Moray – Salineras

DURATION DISTANCE ALTITUDE LEVEL START FINISH
1 Day 18 km 2800 msnm – 3200 msnm easy Cusco – Maras Tarabamba – Cusco

This is a beautiful walk in which we make a circuit Cusco – Maras – Moray – Salineras – Cusco and visit unique (even for Incas) circle agriculture terraces. We will also visit still used Inca salt mines.

We will pick you up from your hotel at about 7am and we will take a transport to the little town of Maras, where we start our walking. Maras has nice colonial doors in its main street. In nearby Moray we will find circle terraces which used to be ”the agriculture Inca laboratory”. The circles were used for the development of different strains of crops. Between the highest and lowest terraces there is a difference of up to 15 degrees. Although the difference between neighboring terraces is very small, it creates distinct microclimates that change growing conditions and allow the propagation of a huge variety of plants each with slightly different growth requirements.
From Moray we walk down for 5 hours through various plantations with a nice mountain views to the salt pans of Salineras. Here more than 5000 terraces are still in production and many families of Maras bring their salt to the market of Urubamba on mules.
A short but rather steep walk brings us to Tarabamba in the Sacred Valley from where we will take transport back to Cusco.
Total hiking time is approximately 7-8 hours.


IMPORTANT NOTES:

  • The time of hiking will depend on the group. The guide can change the place for having lunch according to the physical condition of the group.
  • Each guide has his own way of leading his groups but always his decisions will be for the benefit of the tourists.
  • There is an option of one day extension to visit Machu Picchu – please, let us know if you are interested in that at the moment of making reservation.
  • This is an adventure hiking trip. To enjoy it in full – bring an open mind, a positive attitude and a good sense of humor.

INCLUDED:

  • An explanation two days before departing
  • Transport from Cusco to Maras
  • Transport from Tarabamba to Cusco
  • Entrance fees in Moray and Salineras  (please, let us know if you already have boleto turistico)
  • Professional guide who speaks English, Spanish and Quechua
  • Lunch
  • Snacks for walking
  • Assistant guide for groups larger than 8 people
  • First aid equipment

NOT INCLUDED:

  • Breakfast and dinner
  • Tips for personnel (according to their job)

  • 1 small nylon reinforced backpack to carry the things you need for the trek (camera, drinks, etc.)
  • Small flashlight and extra batteries
  • 1 water bottle (1 liter) or a small plastic throw away bottle
  • Hiking boots
  • 1 jacket (of nylon with hood and water and wind resistant)
  • 1 Fleece Jacket
  • short sleeved shirt (preferably “dryfit” that don’t retain water)
  • a pair of shorts such as bermudas.
  • socks of wool or of fiber (coolmax) for the trek (avoid cotton as these can retain water)
  • sun hat and sunglasses
  • Personal medications
  • Sunscreen for your skin and lips
  • Insect repellent
  • Moisturizer lotion to avoid the drying out of the skin
  • Energy foods according to your needs: chocolates, granola bars, dried fruits, etc. (they can be purchased in Cusco).

OPTIONAL:

  • Professional walking sticks can be rented in the office for $2 per day

Moray – Salineras – 2015/2016

NUMBER OF PEOPLE IN THE GROUP 2 3 4 5 5+
PRICE PER PERSON IN USD $ 180 $ 130 $ 100 $ 90 ask us for prices
  • If you wish to travel alone, you need to ask for a private tour, letting us know which date you wish to leave, and you must make your reservation a week ahead of time so that we can organize your tour.
  • If you wish to go with other people, check our group departures site to join an existing group.
  • Write to us to make your reservation and we will send you the form and the payment conditions