Super Sacred Valley Tour - Moray Salt Mines Peru Sacred Valley
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Just like the Rainbow Mountain tour, Moray Salt Mines Peru Sacred Valley Tour is one of the most opted full-day tours in Cusco. Accompanied by an English-speaking local tour guide, you will be visiting all the archaeology sites of the Sacred Valley of Incas and the Salt Mines of Maras, and the circular terraces of Moray.
Super Sacred Valley tour is ideal before visiting Machu Picchu while acclimating to the city of Cusco to avoid altitude sickness. You will be getting a detailed insight into the life of Incas and how the Spanish colonization in South America impacted it.
On this full-day Sacred Valley Tour, you will be visiting the Inca ruins in the town of Pisac, Ollantaytambo, Chinchero. As an addition, we will also be touring the agricultural terraces of Moray and the Salt mines of Maras.
This is a small village closer to the city of Cusco. Among all sites in the Sacred Valley, Chinchero has the most fertile soil. The white-washed church that stands today was once a Royal Palace of Pachacutec. On conquering Chinchero, Spanish invaders demolished it and built the church on its remains.
Chinchero is also home to Andean textile weavers. Our professional guide will be introducing you to the traditional method of knitting.
The salt mines of Maras or Salineras de Maras, as it is locally known, exist from the Pre Inca period. They are passed down from generation to generation. Locals here practice the traditional salt farming methods just as their ancestors.
They let in natural spring water to these salt ponds. As the saltwater evaporates, it leaves behind crystals of salt which they manually scrape.
Moray is home to the circular farming terraces. The terraces have different levels dug into the ground. Each layer has a different temperature.
The Incas built Moray Terraces to experiment with the best weather conditions needed to grow any crop. This served as an agricultural research station.
We will then continue the tour to Ollantaytambo. This charismatic town is a perfect living example of Incas town planning. Ollantaytambo snuggles between two hills. Each of these hills houses an archeological complex.
The fortress here was the most sacred site during the Inca empire. When the Spanish invaded Ollantaytambo in 1537 this sacred site was transformed into a deadly battleground.
Today, this is the point where you will be boarding the train to Aguas Calientes for the 2-day train tour to Machu Picchu and Inca Trail trek to Machu Picchu.
Pisac is a notable site along the Urubamba River. The ancient Inca site here is massive and is just second to Machu Picchu. The irrigation system here is notable. Pisac is also popular for the weekend traditional market.
Local farmers and craftsmen from the neighboring villages gather here to sell their produce.
We offer this Sacred Valley tour from Cusco both as a private tour and in a small group.
Salt Mines Peru Sacred Valley tour is a perfect addition to the Cusco City Tour and South Valley Tour.
We offer this experience as a small group tour and as a private tour.
Why SAMEX Tours Peru?
SAMEX Tours Peru is a fully locally owned licensed tour operator based in Cusco. We have an excellent team of professionals who are passionate about what they do. They have excellent knowledge about the routes, history, and culture.
Super Sacred Valley Tour is one of our signature treks. We maintain high safety standards. Our main aim is to offer you a pleasant and safe experience on any of our tours.
The best time to visit the Sacred Valley of Incas is during the dry season – March and November. During the rainy season, the site gets slippery.
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Cusco Sacred Valley Tour Highlights:
Maras Moray Sacred Valley Peru Full Day Tour is the best way to get an insight to the life of Incas. This full day tour covers all the sites in the valley including Maras and Moray.
Maras Moray Sacred Valley Peru Information:Tour Type: History and Sightseeing Highest Altitude: 3000 metres above sea level (9,800 feet) Good While: Before visiting Machu Picchu. Difficulty Level: Easy Considerations: Tourist Ticket (Boleto Turistico) required
Cusco Sacred Valley Tour Frequently Asked Questions
The easiest way to reach Pisac from Cusco is by taking a public transport. Head to Calle Puputi near Cusco’s historic centre.
Here you will be able to find transport to Pisac. It costs 5 Soles per person each way.
Interesting tour with a lot of information and learning. Mateo is an excellent guide and very helpfulperson. He has a good knowledge and explained everything in detail. The trip was very interesting and i highly recommend.
A good introduction
Sacred Valley of Incas was the main site for the Incas and we were keen on visiting this before going to Machu Picchu to understand the history ad Incan civilization well. This went just as planned. Very well organized tour with an exceptional guide,Mateo. Overall this was a fantastic experience and certainly well worth.
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