Visit Moray's giant agricultural laboratory and the Maras Salt Mines
When visiting Cusco, some of the most exciting moments are taking trips out of the city to Inca archaeological sites and other places of interest. Two of the most significant and intriguing in the region are the Maras Salt Mines and Moray. You’ll also get to experience something special in the small town of Chinchero.
Discover the impressive Inca constructions and enjoy the traditional handmade weaving demonstration of textiles in Chinchero. Then, you’ll head on to the agricultural experimental station of Moray, where the Inca culture developed new crops. Finally, visit the famous Maras Salt Mines to see one of the most fascinating sights you’ll likely see and purchase one of the most unique products available in Cusco—pink Maras salt.
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Are you hoping to get out of the city for the day and experience something different? Does ancient history fascinate you? How about unique, one-of-a-kind sights and learning customs and traditions from local communities? Then, this trip is for you. Join us by yourself, as a couple, or part of a larger group on this fun and interesting day out of Cusco.
In the small town of Chinchero, you’ll get to enjoy the traditional handmade weaving demonstration of textiles by local women. You’ll then go to the giant agricultural laboratory that is Moray—one of the most intriguing Inca archaeological complexes around. Finally, you’ll visit the Maras Salt Mines that’ll surely astound you with how they sit on the side of a mountain!
All the while, you’ll be in the middle of the Andean mountains, enjoying the stunning views, and observing locals going about their daily lives and working in the fields. We'll also visit the Huaypo Lagoon, a beautiful body of crystalline water located at an elevation of 3,510 m / 11.515 ft.
Wait no more to organize this fun day out where you’ll learn a lot and enjoy incredible landscapes from the moment of your departure! What’s more, you don’t need to perry about a thing as we plan every last detail. All you need to do is enjoy yourself on this exciting trip.
- Learn the weaving process explained by Andean women in Chinchero and observe their beautiful pieces of handmade art.
- Visit the Incan agricultural terraces of Moray, which are extraordinary rings of stone terraces built almost like an amphitheater.
- Stop off at the Maras Salt Mines; a stunning array of terraces filled with water that collect salt and have been in use since pre-Columbian times.
- Marvel at the fantastic views of the Sacred Valley mountain range throughout the day.
- Take a break at the pretty Huaypo Lagoon with its crystalline water.
- Enjoy a wide range of sights all in one day with every detail planned for you.
- Learn more about the history of the Incas.
Cusco | Chinchero - Moray - Maras Salt Mines - Huaypo lagoon - Cusco
Highlight of the day: Enjoying these very unique sites and learning all about the region and its history.
Day Out to Some of the Most Interesting Sites in the Mountains of Cusco
We’ll collect you from your accommodation this morning and then head out to the small town of Chinchero. You’ll learn all about the local art of textiles before we continue to Moray. This was an Inca agricultural lab and will be like no other archaeological site you’ve seen. You’ll learn all about the place’s history before we continue.
Our next stop is the Maras Salt Mines that’ll amaze you with how they sit on the hillside. Yet another unique sight that you’ve likely never seen. Finally, as we head back to Cusco, we’ll make a short stop at the pretty Huaypo Lagoon and see some small communities. You’ll get back to Cusco in time for you to find a place for dinner.
Your fun day out of the city begins as we collect you from your accommodation at around 8:00 am. We’ll set off to the small town of Chinchero. The trip takes a little over an hour and is a beautiful ride through the mountains that provides you with the most spectacular views. You'll discover immense snowy mountains, vast fields of corn, and beautiful villages.
When we arrive, you’ll be treated to a demonstration of textiles that local women hand-make. They are experts in the art, and it’s a tradition that’s been around for hundreds of years with all-natural dyes.
We’ll soon be on our way again and take our private transport to Moray. You’re sure to be blown away by the unique formation of the place that many liken to an amphitheater or even something extra-terrestrial. However, it was actually a gigantic Inca agricultural laboratory. Your guide will fill you in on the site’s history, and you’ll have plenty of time to explore and snap some photos.
Close by and often combined with a trip to Moray are the Maras Salt Mines. It’s only another 3 km away and will surprise you yet again with sights that you’ve likely never seen before. The place has produced salt since ancient times and there are more than 3,000 pools of salt that are filled daily with groundwater. You'll have a surreal landscape at your disposal to make the most incredible photographs with the salt mines in the forefront.
It’s now time to start heading back toward Cusco but fear not. Our tour isn’t over quite yet. On the way, we’ll make a stop at the pretty Huaypo Lagoon. This serene place is another fantastic spot for photos. You’ll also get the chance to observe local wildlife and visit some of the small communities where many of the Inca Trail porters live.
Finally, we’ll arrive back in the city just in time for you to find somewhere to enjoy your dinner. You’ll have plenty to talk about as you enjoy a bite to eat and some rest after your day out.
Why Travel with us
At Salkantay Trekking, we specify the included and non-included services under all the tour itineraries listed on our website. We take care of all the logistics, but please pay attention to the details to avoid missing anything. Some items may be different for specific programs, so please read carefully before booking with us.
What Is Included?
High Quality Service & Safety
You’ll meet your trekking guide and group in our office for an orientation before your trek. The meeting will be at 5:00 pm the evening before the trip begins.
Experienced Tour Guide
English and spanish speaking official tour guide. All our guides are graduates of the professional career of Tourism of the National University San Antonio Abad of Cusco. We choose them for their professionalism, experience, responsibility, seriousness, unbridled passion for exploring, and sincere desire to proudly share in our culture and history. He or she will keep you safe, sound, and comfortable on your trek so that you can enjoy your time worry-free!
