Explore the fantastic landscapes of the Sacred Valley and visit Pisac, Ollantaytambo, Maras, Moray, and Salineras, on a full-day tour from Cusco—a perfect choice for those who have fewer days in Cusco and are willing to discover more places.
Super Sacred Valley with Maras Moray - Overview
The Super Sacred Valley with Maras Moray is a full-day tour that takes you through Peru's beautiful Sacred Valley of the Incas. The tour includes visits to the Maras salt mines and the Moray agricultural terraces, both of which have significant historical and cultural significance. The Maras salt mines are a series of small salt ponds that have been used since Inca times and are still operated by local families today. The Moray agricultural terraces are a set of circular terraces that the Incas used for agricultural experimentation and are believed to have been used to test different crop varieties and growing techniques.
The tour is approximately 8-9 hours long and usually includes transportation, a professional guide, entrance fees to the Maras salt mines and Moray agricultural terraces, and lunch. Visitors should bring comfortable walking shoes, a hat, sunscreen, a camera, and a water bottle. The tour is suitable for children and adults.
- Duration: Full day
- Depart from: Cusco
- Departures: Daily
- Places to visit: Pisac, Urubamba, Moray, Salineras of Maras, Ollantaytambo
- Season: All year round
- Type: Cultural
- Book with Confidence and Flexibility
- All-inclusive full-day tour
- Explore the picturesque salt ponds of Maras
- Visit the Agricultural terraces of Moray
- Enjoy the scenic drive through the Sacred Valley
- Interact with locals and learn about their culture and daily life.
Super Sacred Valley at a Glance!
- The tour starts with a pick-up from your hotel in Cusco at 7:30 am
- Drive for 1 hour to the scenic Sacred Valley of the Incas.
- The first stop is Mirador Taray, where we stop to admire the view of the Sacred Valley.
- You will visit the Pisac Archeological Site and the traditional Pisac market.
- Next, you will drive to Urubamba for lunch in a local restaurant.
- In the second part of the day, you will explore Moray, Maras, and Salineras.
- The last place to visit is the archaeological site of Ollantaytambo.
- Return to Cusco and drop off at your hotel around 6:00 pm
- Pick up from your hotel in Cusco
- Private Transportation
- Professional English-speaking Tour Guide
- Lunch at a local restaurant
- Entrance ticket to all the places we visit
- Drop off at your hotel
- All taxes and booking fees
- Personal expenses (Souvenirs, drinks)
Full Itinerary of the Super Sacred Valley
Cusco – Pisac – Moray – Maras – Salineras – Ollantaytambo
After being collected from your hotel at 7:30 am, we will drive in our comfortable vans to the first stop at Mirador Taray to marvel at the stunning panoramic view of the Sacred Valley. From this viewpoint, visitors can see the winding Urubamba River, the terraced hillsides, and the snow-capped peaks of the Andes in the distance. It's a great spot to take photos and appreciate the natural beauty of the Sacred Valley of the Incas.
Later, you will continue to the Pisac archeological site on a hilltop that offers stunning views of the surrounding valley. It also has impressive Inca ruins, including a large plaza, terraces, and a ceremonial center. After exploring the Inca site, head down to Pisac town, known for its lively local market (though it is open daily). The market is a great place to shop for souvenirs, including textiles, ceramics, and jewelry. You'll also find plenty of fresh produce, including exotic fruits and vegetables, and street food vendors selling local specialties.
Next, we will drive for 1 hour along the sacred until Urubamba, where a delicious buffet lunch will be served with fresh products from the region.
After lunch, you will drive to Moray, a unique archaeological site with several large circular terraces. The Incas likely used these terraces for agricultural experimentation and may have been used to study the effects of different climates and soil types on crops. You will also visit Salineras of Maras, a collection of over 3,000 salt pans that cover the mountainside near Maras. The salt pans have been passed down through generations of local families and are still used today.
