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Sacred Valley Tour With Maras Moray is one of the popular full day tours from Cusco. It takes you to all the sites that form the Sacred Valley of the Incas and to the two renowned archaeological complexes, Maras and Moray.
As Cusco City Tour, this full day trip also offers an insight to the life of Incas. This is one of our signature tours. We have dedicated English speaking local guides who have an immense knowledge about history.
The tour includes visits to Pisac, Urubamba, Ollantaytambo, Chinchero, Salt Mines of Maras and Moray.
Pisac is a small Andean village. It is home to a massive Incan ruins and traditional market. The archaeological complex of Pisac nestles on a hilltop overlooking the valley.
It is just second to Machu Picchu in size. The complex houses farming terraces, ceremonial sites, remains of Incan temples and more.
The market sprawls every weekend in the main square, Plaza De Armas of Pisac. It is worth visiting because it reflects the authentic traditions that the locals have preserved. Farmers and craftsmen from nearby villages set their stalls to sell their products. If you are looking to buy some Peruvian souvenirs then this is the best place.
This is a beautiful village that depicts the town planning of Incas. The village is sandwiched between two massive Inca ruins. Ollantaytambo was an administrative centre to Incas.
The village saw a massive development under the reign of Manco Inca. Infact, it has impressive stonework in the whole of Sacred Valley.
The archaeological site here was sacred to Incas. They used it primarily for religious purposes. In 1537, when the Spanish invaded Ollantaytambo the sacred site turned to a deadly war zone. Although the Incas won the battle, Manco Inca deserted the place fearing a following attack and moved to the Vitcos Rosaspata.
This is one of the most photographed sites in the Sacred Valley of Incas. Maras is home to the salt mines that nestles on one side of a hill. The villagers continue to practice the Incas way of salt mining. Infact, this tradition is passed down generation to generation.
There are geometric shaped puddles in which they let in the natural spring water. When the water evaporates, it leaves behind crystals of salt which are scrapped out manually. The salt of Maras is pinkish in colour and has a distinct taste.
Another prominent site in the Sacred Valley is Moray. It is home to distinct agricultural terraces. The circular shaped farming terraces resemble the Roman amphitheatre.
The Incas built them by digging holes on the ground. There are different levels.
There is a difference of 15 degrees celsius from the top to the bottom. The Incas experimented with the growth conditions of different crops here. This was more like an agricultural laboratory to Incas.
The town of Chinchero is often overlooked by travellers. It was built as a country resort during the reign of Inca Tupac Yupanqui. Chinchero has the most fertile soil in the whole valley.
As all Inca sites, the complex too has impressive farming terraces with many aqueducts. Most of them are in use even today.
There is also a white washed church overlooking the town. This was built by Spanish colonists by destroying the royal palace of Incas.
Locals in Chinchero are popular for weaving. You will see most of the locals dressed in their traditional colorful attire. They are often seen knitting using Alpaca or Llama wool.
We offer both group and private tour.
Cusco Hotel Transfer
At 0700 AM we will be picking you up from your hotel in Cusco. Then in our private transport, we will drive you to Chinchero. Here we will be visiting the archaeological site and weaving centre.
Our local expert will introduce you to the Andean handicrafts.
We will then drive you to Maras Salt Mines. This is not included in the tourist ticket (Boleto Turistico). You will have to pay an additional 10 Soles to enter.
Here our guide will show you the traditional method of Salt Mining. You will have the opportunity to walk around the salt puddles and get a first hand sight of traditional ways of salt farming.
Then we will drive you to the site of Moray. Here our local expert will give you a detailed tour of the site. You will discover how the Incas used this site and its impact in today’s life.
Then we will stop for lunch in Urubamba. To make your Sacred Valley Tour with Maras Moray experience more authentic we will be offering you Peruvian food. The buffet lunch includes options for vegans.
We will then continue to Ollantaytambo. Here, our local expert will give you an introduction to Incas town planning. Then we will be visiting the archaeological site. Our guide will give you a detailed tour of the site and explain the significance of each part of the complex.
Then we will visit the ruins of Pisac. We will be driving you up to the main entrance of the complex. Here we will give you a guided tour of the complex. After the tour, we will drive you down to the main square where you can visit the local market and buy some souvenirs if desired.
Once you have had your fill of the Andean market, we will return to Cusco. We will be dropping you off at Plaza Regocijo at around 0600 PM.
This tour covered pretty much all sights of the Sacred Valley in a day, we found this to be a good value for time and money. We visited sites like Pisac, Ollantaytambo, Urubamba, Maras and Moray and Chinchero in a day. Maras and Moray are very fascinitating. It is very impressive to see how the Incans dedicated their time and life for farming and did experiment different methods of farming. Everything was exceptional and the guide was very friendly and extremely informative. Highly recommend this company.