Sacred Valley: (Moray – Maras)
- DURATION : 6 hours
- LOCATION : Sacred valley (Moray terraces & Maras Salt mine)
- DESCRIPTION: Cultural and natural contact
- DEPARTURES: Every day. Private or shared service.
At 8:00am we will pick you up from your hotel to be transferred to Moray, which are circled terraces that Incas took four enormous natural depressions in the landscape and sculpted them into several levels of agricultural terraces that served, hundreds of years ago, as an experimental agricultural station for the development of different strains of crops.
Between the bottom and top levels of Moray’s main depression, the scientist John Earls has recorded a full 15 degrees Celsius difference in temperature. So Incas adapted plants of the jungle or low climates to high altitude. At this place a deluxe picnic lunch will be served.
Continuing with the tour, you will visit Maras which is a “salt mines”, there are about 3000 small pools with an average area of 5 m² (53.8 ft²), constructed in a slope of the mountain. People fill up or “irrigate” the pools during the dry season every 3 days, with salty water emanating from a natural spring located on the top of the complex, so that when water evaporates the salt contained in it will slowly solidify. That process will be carried out approximately during one month.
Return to Cusco.
- Professional bilingual guide
- Tourist transportation
- Tour to the places mentioned in the description
- Lunch (box lunch)
- Entrance fees (BTG)
- Maras entrance fee
- Extra services not mentioned
NOTE: to visit Cusco and the surroundings (sacred valley) you need to purchase the GENERAL ENTRANCE TICKET (BTG). Here, more information about BTG: www.cosituc.gob.pe