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Maras Salt Mines & Moray Tour From Cusco

Moray Ruins & Maras Salt Flats tour from Cusco
Maras Salt Mines & Moray Tour From Cusco
Maras Salt Mines & Moray Tour From Cusco
Maras Salt Mines & Moray Tour From Cusco
Kate T
Kate T
2022-10-08
Friendly and knowledgeable guide! We did a tour from Ollantaytambo to Maras salt mines and Moray with Carlitos and Cristobal. Carlitos was very knowledgeable and tailored the tour to what we already knew which was great. They also made the recommendation to start early which was a challenge but well worth it for the absence of crowds!
David S
David S
2022-09-19
A perfect way to spend the day! This was an excellent tour! Carlitos is a great guide and my wife and I really enjoyed spending the day with him. He was friendly and very knowledgeable, too. We recommend this tour to anyone exploring the area!
Kasia (Poland)
Kasia (Poland)
2022-09-05
Great experience with a local guide I highly recommend this agency. We booked a trip with them from Ollantaytambo to Cusco visiting many unique sites of Sacred Valley on our way. Everything was well organised even though we contacted the agency quite late. The agency was very responsive and we kept in touch on WhatsApp all the time. Our guide Carlitos came on time and he was the nicest person ever, very patient with us and ready to take a lot of pictures. We learned a lot about Inca history from him. The whole day was a pleasure. Thank you guys for taking care of us! Thanks to you we fell in love with Peru even more.
Karen Moreno
Karen Moreno
2022-09-04
Machu Picchu and Sacred Valley My friend and I took the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu tour from Cusco with Come See Peru and the whole trip was fabulous. We had an amazing trip and everything went as planned. Highly recommended!
CCB
CCB
2022-08-29
Kickass personalized tour experience for a solo traveler, A++¥ Awesome company!! I am a solo woman and staying in Ollantaytambo and I wanted a tour package created just for me and they were able to do it. I saw the Maras salt flats, Moray, Pisac market, and Sacsayhuaman and it could not have been a more perfect day! The driver was a very safe driver and the guide spoke excellent English and took great pics. 10/10 recommend, you will not be disappointed!!
Sara V
Sara V
2022-08-23
Great trip! Carlitos is an excellent guide!! He made our day trip fun and entertaining, he told us many facts from the site and it was amazing, to say the least. I would highly recommend taking a tour with Carlitos! He takes great pictures as well!
cong
cong
2022-07-11
Thanks Carlos! Carlos is great tour guide and an excellent photographer. He told many interesting stories during the tour, also made many extra stops at beautiful view point. We really enjoyed the half day private Tour.
Auris López
Auris López
2022-06-27
Un sueño hecho realidad Estar dentro de la ciudadela es una experiencia irreal, además de poder observar el maravilloso paisaje que hay al rededor, es una mezcla perfecta entre el poder humano y la naturaleza. Todo el recorrido de la mano de nuestro guía Juan Carlos, excelente! Siempre atento y súper profesional 👌
Carla M
Carla M
2022-06-21
Wow! I totally didn't think we could do Machu Picchu in a day, but it is! The trip was EPIC! It was a full day but it was a blast! Macchu Picchu was incredible - I was weary that it was built up in my head (wonder of the world and all that) it was just wow. and made even more incredible by our guides - they knew the history, stories, and fun facts. They also made it feel like we were just traveling with friends - we loved our guides. highly recommend
Campo C
Campo C
2022-06-15
The Best Day EVER! My friends and I did a private tour with Come See Peru Tours 1 day to Machu Picchu. It was a fantastic day! We definitely were moving all day (we got all of our steps :) ) But we didn't feel rushed at all - we truly got to enjoy machu picchu and aguas calientes. I enjoyed our tour guide and their stories both fact and myths about Machu Picchu. Highly recommend this tour company
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Maras and Moray are two of the most popular attractions near Cusco. Strategically located close to Peru’s tourist capital and the gateway to Machu Picchu.

This half day tour experience to Moray & Salt Mines from Cusco, will take you off the beaten track to enjoy the amazing scenery of the Sacred Valley while acclimatizing to the altitude gradually.
During this fantastic tour from Cusco. You”ll discover the Impressive Inca construction of Moray and the famous Salt Mines of Maras, where locals still mine them as in Inca times for their special and Peruvian pink salt, also on your drive you will enjoy the traditional handmade weaving demonstration of textile in Chinchero.

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Overview

Overview

Maras Salt Mines and Moray tour from Cusco is perfect for everyone who has an extra day in Cusco, or before visiting Machu Picchu. This half day tour from Cusco allows you to acclimate to the altitude while getting to experience this trip. We are determined to give our clients their best adventure ever. Our only question is, will it be yours?

