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From Cusco: Sacred Valley and Moray Salt Mines

1. From Cusco: Sacred Valley and Moray Salt Mines

Meet with your group at Plaza de Armas in the historical center of Cusco. Travel first to Chinchero, a small rustic town with a long tradition of textile weaving. See various textiles woven with traditional Incan techniques.  Next, you will visit Moray and see the agricultural terraces built along the hillsides. These terraces were built by the Incas to grow an abundance of crops on less-than-ideal mountain terrain. Right next to this area, at Moras, there are over 5000 salt ponds which were used by the Incas for salt extraction. This helped preserve their foods for long periods. After learning about Incan agricultural techniques, make your way to Urubamba, the capital of the Sacred Valley, for some lunch. After lunch, make your way to two historical towns, Ollantaytambo and Pisaq. At Ollantaytambo, you will climb over 200 steps to reach the top of the ancient terraced fortress that overlooks the town. This was an important defensive location during Incan times. At Pisaq, you can discover the local market selling all sorts of souvenirs and local crafts, before returning to Cusco.

From Cusco: Chinchero, Moray, Ollantaytambo, and Pisac Tour

2. From Cusco: Chinchero, Moray, Ollantaytambo, and Pisac Tour

Explore Cusco's Sacred Valley and see Incan Ruins, salt mines, local markets, and textile production. Make stops in Moray, Chinchero, Ollantaytambo, and Pisac on this full-day tour by van. Be picked up from your hotel in Cusco in the morning before heading to an archaeological zone and textile center located in Chinchero. See how locals dye alpaca wool with natural plants of the region. Visit the archaeological site in Chinchero and see its terraces before moving on to Moray to learn about the history of the Incas and wonder at their mysterious circular terraces. Head to the nearby village of Maras and learn about its history as a center for salt production at the Maras Salt Mines. Admire the unique quilt work of over 3,000 salt ponds spilling into the Sacred Valley. Travel to Urubamba and enjoy a buffet lunch at a local restaurant. Stop at the ruins of Ollantaytambo and marvel at the remarkable Incan architecture built during the Incan Empire's heyday. See an amazing rock formation that represents the Incan god of Wiracocha. Arrive at the last tour stop, the archaeological park of Pisaq, after which you will visit the nearby town to explore the craft market. Return to Cusco and be dropped off in the town center after the tour is over.

From Cusco: Sacred Valley, Pisac, Moray, & Salt Mines Tour

3. From Cusco: Sacred Valley, Pisac, Moray, & Salt Mines Tour

During this Sacred Valley day tour, go to the must-visit sites of Cusco and have a chance to try traditional Incan beer. Get picked up from your hotel in Cusco's city center and head to your first stop, Mirador Taray.  Take in the spectacular views of the Andes and the Sacred Valley to prepare for your day of discovery.  Continue to the town of Pisac, the site of a popular market. See how locals dye alpaca wool with natural plants of the region. Visit the archaeological site and see its terraces, Incan cemeteries, and royal buildings.  Afterward, move on to Moray to learn about the history of the Incas and wonder at their mysterious circular terraces. Head to the nearby village of Maras and learn about its history as a center for salt production at the Maras Salt Mines. Admire the unique quilt work of over 3,000 salt ponds spilling into the Sacred Valley. From here, go to Urubamba and enjoy a buffet lunch at a local restaurant. Continue with a drive along the Urubamba River towards the town of Ollantaytambo to visit the ruins. Marvel at the remarkable Incan architecture built during the Incan Empire's heyday. In addition to the ruins, see an amazing rock formation that represents the Incan god of Wiracocha. After your time at the ruins, choose to return to Cusco with your guide or to stay in Ollantaytambo so you can continue your personal travels to Machu Picchu.

