This is a lovely, one day excursion that combines visits to two of the most interesting and unusual Cusco sights: Maras and Moray. With an easy hike through the Sacred Valley over pretty farmland, this is a great way to slowly acclimatize in preparation for a longer hike. You can also choose to swap the hike for mountain bikes for a more thrilling experience!
This trip is particularly recommended for photographers who want to capture the different moods and essences of the awe-inspiring amphitheatres at Moray and the fascinating Cusco salt flats at Maras. Also referred to as the “salineras” of Cusco, the Maras salt flats are truly a spectacular sight. This unique Cusco day trip is likely to be one of the highlights of your trip!
Cusco can experience every season in a single day, so you should be prepared for sun and rain, cold and hot weather! We recommend a hat, sunscreen, sunglasses, sweater, rain gear or plastic poncho, winter hat or toque and gloves. In addition, you should bring:
When calculating the cost of renting equipment, calculate using the length of the entire trip, not just the number of trekking days. Even though you won’t use the equipment on the final day it will still be ‘on the road’ and unavailable for others to use.
Please be careful with rented equipment! You are responsible for the cost of replacement if something is damaged or broken.
Remember that scans of the student card (for students) or passports (for children) need to accompany the bookingin order to be eligible for the discount.
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Get ready for a packed and fun-filled day visiting Maras and Moray! We leave Cusco at around 8 am, taking private transport to nearby Chinchero where we will visit the famous market, the Colonial Church and Incan ruins, as well as a quick stop at an awana wasi, a weaving house.
From here, we continue on by vehicle until we reach the archaeological site at Moray, one of the most unusual and interesting in the area. A pre-Incan site believed to have been used by the Incas, Moray is a series of circular agricultural terraces which are believed to be an experimental agricultural station for different crop strains.
We spend about 1.5 to 2 hours exploring these huge amphitheaters. Then, we continue by vehicle about 40 minutes until we reach the charming village of Maras for a quick walk around its quaint plaza. Alternatively, we may continue on to the Maras salt flats themselves and visit the town on the way back.
Reaching the Maras salineras, or Cusco salt flats, we have about 40 minutes to spend taking in this fascinating sight from the lookout point. The Maras salt flats are a collection of watered terraces that take salt from an underground salty stream. Locals collect the salt through a fascinating process of evaporation. The pools and salt embankments are an incredible sight against the stunning mountain backdrop. Warning: it can get really hot in the salineras on a sunny day!
From Maras, we can either walk or drive about 30 minutes down to nearby Urubamba, where we will enjoy a late lunch at around 2 pm.
After lunch, our private transport collects us and returns us to Cusco, returning around 5 pm, after a 1.5-hr drive, thus ending our Maras and Moray tour.