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Full Day Sacred Valley Tour with Maras Moray gives you a complete overview of the Inca civilization. This is a popular day trip. It is highly recommended that you do this trip while you are acclimatising.
This full day tour is an extension to the classic tour of the sacred valley of the Incas. You will be visiting two prominent archaeological sites in addition, Maras Salt Mines and Moray Farming Terraces.
The tour starts with a visit to Chinchero and takes you to Maras Moray then to Pisac and Ollantaytambo. To make this more authentic, we will be stopping at a local restaurant in Urubamba where you can relish on an authentic Peruvian buffet lunch with options for vegans.
Chinchero was developed as a summer palace by Pachacutec. He built many irrigation canals most of them are in use even today. Upon conquering Chinchero, the Spanish destroyed the royal palace and built a cathedral on its remains.
Chinchero has the most fertile soil in the whole of Sacred Valley of Incas. Local people here are popular for typical Andean handicrafts. They continue to practice the traditional weaving method.
Maras is home to the salt terraces that are nestled on the side of a hill. These geometric shaped salt puddles have been in use since pre-Inca times.
The salt farmers here let in the natural spring waters into these puddles. These waters when evaporate leave behind crystals of salts which are scraped out manually. This is a traditional method that has been passed down in the line of succession, generation after generation.
The site of Moray has been prominent since Inca civilization. The farming terraces were more like an agricultural laboratory to Incas. They are more like holes dug on the ground. The only difference, they have different levels.
It is said that each of these levels have different weather conditions. Infact, there is a difference of 15 degrees celsius from the top to the bottom of the terrace.
The village of Ollantaytambo demonstrates the Incas town planning. It is a charismatic village snuggled between two Inca ruins. The site of Ollantaytambo was sacred to Incas. When the Spanish invaded in 1537, this was transformed into a massive war zone.
Ollantaytambo boasts some of the impressive stonework. Most of these stones were transported from the nearby quarry in Cachicata. This is also the starting point of the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu.
The most prettiest sites in the Sacred Valley of Incas. Infact, the archaeological site of Pisac is just second to Machu Picchu. It nestles on a hilltop overlooking the valley. The complex houses many farming terraces, remains of Inca temples, ceremonial sites among others.
Pisac is also popular for its weekend market. Farmers and craftsmen from the nearby village gather here to sell their produce. If you are looking to buy some Peruvian souvenirs, then this is the place.
We are a fully locally owned tour operator. Our guides are locals with extensive knowledge in the history of Incas. We aim to offer an authentic and memorable experience in all our tours.
We offer both group and private tours.
Cusco Hotel Transfer
We will be picking you up early in the morning at 0700 AM from your hotel in the city of Cusco. Then in our private transport, we will drive you to Chinchero. Our tour guide will be giving you a guided tour of the site. We will be visiting the farming terraces and the nearby market. Additionally we will also visit the handicraft centre.
Then we will drive to Maras. Here you will have a closer look at the most photographed salt puddles. Our local expert will introduce you to the farming techniques that the locals have been practicing since Inca rule.
We will then be visiting Moray agricultural centre. This was the most significant part of the Inca civilization. The Incas experimented with the growth conditions of crops here. This is the reason why Peru now produces over 800 different types of potatoes and plenty of corn.
After the guided tour, we will drive further to Ollantaytambo. Here, our local expert will show you the beauty of the village. Then we will be visiting the renowned archaeological complex.
Our next stop will be in the heart of Sacred Valley at Urubamba. Here we will be stopping for a buffet lunch.
We will then drive to Pisac. Here we will be touring the inca ruins that nestles on top of a hill.
Then we will be driving you down to the market where you can walk around and buy some souvenirs if desired.
We will then be returning to Cusco at around 0600 PM.