- Salt Mines
Visit Moray's giant agricultural laboratory and the Maras Salt Mines
Discover the impressive Inca constructions and enjoy the traditional handmade weaving demonstration of textiles in a Chinchero. Then, visit the famous salt pans of Maras, take incredible pictures of the landscape, and get the country's best quality. Finally, visit the agricultural experimental station of Moray, where the Inca culture developed new crops.
Before You Go
During this half-day tour, you'll enjoy the traditional handmade weaving demonstration of textiles in a Chinchero and then visit Moray's giant agricultural laboratory and the Maras salt mines. They're 2 of the most special places in the Sacred Valley. We'll also visit the Huaypo Lagoon, a beautiful body of crystalline water located at an elevation of 3,657 masl (11,915 fasl). You'll enjoy incredible landscapes from the moment of your departure!
Itinerary at a Glance
Cusco | Chinchero - Moray - Maras Salt Mines
We'll pick you up from your hotel around 8:00 a.m. to head to Chinchero town where you will enjoy the traditional handmade weaving demonstration of textiles. After Chinchero, we will take our transport to Moray. This trip takes about 1 hour and is really beautiful. You'll discover immense snowy mountains, vast fields of corn, and beautiful villages. Finally, you'll arrive at the fascinating circular terraces of Moray. The size of the terraces is really impressive! Although it seems like an amphitheater, this mysterious circular place is a gigantic Inca agricultural laboratory.
Once you've finished exploring Moray, we'll head to the Maras salt mines, which are approximately 3 km away. This place is famous for its salt production dating back to ancient times. There are more than 3,000 wells of salt that are filled daily with groundwater. You'll have a surreal landscape at your disposal to take the best photographs.
It's time to return to Cusco, but don't worry, the tour is not over yet! On our way back we'll stop at the beautiful Huaypo Lagoon. Another great place to take photos! In addition, you'll appreciate the incredible local wildlife and visit some of the communities where many of the Inca Trail porters live.
We'll arrive in Cusco's city just in time for you to enjoy your dinner (price not included in the tour).
Places to visit:
Chinchero, Traditional handmade weaving demonstration of textiles Town of Maras
Inca terraces of Moray
Salt mines - Pichingoto
Why Take the Maras Moray - Salt Mines?
- Enjoy the Incan agricultural terraces of Moray, which are extraordinary rings of stone terraces built into the earth's natural depressions.
- Another highlight of the Sacred Valley is the salt pans of Maras, often visited in combination with Moray. Maras is a stunning array of watered terraces that collect salt and have been in use since pre-Columbian times.
- Learn the weaving process explained by Andean women
- Marvel at the fantastic views of the Sacred Valley Mountain Range.
What Is Included?
High Quality Service & Safety
You will meet your guide and group in our office for an orientation before your trek. At this time, we will provide you with the duffle bags which will be carried by our porters. The meeting will be at 6:00 PM the evening before the trip begins.
All our guides are graduates of the professional career of Tourism of the National University San Antonio Abad of Cusco. Also, they speak English. As good cusqueños, they feel a great commitment to transmit the knowledge they have inherited from their grandparents. They are very friendly and professional. They’ll make sure you are safe and happy.
All Cusco Expeditions guides have received specialized training in first aid. We hold mandatory training sessions with our guides every February. Your guide will always carry a first aid kit to face basic emergency situations (altitude sickness, traveller’s diarrhoea, cuts, scrapes, etc.) as well as oxygen. If necessary, we’ll evacuate you from the path as quickly as possible and ensure that you arrive at a clinic for treatment.
Customer Service 24/7
We have telephone service available 24 hours/day for ease of communication and preparation with the agency leading up to your trek.
What Is Not Included?
Tourist Ticket for entrance to archeological sites
Tips for our staff
Tips are usual on any excursion. Although we pay good salaries to our entire team, something extra is always welcome, especially considering the hard work they do. Typically, group participants collect their tips to hand out to the porters and chefs together.
Additional costs or delays out of control of the management
Landscape, bad weather condition, itinerary modification due to a safety concern, illness, change of government policy, political instability/strike, etc.