Cusco: Chinchero, Moray, and Salt Mines Tour

4. Cusco: Chinchero, Moray, and Salt Mines Tour

Your tour will start with your group pick-up. From there you will drive for about an hour to Chinchero, making a short stop in this town to visit one of the last traditional families. You will also learn about ancient textiles and the weaving process. After driving 30 minutes more, you will arrive to Moray, the ancient Inka agriculture laboratory located in a rare topographical depression in which the Inkas developed into unique circular terraces. You will learn how this entire area was also watered by a well-engineered irrigation system. After enjoying Moray, you will continue for another hour to the Salineras Salt Mines of Maray, your last destination on your tour. The salt mine is actually a vast collection of terraces born from a water stream high on a mountain. Over many centuries this salt spring has been channeled to 1,000 small pools. People wait for the sunny days to evaporate the water which leaves the pure salt behind, a technique of which has been used since pre-Inka times. You will finally drive approximately 1.5 hours back to Cusco, where your group will be dropped off near the Main Plaza de Armas.

Cusco: Full-Day Sacred Valley and Maras Tour

5. Cusco: Full-Day Sacred Valley and Maras Tour

Discover the best of Cusco's Sacred Valley on this full-day tour. After getting picked up from your hotel in Cusco in the morning, head to an archaeological zone and textile center located in Chinchero. Later, visit the archaeological park of Moray, before passing through the town of Maras and visiting the Salineras salt mines. Stop for lunch in the village of Urubamba before traveling to the archaeological sites of Ollantaytambo. Finally, visit the archaeological park of Pisaq, after which you will visit the nearby town to explore the craft market. At the end of the day, get dropped off in downtown Cusco.

Cusco: 2-Day Maras, Moray Salt Mines and Machu Picchu Tour

6. Cusco: 2-Day Maras, Moray Salt Mines and Machu Picchu Tour

Day 1: Cusco – Moray Salt Mines – Aguas Calientes You will be picked up from your hotel between 8:00-8:15AM before heading to Moray. The drive will last around 1 hour and 20 minutes, and is scenically breathtaking. You will drive through the snow capped peaks of the Andes, the lush yellow wheat fields, and traditional Andean villages. You will eventually arrive in the fascinating terraces of Moray, which is made up of three amphitheater-like terraces constructed by the Incas. These terraces, which are carved deep into the earth in a bowl shape, are thought to have been used as an agricultural laboratory to determine the optimal conditions for growing crops. After exploring Moray, you will head to the salt mines of Maras, which are just 2 miles away. Dating back to colonial times, Maras was considered a salt-producing center. Carved into the mountain side are over 3,000 salt pools, which are filled daily by a little stream of water. Once the water evaporates, it leaves behind a glistening patchwork of salt. The salt mines are a great spot to take pictures and capture the amazing beauty of both the Andes and the spectacular Salineras. Following the salt mines, your next destination is Urubamba, where you will arrive at approximately 1:00PM to enjoy lunch in one of the local restaurants. From Urubamba, it is just 30 minutes to get to Ollantaytambo Train Station. Your train will depart at 3:37PM to Aguas Calientes, which will be an approximately 1.5-hour journey. During the train ride, you can take time to appreciate the beauty of the surrounding valleys and Andes mountains. The train will arrive in Aguas Calientes, which is a small town located at the base of Machu Picchu, where your transfer will be waiting you at the train station to take you to your selected hotel in Aguas Calientes. Day 2: Machu Picchu - Cusco Today is the most important day, as you will be visiting Machu Picchu. Because it’s so special, we encourage you to wake up early in the morning to enjoy breakfast at the hotel before you head to the bus station to try to catch one of the first buses at 5:30AM (they are all on a first come first serve basis). The bus will take about 25 minutes to get to Machu Picchu, and as soon as you arrive to the complex, you will be taken to the best spot to overlook all the ruins and receive panoramic views of the landscape and the sunrise over the mountains. There will be a rendezvous to observe the sunrise (if weather allows), in order to attain spectacular views of the Lost City of the Incas. You will then have a 2-hour guided tour around Machu Picchu, with plenty of free time afterwards to explore on your own. If you have tickets to climb the amazing mountain of Huaynapicchu, your guide will direct you to where this hike begins. Please make sure this is arranged at least a month in advance of your visit, as tickets do sell out. Once you are done exploring all Machu Picchu has to offer, you will take a bus down to Aguas Calientes for lunch, after which you will take an afternoon train back to Ollantaytambo. From there you will take a private bus back to Cusco, where you will be dropped off at your hotel.

