Moray Agricultural Terraces And Salineras De Maras – Half Day Guided Tour

Maras and Moray are located on the northwest of Cusco, just 1 hour driving through Andean villages as Chinchero and the picturesque town of Maras. This colonial town preserves mansions and pretty church surrounded by typical and rustic buildings where the local’s live dedicated to the agriculture.
One of the main attraction next of Moray is located gigantic natural holes in the surface of the land that were used to construct in their contours agricultural terraces or platforms with their respective channels of irrigation, is because a prototype of conservatory or biological experimental station enough outpost for his time that helped to that the American man of the antiquity inherited to the humanity a 60% of the vegetal products that consumes, that the Andean man consumes a thousand and average of diverse varieties of Popes, hundred and means of maize, and very many other products produced till today by local farmers. This amphitheater of Moray also is known as agricultural laboratory, made up of four circular terraces that seem to disappear within the highlands, by way of an artificial crater.
Apparently, the place was an Inca agricultural research center devoted to crop experimentation over different altitudinal levels of their land (some more than 100m deep). The terraces were built on retaining walls filled with fertile soil and watered by complex irrigation systems, allowed to grow more than 250 plant species. Through the use of concentric terraces and because the temperatures at each level are different from each other, have played all ecological zones covering the rule of the Inca empire.
Incan agricultural terraces at Moray, These consist of several terraced circular depressions that are believed to have been used to study the effects of different climactic conditions on crops. The depth of the pits (the largest is about 30 m deep) creates a temperature gradient of as much as 15° C between the top and the bottom.
Other interesting place to visit is “salt mines”, also is called Salinas de Maras were was the largest salt mines in the region to be operated from the Incas and the colonial period, where they were the first salt-producing center in the southern part of the saw.
There are salt mines whose exploitation is as old as the Inca Empire. Resident’s saline water channeled emanating from the floor of a spring called "Qori Puquio" - into pools in which, by the effects of the sun, evaporates leaving salt on the surface which is then processed and sold in local market.
In Salinas de Maras are constituted by about 3000 small wells with an area average of about 5ms², during the time of drought they fill every 3 days with salt water that emanates from natural spring located on the superior part of wells so that when evaporating the water, the salt contained in this one is solidified gradually. Later the salt is struck and thus granulated; the salt later will be pocketed in plastic bags and shipment to the markets of the region; today that salt is being iodized reason for which, its consumption is not harmful.
PERU ADVENTURE TOURS invite you to visit these spectacular places located on the left bank of Urubamba River.

Moray Agricultural Laboratory


The tour to Moray agricultural laboratory and to Salineras de Maras can be departing at 8am or 12pm from your hotel located in Cusco or in the sacred valley of the Incas.
The tour runs with private van and English-speaking tour guide. Along the way to get there we will stop at Chinchero archaeological site and the Andean market in town.
After one driving firstly we arrive to Maras town located on the head of Moray and Maras salt mine. Short downhill walk to get into the amphitheater where the tour guide will explain more about this spectacular Inca site.
The next place to visit will be Las Salineras of Maras, walking into the salt water wells to see how the local’s show us the process to get the salt using artesian system.
After 6 hours of full guided tour we return to your hotel and ends of the tour.


  1. Private transpor from to Cusco
  2. English-speaking tour guide
  3. Entrance to each archaeological site according this tour itinerary
  4. Plenty of snack and drinking water keep in cooler (Private Service only)
  5. Optional walking tour under request (Private Service only)

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Any day
(April - November)

Moray Agricultural Terraces And Salineras De Maras – Half Day Guided Tour
Backpacker Service (group/public bus)
1 to more paticipants $185 USD each

Private Service (Private van/guide)
2 participants $253 USD each
3-4 paticipants $218 USD each
5 to more participants $192 USD each
Discount: $5 USD of discount for South American Explorers Club Members
Discount 3%: Tour Operators or Travel Agencies Only
Students: $5 USD of discount only with valid green ISIC card
Organized Groups: We offer private and any time departure
Group size: 6 participants per guide
BOOK HERE: We highly recommended to book your spaces prior you arrive to Peru
All prices stated above are subject to change.
Exchange rate $1 USD = S/. 3.02 (rate may vary daily).


  1. Alcoholic drinks
  2. Breakfast or lunch
  3. Tips for guide and camp staff
  4. Hotel in Cusco or in the sacred valley of the Incas
  5. Sun glasses
  6. Binoculares


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November to March. Some days are with blue sky permiting to visit these Inca sites.


  1. Small backpack
  2. Hiking boots or tennis shoes are welcome
  3. Bottle of water
  4. Flashlight and batteries
  5. Hat or cap to protect you from the sun
  6. Sun block (sun protection cream)
  7. Insect repellent
  8. Rain gear is necessary only during the raining season (November - April)
  9. Selection of small snacks, chocolate, dried fruit, biscuits etc
  10. Camera, plenty of film and spare batteries
  11. Sunglasses
  12. Extra money (soles)
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