Discover these off-the-beaten track places on this half day tour from Cusco, which also includes a visit to the Alpaca farm in Chinchero. This half day tour experience to Moray & Salt Mines from Cusco offers stunning scenery of snow-capped mountains of the Andes and and stop-offs en route.

Experience more of Peru’s Sacred Valley on a half day day tour from Cusco. This excursion is ideal for travelers with limited time in the region, wanting to explore one part of the Sacred Valley of the Incas.

This tour is offered in an unconventional order to avoid other tour groups and enjoy a more intimate experience.

Touring Maras Salt Mines and the Moray ruins from Cusco

Have a closer look at remarkable Inca construction of Moray and learn about Peru’s famous salt mines located in the town of Maras from a local guide at your side.

Located between Cusco and Machu Picchu, Peru’s Sacred Valley of the Incas is a place of stunning Inca ruins, bustling markets, Alpaca farms and typical cuisine that you should not skip for any reason while visiting Cusco. (A tour of the Sacred Valley to Maras Salt Flats and Moray is an essential part of your exploration while in Cusco).

Why you’ll love this tour

Find the best reasons why you should take our Moray and Salt Mines tour from Cusco and book it now!

  • Avoid the 30+ people bilingual group services
  • Enjoy the perfect combination of culture and nature while learning about local traditions
  • Avoid the shopping stop tours
  • Personalized service
  • Free cancellation if your plans change
  • We accept last minute bookings
  • You can start the tour in the morning or in the afternoon.
  • Stop-offs en route

What to expect from the Maras Salt Mines and Moray tour from Cusco?

Highlights.- When visiting Maras you can get different products made from the local salt. You can find salt for cooking and barbecues, a medicinal salt mixed with different herbs and chilies and massage oil and other cosmetics.

Advantages of booking with us.-

Come See Peru has been growing year after year, not only in number of clients, but also in the number of staff. We are here to help you organize the best day trips to Machu Picchu, the Sacred Valley and activities with the locals. Every time we achieve a goal, we can’t help but try to find new challenges and new ways to surpass ourselves.

  • Honesty and integrity
  • Our clients become our friends
  • Working as a team
  • Creativity and innovation are supportive
  • Made by Peruvians
  • Offer a memorable and enjoyable experience

Trip Details

Important Information for: Moray and Maras Salt Mines Tour

Because we want you to be well informed before booking this tour, find out more about our Maras Salt Mines and Moray Tour.

  • Pick up location: We pick you up from Cusco or anywhere in the historical center
  • Tour Duration: 5 hours
  • Pick up Schedule: This tour is a private service, you choose when you want to start the tour.
  • Physical Grading: ☆☆☆☆ Designed for everyone (kids, Teens, Adults and Seniors)
  • Need to book in Advance: Don’t worry, you can book this tour at the last minute, just let us know 24 hours at most
  • Drop-off location: Our tour starts in Cusco and ends in Cusco, however if you wish to be dropped off at the Ollantaytambo or Urubamba station at the end of the tour, please contact us.

Useful Information

  • Max. altitude you will reach: The highest elevation reached is 11,500ft (3,500 m) above sea level.
  • Altitude of Maras Salt Mines: 2956m / 9698 feet
  • Start Location: We start this half day tour from Cusco
  • Accessibility: Physical: Wheelchair accessibility is not available.
    Visual: It has visual accessibility measures. It has orientation signage.
Itinerary

Maras Salt Mines & Moray tour from Cusco

Both Maras and Moray give a glimpse into what life might have been like some 500 to 1000 years ago. You’ll feel as if nothing has changed! This is a fantastic half-day excursion to explore part of the Sacred Valley. You will see incredible views of the Urubamba mountain ranges in the distance, the Veronica Mountain and the green valleys of farms. On this half-day excursion to Maras Moray from Cusco, you will be able to learn about agriculture, textiles and the history of the Incas in a short time. Scroll down to see the complete itinerary in detail.

Itinerary

Detailed Itineray of Moray & Maras Salt Mines

Our Moray & Salt Mines Perú  tour starts at 7 am from your hotel. We start our tours earlier than other tour companies so that we can hit the crowd and have the place to ourselves. We head to the town of Maras. This village is known as a former salt-producing center that is thought to date back all the way to pre-Inca times.

Maras Salt Mines from Cusco
Maras Salt Mines from Cusco

There are over 5000 salt pools all carved into the mountain side, being filled daily by a little stream of water. Here our guide will explain you the whole process step by step of how now locals still get the salt from their pools by evaporation in the traditional way.

