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Maras, Moray Salt Mines Half Day


                FULL DAY TOUR | Starting from US$85 per person

Box Lunch


Up to 10 People


3,792m / 12,343ft





Maras, Moray Salt Mines Half Day

Visit Moray’s giant agricultural laboratory and the Maras Salt Mines.
Head off the beaten track and explore the Moray Ruins and discover the fascinating Maras Salt Mines by taking our half-day Maras Moray Tour. This half day tour experience to Moray and Salt Mines enables you venture part of the Sacred Valley, over pretty farmland outside of Cusco and near the peaceful Andean village of Chinchero, exploring the Andean culture, the best Inca ruins and enjoying amazing landscape views of the Sacred Valley in the company of Pacha Peru´s private local guide.

This half day trip is packed with incredible sights of the Urubamba mountain range or Cordillera Vilcanota, and the beautiful snow-capped peaks of Chicon and Veronica as a backdrop.

The Maras Moray & Salt Mines Tour has become quite popular recently and can be added on to any other treks or tours to have the complete Cusco experience! Besides, this tour is a lovely way to begin acclimatizing to the high altitude of Cusco and get ready for a trek if you have booked one.

Come and be one of the first adventurers to make this wonderful half day tour of Maras, Moray and Salineras in the Sacred Valle, and take incredible pictures of the landscape, and get the country’s best quality while soaking up its colorful atmosphere and enjoy the panoramic views of this fascinating place.

Learn about agriculture, textiles, and the history of the Inca Empire, as well as customs that local people continue to practice today, embarking on this private guided tour to Maras Moray and Salt Mines.

This is a great trip for anyone who is ready to get out into the Sacred Valley and wants to experience the traditional handmade weaving demonstration of textile and then visit the agricultural experimental sation of Moray and the Maras salt mines with an expert local company based in Cusco.


  • Discover the fascinating Maras Salt Mines with a local private guide.
  • Explore the ancient wisdom of the Incas at the Moray terraces.
  • Learn the ancient weaving techniques with the Women Weavers of Chinchero.
  • Marvel at the fantastic views of the Sacred Valley Mountain Range.
  • Experience this guided tour of Moray, Maras & Salineras with a local guide.
  • Discover the history of the Incas under manage of experienced guides.
Day 1: Cusco | Moray, Maras Salt Mines & Chinchero Weavers Half-Day

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Moray, sacred valley of the incas by Tour Circuito Salineras Maras y Moray - Que visitar en el Valle Sagrado de los Incas | Laguna de Huaypo – Chinchero, Cusco | Tours a Machu Picchu Perú 2021

  • Tour Type: Private Service Only
  • Activities: Archaeology & Cultural Adventure with Scenic Views
  • Tour Duration: 6 - 8 hours (Half Day Tour)
  • Pick up location: Customer’s hotel in Cusco or anywhere in the historical center such as the Plaza de Armas, or another place, just let us know. This Moray, Salt mines of Maras tour can be started from Ollantaytambo, Urubamba and finishing in Cusco or viceversa.
  • Pick up Schedule: @ 8:30 am if the tour starts in Cusco and @ 9:00 am if the tour begins at any hotel in Ollantaytambo or Urubamba.

To begin the Moray and Salt Mines of Maras half day tour, your private tour guide and driver will pick you up from your hotel in Cusco at 8:00 am to head to Chinchero town – a small Andean village located at (3,750 meter/ 12,303 feet), dedicated to agriculture, textiles, and home of the famous Peruvian weaving, where you will enjoy the traditional handmade weaving demonstration of textiles, on how to make beautiful natural alpaca wool sweaters, you’ll also have the opportunity to purchase some textiles here if you wish.

After Chinchero, we will drive to the farming laboratory in Moray. This trip takes about 1 hour and is really beautiful. You’ll discover immense snowy mountains, vast fields of corn, meandering through the lush fields of potato, wheat, and beautiful high Andean villages. Finally, you’ll arrive at the fascinating circular terraces of Moray, which is located at (3,450meter /11,318 feet). The size of the terraces is really impressive! Although it seems like an amphitheater, this mysterious circular place is a gigantic Inca agricultural laboratory.

The archeological site of Moray boasts three amphitheater-like terraces – large, medium and small, all made by Incas. These different levels of terraces were carved and built into a huge bowl with their complex system of irrigation. The Moray Inca site is thought they were used to determine the optimal conditions for growing crops.
Once you’ve finished exploring Moray, you’ll head to the village of Maras, a colonial town built, during the Spanish invasion to exploit the Salt mines located near the village. In the Maras’ town you can see the ancient ways, the colonial architecture with beautiful church built-in 1650, where its images of lintels with sculptures in bas-relief are still preserved.

After your Maras visit, you’ll continue driving for 30 more minutes to the Maras salt mines. This place is famous for its salt production dating back to ancient times. There are more than 3,000 wells of salt, carved into the mountain side that is filled daily with groundwater. It was the main provider salt center to Cusco and it’s still even today for many communities around and the Sacred Valley, where locals still farm the salt by hands as the Incas used to do it centuries ago. You’ll also have a surreal landscape at your disposal to take the best photographs.