Medical Kit or First AID Kit
All Salkantay Trekking guides have received specialized training in first aid. We hold mandatory training sessions with our guides every February. Your guide will always carry a first aid kit to face basic emergencies (altitude sickness, travelers' diarrhea, cuts, scrapes, etc.) as well as oxygen. If necessary, we’ll evacuate you from the path as quickly as possible and ensure that you arrive at a clinic for treatment.
24/7 Customer Service
We have telephone service available 24 hours/day for ease of communication with Salkantay Trekking leading up to your trek.
All your transportation is included in this package. We will pick you up from your hotel to explore Moray & Maras Salt Mines. Once you complete the tour, we will take you back to the door of your hotel.
Permits & Entrance Tickets
Entrance Ticket to Maras Salt Mines
What Is Not Included?
Cusco Tourist Ticket
This ticket is necessary and allows you admission to many of the most popular attractions in Cusco and the Sacred Valley, including archaeological sites and museums.
From PEN 70.00 (US$ 20.00) to PEN 130.00 (US$ 40.00) per person.
Breakfast & Dinner
Tips for our staff
Tipping is the norm on any excursion in Peru. Although we pay good salaries to our entire team, something extra is always welcome.
Additional costs or delays beyond our control
Landslides, bad weather conditions, itinerary modifications due to a safety concern, illness, pandemia, government policy changes, political instability, strikes, act of God, etc.
Here we leave you with a brief list of extras that you can enjoy during this package.
Huayna Picchu Mountain
Huayna Picchu is the mountain behind Machu Picchu and which can be climbed in 45 minutes. Although this excursion is up to you, our guide will take you to the place of entry. This walk requires an entrance ticket which we can assure for you if we have enough time in advance.
Your entry ticket will be purchased to coincide with the dates of your excursion on the Inca Trail. The entry can be done in two shifts: from 7:00 am to 8:00 am or from 10:00 am to 11:00 am. We buy the tickets in the second shift so that our clients can fully enjoy their guided tour of Machu Picchu. Remember, the shifts only indicate the time of entry. You can go up and down Huayna Picchu without haste.
The ticket for Huayna Picchu costs US$ 75.00 per person.
Machu Picchu Mountain
Machu Picchu Mountain is another of the mountains that surround the archaeological site of Machu Picchu. It offers even more incredible views than Huayna Picchu, but it takes 1.5 hours to reach the top. This walk requires an entrance ticket which we can assure for you if we have time in advance.
The excursion entrance to Machu Picchu Mountain is open in two shifts as well, the first from 7:00 am to 8:00 am, and the second from 9:00 am to 10:00 am.
The ticket for Machu Picchu Mountain costs US$ 75.00 per person.
All our tours include the PeruRail Expedition train. This train leaves Aguas Calientes at 4:22 pm. The Vistadome train is a higher category service that offers more comfortable seats, a panoramic design that will allow you to see through the roof, as well as an entertainment show on board. The Vistadome train leaves Aguas Calientes at 4:43 pm and goes to Ollantaytambo train station. From there, we’ll take you on our transport to your hotel in Cusco.
You can access this service for an additional payment of US$ 45.00 per person.
We want to make your trip to Peru as memorable and as carefree as possible. In this section, you’ll find the answers to all the questions you have about traveling with Salkantay Trekking in one place. Please read the following information carefully – it will help you with any questions about our services.
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Briefing or Informative Meeting
All information meetings and briefings are held in our main office in Cusco (or your hotel) at 5:00 pm, one night before the tour begins. These meetings last approximately 30 to 45 minutes. If you’re unable to attend, you must coordinate another time by email, by phone or at the Salkantay Trekking office.
Can I store my luggage at your office?
Of course! During the trip, your main luggage can be stored at our office (you can organize it with us on the briefing day or by email) or at your hotel, both free of charge.
Any equipment that you won’t need on the trek can be stored safely in your hotel. Nearly every hotel will provide this service. Don’t leave items of value with your bags; put them in the hotel safe and obtain an itemized receipt (in the unlikely case of theft, many insurance companies require that you have a copy of the receipt itemizing everything). It’s best to put items such as credit cards inside a sealed, signed envelope for extra peace of mind.
Pick up of guests
Salkantay Trekking can pick you up from your hotel, as long as it’s in the Historical Center of Cusco. Your guide will coordinate the pickup time in the briefing session, but please keep in mind that the time may vary between 30 and 45 minutes due to traffic.
Cusco is an old city, meaning it has many narrow cobbled streets. Some hotels and Airbnbs may be located on streets without access to cars or on long, steep slopes, making it difficult to transport luggage. We strongly recommend that you book accommodation with good access.
Group tours are made up of different types of people, then physical conditions and ages can vary. By agreeing to be part of a group tour, you also accept that some people may be faster or slower than you. Therefore, each person can go at their own pace on the route.
It may be the case that a group wishes to modify the tour; however, the guide will be the one who decides, after consulting with all the participants, if such modifications are possible.
Strikes and demonstrations
Strikes and demonstrations are common in Peru, and this may interrupt some of our tours. Roads can be blocked, and train tracks can be taken over. However, we will try to keep your trip as originally planned, even if it means leaving the night before the scheduled date.
Under these circumstances, tours may also be canceled. In case of changes or cancellations, everything will be coordinated with you by our operations department. Your safety is our highest priority, and our decisions will be made to protect it.
Please pay attention to where you leave your things and remember to take everything once you leave our transport or restaurant. You’re the only one responsible for your objects during the tour.
The "Moray and Maras Salt Mines" can leave any day of the week, the whole year.
2022 Land Cost
Group Price: US$ 60.00 per person
This small-group journey is guaranteed to operate with just two guests.
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Note | Due to the rainy season and trail maintenance, we don't offer this trek during the whole month of february. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause you, we are working to provide you a better service!