Chinchero, Moray, Maras Salt Mines Tour Full Day
Chinchero, Moray, Maras Salt Mines Tour
Chinchero, Moray, Maras Salt Mines Tour–Explore the picturesque Andean village of Chinchero, a place that was built by the ninth Inca, “Tupac Inca Yupanqui” as his palace, then the conquistadors built a church upon the Inca temple, whose walls, ceilings are covered by paint in Fresco. Chinchero still offers us some traditional weaving centers, a great place to learn about the Incan weaving techniques, and other weaving processes. The sleepy village has gorgeous views of the snowy peak of Salkantay and the Vilcabamba and Urubamba mountain ranges in the distance.
We then continue to impressively deep amphitheater-like terracing of Moray, reached via the small town of Maras, is a fascinating spectacle. Different levels of concentric terraces are carved into a huge earthen bowl, each layer of which has its own microclimate, according to depth. Some theorize that the Incas used the terraces as a kind of laboratory to determine the optimal conditions for growing crops of each species. There are three bowls, one of which has been planted with various crops as a kind of living museum.
Salt mines of Maras (also called Salinas de Maras), thousands of individual ancient salt mines that form unique terraces on a hillside. The mines, small pools thickly coated with crystallized salt like dirty snow, have existed in the same spot since Inca days and are still operable. Families pass them down like heritage. The site as a whole is extraordinary and photogenic, from afar it looks like patchwork quilt spread over a ravine, or some sort of sprawling, multilevel cake with white and caramel colored icing, and it’s almost surreal to watch workers standing ankle-deep And mining salt from one of nearly 3,000 pools cascading down the hillside. If you have a good sense of balance, we can go exploring between salt-encrusted paths to get good close-up photographs.
Duration: Full Day
Physical Rating: 2 – Easy, Light, Nothing too Challenging. Hotel nights and/or safari-style camping, hikes of two to four hours on some days. Other physical activities are sometimes included, such as optional sea, river, lake kayaking.
Service Level: Upgraded
Group Size: Small Private Group. Small group experience, Min 02 – Max 08, Avg 04.
Visit Chinchero, Moray, Maras Town, and Maras Salt Mines (Salinas de Maras)
Today we head out on a full-day exploration of the western side of Urubamba Valley – the enchanting “Sacred Valley of the Incas”. We travel to the lovely high Andean village of Chinchero where we visit a textile cooperative and learn more about the weaving traditions that have been passed down among the local people for centuries. We’ll travel to the Inca ruins of Moray. The circular terraces of Moray were used as an agricultural “research laboratory” for the Incas, who studied temperature variation from one terrace to another in order to develop different crop varieties. We continue to the small town of Maras, and the picturesque salt mines. Originally used by the Pre-Inca and Inca culture, villagers from surrounding communities still mine salt by hand from the spring-fed terraced pools. In the late afternoon, we return to our hotel.
Note on Itinerary
Although we do our best to adhere to the schedule listed above, this itinerary is subject to change for numerous reasons beyond our control.
– Private Transport.
– Entrance fee to the Incan Sites.
– Tour Leader.
What’s Not Included
– Extra expenditure during the tour, such as: bottle water, soda, alcoholic drinks, extra snacks.
– Travel Insurance.
From USD 120.00 Per Person.
Prices are quoted in US Dollars and all payments must be made in US Dollars.
To offer the lowest possible cost, our trips are tier priced according to the number of full-paying participants on the trip.
All costs are per person, based on double occupancy. If you wish to have a single room, you must pay the single supplement fee. If you are willing to share accommodations, we will match you with a roommate if one is available. If we cannot match you with a roommate, the “forced single supplement” is listed if applicable.
Trip Payment Schedule.
– At the time of reservation: 50% of total balance.
– 90 days prior to departure: Balance should be paid fully, or once upon your arrival in Cusco the other 50% of final balance must be paid fully.
Cancellation and Transfer Fee Schedule.
– Minimum fee (Tour permit fee): $30 per person
– 61-90 days prior to departure: 30% of trip cost
– 46-60 days prior to departure: 50% of trip cost
– 45 days or less: 100% of trip cost.
A professional Crocotrail Travel Tour Leader with a deep knowledge of the destination and a focus on customer service makes all the difference. Our leaders are experts in Inca history, nature, birding, gastronomy, the local language, etc, with a profound connection to Peru’s fascinating traditional culture. They take care of all the details so that you can savor the experiences of the trip. And just as important, they have a remarkable gift for sharing their extensive knowledge and favorite places. Our Tour Leaders have the warmth, endless energy, and that special “it” factor that transforms a trip into an unforgettable journey.
This trip is Level 2, Easy, Light, Nothing too Challenging. Most activity is between 1,640 and 10,500 feet. The maximum elevation we reach is 12,136 feet. Trails can be rugged, not the well-maintained trails you may be accustomed to in your country. For the most part, you can hike at your own speed. Our group will walk in group along the tour. On the tour, you will just carry your own daypack for the items that you want with you on the excursion, such as a water bottle, camera, and a jacket. Our extra gears are left in our van.
– Travel insurance (and some copies).
– Face tissue paper, toilet paper.
– Camera charger and, extra batteries.
– Sun hat.
– Backpack to carry your things.
– Rain gear
– Water bottle, Canteen or Camelback container.
– Long sleeve T-shirts.
– Hiking trousers
– American dollars and Peruvian soles in cash.
– Anti-inflammatory tablets (e.g. Ibuprofen).
– Personal first-aid kit (should contain lip salve, Aspirin, Band Aids, anti-histamine, Imodium or similar tablets for mild cases of diarrhea, re-hydration powder, extra prescription drugs you may take).
When to Go
This tour to Chinchero, Maras, Moray can be explored all year, but in late January and February, are the rainiest months, when some Inca sites are foggy and difficult to see. The season normalizes in March and April when the rains lighten up and the mountains are still green. High season begins in May and extends through September, as these are the driest months. October through December are considered shoulder season when occasional rain is possible, but keep in mind that the highlands of Peru are a temperate desert and it is not uncommon for it not to rain for weeks at a time even in the height of the rainy season. This is also the time with the fewest hikers on the trail, more flowers in bloom, and fewer tourists at Machu Picchu as well as in Cusco. Temperatures in the Cusco-Machu Picchu region range from the high 60s in the daytime to the low 40s at night, with some variation depending on the time of year you go.