The last stop will be at Ollantaytambo, where we will explore the Ollantaytambo fortress, one of the most impressive Inca sites in Peru, and it's a must-see for anyone interested in Inca history and architecture. The fortress was built in the 15th century and served as a military, religious, and agricultural center for the Incas. The site features massive stone terraces, intricate stonework, and stunning views of the surrounding valley.
Ollantaytambo is a charming town known for its narrow streets, traditional architecture, and beautiful gardens. Visitors can explore the town's cobbled streets, visit local shops and cafes, and learn about the town's rich history and culture. Last, you will drive back to Cusco; arrival at your hotel is around 6.00 pm.
Places we visited during the Super Sacred Tour.
Mirador Taray is a scenic viewpoint located in the Sacred Valley. It is known for its stunning panoramic mountains, valleys, and farmland views.
The viewpoint is approximately 3,800 meters (12,500 feet) above sea level. It offers visitors a breathtaking view of the region's natural beauty. From Mirador Taray, you can see the Urubamba River winding its way through the valley below and the snow-capped peaks of the Andes Mountains in the distance.
Pisac archaeological site:
The Pisac archaeological site is located at the beginning of the Sacred Valley. It is considered one of the region's most important Incan sites, mainly known for its impressive agricultural terraces and beautiful hilltop views.
The site is believed to have been constructed during the Incan Empire (1438-1532) and served as a strategic military and religious center for the Incas. The ruins at Pisac include a temple complex, a residential area, and several administrative and military buildings.
One of the most impressive features of Pisac is its agricultural terraces, built into the steep mountainside and used for farming crops such as corn, potatoes, and quinoa. The terraces were designed to maximize irrigation and prevent erosion, and they are still used by local farmers today.
Pisac Market is a vibrant outdoor market located in the town of Pisac. It is famous for its colorful displays of handicrafts, textiles, and traditional Peruvian foods.
The market is open daily, but it is especially lively on Sundays when vendors from the surrounding villages come to sell their goods. Visitors to Pisac Market can browse various products, including alpaca wool clothing, ceramics, jewelry, and musical instruments.
One of the market's highlights is its selection of traditional Peruvian foods. Vendors sell freshly prepared dishes such as roasted guinea pig, ceviche, empanadas, and various fruits, vegetables, and spices. Visitors can also sample traditional Peruvian drinks such as chicha, a fermented corn drink, and pisco, a grape brandy that is the national drink of Peru.
Moray is an archaeological site located in the upper part of the Sacred Valley, approximately 31 miles (50 km) from Cusco. It is known for its impressive circular terraces that the Incas used for agricultural experiments.
The terraces at Moray were built into a natural depression in the earth, and they are arranged in concentric circles that decrease in size as they descend. The Incas used these terraces to test different agricultural techniques and grow crops, including corn, potatoes, and quinoa.
One of the most exciting features of Moray is its microclimates. The temperature at the center of the circular terraces is several degrees warmer than at the edges, creating a range of growing conditions that allowed the Incas to test the adaptability of different crops to different climates.
Salineras of Maras:
The Salineras of Maras is a series of salt pans located on a hillside in the Sacred Valley. The salt pans have been in use since pre-Incan times and are still used today by local families for salt production.
The salt pans are built into a steep hill's side and fed by a natural saltwater spring. The spring water is channeled into the pans, where it evaporates in the sun, leaving behind a layer of salt that can be harvested by hand. The salt is cleaned and sold locally and in nearby towns and cities.
Visitors to the Salineras of Maras can take a guided tour of the salt pans, learning about the region's history and culture of salt production. The site is also known for its beautiful views of the surrounding mountains and countryside.
Ollantaytambo is a small town located approximately 38 miles (61 km) from Cusco. It is known for its well-preserved Incan ruins and its role as a transportation hub for travelers to Machu Picchu.
Ollantaytambo was named one of the world's best tourist villages by the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO). The town was recognized for its well-preserved Incan architecture, rich cultural heritage, and role as a gateway to Machu Picchu.
