Discover the natural beauty of the Salt Mines of Maras, a hidden treasure close to Cusco
Experience a unique full day tour that combines Incan culture and Peruvian nature
Explore the Sacred Valley assisted by a professional bilingual guide
The famous Salt Mines of Maras and the Incan agricultural experiment of Moray are places to tick off your bucket list. Take a peek into the past and see how each place is filled with Incan history as old as the Tahuantinsuyo.
All year round
Cuzco hotel and hostel pickup
San Francisco Square
The tour commences with pick-ups from hotels and hostels at 8:40 am, and from there we continue onwards to Chinchero. Here we will make a quick stop to visit the craft market, where you can check out the different handcrafted ítems the local people sell. From here, we will continue on to the colourful town of Maras, which sits 52 km outside of Cusco. This small village is most famous for its salt mines, which consist of about 3000 small wells with an average area of around 5m², from which salt is extracted after a drying process. The salt mines - better known as “Salineras de Maras” - have been exploited since Inca times as a means of economic exchange.
Now, the beautifully recovered salt wells that cover the hill not only provide a way of life for the local people, but also give visitors a visual treat with their unique design.
The last stop on the tour is a visit to the archaeological site of Moray, a group of circular terraces built in amphitheatre-style platforms, which was once used as an experimental agricultural centre. Learn how this site dates back to centuries ago, at a time when the Incans used it to study the adaptation of plants to new ecosystems.
On the way back to Cusco, take some time to enjoy the views of the majestic mountains and the magnificent Peruvian landscape that surrounds these parts.
Note: If you are staying at a different location than the one you select as your pick up location, it is explicitly your responsibility to be at the main entrance of the hotel or hostel selected as your pick up location for the duration of the pick up time range on your tour date. You must be in a visible place easy to see for the operator and be alert for their vehicle/guide when they go to pick you up for the tour.
Not included: Tourist ticket (Salt Mines "Salineras de Maras" - 10 soles and Moray - 70 soles)
08:40 - 09:00
Pick up from your hotel or hostel
09:00 - 13:40
Start the tour and visit Maras and Moray
13:40 - 15:00
Back to Cusco city
- Professional bilingual (English/Spanish) tour guide
- Transportation by tourist bus
- Tourist ticket (Salt Mines "Salineras de Maras" - 10 soles and Moray - 70 soles)
- Sun hat
- Sun protection cream (SPF 35 or +)
- Waterproof jacket or rain poncho
- Rain jacket
Cancellation or changes to this tour:
CHANGES: Any changes to the tour date need to be done before 6:00 pm the day before the tour begins.
NO SHOWS & CANCELLATIONS: If you cancel the day prior to the tour before 6:00 pm (Lima time), a 10% administration fee (+ the card fee). After this time, there is a 100% no-show or cancellation fee.
You must email firstname.lastname@example.org (include the name of the tour and the reservation number) to cancel this tour or to make any changes.
I can’t find my accommodation listed in the operator pick up locations as I’m making my booking. What should I select?
This operator only offers pick-ups from the hotel and hostel accommodations listed. This list covers over 90% of the accommodation providers in the area. They do not provide pick-ups or drop-offs at private residences, Airbnbs, bus terminals etc. If you cannot find your hotel on the list, please select an alternative pick up location close by and be ready for pick-up at the time shown on your booking confirmation.
Will I have problems with altitude sickness on this tour?
Altitude sickness can catch many travellers a little bit off guard. Not everyone gets sick in high altitudes, and it is difficult to predict who is likely to be badly affected by it. For most people, it is nothing more than a headache and a dizzy sensation that diminishes over a short period of time, 1 to 2 days for most people. If you want to limit your chances of getting sick, there are a few things you can do. Firstly, do not fly directly into high altitude - proceed slowly, allowing your body time to acclimatise as you ascend gradually. However, for many that is not possible, so it’s important to drink lots of water, and to slow down! This sounds simple, but both of these things are very important. Your body is struggling because you don’t have enough oxygen, so avoiding any strenuous activity is a good idea. Chew some coca leaves - the native people of South America have been chewing coca for centuries, thanks to its ability to alleviate mild altitude sickness symptoms. Coca leaves can be bought in any supermarket, and even souvenir shops or street stalls. Take altitude sickness pills (Soroche): these are sold over the counter all over Peru and Bolivia, and are just a few dollars. If you are flying straight into altitude over 2500 metres without spending any time at an intermediate elevation, and you’re worried about getting sick, you can ask your doctor for more specific and stronger altitude sickness medication in advance. In the rare case that your symptoms are more severe than a headache and mild dizziness, you should descend in altitude and seek medical assistance.
Can I rent trekking poles with the operator?
Yes, you can rent a pair of trekking poles, and the price is 20 soles per set per day. You need to inform us 24 hours before your tour date.
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