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1 Day
Availability : Any day with 2 people
just outside Cusco
Difficulty : ★ Easy
Adventure : ★ A popular Peru tour
Solitude : ★ Extremely popular
Max People : 12

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Description

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!

Price

Prices are per person in USD, based on group size. We do not have fixed-date group departures. If you do not want to book a private trek, please see our Trekkers Wanted page for a list of open departures within your dates.

2 people

$215

4-6 people

$125

7-8 people

$109

9-12 people

$105

Details

What is Included?

  • Collection from your hotel on the morning of your Maras and Moray tour departure
  • Partial Boleto Turistico and entry fees
  • Private transport to/from Cusco as described in the itinerary
  • English/Quechua/Spanish speaking professional guide
  • Lunch

What is Not Included?

  • Breakfast on the first morning.
  • Snacks and water
  • Tips for the guide

You Should Bring

    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:

    • A light day pack to carry your things
    • Your Boleto Turistico (Tourist ticket)
    • Water bottle and snacks
    • Money for snacks, souvenirs and tips

    You can also see What To Bring for our comprehensive recommendations on what to pack for a trek in the Andes. For more great suggestions, check out our blog about How to Prepare for a Trek in Peru.

Optional Extras & Upgrades

    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.

Available Discounts

  • 5% off a day tour listed price when you also book a 3-day or longer trek operated by Apus Peru
  • Youth 12-17: 5% off. A valid passport must be presented upon booking.
  • Children 5-11 years: 15% off. A valid passport must be presented upon booking.
  • Children 0-4 years: Free. A valid passport must be presented upon booking. Children under 4 will not count towards the total number of guests in a group. This discount does not apply to train fares. Children under 2 will not be considered to occupy a seat on any train or bus, and instead must ride on a parent’s lap.
  • 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.

Trekkers Wanted

Want to join a trek? Ready to confirm a departure date of your own, but interested in having others join you? Then Trekkers Wanted is for you! Our innovative Trekkers Wanted system matches people up who are interested in hiking the same trek, bringing costs down and multiplying the fun for everyone! Read More about Trekkers Wanted, post your trek or search for confirmed departures!

Important Info

  • Each guide has their own preferred route and so the route you trek might not correspond exactly to the Maras and Moray route described here.
  • The times cited in this itinerary are approximate. Walking times depend on the group, and the guide may change lunch spots depending on the progress of the group.
  • The program is subject to change, due to weather and other unexpected circumstances

Ready to Book?

  • Does this excursion sound like just what you were looking for? If you’re ready to book or just want to find out a bit more information, fill out the Inquiry Form in the top right-hand corner of this page to get the ball rolling. You’ll be connected with one of our amazing sales people who will be able to turn your dream of hiking in the Andes into a reality. For more information on the entire booking process, please see our How To Book page.
  • Travel insurance is a must! World Nomads offers travel insurance for adventure activities.

Itinerary

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.

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