We first visit Moray, which is located on a high plateau and has unusual but interesting Inca ruins several enormous terraced circular depressions, the largest of which is about 30 m (98 ft) deep. The purpose of these depressions is uncertain, but the temperature difference between the top and bottom caused by this type of construction and the site’s sophisticated irrigation system indicates that Moray was perhaps used by the Incas for conducting agricultural experiments.
We then continue our journey towards the small, charming town of Maras with its eclectic mix of building styles dating from the pre-Columbian, colonial and republican eras. The town is well known for its nearby terraced salt evaporation
ponds, called “Las Salineras”. Salt has been obtained in Maras by evaporating salty water from a local subterranean stream since pre-Inca times. The effect of sunlight reflecting from the maze of ponds is quite stunning.
The short way between Moray and Maras is idyllically beautiful. Great views of snowcapped peaks can be obtained. Normally, we would drive between the two sites. Nevertheless, if the weather allows it, we recommend you hike this portion of the tour. All in all, the walk takes about two hours.
- Small backpack with water & snacks
- Light jacket with comfortable clothes and shoes
- Sunglasses and Hat
- Cash for Souvenirs
Professional Tour Guide and Transportation
Entrance fees to four archaeological sites. For this you, will need to buy a Cusco Tourist Ticket. This costs 130 soles or $45 USD and a 50% discount is available for students with an ISIC card. Note: The same ticket can also be used for the Sacred Valley Tour. Alternatively, you can purchase a partial ticket that allows a one-day visit of just the four archeological sites, if you are not planning to visit the Sacred Valley.
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