MARAS – MORAY – SALINERAS + OLLANTAYTAMBO
Maras, Moray, Salineras and Ollantaytambo tour allows you to know Chinchero, Moray, Salineras and finished in Ollantaytambo to take the train to Machupicchu. Chinchero, located 28 km north Cusco city, was the tenth Inca emperor´s resting palace, Tupac Inca Yupanqui, where the Spanish invasion built a beautiful colonial church. Moray was an agricultural laboratory for the adaptation and developing of hybrid seeds used for nourishment. In the salt mines of Salineras we find thousands of shallow pools where the salt is obtained by evaporation. Ollantaytambo is an Inca town, still inhabited, located in a strategical place as the unavoidable entrance to Machupicchu.
The archaeological complex of Chinchero was the tenth Inca emperor´s royal retreat, Tupac Inka Yupanqui. The site is surrounded by ornamental terraces, which highlight the great ceremonial plaza, several remains of Inca dwellings and shrines. On the Inca construction of Chinchero you can see a beautiful colonial church, which was built following stamping out of idolatries law that ordered the destruction of Inca temples for evangelizing purposes.
In the archaeological complex of Moray, we can appreciate circular terraces, like circular rings, ranging from the largest to the smallest, from the top the bottom. Within the terraces of Moray, the various climatic varieties are perceived, the deeper elevation of the circular terrace, the higher the temperature. Inca agronomists and scientists used such weather conditions to study, adapt and even crossbreed tem to develop a new crop species.
Salineras (salt mines) are part of a natural geological outcropping, which consists of a spring that emanates salty water from earth. Such liquid is distributed through small channels into more than 4000 shallow ponds. By the natural evaporation of salty water, local farmers obtain salt crystals of different varieties and qualities. The one that most characterizes the Salineras is “pink salt”, known for its therapeutical uses and healthy for human consumption.
The town of Ollantaytambo is located where two rivers meet (the Vilcanota river and the Patacancha river) at the point where the valley is narrower, where they built walls that cut off the valley from one side to the other. This facilitated the control of entry and exit from Machupicchu. At the top of its walls, on a rocky mountain, we can appreciate the religious sector, called the temple of the sun. Its construction stands out for its gigantic walls made with stones brought from more than 7 km away.
RECOMMENDED! For a better travel experience, we recommend you hire a professional tour guide.
- Private tourist transport at your disposal.
- Professional driver service.
- Visit the tourist attractions described in the program. Available time up to the costumer.
- Cusco Tourist Ticket (BTC) – Circuit III (PARTIAL TICKET)
WHAT TO BRING:
- ID or Passport.
- Light clothing and windbreaker.
- Plastic poncho for rain.
- Extra cash for snacks or souvenirs.
- Hat or cap to cover yourself from the sun.
- Light shoes.
- Positive mind.