Lima: 7-Day Inca Adventure with Flights

7. Lima: 7-Day Inca Adventure with Flights

Day 1: Arrival to Lima and City Tour Upon your arrival to Lima, your representative will be waiting with a sign stating your name. From there you'll be transferred to your respective hotel where you can check-in. You'll soon begin a city tour through Lima, which will begin with panoramic views of the Pucllana Pyramid or Huaca Pucllana, the historical center of Lima. It will be there that you can appreciate more than fifty monuments and colonial buildings, and once the tour has finished you'll return to your hotel. Day 2: Paracas, Ica, and Huacachina with Buggies and Sandboarding Day 2 begins with pickup from your hotel between 4:30AM to 5:00AM. You will begin with a trip to the Paracas Peninsula to visit the Ballestas Islands, which are a national reserve. From there, continue your trip to the city of Ica for a demonstration with wines and traditional Pisco of the valley. Following that, you will taste a typical local lunch according to the menu of the day. You will then travel for approximately 30 minutes to the oasis of Huacachina, where you will enjoy the adrenaline of riding buggies and sandboards. After this great adventure, you will return back to Lima in your private transportation. Day 3: Arrival to Cusco According to your flight schedule in Cusco, your representative will be waiting for you at the Cusco Airport. From there, your day will be spent by you acclimatizing to Cusco's altitude. Day 4: Chinchero, Maras, and Moray You will begin day 4 between 8:00AM and 8:30AM, at which point you will travel to the colorful town of Chinchero. There you will learn about Andean fabrics in a textile interpretation center, before continuing onward to the famous circular cultivation terraces in Moray. After that, descend towards the salt mines in Maras where you will visit the more than 3,000 wells of salt. Finally, you will travel to Ollantaytambo Station where you will board your train to Aguas Calientes. Day 5: Machu Picchu Citadel On day 5 you will encounter one of the 7 Wonders of the World: Machu Picchu. You'll begin by taking the bus from Aguas Calientes, as your tour guide provides you with all the information before your 2-hour tour through this Inca citadel. In the afternoon you will take the train back to Ollantaytambo, from where you will be transferred to Cusco by private transportation. Day 6: Rainbow Mountain Between 4:30AM and 5:00AM, your transportation will pick you up from your hotel from where you will drive for 3 hours in the direction of Rainbow Mountain. Following breakfast, you will drive for another 45 minutes to begin your 2-hour trek. Upon reaching the top of the "Mountain of Colors", you will have enough time to take the photographs and enjoy the landscape. In addition, you will also be able to appreciate the highest snow peak in Cusco: Ausangate Mountain. Day 7: Airport Transfer On the final day of your tour, you will be taken to Cusco Airport, at which point your tour will conclude.

The Ultimate Sacred Valley tour: 12 hours of Inca history

8. The Ultimate Sacred Valley tour: 12 hours of Inca history

It's the one Sacred Valley tour to rule them all: Experience the life in the Andes of Peru, the perfect opportunity to learn more about the Incas before visiting Machu Picchu. Carefully crafted, you'll enjoy an itinerary avoiding the crowds, our travelers favorite, and the right mix of Incan history and architecture, local living, and beautiful landscapes with views over the Andes. What will you get to see in this most comprehensive, 12-hour and well-ranked Sacred Valley tour? - Be fascinated about the alpaca weaving process using ancient techniques and natural ingredients (Chinchero). Enjoy a live demo with Roxana, who's part of the eldest family keeping these traditions alive. You also have the chance to feed lovely alpacas and take the coolest selfies with them! - A salty stream of water coming from the mountains. It's the origin of the Maras Salt Mines, and the view over thousands of artisanal salt pans is the perfect location for more impressive pictures and moments to capture. - You might know that potatoes come from Peru. But who would ́ve guessed that there are more than 3500 types? Learn how all this happened, and learn about the Incan agricultural techniques at the Moray land terraces. - Lunch in one of Sacred Valley's most famous restaurants. The beautiful Tunupa expects you with a rich buffet (vegan and vegetarian options available) - Finally, an Inca fortress in a mountain? This is the impressive archeological park of Ollantaytambo. Discover its architecture and enjoy the fresh breeze at the viewing point at the top of the park.