The UNWTO's "Best Tourism Villages" initiative aims to promote sustainable tourism in rural areas and to recognize the vital role that small villages can play in the tourism industry. The selection criteria for the initiative include the preservation of cultural heritage, the promotion of local products and services, and the implementation of sustainable tourism practices.
What do you need to take to the Super Sacred Valley?
Here is a list of items that you should consider bringing on the Super Sacred Valley:
- Comfortable walking shoes: The tour involves walking on uneven terrain.
- Hat and sunscreen: Be prepared for a sunny day.
- Camera: You will want to capture stunning views and unique sites.
- Water bottle: It's important to stay hydrated, so bring a refillable water bottle.
- Light jacket or sweater: The weather in Sacred Valley can be unpredictable, so bringing a light jacket or sweater is a good idea.
- Snacks: While lunch is usually provided on tour, bringing a snack or two is always a good idea to keep you fueled throughout the day.
- Cash or credit card: You may want to purchase souvenirs or snacks during the tour, so bring some cash or a credit card.
- Insect repellent: The Sacred Valley is a natural environment with many insects, so bring insect repellent to protect yourself.
- Small backpack: Bring a small bag to carry your essential items and snacks.
- Portable charger: Bring a portable charger or extra batteries for your camera and phone.
- Rain gear: Have rain ponchos or rain jackets with you all the time.
It's important to remember that the tour involves walking on uneven terrain, so it's recommended to bring only essential items and avoid carrying heavy bags or backpacks. Also, the weather in Sacred Valley can be unpredictable, so it's a good idea to check the forecast and pack accordingly.
Price for the Super Sacred Valley
Price per person:
- 150.USD - small group tour
- 190.USD - Private tour (min 2)
- 4+ Travelers, contact us to get a special price
To book the Super Sacred Valley, you need to make an initial payment of 50.USD per person, the remaining balance can be paid online, in installments, or Cusco with any credit card at no booking fees at all.
For groups of 4 or larger, contact us to send you a special quote! email@example.com
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Super Sacred Valley Frequently Asked Questions!
What is the Super Sacred Valley with Maras Moray?
The Super Sacred Valley Tour with Maras Moray is a full-day tour that takes you through the beautiful Sacred Valley of the Incas, visiting the Maras salt mines and the Moray agricultural terraces.
How long is the Super Sacred Valley?
The Super Sacred Valley Tour with Maras Moray is a full-day tour lasting approximately 8-9 hours.
What is included in the Super Sacred Valley?
The Super Sacred Valley Tour is an all Inclusive tour that includes private transportation, a professional guide, entrance fees to Pisac, Maras salt mines, Moray agricultural terraces, Ollantaytambo, and a buffet lunch in Urubamba.
What are the Maras salt mines?
The Maras salt mines are a series of small salt ponds in the Incas Sacred Valley. The salt ponds have been used since Inca times and are still operated by local families today.
What are the Moray agricultural terraces?
The Moray agricultural terraces are a set of circular terraces that the Incas used for agricultural experimentation. The terraces are believed to have been used to test different crop varieties and growing techniques.
What should I bring on the Super Sacred Valley?
Bring warm clothes, comfortable walking shoes, a hat, sunscreen, a camera, and a water bottle.
Is the Super Sacred Valley with Maras Moray suitable for children?
Yes, the tour is suitable for children, but remember that some walking is involved.
Is the tour wheelchair accessible?
Unfortunately, the tour is not wheelchair accessible due to the terrain and walking involved. However, travelers with special needs can participate in the Super Sacred Valley tour with assistance.
What is the best time of year to do the Super Sacred Valley with Maras Moray?
The best time to do the tour is during the dry season, which runs from May to September. However, the tour can be done year-round.
How do I book the tour?
The Super Sacred Valley is available daily with at least 2 participants per booking. Solo travelers, contact us to see group availability.
If you are traveling with a larger group (4+ travelers), contact us for a special discounted quote.