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Full-Day Tour of Moray Salinas de Maras and The Sacred Valley from Cusco

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  • Take in the Sacred Valley’s top attractions in one day by private vehicle
  • Reach sites of interest including Moray and the Salinas de Maras with ease
  • Learn how the Incas lived and worked, thousands of years ago
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Full-Day Tour of Moray Salinas de Maras and The Sacred Valley from Cusco
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Full-Day Tour of Moray Salinas de Maras and The Sacred Valley from Cusco
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Overview
The Sacred Valley is home to some of Peru’s most historically significant sites of interest, with Incan settlements dating back thousands of years. On this full-day tour, reach key attractions including Moray and the Salinas de Maras by private vehicle, and learn how the Incas worked the land to survive and thrive. With pickup and drop-off at your Cusco hotel, cover the ground with ease and see the sights in one day.
What to Expect
We will pick up you from your hotel in Cusco at 7am and travel for one hour by private van to Chincheros, a small village with beautiful views of the Sacred Valley. In this charming village, you will see adobe homes, narrow cobbled streets, and people in traditional Peruvian dress. Here, the villagers still practice many Incan traditions and crafts. If you wish, you will see a demonstration of how wool is washed and dyed using native plants and minerals.
We will then continue our journey to Moray in order to see the fascinating site used by the Incas for agricultural experiments and cultivating seeds. There, you will learn how they cleverly designed a drainage system at the bottom of the terraces in order to avoid flooding during the rainy season.
After the tour of Moray, you will take a 20 minute bus ride to the salt mines of Maras. At this amazing site, you can see the pans fed by saline spring water that were built on steep terraces along one side of a narrow valley. The water is sent throughout the pans by a network of channels where the water slowly evaporates leaving the salt behind. Salt has been collected from Maras since Pre-Incan times and it is thought that a collective of salt ‘miners’ has maintained the terraces and channels for hundreds of years.
We will continue our scenic journey to the amazing town of Ollantaytambo. Ollantaytambo is a classic Incan city which conserved the traditional Incan urban construction of narrow streets adjacent to flowing streams. As you walk through the stone streets, the gentle sound of flowing water will make make it easy for you to imagine the city as it was in the time of the Incas. In the upper part of the town, there is an impressive ceremonial center that was used for water worship and also a mighty fortress that protected the access point to the lower part of the valley. We will follow the beautiful route to Urubamba, the heart of the Sacred Valley, where we will stop for a buffet lunch.
After lunch, we will take you to the small village of Pisaq, where you can enjoy its lively artisan market and have some free time to interact with the townsfolk and to shop for handicrafts and souvenirs. Finally, you will be taken to explore the Pisaq Ruins before you return to Cusco at about 6:00- 7:00pm.
Reviews (22)
1 - 5 of 19 reviews
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile
Amazing day full of views

Our tour started early in the morning and we seemed to beat most crowds, which made forfor a truly special, intimate experience. Our tour guide, Auriol M. was extremely knowledgeable and patient. We never felt rushed from site to site and we packed in a...More

Thank roamermc
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile
A Truly Great Day

Mines and ruins were indescribable, incredibly beautiful to say the least. Tour met any requirement I can think of; timely, good lunch, good driver and guide. Guide was exceptionally knowledgeable, answered every question my curious mind had; populations of regions ancient and modern, by far...More

Thank TwoShotzz
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile
100% recomended, excellent experience.

Very instructive and wonderful tour, our guide Auriol was very nice and knowlegeable of the history of the ancient Inca civilization also the driver was very professional and keep the vehicle always clean even after we enter it with our dirty shoes, we spend a...More

Thank Sightseer13997638670
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile
Incredible experience. Professional tour guide

I would 100% recommend inti sun trek company.Very professional tour guide (Auroil). Visited 4 archaeological site as part this tour. Tour guide gave detailed info about the Incas culture. Friendly, Fluent English speaker.

Thank shakirgooty
Reviewed 21 January 2019
Excellent Tour Company and Amazing Team!

I found Inti Sun Trek on Trip Advisor and contacted the owner Jesus via email. He was extremely helpful and assisted me with organizing several tours with them during our week stay in Cusco. They were very professional , always on time and the tour...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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