Tour to Chincheros, Moray-Maras & Salt mines
This tour experience to Chinchero, Moray & Salt Mines, will take you off the beaten track to enjoy the stunning scenery of snow-capped mountains of the Andes in Sacred Valley, Chinchero, with its colonial church & Inca ruins, the incredible “Green Houses” of the Incas in Moray and the impressive pre-Inca salt mine – Salineras.
CHINCHERO, MORAY, MARAS & SALT MINES TOUR
We pick you up at 8:00am or 1:00pm in our private van and you begin your trip to the village of Chinchero, where you will see in the plaza an adobe colonial church, dating from the early seventeenth century, has been built upon the foundations of an Inca temple or palace. The ceiling and walls are covered in beautiful floral and religious designs. In addition, you will discover Inca archeological ruins and agricultural terraces, which are attributed to Inca Tupac Yupanqui who possibly used Chinchero as a kind of country resort.
We continue on to the village of Maras, where its colonial architectural beauty is still preserved. You will see the building are made of thin stone, and images of lintels with sculptures in bas-relief. Then we move on to Salineras, the salt mine consists of 3,000 small pools roughly 5 square meters (53.8 ft²) in size. Every three days, during the dry season, workers fill the pools with salt water that comes from a natural hot spring at the top of the Maras’s complex. When the water evaporates from the pool, the salt is left for collection. This process is carried out over a one-month period until the pools reach an approximate volume of solid salt that is 10 centimeters (4 inches) in height. The salt is ground up, treated withiodine packaged and sent to various markets in the region.
Then we are on our way to the Moray ruins, located at (3,450m/11,318ft), where we find the agricultural terraces of Moray with their complex system of irrigation and terraces. 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 located. It is thought they were used by the Incas to discover the optimal growing conditions for their crops. These terraces served as a natural green house to grow an extraordinary variety of crops at an altitude normally not conducive for the crops. It has also been suggested that the terraces had a cosmological meaning. The Incas were very advanced in the knowledge of creating specific sub-climates. Then we return to your hotel in Cusco.
WHAT IS INCLUDED
- Pick up from your hotel
- Private transport from your hotel to the train station
- English speaking professional guide experienced in trekking .
- Private guided tour in Machu Picchu
- Expedition Tourist Train from Ollantaytambo to KM 104 – Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytamo .
- Admission Tickets to the Inca Trail and Machu Picchu Archaeological site.
- One night accommodation in Aguas Calientes (hot shower,bathroom, private room )
- Dinner in Aguas calientes town
- First-aid kit including emergency oxygen tank
- Pick up from the airport to your hotel in cusco.
WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED
- Bus tickets from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu
- Wayna Picchu Mountain US$75
- Machu Picchu Mountain US $70
- First breakfast (Usually served in Hotel), Last lunch at Machu Picchu
- Tips for your staff
Private Service Price: We run this tour only as a Private Service
- one Person: USD 180.00
- 2-3 People: USD 100.00 per person.
- 4-6 People: USD 80.00 per person
- 7-+ People: USD 60.00 per person
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