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This is a fantastic half day tour to explore part of the Sacred Valley. You will see amazing views of the Urubamba mountain ranges, the Veronica mountain and the green farm lands. On this half day trip, you will be able to learn about agriculture, textiles, and the history of the Incas. This tour is the best. We will pick you up from your hotel around 8 a.m. and head to Chinchero, chichero is a small Andean village located at 3,750 meters high, about 30 km from Cusco.
There are beautiful views overlooking the Sacred Valley of the Incas, with the Cordillera of Vilcabamba and the snow-capped peak of Salkantay dominating the western horizon. Chinchero is believed to be the mythical birthplace of the rainbow. Its major claim to tourism is its colorful Sunday market, which is much less tourist-orientated than the market at Pisaq. This market is held every Tuesday, Thursday, and Sunday but if your trip isn’t on one of these days, they have a smaller textile center open daily. There, you can watch a demonstration on how to make beautiful, natural sweaters from Alpaca wool. Finally, you will get to visit the famous catholic roman church, which was built over the Inca palace.
And then head to the farming laboratory in Moray. This beautiful drive is about 30 minutes. On your drive, you will see the snow-capped peaks of the Andes, lush yellow fields of wheat, and some villages. Finally, you will arrive at the fascinating display of terraces in Moray. Moray boasts three amphitheater-like terraces, made by the Incas. These terraces, which are carved deep into the earth, in the shape of a bowl, were thought to be used to determine the optimal conditions for growing crops.
When you are done exploring Moray, you will head about two miles away, to the salt mines of Maras. This village is known as a former salt-producing center and is thought to date back all the way to pre-Incan times. There are more 3,000 salt pools carved into the mountain side, that are filled daily by a stream of water. This spectacular area is perfect for you if you wish to see something different than the ruins (you can purchase some souvenir).
Once you are done with the visit, you will head back to the city in time to enjoy some lunch on your own. You will get back to Cusco around 1:30 pm.
Not worries you have a plenty of time to visit each of these places, take your time and enjoy everything.
We also organize tours in the afternoon from 1:30 pm to 6pm.
The tour guide will meet you at your hotel one day before your tour to give you a briefing. They will tell you all about your tour, and answer any questions you may have. It is important to us that you ask any questions you may have so the tour guide will get you ready for your amazing tour.
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Chinchero is located 30 km. North of Cusco, on a paved road, we reached the town of Chinchero (3,760 meters 12032ft), town of Inca origin who receives custody of Chicón and whose name would originate in the Quechua word sinchi, which means "brave man". In this fabulous place you can visit the impressive Inca terraces, Inca square, the Inca altars, and spectacular colonial temple with views of the mountains and Peruvian highlands. And as an option you can visit one of these families where they will demonstrate skills on textile Alpaca, at the end of this visit if you want you can purchase some souvenirs of alpaca.
Moray is about 7 km southwest of Maras; it is unique archaeological group of its kind in the region. It is natural depressions or gigantic holes in the ground surface that were used to construct in its contours farming terraces with their respective irrigation canals, it seem to be like a coliseum or stadium, it is a prototype greenhouse or experimental biological station quite advanced for its time helped the Andean man of antiquity mankind inherit, 60% of plant products it consumes. The Incas had a rich knowledge about agriculture and thanks to them in Peru we have more than 3000 varieties of potatoes, many varieties of corn, the famous quinoa and more etc. The views are spectacular.
Located to the west of Cusco at 3300 m / 10500ft from there you will appreciate the mountain range of Urubamba and the snowy peaks of "Veronica" (5800m/18560ft) and "chikon" (5700m/18240ft), Its important occupation began when the nobles Incas cusqueños were stripped of their palaces in Cuzco and they had to leave to settle in other small towns like Maras. Definitely you will stop to visit the main square and appreciate the incredible views.
Salineras: or "salt mines"
Salt Mines located northwest of the town of Maras are comprised of more than 3000 small wells with an average area of about 5 m², during the dry season are filled or "water" every 3 days with salt water that comes from a natural spring located in the top of the wells so that the water evaporates, the salt contained in it gradually solidifies, then the salt is struck and thus granulated; salt is then bagged in plastic sacks and sent to markets in the region. This fabulous place was used by pre cultures - Inca and Inca.
Finally we will return to Cusco at 1:30 pm.
Tour duration 5½ hours.
• Tour Schedule: You can do it in the morning or in the afternoon (from 8am to 1pm or 1pm to 6pm).
PLACES TO VISIT?
- Chinchero Inca ruins.
- Moray Inca terraces.
- Maras town.
- The salt mines in Maras.
WHAT IS INCLUDED?
- Private transportation back and forth.
- Professional guide.
WHAT YOU NEED TO TAKE?
- Tickets to visit the Inca ruins (partial ticket cost is 70 soles include 4 locations / full ticket cost is 130 soles includes 16 places).
- Ticket to visit the salt mines of Maras (the cost of the ticket is 10 soles).
- A cap or hat or something to protect from the sun.
- Sunblock (factor 35 recommended).
- A rain jacket or poncho.
- Jacket for the cold.
Note: Our tours are organized by Runas Expeditions.
You have many options by your own
PricesPrice: $180USD Per group fro 1 to 6 people.
- 3-4 people: US$ 55 per person
- 5-9 people: US$ 45 per person
- 10 people: US$ 30 per person
- 11-16 people: US$ 25 per person
- Student Discount (only with active green ISIC card): US$25.00
- Under 18 years will pay as student: US$25.00
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