Cusco: 8 Day Machu Picchu and Puno Southern Treasures Tour

9. Cusco: 8 Day Machu Picchu and Puno Southern Treasures Tour

Day 1: Arrival in Cusco Be collected when you arrive at the airport in Cusco and driven to your lodge in the charming historic district of Cusco. Your lodge will be the 3-star Ayni Cusco Hotel or similar. Spend the first day resting and acclimatizing to the altitude of approximately 3,400 meters (11,000 feet). Later, meet your expedition group at 5 PM.    Day 2: Sacred Valley tour of Chinchero, Moray, and the salt mines Begin your adventure at an important ancient site for the Inca on the high plains of Chinchero. Visit the picturesque colonial church and a local textile center. Learn about the ancient science of weaving from the artisans themselves. Continue through the rolling hills to the enigmatic circular terraces of Moray. Learn about how they served as an experimental agricultural center to cultivate the best Andean crops at different temperatures. Near Moray, make a stop at the town of Maras to visit the ancient salt mines. Discover the natural art of salt harvesting straight from the land. In the afternoon, travel to Ollantaytambo and board the train to Aguas Calientes. Stay overnight at the 3-star Golden Sunrise Hotel or similar.    Day 3: Machu Picchu Rise early for breakfast then ascend to the citadel Inka of Machu Picchu - recognized by UNESCO as one of the seven wonders of the world and a World Heritage Site. Take a 2 to 3-hour tour of the site with a guide who will teach you about the site and answer any questions. Return to Aguas Calientes for lunch then the 3-star Waman Hotel Machupicchu or similar for the night.    Day 4: Pisaq and Awanancancha Travel to Ollantaytambo and continue to the town of Pisaq. Discover the engineering of the Incas as the mountainsides are full of terraces and buildings on steep hillsides and high peaks. Journey to the top of this mountain for the best views of the Sacred Valley below. Later, return to the town of Pisaq and visit the local artisan market to see all kinds of products including weavings, musical instruments, and souvenirs. Return to Cusco and on the way stop at the weaving center, Awanacancha. Meet the Andean species of camels including alpaca, llama, vicuña, and guanaco. Learn the science of weaving to appreciate the hand-made art of the Andean women. Stay the night at the 3-star Ayni Cusco Hotel or similar.    Day 5: Cusco Enjoy free time to explore Cusco. You can spend the day in the city independently or book a day tour such as the city walking tour, river rafting on Vilcanota River, horse riding in Saqsayhuaman Park, ziplining in the Sacred Valley, or ATV riding in Killarumiyoc. Stay tonight at the 3-star Ayni Cusco Hotel or similar.    Day 6: Puno In the morning, go to Puno, then stop at Andahuaylillas - one of the best examples of the fusion between Catholic and Andean religions. Visit Raqchi, an Inka temple dedicated to the god Wiracocha, creator of the universe.Next, see La Raya at the midway point on your journey and the highest point on the road at 4,335 meters above sea level. The impressive views here allow you to admire the rugged altitude full of tall snow-capped peaks and herds of llamas, alpacas, and vicuñas.Continue to Pucara, one of the oldest and most important ceremonial centers of the high plains, which is well known for its lithic structures and tombs. Stay tonight at the 3-star Puno Qalasaya Hotel or similar.    Day 7: Uros and Taquile Island Depart at 7:30 AM from your hotel to the dock or main port. At 7:45 AM, begin your trip to the floating islands of Uros, the National Reserve of Lake Titicaca.See the beautiful panoramic view as your expert guide teaches you about the floating islands, then sail for 2.5 hours to Taquile Island. On the way, see the mountain chain, the royal mountain range. After your 2 hour visit, enjoy a delicious typical lunch, then purchase some of the crafts. Return to the city of Puno at 5 PM and stay at the 3-star Puno Qalasaya Hotel or similar.    Day 8: Puno to Juliaca to Lima Take a brief transfer from Puno to the neighboring city of Juliaca. Upon your arrival in Lima, you will be assisted to your international connecting flight or accommodation.

