MARAS, MORAY & SALINERAS TOUR

Half Day Tour

The half-day MARAS, MORAY & SALINERAS TOUR visits a colonial town, circular Inca terraces, and salt mines, located in the Sacred Valley of the Incas.

This tour is a lovely way to begin acclimatizing to the high altitude of Cusco and get ready for a trek if you have booked one. MARAS is a beautiful little town that maintains some of its architectural colonial charm. You can see amazing facades made of thin stone, lintels with sculptures in bas-relief. At the MORAY ruin site, located at 3,450m/11,319ft, you can explore circular agricultural terraces with a complex system of irrigation. These terraces served as a natural green house to grow an extraordinary variety of crops at an altitude that they would typically only grow in the tropical Andes. It has also been suggested that they had a cosmological meaning. SALINERAS is a vast salt mine set in a breathtaking little valley in the Andean mountains. This tour is less touristy than others offered and explores sites that most people don’t get a chance to see. This half day tour can be added on to any other treks or tours to have the complete Cusco experience!

The Nitty Gritty Tour Details

Highlights

Circular Terraces, salt mines, colonial architecture, beautiful mountain views

Location/Terrain

Gentle trails, dirt paths, grassy fields, cobblestone streets

Acclimatization

A great way to acclimatize to Cusco’s altitude in prep for a trek

Duration

1/2 Day tour

Distance

Short, gentle walk at each site

Altitude

3450m/11,319ft

Adventure Rating

★★☆☆☆
Gentle walking at each site

Solitude Rating

★★★☆☆ Less touristy than other tours

When to Go

Year round

Departures

Daily departures with 2 or more people

Prices USD

6-10 guests: 100, 3-5 guests: 110, 2 guests: 125 (per person)

Customizable

Yes! Private, custom, add-ons all available. Can add this on to any trek or tour

You will be collected from your hotel or Plaza Regocijo (your choice) at 8:30am and driven with your guide to Maras, a beautiful little colonial village. At Maras you will see the colonial architecture with beautiful stone work and sculpture. We then drive to Moray where you can explore the incredible and still mysterious circular agricultural terraces that are surrounded by stunning mountain scenery. Finally we will visit the salt mines (Salineras) where you can walk amongst the 3000 salt pools and watch the salt miners harvesting the salt of the Incas! They have a cute little shop where you can buy some hand mined Andean salt to take home with you if you wish. After seeing Salineras we take our private transport back to your hotel in Cusco.

  • Meeting point: your hotel or the Plaza Regocijo
  • Tour departure: 8:30am
  • Tour finish time: approximately 12:30 or 1pm
  • Daily departures with 2+ people
  • Price: 85/person for 3-10 guests and 110/person for 2 guests, solo guest price upon request
  • Pick-up from your hotel or Plaza Regocijo (your choice) if you’re already out and about.
  • Private Transport to Maras, Moray, Salineras, and back to Cusco
  • 
Professional English-speaking guide

 who will provide the guided tour
  • 1 Day Tourist ticket to Maras, Moray & Salineras
  • Bottle of water and snacks
  • Lunch (we find that most people prefer to eat at a restaurant of their choosing due to budgetary and culinary preferences)
  • Souvenirs
  • Tips for your guide
The Cusco City tourist ticket included on this tour is for one day and includes the sites seen on this tour only. If you plan to stay in Cusco for several days and/or plan to do several tours you can upgrade to the 10 day tourist ticket when you book your tour. The 10 day tourist ticket includes the following sites:
  • Sacsayhuaman
  • Q’enko
  • Puca Pucara
  • Tambomachay
  • Pisac Ruins
  • Ollantaytambo Ruins
  • Chinchero
  • Tipon
  • Pikillacta
  • Moray
  • Cusco Center of Native Art (Centro Qosqo de Arte Nativo)
  • Inca Pachacuteq Monument/Museum (Monumento Pachacuteq)
  • Qoricancha Museum (Museo de Sitio de Qoricancha)
  • Contemporary art museum (Museo Municipal de Arte Contemporaneo)
  • Popular Art Museum (Museo de Arte Popular)
  • Regional History Museum (Museo Historico Regional)

Note that this ticket does not include:

  • Qoricancha aka the Santo Domingo Complex (10 soles entry fee)
  • Main Cathedral (25 soles entry fee)
  • Maras (10 soles entry fee)
  • Andahuaylillas (10 soles entry fee)
  • Salineras aka Salt Mines (10 soles entry fee)

Typically people visit these sites in specific groupings, for example:

  • Daypack
  • Sunscreen
  • Hat and sunglasses
  • Camera
  • ISIC card if you are a student
  • Rain gear and warm jacket in the event of inclement weather
  • Good shoes for walking over pavement and dirt paths
  • Money for souvenirs, tipping, extra snacks (Note: foreign money must be in perfect condition with no rips, tears, or marks, as no one in Peru will accept less than pristine bills)

Cusco often experiences all seasons in one day so it is a good idea to take a warm hat and gloves as well as a sun hat when you leave in the morning in order to be prepared for all weather.  

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