- Guided tours (included)
- Cultural visits (included)
- ATV, Quads, ATV (included)
Places we are going to visit:
The archaeological group of Moray is located 7 kilometers from the town of Maras in the Sacred Valley of the Incas. You get there on a road trip from Cusco of approximately 50 kilometers. The altitude of the enclosure is 3,500 meters above sea level (11,482 ft).
Before the Incas, this part of the Sacred Valley of the Incas was inhabited by the ‘Maras’ and ‘Ayamarcas’ ethnic groups, which occupied a large part of the present territory of the Sacred Valley of the Incas.
After the Inca conquest, the construction of large buildings and platforms began in the territory of the Sacred Valley. Thus, the platforms of Moray were built, which were used by the Incas as an important agricultural control center. There the production of the coca leaf was carried out, a plant considered sacred to the Incas.
The investigations do not clearly specify if during the colony (from 1532) the platforms of Moray were worked. The truth is that it was not until 1932 that the Shirppe Johnson’s expedition flew over the place discovering the existence of the platforms, then covered by thick vegetation.
During the 20th century, various investigations were carried out on Moray. Perhaps the most valuable of all was made by the anthropologist John Earls who established that it was an experimental agricultural center.
The Salineras de Maras are made up of more than 3,000 natural salt wells near the town of Maras. Each of the wells has a dimension of 5 square meters.
The 3,000 pools are fed by a hypersaline underground spring that originated 110 million years ago during the formation of the Andes Mountains.
Currently, these natural salt pools attract hundreds of tourists. The view you get from this landscape is beautiful.
The people of Maras commercialize this salt, just as the Incas did hundreds of years ago.
We will pick you up at approximately 8:30 a.m. to go to the town of Cruz Pata, where the staff awaits us prepared with the ATVs and the complete equipment such as gloves, helmets, etc. Here our specialized guide will provide us with all the necessary information on the proper use of ATVs, as well as describe the route we will travel.
At the end of this brief orientation, we will begin our tour in the direction of Moray, you will be accompanied by an experienced instructor through winding trails, climbing hills and meeting sections of the area.
In Moray we will have enough time to visit the circular terraces that were built in huge natural depressions or holes in the surface of the ground, where the Incas used for scientific research on agriculture as well as being able to acclimatize their seeds, brought from different places of the Empire. Inca.
What is surprising is the average annual temperature difference between the upper and lower parts of the terraces, which reaches up to 15 ° C in the main depression.
After this visit we go to the town of Maras, we will have a brief stop in the main square, then we go to the famous salt mines, better known as the Salineras that are made up of about 4000 small pools on the side of the mountain. , where people fill or irrigate the pools with salty water that flows from the mountains during the dry season, irrigation has to be done every 3 days, so that when the water evaporates the salt contained in it slowly solidifies , in order to obtain a salt production every 30 days.
At the end of the tour we take the ATVs again and return to the starting point (Cruz Pata), here our mobility will be waiting for us to go to the Town of Racchi to perform the Zipline shot.
After the exciting adventure we will board our mobility returning to Cusco.
- Official specialized Tourism Guide.
- ATVs and complete equipment for Zipline.
- Private transportation from Cusco to Maras.
- Personalized attention in private tour.
- Income for archaeological sites (Income to Moray = S / .40 National – S / .70 Foreigners / Income to Maras = S / .10 General).
What to bring?
- Backpack with personal items.
- Rain jacket or poncho (December-April).
- Mountain shoes.
- Hat or cap to protect yourself from the sun.
- Sunblock (sun protection cream).
- Replacement camera and batteries.
- Extra money (soles) to buy some souvenirs.
The service is subject to change without prior notice, due to weather conditions (rains, huaycos, overflows, bad weather, etc.), strikes and / or demonstrations and any other event that does not allow the normal development of the itinerary. The Itinerary may vary at the discretion of the operator, always to guarantee the safety of the traveler and the best development of the service as a whole.
Any cancellation of the service for the reasons indicated, does not apply refund.
Frequently Asked Questions:
They can pick me up where I am staying on the pick up list when I go to book. What should I select?
The agency only picks up from hostels and hotels near the main square of Cusco, this covers approximately 90% of the accommodations in the area. Pickups or drop-offs are not offered at private residences, Airbnbs, terminals, among others. Send us the closest alternative and be ready when you say your reservation.
Will I have a problem with altitude sickness on this trip?
Altitude sickness can catch any hiker off guard; Not everyone gets sick from altitude sickness and it is quite difficult to predict who is most likely to suffer from it. For most people, it becomes nothing more than a headache and a feeling of vertigo that subsides in a short time, 1 or 2 days for most people. However, if you want to avoid altitude sickness, there are certain things you can do, such as not flying directly to high places; go little by little, so that your body slowly acclimates to the altitude. The problem is that many people do not have that possibility, so it is also recommended to drink plenty of water and take it easy; These things may sound simple, but they are very important. Your body makes an effort due to the lack of oxygen, so no very strenuous activity should be done. Likewise, it is also recommended to chew coca leaves; the natives of South America have chewed these leaves for centuries for their ability to alleviate the symptoms of altitude sickness. Coca leaves can be bought in any supermarket, store or street stall, it is also recommended to take the pills for soroche, these are sold throughout Peru and Bolivia, they are only a couple of dollars. If the flight is direct to an area with more than 2500 meters, with no opportunity to acclimatize, and you have any concern about getting sick, you can always ask your personal doctor about a stronger medication for altitude sickness to be prevented. In case your symptoms are more severe than a simple headache and a slight feeling of vertigo, you should lower your height and seek medical help.
What time does the tour start?
The tour starts at 9:00 am or 2:00 pm
What is the travel time to start the Zipline?
1 hour average.
How long is the activity?
An approximate of 2 hours approximately.