After this we head to Moray a beautiful Inca site of Maras where you will be taught about the Inca farming techniques. Moray boasts three amphitheater-like terraces made by the Incas. These terraces which are carved deep into the earth in a bowl shape were thought to be used to determine the optimal conditions for growing crops.

Moray, Salineras tour from Cusco
Moray, Salineras tour from Cusco

Along the way we will stop off at lookout points where you will have the most beautiful views of the Sacred Valley of the Incas. Later on we will visit the ruins of Chinchero and a local family where you will learn about one of their main activities (the Inca textiles) We finish our tour at 3:00 pm in Cusco. If you want to visit also Ollantaytambo please just request it.

Chinhcero - Cusco - Perú
Chinchero Textile Center

If you want to see something really different from ruins, then this is your tour!

Note: if you want the tour to end at Ollantaytambo train station, we can do that for you, just let us know when booking.

Inclusions

Included

Private transportation
For our half day tour to the Salt Mines and Moray from Cusco our transportation offered is a car for 2 people. Our transportation has enough space for luggage and offers air conditioning.
English-speaking guide
Explore the best of the Sacred Valley with a local English-speaking guide. Our experienced local guides will help you to experience our tours like a local.

No Included

Tourist Ticket (Boleto Turistico)
The boleto turistico is a single ticket which has to be purchased in cash on site the day of the activity. This ticket allows entry to Inca sites, such as the Chinchero, Moray, Pisac and Ollantaytambo ruins. It is not possible to visit or enter these sites without a valid boleto turistico, and it is not possible to buy an individual entry ticket for any single site which is included on the boleto turistico. The cost is 70 Peruvian soles per person.
Ticket to Maras Salt Mines
The ticket to visit the Salt Mines during the Sacred Valley tour can also be purchased on site, you must also pay in cash. The cost is 10 Peruvian soles per person.
Tips
Guides get tip independentely depending on how well they performed during the tours. Please NOTE the amount you tip or if you tip is a personal desition.
What To Bring

What to Bring

Take note of everything you should bring for this half day tour

Carefully review everything you need to bring for your Maras and Moray tour from Cusco. Note that Cusco has 2 seasons throughout the year. Wet season and dry season. If you visit the Sacred Valley during the rainy season you should bring your rain gear.

  • A good (and small) daypack to carry your personal belongings
  • Tourist ticket
  • Good sneakers or light hiking boots
  • Comfortable hiking clothes
  • Hat and sunglasses to protect you from the sun
  • Windbreaker Jacket (optional)
  • Rainwear or rain poncho for the rainy season (December to March)
  • Water and snacks
  • Camera
  • Extra money to buy souvenirs during the tour
Pricing

Pricing

Price for Maras Salt Mines and Moray tour

The tour of Maras Salt Mines and Moray is only offered in private service, just for you and your group.

The price is per person, the total cost of the tour is based on the size of the group, the more participants the price will be reduced.

You can pay the total cost or make a partial deposit of the tour and pay the final balance in cash in Cusco on the day of the activity.

The client assumes the 7% PayPal fee which if paid from our website will be added automatically.

2 Persons
Price
US $ 88
per person
3 Persons
Price
US $ 69
per person
4 Persons
Price
US $ 55
per person
5 Persons
Price
US $ 50
per person
6 Persons
Price
US $ 50
per person
7 Persons
Price
US $ 50
per person
8 Persons
Price
US $ 40
per person
Terms and Conditions

Terms and Conditions

Departures

We need a minimum of 2 people

Solo traveler?

If you take the tour just for yourself, note that the price of transportation and the guide are assumed by you.
Contact us to know the price for a solo traveler.

Flexibility

If you buy the tour and your plans change you have the option to postpone the tour for another date or get your money back under our cancellation policy.

Deposit

Book your Sacred Valley tour from Ollantaytambo for up to 40 US dollars. The deposit should be paid via PayPal.

We use PayPal as the most secure method for our customers. When you pay with PayPal, your financial information is never shared with the vendor, and you can pay using only your email address.

PayPal charges a 7% fee which must be paid by the traveler. The PayPal fees will be automatically added to the total cost during the transaction.

Remaining Balance

The remaining balance can be paid upon your arrival to Cusco before the start of the tour. the total balance must be paid in ” CASH “You can pay the remaining balance with Peruvian Soles or Dollars.

(Bills must be in good condition – no torn bills are accepted).

CANCELLATIONS with Come See Perú

When booking a tour with Come See Peru Tours, my team and I will work hard to make sure you have the best experience of your life. Our team will make sure that you are safe, and that you are having a good time. However there are some facts outside of our control that may affect your trip. Therefore we suggest that you take a look at our cancellation terms. The terms of your cancellation are based on how far in advance of your trip you notify us. We understand that there are many unexpected issues that will make you cancel your tour.

