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Moray, Maras & Sacred Valley

Moray, Maras & Sacred Valley

In this Moray, Maras & Sacred Valley full Day you will know the majestic Sacred Valley of the Incas in its entirety! You will enjoy the colonial Inca town of Chinchero as well as magnificent views that the combination of Inca and Colonial legacies that are still preserved.  

You will know Ollantaytambo, called "Inca Living City" because it is the only city of the Incas that is still inhabited. In this city, besides being surprised by the amazing beauty of the archaeological complex, you will be impressed with the extraordinary Inca urban planning that is still standing and inhabited by the current population, the streets of Ollantaytambo will make you fall in love. You will also know Pisac, one of the most important agricultural and spiritual centers of the Sacred Valley of the Incas, the archaeological complex, from which you can see the mighty Vilcanota River and much of the Sacred Valley will leave you surprised, then we go to one of the Cusco's most popular craft markets and with the best prices.

After exploring the Sacred Valley we will go to the Archaeological Complex of Moray. Where you can appreciate the most impressive Inca Agricultural Laboratory. 

In this unique place, the Incas experienced the different geographical altitudes for agricultural use in one place. 

In Maras, we visited the Maras salt mines, a beautiful place where we found a group of approximately 3000 wells that the inhabitants use and benefit from you will not regret the beautiful view that awaits you in this place.

Quick Itinerary

07:00: We pick you up from your hotel and Start the Combo Sacred Valley Tour

08:00: Explore the Chinchero acheologico site

09:30: Driving to Moray archeological site

10:30: Guided tour of Moray

10:40: Driving to the colonial small town and guided tour of the Moras

11:30: Guided tour of the Salt Mines or Salineras

12:30: Lunch in Urubamba town

13:40: Driving to the Ollantaytambo

14:00: Guide tour of the Ollantaytambo

15:00: Driving to Pisac acheological site

16:30: Guided tour in Pisac ruins

18:00: Return to Cusco

19:00: Cusco

 

Highlights of the Sacred Valley Tour Moray:

  • Visit of the Sacred Valley of the Incas in one day tour, 
  • Guided tour of the Pisaq Inca City, 
  • Exploration of the traditional handicraft market of Pisaq, 
  • Guided tour of the Ollantaytambo´s Incan fortres, 
  • Guided tour of the Moray archoelogical site 
  • Guided tour of the Maras small town 
  • Guided tour of the Maras salt mines
  • Guided tour of the Incan site of Chinchero 
  • Typical lunch in the Urubamba town

 

Sacred Valley tour Moray

We will pick you up from your hotel in Cusco at 6:45 a.m. to 7:00 a.m. and travel for one hour by transport to Chinchero, 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 follow the beautiful route to Urubamba, the heart of the Sacred Valley, where we will stop for a buffet lunch.
After the lunch. We will continue our scenic journey to the amazing town of Ollantaytambo, is a classic Inca city which conserved the traditional Inca urban construction of narrow streets adjacent to flowing streams. As you walk through the stone streets, the gentle sound of flowing water will 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.

After the tour of Ollantaytambo, you will take a 1hour and 30 minute bus ride to Pisaq , you will be taken to explore the Pisaq Ruins before you return to Cusco at about 7:00 p.m.

Included

  • Tourist transportation to Sacred Valley, Maras, Moray and Salineras or Salt Mines,
  • Professional bilingual Tour Guide,
  • Entrance fee to Salt Mines
  • Buffet lunch in Urubamba Town.

Not Included

  • Tourist ticket to the Sacred Valley and Moray (U$ 22)
  • Tips to local staff.
  • Other extras not mentioned

Why book the Moray, Maras & Sacred Valley?

  • The Sacred Valley tour Moray will let to appreciate not only Inca and pre-Inca archaeological sites, but also beautiful colonial towns, built near and above them.
  • The town of Pisac and its artisan market, is a must in the valley.
  • The Sacred Valley is also the best place to acclimatize before visiting Machu Picchu, it is at an average height and has one of the most delicious climates in the region. It is necessary a good acclimatization, especially if you plan to do some of the hikes inside the National Park of Machu Picchu; how to ascend the mountain Huayna Picchu.
  • The Sacred Valley tour Moray before visiting Machu Picchu, offers you to see the most important territories and cities of what was the vast Inca Empire; giving you a more complete view of this amazing civilization.
  • The Sacred Valley of the Incas also gives you the opportunity to practice outdoor sports, adventure and extreme sports; you can go hiking, mountain biking, zipline (zip line), or some more extreme, such as climbing or rafting (levels 2, 3 and 4).
  • When the train heading to Aguas Calientes crosses the Sacred Valley of the Incas, it gives you the opportunity to get beautiful views at every step.

When to go?

The Sacred Valley of the Incas is beautiful at any time, either during the dry season (from April to October) or in the rainy season (from November to March); because contrary to what most people think, it does not rain all day or every day; it is more, in the majority of the cases, the precipitations occur in the evening or during the night; however, the landscapes are green and is flooded with vegetation.

Tickets needed in the Moray, Maras & Sacred Valley

For the Sacred Valley tour Moray you will need to buy the tourist ticket of Cusco, this will serve you to see places like the ruins of Pisac or the ruins of Ollantaytambo, comparable only to what you will see in Machu Picchu.

 

GENERAL TOURIST TICKET

This ticket is not included on the tour, you must purchase a tourist ticket. A full tourist ticket costs S/130 (U$ 41)or S/70 (U$22) for students with a valid ISIC card. The full tourist ticket is valid for 10 days and allows entry to the Inca sites such as Sacsayhuam, Quenqo, Pukapukara, Tambomachay (City Tour), 4 museums in Cusco, Inca Pachacutec monument's, Pisac, Ollantaytambo, Chinchero, Moray and the Centro Qosqo (It's a theater where you can appreciate the tipical dance of the Cusco - 125 dances) This is a better option if you plan on also combining the City Tour, Sacred Valley and visit and explore the Cusco city.

 

PARTIAL TOURIST TICKET

This ticket is a partial tourist ticket, the price for this ticket is S/70 and it is valid for 1 day. Only you can visit City tour, Sacred Valley or Moray with this ticket. Not included the Cusco museums, Pachacuted Monument and the Centro Qosqo (It's a teatre where you can appreciate the tipical dance of the Cusco)

 

Please Note: In this general tourist tickets not Include entrance to Qoricancha or the Cathedral of the Cusco. Entrance To Qoricancha Is S/15 Or S/10 for student. Entrance to The Cathedral is S/25 Or S/12.50 for Student.

Packing List

  • Hat or cap for the sun;
  • Sun protection cream;
  • Sunglasses;
  • Waterproof jacket / rain poncho;
  • Small backpack for personal things;
  • Hiking shoes;
  • Water bottle;
  • Camera;
  • Extra Money (Soles).
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