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Moray, Maras and Salineras Tour (Half Day)

Moray, Maras and Salineras Tour is a popular half day tour in Cusco. You will be visiting two prime sites in the Sacred Valley of Incas.

Maras and Moray are hidden gems of the Sacred Valley of Incas. Both these sites have played a significant role during the Inca Empire in Cusco. In fact, the locals still continue to excavate salt and keep up the traditions of Incas. 

These two sites have gained popularity for its distinct appearance and layout among travellers. If you search for Sacred Valley on the Internet you will come across amazing pictures of these unbelievable places.

We suggest making the tour during the dry season, but you can also make it during the rainy season. However, the roads are sometimes muddy and on some occasions, access can be difficult.

The tour includes visiting Maras and Moray on one day, thanks to their close proximity.

If you are a small group we can make the trip a bit adventurous, with our Quad bike ATV tour to Maras and Moray.


Moray is a deep circular bowl type agricultural terrace measuring up to 330 feet deep from the ground. This was one of the extraordinary creations of Incas. Back then the Incan civilisation had an advanced agricultural techniques and Moray is a prime example of this.

The circular agricultural terraces were primarily used to test the condition of crops at different levels. At each level of the terrace the temperature differed a lot. In fact, the temperature from the top of the terrace varies about 15 degrees centigrade to the bottom. Moray was more of an agricultural laboratory to the Incas, the different micro climatic conditions at different levels of the terrace allowed them to study wild vegetation.

As a result Peru is home to over 2,000 varieties of potatoes and different types of maize among other vegetables.


The Salt Pans of Maras have existed since pre-Incan times. Maras is popular for the salt pans cascading down a hill like uneven steps. These salt pans are fed by natural spring water which flows down the pool when opened.

Salt is harvested from the patchwork of shallow pools via an evaporation process.

Once one of the salt pools is filled, the water is allowed to evaporate. Then the salt crystals are scraped off the ground with simple instruments. Then the whole process begins again.

You can also find the natural pink salt that it’s extracted only from 4 places worldwide and Maras it’s one of them. Getting its rare color from natural elements which come from mountains (such as magnesium, calcium, potassium and silicon).

The Salt Mines are now home to over 3,000 pools which are managed by local families that live at the town of Maras. 

The entrance fee to enter the Salineras de Maras (Maras Salt Mines) is about S/10 soles.

We also invite you to check our one day tour to Rainbow Mountain, but if you are looking for an adventure for more than a day we recommend you to read more about our Inca Trail to Machu Picchu.

Half Day
10+ Age
  • Destination

  • Departure

    Pick up from your Hotel
  • Departure Time

    5:00 AM.
  • Return Time

    Approximately 6:00 PM.
  • Dress Code

    Warm clothes, including jacket, fleeces, gloves, scarf and beanie/touk
  • Included

    First aid kit and emergency oxigen
    Pick up from your Hotel
    Professional Guide
  • Not Included

    Walking Stick

Day 1: Cusco - Moray

After picking you up from your hotel in Cusco around 8 AM, we will start our journey towards the farming laboratory in Moray. It will take us approximately an hour and a half to drive from Cusco. On the way to Maras we will be passing through some Andean villages and yellow wheat fields. We will also be passing through Chinchero, a place much less tourist oriented and known for its Sunday market. Once in Moray, you will have to buy your “Tourist Ticket” (if you don’t have one) to be able to enter at the archeological site. We will visit this iconic creation of the Incas, our local tour guide will give you a complete guided tour of the site and will explain how this impacted the Incan civilization and how the present generation is benefiting from this.

Day 2: Moray - Maras - Cusco

We will have a short drive away from Moray until Maras, known for its salt pans which have been in use for over 1000 years. The salt pans are believed to have existed since the pre Incan time. Maras Salt Pans are ideal if you wish to see more than the ruins in the country. Our guide would give you detailed information on the process of salt manufacturing and how the people in the region have preserved the traditions and are practicing it till date. We will also pass through some local markets where you can buy some salt packets, if you want, as a souvenir. After finishing our day trip, we will be driving back to Cusco and will drop you off at Plaza Regocijo (Plaza Kusipata), next to the main square, Plaza De Armas of Cusco.

Tour Location

Maras and Moray Half Day Tour Includes:

  • Professional bilingual tour guide (English and Spanish)
  • Transport.
Does Not Include:
  • Meals.
  • Entrance to Maras Salt Pans. (10 Soles)
  • Cusco Tourist Ticket. (130 Soles all sites or 70 soles partial)
Things to carry:
  • Water bottle.
  • Hat, sunscreen and sunglasses.
  • A light day pack to carry your things.
  • Camera and film.
  • Peruvian Soles in cash.
How to make a booking:
  • If you would like to make a reservation for this program, please e-mail us.
  • Once you have chosen your tour, please read the Booking Terms & Conditions, as your booking is subject to these terms.
  • Then fill out and submit the Reservation Form that you will find in the Booking Online section of this website.
  • We will be requesting you to make a deposit to secure your reservation.
  • Upon receiving the deposit payment, we will confirm the booking.
  • We will be sending a service confirmation with complete details of your tour with us.
  • In case you have any doubts, queries or require additional information, do not hesitate to contact us.


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