Do you have an extra day in Cusco? Would you like to spend it in an extremaly unique way? Check out our full-day tour to Chinchero, Moray, Maras and Salineras de Maras. This is more than just a tour. It is awesome and unforgettable adventure, full of diverse activities during where no one can get bored! Book your tour for the most famous Inca archeological spots situated near Cusco, the unique salt mines, a lesson of textiles and a meeting with local communities. You will be positively surprised at how many things there are to do and possible to explore in just one day as well as how rich in the experiences and knowledge about history, culture and traditions you will become.
On the whole tour we will start very early in the morning, around 6:30 am. Around 7:30 am you will visit the ruins in Chinchero after which you will have a unique meeting with the local weaving community. You will also have the possibility to participate in the lesson about textiles and weaving in this region and you will see how it looks like the job of the artisans!
After Chinchero, you will explore Moray. It is a small village close to an archaeological complex from the times of the Inca Empire. It consists of three natural circular depressions in the ground that constitute agricultural terraces. Two depressions are combined and the third is placed a little further out.
Even now no one knows for what purposes the Incas built these specific “holes”. However, the most popular theory assumes that they were built as agricultural laboratories, in which the Incas conducted research on how the changing climate in each level affects the growth of crops.
The most important thing about this place is that terraces are situated on different levels, the lowest and highest being 30 meters apart. Because each level receives a different amount of sunlight, it impacts the temperature resulting in an average temperature difference of 15 degrees celcius (59 degrees fahrenheit).
In addition, to each terrace the Incas built a complex irrigation system. Thus, the entire structure of these mysterious “holes” in the ground is worth seeing.
But before you will reach the archaeological spot in Moray, you will experience one of the best biking adventures in the Cusco region. During the bicycle tour you will enjoy not only the beautiful landscapes of the Mountain Range of Urubamba with snowy peaks like the Veronica (5 750 m) or Chicón (5 530 m), but also you will learn about the products which are cultivated in this region.
From Moray to the next destination – Maras, where you will have possibility to go on bike (if you do not have experience in mountain biking, you will do the biking tour only from Chinchero to Moray). In the small town of Maras we will stop for a moment and learn about production of the most popular Andean beverage called chicha de jora (corn beer).
After Maras we will continue biking towards the incredible salt ponds, in use since Inca times, called Salineras de Maras. Here you will have a chance to walk through more than 5000 salt ponds and learn about the production of salt in this region. The first salt ponds existed at the time of the Inca Empire and what is important is that the salt is produced in the same exact way as when the Incas made it.
If you are not experienced in mountain biking, it is not a problem. We will overcome this part on foot. It will be nice, easy trekking through the paths, used by local people to get to their salt ponds in Salineras. Here you will not only have fresh, mountain air but also incredibly beautiful landscapes.
Around 6 pm or 7 pm we will arrive in Cusco, where you will have some time for enjoying the beauty of the night life in the city.