Place visited on this tour:
Salinas de Maras
Note: The Salina de Maras is not included in the Tourist Ticket. Entrance to Salina of Maras is an extra S / 10.
We have departures available every day from 7: 00.am to 6: 00.pm
We will pick you up from your hotel in Cusco at 7:00 am and travel for one hour by private van to Chincheros, a small village with beauitiful views of the Sacred Valley. In this charming village, you will see adobe homes, narrow cobbled streets, and people in traditional Peruvian dress. Here, the villagers still practice many Incan traditions and crafts. If you wish, you will see the demonstration of how wool is washed and dyed using native plants and minerals.
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 will learn how cleverly designed a drainage system at the bottom of the terraces in order to avoid flooding during the rainy season.
After the tour of Moray, you will take a 20 minute bus ride to the salt mines of Maras. At this amazing site, you can see the pans fed by saline spring water that were built on steep terraces along one side of a narrow valley. The water is sent through the network of channels where the water 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 continue our scenic journey to the amazing town of Ollantaytambo. Ollantaytambo is a classic Incan city which conserves the traditional Incan urban construction of narrow streets adjacent to flowing streams. As you walk through the stone streets, the gentle sound of flowing water will make it easy for you to imagine the city as it was in the time of the Incas. In the upper part of the town, there is an impressive ceremonial center that was used for water worship and also a mighty fortress that protected the access point to the lower part of the valley. We will follow the beautiful route to Urubamba, the heart of the Sacred Valley, where we will stop for a buffet lunch.
After lunch, we will take you to the small village of Pisaq, where you can enjoy your lively artisan market and have some free time to interact with the townsfolk and to shop for handicrafts and souvenirs. Finally, you will be taken to explore the Pisaq Ruins before you return to Cusco at about 6:30 am to 7:00 pm
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 people: US $ 70 per person
7 people: US $ 60 per person
8 people: US $ 50 per person
Group Size: 2-8 people
Included / Not Included
What is included in the tour:
Professional tour guide who is fluent in English
Pick-up from your hotel
Not Included in the tour:
Lunch in Urubamba
Tourist ticket (Boleto Turistico) S / 130
What do you need take?
For students: ISIC card (If you are booking With the student discount)
Full Tourist ticket (Boleto Turistico) S / 130
How much is the tourist ticket?
You have two options. You can either buy the partial tourist ticket which costs 70 soles and lasts 2days. This allows you to visit the four places listed in this tour. The other option is the full tourist ticket which costs 130 soles which allows you to visit 16 places and is valid for 10 days.
Where can I buy the tickets?
The tickets can be bought on the way.
Do we need to pay extra to visit Salinas de Maras?
Yes, you will need to pay an extra 10 soles to visit Salinas de Maras.
How many places will you visit on this tour?
You will visit six places.
Will I have enough time to visit all these places?
Yes, you will have plenty of time to visit each place. You will have a guided tour of at least 40 minutes in each place with an extra ten minutes for your own exploration.
Where do we stop for lunch and can I bring my own if I choose to?
We will stop for lunch in Urubamba and yes, you may bring your own lunch if you prefer.
What time does the tour start and finish?
The tour starts at 7 am and finishes at 6 pm However, we can be flexible with the times to suit your preferences.
Is the tour price flexible?
Yes, we offer group discounts. However, the tourist ticket and the entrace to Salinas de Maras will remain the same.