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Maras Salt Mines and Moray Archeological Site from Cusco

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    Stop At: Salinas de Maras, Carreta a Maras Urubamba, Maras 00051 Peru

    Towards the northwest of the town of Maras are the famous salt miners known by some as “salt mines” are made up of about 3000 small wells with an average area of ​​about 5 m², built on one side of the slope of the mountain of “Qaqawiñay “which during the dry season are filled or” watered “every 3 days with salt water emanating from a natural manante located at the top of the wells so that when the water evaporates, the salt contained in it will gradually solidify. This process will continue for about a month until a considerable volume of solid salt, about 10 cms. of height from the floor, which is subsequently struck and thus granulated; the salt will be later pocketed in plastic sacks and sent to the markets of the region; today that salt is being iodized so its consumption is not harmful.

    Return to the City of Cusco

    Duration: 1 hour

    Stop At: Moray, Maras 08655 Peru

    These are depressions or gigantic natural holes on the surface of the land that were used to construct terraces or agricultural platforms with their respective irrigation channels. What strikingly draws attention is the average annual temperature difference between the top and bottom of the depressions, which reaches up to 15 ° C in the main depression of about 30 meters deep.

    MORAY, due to its climatic conditions and other characteristics, was an important center for domestication, acclimatization and hybridization of wild plant species that were modified or adapted for human consumption.

    Duration: 1 hour
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    Important Information
    Departure Point
    Centrally located hotel in Cusco
    Departure Time
    8:00 AM
    Return Details
    Concludes at approx. 3pm at the original departure point
    • Local guide
    • Hotel pickup and drop-off
    • Transport by air-conditioned minivan
    • Food and drinks
    • Gratuities
    • Boleto Turistico. The sights are divided into three circuits. Each circuit can be purchased separately or all together as a General Ticket. Cost of the general ticket is S/130 soles (or S/70 for students)
    • Entry/Admission - Salinas de Maras
    • Entry/Admission - Moray
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
    • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
    • A minimum of 2 people per booking is required
    Cancellation Policy
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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    Reviewed 16 June 2019

    Maras Salt Pans 5* Incredible Pachamama Magic The entire valley, when looked at from a distance seems like a snow-capped mountains. But, the white stuff is actually salt. The Salinas de Maras (salt pans) is a work of miracle. From a very tiny moat that...More

    Date of experience: June 2019
    Thank Indiana_Jonesse
    Reviewed 1 October 2018

    We did both the salt mines and the Moray fields and they were amazing. Our tour guide explained the history of the salt ponds and archeological fields which was very interesting. Then we spent a considerable amount of time walking the salt ponds, storage facility,...More

    Date of experience: September 2018
    1  Thank Avmig
    Reviewed 13 April 2018

    We visited the Salt Mines and Moray as part of a day-trip. The Salt Mines are so cool (just know it is a touristy place). Moray is very cool - and the history and views are awesome! 30-60 min max at each location is more...More

    Date of experience: April 2018
    Thank pnutsmommyMN
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    7 August 2019|
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    Response from Indiana_Jonesse | Reviewed this property |
    That is all entirely up to the guide you hire and is not a question that might be answered here.
    17 June 2019|
    Response from LuziaHelenaG |
    Atraso no horário de pegar no hotel, desorganização para o transporte, não informaram que o ingresso para Moray esta no mesmo boleto de Pisac, então se vc não tem um boleto de validade de 10 Dias, vc tem que pagar novamente... More
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    • Duration: 6h
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    • Languages Offered: English, Spanish
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