The Maras and Moray tour is another of the most popular tours when visiting Cusco, this tour will not only surprise you, but you will discover and be amazed by the hidden treasures in the Andes. This tour starts at 8:30 am and ends at approximately 3:00 pm.
Itinerary Maras Moray Tour
Experiential tourism in Chinchero
First stop, where we will visit a family of textile artisans, who will show us the process of extraction, processing, and sale of their products made with ancient techniques, which are preserved to this day of which we will be witnesses.
Town of Maras
Maras is a small town located west of Cusco, Peru. It is 3300 meters above sea level, on a plain that in the past was a plateau where you could see different mountains of snow. It was of great importance during the Viceroyalty, declared Villa de San Francisco de Asis (it was the main supplier of salt of the southern Andes), the mansions, and some streets still retain the coats of arms of indigenous nobility on their facades.
Salt mines of Maras
Our next place will be the visit to Moray also known as “salt mines”. They are formed by about 3000 small wells with an approximate area of about 5 m² each. In times of drought, they are filled with saltwater from a natural spring located above the wells. When the water evaporates, the salt crystallizes and is then bagged by the villagers in cloth sacks to be sent to the markets of the region; today this salt is being iodized by state standards and is being exported worldwide for its medicinal properties.
Finally, we will visit Moray which was possibly an Inca agricultural research center where they conducted crop experiments at different heights, the terraces that compose it have different microclimates, from the bottom to the top, the center of the circular terraces at the bottom has a higher temperature and thus gradually decreasing towards the outside at lower temperatures, which produce 20 different types of microclimates.
With this agricultural laboratory, the Incas were able to obtain a great variety of potato species, corn, among other products.