From Cusco: 2-Day ATV Tour to Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu

10. From Cusco: 2-Day ATV Tour to Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu

Day 1: Start the first day with pickup from your hotel in Cusco and travel to the first destination, Cruzpata. This is the ATV base camp, where you will be able to practice using your ATV, which you will drive to the first two destinations of the tour. Set out on your ATV with your guide to Moray in the Sacred Valley of the Incas. See the terracing system and irrigation using aqueducts, indicative of the ingenuity of the Incan civilization. Next visit the Maras Salt Mines. The salt mines, or the famous "salt pools" are located in the rural community of Pichingoto. This site is highly recommended for photography lovers because of its impressive landscape. After visiting the salt mines, enjoy lunch in one of the local restaurants of Urubamba. Next, make your way to Ollantaytambo to hop onboard the train to Aguas Calientes. Depart at 3:37 PM and enjoy a scenic 1.5-hour journey. During the train ride, take time to appreciate the beauty of the surrounding valleys and Andes mountains. The train will arrive in Aguas Calientes, which is a small town located at the base of Machu Picchu. Your transfer will be waiting for you at the train station to take you to your selected hotel in Aguas Calientes. Have a meeting with your guide to find out the scheduled departure time for Machu Picchu the next morning.   Day 2: It is recommended to wake up early in the morning to enjoy breakfast at the hotel. At the scheduled time, head to the bus station to try to catch one of the first buses, which begin at 5:30 AM and fill on a first-come, first-served basis. The bus journey will take about 25 minutes to get to Machu Picchu. As soon as you arrive at the complex, meet your guide who will take you to the best viewing spots throughout the ruins. Get a panoramic view of the landscape and the sunrise over the mountains. There will be a rendezvous to observe the sunrise in order to get spectacular views of the Lost City of the Incas. Take a 2-hour guided tour around Machu Picchu, with plenty of free time afterwards to explore the ruins on your own. If you have tickets to climb the amazing mountain of Huaynapicchu, your guide will direct you to where this hike begins. Please make sure this is arranged at least 1 or 2 months in advance of your visit, as tickets do sell out fast. Once you are done exploring all Machu Picchu has to offer, take a bus down to Aguas Calientes then take the train back to Ollantaytambo. From here, be returned to the historic center of Cusco.

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What people are saying about Maras

Elvis is the BEST! Willka Travel handled the booking & immediately sent me confirmation via WhatsApp of all pickup details. PROS: Lots of sites for a good price, Elvis was an awesome knowledgeable host who spoke good English and managed our schedule, early arrival to most sites. We got to Pisaq first and had the entire place to ourselves until we left. We had plenty of time to explore all sites and Elvis made sure to stop at great spots to take pictures. CONS: Food was ok, spent a little too much time at the 2 souvenir places. Now what you need to know - if you get car sick easily, be sure to prepare because some of the roads are very winding with sharp turns. Have good sunscreen for Salt Mines and maybe purchase your Boleta Touristo in advance for the 4 sites, even though you can pay on site. I would definitely recommend this tour AFTER you have had time to acclimate.

We loved the tour. Carlos is an amazing guide. We were in our first trip since our arrival in Cusco and we got very good insights not only on the sights we were visiting, but also on the Peruvian culture, economy and Inka legacy. Very appreciated. I read some reviews when I was researching, where some people complained that the time is too short at the sights.. We did not feel that at all. It was the right amount that allowed to walk around, take pictures and understand the history of the place. Great experience! Thank you!

A long day, but you get to see the best archeological sites of the Incas, our guide Ali was great she was very knowledgeable of everything, always made sure we were okay, happy to answer any questions and explained everything well that was easy to understand! it's a great full day if you don't have the time to see places individually

Intense but very interesting day! Allows you to get to all the must-see sites in the Sacred Valley in one day and without wasting time. I recommend :)

Journée remplie. Beaucoup de site a voir. Seul point négatif, les arrêts dans les boutiques trop longues