This tour allows us to know the archaeological center of the sacred valley located between Cusco and Urubamba which is Moray, it also allows us to visit the salt mines of Maras and to visit the salt lakes in this sector and to visit the town of Chinchero in a small stop and visit local people to buy the beautiful jobs they offer in this town.
This tour is not as exhausting as it is a short tour and does not require much effort since the vehicles leave us a few minutes from the most important viewpoints and sectors, it is a very good option to learn about Inca agriculture and the food they had.
Description of the place we will visit
We will visit the northern area of the city of Cusco which is surrounded by snowy mountains and also has lagoons in the area such as the Piuray and Huaypo lagoons.
This sector is very crowded since it is through this road that you arrive in Ollantaytambo where you take the train that takes you to the wonder of the Machupicchu world.
The climate of this area is temperate, but it is an elevated sector and there are cold wind currents. Upon reaching the chinchero area we can appreciate the mountains of Verónica, Chicón and Sahuasiray, from the vehicle it will be something impressive.
Why to choose this Tour?
We will take advantage of the morning visiting the upper part of the Sacred Valley.
It is a recommended tour for people who want to know about the culture and incredible places.
We will visit places of high importance such as Moray and Maras.
It has places to visit that are considered the most important outside the city of Cusco for being the only salt mines near the city.
You don’t need very good physical condition to do the tour any more without a good acclimatization.
You cannot miss the most classic tour outside the city and get to know it in a better way on an organized tour.
08:00 am Pick up from the Hotel or indicated meeting point.
08:30 am. We will leave from Cusco to Moray
09:15 am We will stop in Chinchero to visit local stores.
10:30 am We will arrive in Moray and we will have the Guided visit.
11:15 am We will continue towards the Salinas de Maras.
11:45 am We will visit the Salineras.
12:45 pm Return to the city of Cusco
14:45 pm Arrival in the city of Cusco.
We begin the tour at 8:00 am picking you up at the Hotel or indicated point, after the pick-up we will continue our trip to the archaeological center of Moray on the way we will have an impressive view of the mountains such as Sahuasiray Chicón and Verónica and of the lagoons of Piuray and Huaypo all this from our vehicle, we will make a small stop in the town of Chinchero to be able to use the hygienic services and if they want to be able to buy products from the local people of the sector, we will continue and we will arrive at Moray in which we will have a guided visit to In charge of our guide who will take us to the viewpoints to take the best photographs of the place as well as giving us information on why these terraces were built and why they have the circular shape that they have at the end of the tour we will continue in our vehicle passing by the town of Maras towards the Salineras of this town where we will also have the guided tour we will visit this l Place and we will have free time for the photographs from the viewpoint. After this visit it will be time to return to the city of Cusco. We will arrive in the city of Cusco at 14:45 pm if we do not have any delay due to traffic when entering the city.
DESCRIPTION OF THE PLACES WE WILL VISIT:
Moray comes from the Quechua word Aymoray which is related to the cultivation of corn, it is located about 7 km southwest of the town of Maras and is a unique archaeological group of its kind in the region, It is gigantic depressions or natural holes on the surface of the land that was used to build terraces or agricultural platforms with their respective irrigation channels, it is therefore a prototype of a greenhouse or a biological experiment station quite advanced which was built in the time of the Incas to be able to acclimatize different plant species to sectors that they were not used to, as well as improving the genetics of some plants in the region.
Salt mines of Maras
Located to the west of Cusco at 3300 meters above sea level, the Urubamba mountain range and the snow-capped mountains of «La Verónica» 5682 meters above sea level and «Chicón» 5530 meters above sea level can be seen. Their occupation began when the Incan cusqueños were stripped of their palaces in the Cusco and they had to go out to settle in other small towns like Maras and places in the sacred valley, this town has a church made of adobes, typical of small-town religious architecture, inside the church canvases of the Cusqueña School of the Colonial times and the town is full of gates with rock carvings and coats of arms of important people who lived in this sector.
- Tourist transport
- Professional guide
- Personal expenses
- Entrance to the Salineras de Maras s /. 10.00 soles
- Entrance Tickets (BTC) to Archaeological groups
- BTC (Cusco Tourist Ticket, allows you to enter Pisaq, Ollantaytambo, Chinchero, Moray and other 13 attractions include museums and 4 archaeological groups that are visited on the City Tour and the Sacred Valley) S /. 130.00 or USD 47.00.
- BTPIII (Sacred Valley Partial Tourist Ticket, allows entry to Pisaq, Ollantaytambo, Chinchero and Moray). S /. 70.00 or USD 23.00 only these four places. The ticket is only valid for 2 consecutive days.
WHAT TO PACK:
- Light clothing for walking
- Money in Soles (shopping)
- Camera – Camcorder – Batteries
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:
What to bring to the tour?
For this tour we recommend bringing light clothing for walking and comfortable shoes, sunscreen, water, money in soles (to shop), camera – camcorder – batteries, rain poncho and sunscreen will also be important since the weather in the South Valley varies very fast in the rainy season between December and April. Do not forget to bring warm clothes as we will return to the city of Cusco at night.
What is the difference between the Sacred Valley in Maras and Moray in shared and private service?
The Maras and Moray tour in the shared service includes transportation and a guide for a group of diverse people (up to 19 people). In the case of the private service, it is a special service for a closed group from 2 visitors who can follow a different itinerary or according to the pace that people have on the tour.
What is altitude sickness?
Known as soroche or altitude sickness, this is a problem with altitude or acclimatization with the city located at a very high sea level as the city of Cusco.
How to avoid altitude sickness?
The recommended natural remedy is the Coca Leaf that can be consumed resting in hot water, which is recommended to take upon arrival at the hotel in Cusco to improve acclimatization. In addition to this we recommend drinking plenty of water. Being at rest or not doing very demanding activities.
If all this did not work, it is best to rest and let the body get used to it.
If you want to prevent you could also take the medicine that is well known for altitude sickness which is Soroche Pills which helps a lot with acclimatization (you can consult your doctor)
Are there any places in the sacred valley that were not mentioned on the tour?
If there is the Pisac, Ollantaytambo and Chinchero archaeological center, which are not in this program but we offer it in another one that starts earlier and has another tour you can see them as Full Sacred Valley or in the classic Sacred Valley program with which need a full day.
Could you choose the restaurant where I want to have lunch in the Sacred Valley?
We will not make stops in restaurants or somewhere to have lunch since we will arrive in Cusco early and we will be able to have lunch already when we return from the walk, we recommend bringing a snack or something to eat on the way. If the service you want is private if it is possible to have lunch on the route if you want it this way we can coordinate this.