Sacred valley & Moray and the Salt mines
Peru wild treks offer this tour of Sacred Valley plus Moray -salt Mine this tour takes the whole day and no one else offers. Our itinerary allows you to enjoy the best highlights of the Sacred Valley, such as the archeological sites of Pisac, Ollantaytambo, Moray and the Maras Salt Mines, rather than just focusing on various markets for shopping. All of this is provided in a small private tour with a guide who is passionate about Inca history.
The valley between Pisac and Ollantaytambo is known as the Sacred Valley of the Incas. On this tour, we will drive through the mountains of the Sacred Valley, which played a key role in Inca culture and history. The Valley has a milder climate and is at a lower altitude than Cusco. You will see a succession of picturesque villages, ancient Incan terraces, and the most important archeological sites.
CUSCO – PISAC
We will pick you up at your hotel at 7:30am, with our private van and head towards the Sacred Valley of the Incas, where your first view of the valley is at the Mirador of Taray. This spectacular view of the Urubamba valley is laid out before you, with traditional farming communities in the valley floor and mountain peaks rising from the end of the valley. Keep reading for a sneak peak of the highlights!
Onward, we drive to the archaeological site of Pisac, where you can see an immense Inca cemetery with more than 2000 tombs. You will learn about the incredible farming terraces carved into the mountain. We will spend about 1.5 hours here, exploring the ancient Inca city. These ruins are quite extensive and you will see many examples of original Incan architecture.
Then we head back to the colorful market of Pisac, which we visit for about 20 minutes. Then we drive to Urubamba for lunch where you have the option of a buffet restaurant of delicious Peruvian food, or other nearby restaurants.
The Salt Mines (Salineras), close to the colonial town of Maras, are Pre-Inca. Hundreds of saltpans decorate the hillside and have been used for salt extraction since before the Inca era. A natural spring at the top of the valley discharges a small stream of water heavily laden with salt, which is diverted into saltpans and evaporated to produce a salt that is of very high quality. This is one of the few places in the world where you can find naturally pink salt. This is a shorter walk than Pisac.
The stunning Inca site of Moray is also known as “The Greenhouses of the Incas.” Different levels of terraces are carved into a huge bowl, part of which was further excavated by the Incas. The terraces have varied microclimates depending on how deep into the bowl they are placed. It is believed they were used by the Incas to research the optimal conditions for their crops. This is another short stop.
We finish our tour in Ollantaytambo, exploring the archeological site for about 1 hour. Like Pisac, this is a very extensive site. You will learn about the incredible architecture of the Sun Temple, admire the water fountains, the Incahuatana and the impressive storehouses. Finally, we will return to Cusco, dropping you at your hotel around 6.30 pm.
WHAT IS INCLUDED
- Pick up from your hotel
- Private transportation along your tour
- English speaking professional guide
- Admission Tickets to the Archaeological sites.
WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED
- Extra expenses
Private Group Service: Price in US Dollars per Reservation:
- one Person: USD 190.00
- 2-3 People: USD 100.00 per person.
- 4-6 People: USD 80.00 per person
- 7-+ People: USD 60.00 per person
- Warm jacket and rain jacket
- Sun protection
- Some money for souvenirs
- Original passport
- If you are a student, take your student ID card (only works for the 10 day boleto touristico)
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