At Pacha Peru Explorers, we specify the included and non-included services under all the tour itineraries listed on our website. We take care of all the logistics, but please pay attention to the details to avoid missing anything. Some items may be different for specific programs, so please read carefully before booking with us.

  • Briefing in our office a day before (optional).
  • Pick up at your hotel.
  • Private Tourist Transportation.
  • Professional Tourist Guide Service.
  • Entrance Fees: You must have the tourist ticket to enter to the Inca ruins of Moray in the Sacred Valley. The tourist ticket is currently 70 soles for a one day ticket or 130 soles for a 10 day ticket. This one ticket will give you access to many other locations in the Sacred Valley, as well as some museums and places of interest in Cusco.
    10 soles is the cost to enter to the famous salt mines of Maras.
  • Lunch: We will stop in Urubamba for a traditional lunch at a local restaurant. If you prefer another location, please feel free to tell your guide. This meal is not included in your tour cost.
  • Tip for your guide is optional but sometimes extra is always welcome, especially considering their work.
  • Travel interruption & travel medical/evacuation insurance (required).

We want to make your trip to Peru as memorable and as carefree as possible. In this section, you’ll find the answers to all the questions you have about traveling with Pacha Peru Explorers in one place. Please read the following information carefully – it will help you with any questions about our services.

Briefing or Informative Meeting: All information meetings and briefings are held in our main office in Cusco (or your hotel) at 5:00 pm, one night before the tour begins. These meetings last approximately 30 to 45 minutes. If you’re unable to attend, you must coordinate another time by email, by phone or at the Pacha Peru Explorers office.

Trek Balance Payment (in Cusco): The trek has to be paid for in full at most 7.30 pm one day before your departure (generally after the briefing).
It would be much appreciated if you pay the trek balance in cash US dollars or local currency at our office in Cusco. You can withdraw some money from several ATMs along Avenida Sol (either in US dollars or local Peruvian Soles). You can pay by credit card or PAYPAL online, but you will have to pay an 6% service charge, charged by VISA and PAYPAL. We do not accept bank checks or payment of the balance by traveler’s checks.

Can I store my luggage at your office?: During the trip, your main luggage can be stored at our office (you can organize it with us on the briefing day or by email) or at your hotel, both free of charge.
Any equipment that you won’t need on the trek can be stored safely in your hotel. Nearly every hotel will provide this service. Don’t leave items of value with your bags; put them in the hotel safe and obtain an itemized receipt (in the unlikely case of theft, many insurance companies require that you have a copy of the receipt itemizing everything). It’s best to put items such as credit cards inside a sealed, signed envelope for extra peace of mind.

Pick up of guests: Pacha Peru Explorers can pick you up from your hotel, as long as it’s in the Historical Center of Cusco. Your guide will coordinate the pickup time in the briefing session, but please keep in mind that the time may vary between 30 and 45 minutes due to traffic.
Cusco is an old city, meaning it has many narrow cobbled streets. Some hotels and Airbnbs may be located on streets without access to cars or on long, steep slopes, making it difficult to transport luggage. We strongly recommend that you book accommodation with good access.

Group Tours: Group tours are made up of different types of people, then physical conditions and ages can vary. By agreeing to be part of a group tour, you also accept that some people may be faster or slower than you. Therefore, each person can go at their own pace on the route.
It may be the case that a group wishes to modify the tour; however, the guide will be the one who decides, after consulting with all the participants, if such modifications are possible.

Strikes and demonstrations: Strikes and demonstrations are usually common in Peru, and this may interrupt some of our tours. Roads can be blocked, and train tracks can be taken over. However, we will try to keep your trip as originally planned, even if it means leaving the night before the scheduled date. Under these circumstances, tours may also be canceled. In case of changes or cancellations, everything will be coordinated with you by our operations department. Your safety is our highest priority, and our decisions will be made to protect it.

Lost Objects: Please pay attention to where you leave your things and remember to take everything once you leave our transport or restaurants. You’re the only one responsible for your objects during the tour.

"Maras, Moray Salt Mines Half  Day" can leave any day of the week, from January through December.

2022 Land Cost:

Price: US$ 85.00 per person
Required Pre-payment: US$ 50.00 per person.
Balance (Cusco): US$ 35.00 (Commonly paid in Cusco after the briefing).

This small-group journey is guaranteed to operate with just two guests.
Notice that PayPal charges a fee of 6%, which we ask the client to cover since it's due to the use of its service. This tax is just for online deposits so that you will pay the remaining in cash (the briefing day in Cusco) without charges.
Please, after your deposit, send us the transfer number to; only after that, we'll be able to confirm your deposit and reservation.

Extensions & Offers: There are several extensions you can include to your Peru Adventure.

  • Rainbow Mountain: US$ 120.00
  • Cusco City Tour: US$ 65.00
  • Humantay Lake: US$ 120.00

Price Guarantee: Once your booking has been confirmed, we guarantee the price won’t increase, whatever the circumstances. So please, before booking, ensure you’ve read all our important tour information.

14 years and above
Below 14 years
Maras, Moray, Salt Mines US$ 85.00

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