find some local vendors, but it’s advisable to bring your own snacks and water.

5Can I buy Maras salt during the tour?

Yes, there are opportunities to purchase the locally harvested Maras salt directly at the Salineras de Maras.

6What’s the highest altitude we will reach during the tour?

The Moray ruins are the highest point on the tour. It is at an altitude of approximately 3,500 meters (11,482 feet) above sea level.

7Do I need to tip the tour guide and driver?

The tour price does not include tips, but we greatly appreciate them even though they are not mandatory. You have the discretion to decide on tipping.

8Can I book a private Maras Moray - Moray Maras Peru Half Day tour?

Yes, private tours are often available. Contact Cusco Open Tour to arrange a private experience.

9Are there any additional costs during the tour?

Apart from personal expenses and optional gratuities, there could be additional costs if certain entry fees or meals are not included in your tour package.

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Marco St.

Group Traveller

An absolutely stunning half-day trip! The Maras Moray tour exceeded all expectations. Our guide was a fountain of knowledge, sharing the history and secrets of the Inca agricultural techniques.

The salt ponds of Maras were a highlight – a tapestry of crystalline beauty. Highly recommend this tour to anyone exploring the Sacred Valley!

August 24, 2023

Cindy Clark

Family Traveller

What an unforgettable journey! The Maras salt ponds were unlike anything I’ve seen before, shimmering in the sun in all shades of white and pink. And the Moray terraces were fascinating – such ingenious engineering! Our guide’s stories brought it all to life.

July 9, 2023