Refunds will be only provided for DAY TOURS Not for Machu Picchu tours since the deposit of the total cost is used to buy the Machu Picchu tickets, the train tickets and bus tickets which by the way are not refundable.

Please note that when we make the deposit for the refund paid for the tour you are cancelling. Paypal will charge a commission, commission that will be paid by you and if the refund is 100% there is a $12 fee to be paid (penalty fee).

  • 100% refund of the deposit if we receive notice of the cancellation at least 30 days before the date of the day tour.
  • 70% refund of the deposit if we receive notice of the cancellation 20 days before the date of the day tour.
  • 50% refund of the deposit if we receive notice of the cancellation 15 days before the date of the day tour.
  • No refund of the deposit will be provided we receive notice of the cancellation less than 10 days before the date of the day tour.

Notification of cancellation must be made in writing to info@comeseeperutours.com

To protect your travel investment, we strongly recommend the purchase of travel insurance. Obtaining travel insurance before leaving home is highly recommended and very easy.

Faqs

Frequently Asked Questions

Our Travelers interested in visiting Maras and Moray were asked the following questions.

1) When is the best time to visit Maras and Moray?

The best time to visit Peru’s Maras Salt Mines and the ruins of Moray in the Sacred Valley is during the dry season, which runs from April through October. (The dry season means nicer weather and more beautiful colors. ).
However the high tourist season is the same time as the dry season, so it is also suggested to visit it during the wet season as the amount of tourists is reduced to 60% which allows you to visit each place with almost nobody around you. (During the wet season, the salt pans acquire a more brownish color).

2) Can I suffer from altitude sickness in Maras and Moray?

Our highest point is in Chinchero at 3750 meters (12303.15 ft) and our lowest point during the tour is the town of Maras found at 3300 meters, (10826.77 ft).

The possibility of suffering from altitude sickness during your tour is quite low, since the Sacred Valley is lower in elevation than Cusco, if you have just arrived in Cusco from Lima this half day tour will help you to acclimatize gradually to the altitude. However it is advisable to drink coca tea before or during your tour, or take an ibuprofen for a headache if it occurs.

3) Is the tour to Maras and Moray dangerous?

Not at all, travel safely with an experienced driver and tour guide with first aid knowledge.

4) How can I make my reservation for the Maras y Moray tour?

First, write to us at info@comeseeperutours.com
Second, you will receive a price quote for the tour.
Third, you can pay the total amount or make a partial deposit for the tour and pay the rest in cash on the day of the tour and that’s it! You have booked the Maras Salt Mines and Moray tour from Cusco with us.

5) Is this tour flexible?

We believe every traveller is different so make your trip your own “WE LIKE YOUR TRAVEL STYLE”

Travel Guide

See everything you will visit during your tour of Maras Salt Mines and Moray from Cusco

Altitude sickness in Peru is an issue that worries many travelers before reaching high altitude places, such as Cusco (11,154 ft / 3400 m).
Most travelers who are affected by altitude sickness in Peru are those who travel by plane, coming from a place with higher temperatures and lower altitude. This is due to the sharp changes in altitude and climate, as the air is thinner and the weather colder.
However, if someone had a bad time visiting Cusco due to altitude sickness it doesn’t mean that you will be next, relax, the best way to avoid it is to adapt to it gradually.
Visiting the Sacred Valley of the Incas might be the best way to acclimatize to the altitude.

Our Maras Salt Mines and Moray tour from Cusco is perfect for you!

Live this magnificent local experience with no worries, take pictures and enjoy the beautiful scenery of the Sacred Valley at a leisurely pace.

Moray

A half day tour to the Moray Inca Ruins should be high on your to-do list during your time in Cusco, approximately 50 kilometres northwest of Cusco on a high plateau at about 3,500 metres and just west of the Maras town.
Moray is located in the Sacred Valley in Cusco-Perú, Moray ruins are a must!

It is believed that the Moray ruins were used as an experimental farm by the Incas over 600 years ago. There is a temperature difference from top to bottom ranged 27 degrees Fahrenheit (12 degrees Celsius). You can also observe how the sun hit each terrace at different angles and intensities.

Maras Salt Mines

The salt mines are located in Peru’s Sacred Valley. Looking down into the mines, one sees a dramatic array of irregular white rectangles.

It is believed that the Maras salt mines were built between 500 and 1100 A.D. by a pre-Inca civilization.

The salt mines of Maras are still in use today. There are about 6 thousands of pools, with each pool yielding around 150 kilograms of salt per month.

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