Personal clothing and gear
We want to make your trip to Peru as memorable and as easy as possible. In this section, you will find speedy answers to all those questions you had in one place. Please read the following information carefully – it will help you with any questions about our services.
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Briefing or informative meeting
All information meetings are held in your hotel at 6:00 p.m., one night before the tour begins. If you cannot attend, you must coordinate another time at the Cusco Expeditions offices. These meetings last approximately 30 to 45 minutes and there you will be given a small duffel bag, in which you’ll put all the belongings you intend to bring on the trek that won’t be in your day pack.
Payment of Trek Balance (in Cusco)
The trek has to be paid for in full by at least 7.30 pm two days before departure. For example, if your tour departs on a Wednesday, then you must come to our office before 7.30 pm on Monday.
It would be much appreciated if you pay the trek balance in cash US dollars or local currency. You can withdraw some money from several ATMs along Avenida Sol (either in US dollars or local Peruvian Soles). You can pay by credit card or PAYPAL online, but you will have to pay an 8% service charge, charged by VISA and PAYPAL. We do not accept bank checks or payment of the balance by traveler’s checks.
Storing your luggage at our Office.
Of course! During the travel, your main luggage can be stored at our office(you can organize briefing day or by email) or at your hotel, both free of charge.
Any equipment that you are not going to need on the trek can be stored safely in your hotel. Nearly every hotel will provide this service. Don’t leave items of value with your bags, put them in the hotel safe and obtain an itemized receipt (In the unlikely case of theft many insurance companies require that you have a copy of the receipt itemizing all the items). Best put items such as credit cards inside a sealed, signed envelope for extra peace of mind.
Cusco Expeditions can pick you up from your hotel, as long as it’s in the Historic Center of Cusco. The pickup time will be coordinated with your guide in the briefing. The pickup time may vary between 30 and 45 minutes due to traffic. Cusco is a very old city, therefore, it has many narrow cobbled streets. Some hotels and Airbnbs may be located on streets without access to cars or on long, steep slopes, making it difficult to transport luggage. We strongly recommend that you book accommodation with good access.
Group tours are made up of different types of people. Physical conditions and ages can vary. By agreeing to be part of a group tour, you also accept that some people may be faster or slower than you. Therefore, each person can go at their own pace on the route. It may be the case that a group wishes to modify the tour; however, it will be the guide who decides, after consulting with all the participants, if said modifications can be made.
Strikes and demonstrations:
Strikes and demonstrations are usually frequent in Peru and this may interrupt some of our tours. Roads can be blocked and train tracks can be taken over. However, we will try to keep your excursion as planned, even if it means leaving the night before the scheduled date. Under these circumstances, tours may also be cancelled. In case of changes or cancellations, all situations will be coordinated with you by our operations department. Your safety is our highest priority and our decisions will be made to protect it.
You’re responsible for your objects during the tour. Please pay attention to where you leave your things and remember to take everything once you leave our trucks, tents, or restaurants.
The Maras Moray Salt-mines can leave any day of the week, from March through January. We do not run this trip in February because rainy season & maintenance.
2020 Land Cost
- This small-group journey is guaranteed to operate with just two guests.
Private Tour - 2020 Land Cost
Private tours are available and priced by party size.
- 2 Trekkers: US$200 per person
- 3 Trekkers: US$180 per person
- 4 Trekkers: US$140 per person
- 5 Trekkers: US$120 per person
- 6 Trekkers: US$100 per person
- 7 Trekkers: US$80 per person
- 8 or more Trekkers: $50 per person
If you would like to customize this itinerary and create a Tailor Made Journey just for you and your companions, click here to inquire, or speak to your travel professional.
Extensions & Offers
There are several extensions you can include to your Adventure:
- Rainbow Mountain: $100 $80
- Sacred Valley: $100 $80
- City Tour: $20
Once your booking has been confirmed we guarantee the price will not increase, whatever the circumstances. Before booking please ensure you have read our important tour pricing information
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