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Moray, Maras, Pichingoto Hike

Tours In Sacred Valley

Moray, Maras, Pichingoto Hike

5 hours


Duration: 5 – 6 hours hike
Departures: Daily, all year

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In the morning, passengers will be met by their guide at the hotel’s lobby to then direct them to their private vehicle that will transfer them to the starting point of the hiking. From your hotel we will head to Maras (11,152ft), a small Andean community. Here we will have a short visit around the town before departing on a 2 to 3 hours hike to Moray circled terraces. This site is not the ruins of a city or a fortress, it is an earthwork. The ancient peoples of the region took four enormous natural depressions in the landscape and sculpted them into several levels of agricultural terraces that served, hundreds of years ago, as an experimental agricultural station for the development of different strains of crops. This was possible due to the discovery of a fascinating phenomenon: the climates of many different ecological zones were present at a single site. In the thirty or so meters of altitude between the bottom and top levels of Moray's main depression, one scientist, John Earls, has recorded a full 15 degrees Celsius difference in temperature. That is equal to the difference between the main annual temperatures of London and Bombay. Conceivably it was Moray itself that played the key role in the original transformation of maize into a high-altitude crop.
A boxed lunch will be served here, with breathtaking views of the Vilcanota Mountain Range. After a short rest, we will continue our hike for 2 or 21/2 hours until we reach the Maras Salt works (10,824ft). The Maras "salt works" to which some people call "salt mines" are about 3000 small pools with an average area of 5 m² (53.8 ft²), constructed in a slope of the "Qaqawiñay" mountain. People fill up or "irrigate" the pools during the dry season every 3 days, with salty water emanating from a natural spring located on the top of the complex, so that when water evaporates the salt contained in it will slowly solidify. That process will be carried out approximately during one month until a considerable volume of solid salt is obtained. After a visit to this fantastic place, passengers will board their vehicle that will transfer them back to their hotel.


  • Private transportation from hotel to start point of trek and from end of trek to hotel
  • Professional tour guide (spanish and english)
  • Boxed lunch
  • Visit to the attractions mentioned in itinerary
  • First-aid kit

Not include:

  • Entrance fee to attractions
  • Tips: please note that our agency staff is well paid so please feel free to tip or not as you wish
  • IGV Tax
  • Other services not mentioned in the program

Note: Trip starts in Cusco. An extra will be charged if passengers must be picked up from the Sacred Valley, though no extra charge will be made if passengers are dropped off at hotel in the Sacred Valley; below I send you the additional cost if we have to pick up from the Sacred Valley:

1 – 6 pax: $ 60.00
7 – 12 pax: $ 85.00
13 to + pax: $100.00 e-commerce SCRL

U.V. Mariscal Gamarra 5-H Pje. Retamas, Cusco

Teléfono/Fax: +51 84 263646