This is the combination of two tours that are usually done on different days. In this tour, you will enjoy the Incan ruins while avoiding the crowds commonly found at these sites. This tour will start at 7:00 a.m. by visiting Sacsayhuaman and will continue to Q’enQo, PukaPukara, and Tambomachay. We will then come back to Cusco for lunch, and visit Chincheros, Moray and Maras in the afternoon.
Place visited on this tour:
- Salt mines of Maras
We leave every Monday – Saturday from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
We will pick you up from your hotel in Cusco at 7:00 a.m. and take you on a 20-minute bus ride just outside of the city to visit Sacsayhuaman. At this former Incan fortress, you will see very impressive Inca stonework, made of incredibly large stones cut and fitted with extreme accuracy. It is impossible not to feel the energy of this place! From Sacsayhuaman, you will also have the chance to enjoy an impressive view over the city of Cusco.
You will continue your bus ride to other nearby ruins such as Q’enqo, Pukapukara, and finally Tambomachay. After visiting these sites, you will take a 20-minute bus ride to return to Cusco for lunch.
Once you have enjoyed your lunch in Cusco, we will travel for one hour to the salt mines of Maras. At Maras, you will see the pans fed by saline spring water that are built on steep terraces along one side of a narrow valley. The water is sent throughout the pans by a network of channels and slowly evaporates, leaving the salt behind. Salt has been collected from Maras since Pre-Incan times, and it is thought that a collective of salt ‘miners’ has maintained the terraces and channels for hundreds of years.
We will then continue our journey to Moray in order to see the fascinating site used by the Incas for agricultural experiments and cultivating seeds. There you can learn how they cleverly designed a drainage system at the bottom to avoid flooding during the rainy season.
On our way to return to Cusco, we will stop in Chincheros, a town where the local people will give you a fascinating explanation of how the wool is washed and dyed using native plants and minerals. You will have time in Chincheros for a quick visit to the famous church and archeological site before we return to Cusco at about 6:30-7:00 p.m.
Group Size: 2-8 people
2 people : US $130 per person
3 people : US $100 per person
4 people : US $90 per person
5 people : US $80 per person
6 to 8 people : US $70 per person
Note: The Salina de Maras is not included in the Tourist Ticket. Entrance to Salina of Maras is an extra S/10. soles per person.
We offer a discount of US $20 to students with a valid International Student Identity Card (ISIC) and to children under the age of 16 years old. Scanned copies of your ISIC card or child’s passport must be provided at the time of payment of the deposit for the trek in order to qualify for the international discount.
Included / Not Included
What is included in the tour:
- Professional tour guide who is fluent in English
- Pick up from your hotel
- Private bus
- Lunch in Cusco
- Full Tourist tickets (boleto touristico)
- Entrance to Salina de Maras (10 soles)
What you need to bring:
- For students: ISIC card (If you are booking with the student discount)
- Warm jacket
How much can we expect to pay for lunch in Cusco?
You can expect to pay between 20 and 30 soles for lunch in the city center.
How many people will be on the tour?
This is a private tour, so it depends on the size of your group.
How many places will you visit on the tour?
You will visit seven places.
Is the cathedral included?
No, there is not enough time on this tour to visit it. This tour focuses on Incan ruins.