Maras Salt Mines, Moray Circles Terraces Tour

The Maras Moray tour represent the beauty of the hidden paths of the Urubamba valley.  The Maras tour will lead you to visit a natural  salt fields that are shining against the blue sky. It is worthy to see such contrast of the green valleys, against the side of the mountains, surrounded by the salt fields which is making this salt rocks an incredible spectacle to see.  

The Inca were very skilful in building temples, fortress, road, and also on constructing irrigation system and agricultural terraces.  The side of the Moray tour is about a peculiar structural depressions made on purpose of a circular design similar a Roman coliseum.  Theories on its construction are this circular terraces were used for agricultural experiments on different crops. This ingenious design, has consider depth, and orientation with respect to wind and sun creating a temperature difference of as much as 15 °C (27 °F) on some points of its terraces.   The Maras Moray tour  in the Urubamba Valley is an enjoyable journey for you to live the natural beauty of the Inca valleys. 

Maras Salt Mines, Moray Circles Terraces Tour
USD 50
Price per person
1 day


Itinerary at a Glance

  • DAY 1

    Half Day: Moray, Maras Salt Mines And Sacred Valley

  • Itinerary

    DAY 1 :

    Half Day: Moray, Maras Salt Mines And Sacred Valley

    We will collect you in a private transport or get all together in a meeting point and leave Cusco city at 09:00 am.  To ge on our way to Maras, we need to head in the direction of the Urubamba Valley which is next to the Sacred Valley.   The Urubamba valley has a fantastic landscape and mountain range to admire.   During our way to Maras tour, we will start noticing the green colours of its valleys, against the blue colours of its sky and reflected on its ground.

    Once in Maras, a side of the mountain show us the salt mines and like various lakes decorating the mountain, the salt effect of displaying their white shores and blue colours of the sky transfor this mountains in spectacle of real beauty.  The Salt mines are located on a wide-open hill above the Urubamba Valley, a natural salt water stream runs underground.

    This salt mines are dated since pre-Inca times and the local people do extract in small amount the salt by evaporating the salty water from its stream.

    Our professional guide for this Maras Moray tour will show you on the stream points over this salt resources.  Basically, the highly salty water emerges at a spring, a natural outlet of the underground stream. The flow is directed into an intricate system of tiny channels constructed so that the water runs gradually down onto the several hundred ancient terraced ponds which you will visit during this Maras Moray tour.  The water, which is exposed to the sun, leaves salt on the land. Viewed from the peak, the myriad of rectangles look like an enormous painting designed by nature.

    Finished our visit to the salt mines in Maras, we continue on a short distance to the Moray ruins as a part of our Maras Moray tour 

    The Moray tour are composed of three big circles each one different on its size, in appearance is similar to a roman coliseums.   We will be descending to some of this circles which are big in their dimensions.   Archaeologist have been based their theories about this circles as a Inca laboratory for crops, this is for the foundings in site but this is not 100% certain.

    The incas who built this circles understood very well the effects on the depressions they did purposely.  Once of this effect is the managing of the temperature as there are sides of the terraces hotter than other ones getting as much as 15 °C/27 °F between the top and bottom.

    Finished our Maray tour we will carry on our journey In the afternoon, passing Chinchero through the valleys and return back to Cusco city.


    Attractions we will visit

    • Urubamba Valley
    • Maras salt mines
    • Moray circles terraces

    Some benefits by choosing us

    We are an award-winning company, recognized throughout the local tourism industry for our service and dedication to our clients. The services offered by Valencia Travel Cusco meet or exceed accepted international quality standards.


    Price Includes

    • Bus for 15 to 25 people (depending on group size)
    • Professional tour guide

    Price Not Includes

    • Lunch in Urubamba (45-60 soles)
    • Entrance to the Sacred Valley sites: You can purchase one of the following: (i) Cusco Tourist Ticket (130 soles or around $45 USD and 50% discount for students with an ISIC card). Note: this ticket can also be used on our city tours OR (ii) a partial ticket which allows a one day visit of just the two sites of Pisac and Ollantaytambo. This ticket is recommended if you are not planning to visit any of Cusco's other sites
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