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Maras Salt Pools Tours

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Maras Salt Pools
Maras, a remote Andean town deep in Peru’s Sacred Valley of the Incas, is a favorite of photography buffs and gourmands alike for its famous salt pans (Salinas de Maras). Fixed in geometric shapes on terraced hills, the surreal, photogenic pools were created by the Incas 2,000 years ago, and the mines are still harvested for their pink salt.

The Basics
A subterranean stream rises to the surface and drips into terraced pools; within days, the warm water evaporates, leaving behind a thin layer of salt. At the pans you’ll see locals harvesting this salt in a manner similar to ancient times—scraping the dry, salty crystals by hand from the sides and bottom of the pool. The scene is spectacular, with the patchwork of mines set into the mountain hillsides, especially on sunny days when the pools shine with brilliant shades of white and pink.

You can explore the salt pools as part of private or group day tours from Cusco, or on multi-day tours that may include Lima, Machu Picchu, and various towns in the Sacred Valley—all with their own worthy attractions. For a taste of adventure, explore the incredible scenery on a mountain bike or ATV.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • The Maras salt pans are a must-see for all first-time visitors to the area.
  • Bring your camera and sun protection. 
  • You may gather your own handful of salt. However, it is best to buy small packages of Peruvian Pink Salt, as it is marketed, at the gift shop.
  • Bring cash, preferably in small bills and coins.
  • Because of the high altitude, be sure to stay hydrated and take it slow. Chewing on coca leaves or drinking coca tea helps alleviate symptoms of altitude sickness.

How to Get There
The town of Maras lies off the 28B highway, between Cusco and Ollantaytambo in the Urubamba province; Cusco is about 28 miles (45 kilometers) south. The salt pools themselves are northwest of Maras along a dusty but walkable road.

When to Get There
The salt pools are open year-round. To beat the crowds, go early the morning (buses start arriving by 9:30am) or after 4pm. Visits during the dry season, from May to October, may be preferable as well.

Other Sights in and Around Maras
An important town in colonial days, Maras is worth a visit to see the small square flanked by ornate Spanish-style homes and a mud-brick colonial church. Also nearby, about a 15-minute drive away, are the Moray Inca ruins, an important archeological site of mysterious stone-terraced rings.
Address: Maras, Peru
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ATV Tour to Moray, Maras and Salt Flat in the Sacred Valley from CuscoDay Trips

ATV Tour to Moray, Maras and Salt Flat in the Sacred Valley from Cusco

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Peru’s Sacred Valley lies in the Andean Highlands—a landscape of rugged mountains, open plains, and soaring cliffs—and reaching the remote sites is a challenge. Choose a morning or afternoon half-day safari, and tackle the rough ground by powerful all-terrain quad bike. With your guide to lean the way, reach historic sites including Moray and Maras with ease, enjoy sweeping views across the Peruvian countryside, and learn of life here under Incan rule.
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  • 5 hours
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ATV Tour to Moray, Maras and Salt Flat in the Sacred Valley from CuscoDay Trips

ATV Tour to Moray, Maras and Salt Flat in the Sacred Valley from Cusco

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Drive your own ATV through Cruz Pata's Sacred Valley in the company of a guide on this tour of area highlights. The tour includes use of all equipment and instructions, and riders from beginners on up can enjoy the fresh air that comes with rugged ATV riding. Highlights include the Maras salt mines, Maras village, and Moray archaeological site.
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  • 5 hours
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  • 5 hours

Maras Moray Day TripDay Trips

Maras Moray Day Trip

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Though they may not make the list of big-hitter Incan sites in Peru, the ruins at Moray and pre-Inca salt mines of Salineras are no less fascinating than their more famous counterparts. Discover these off-the-beaten track ruins on this day tour from Cusco, which also includes a visit to the quiet colonial town of Maras. A guided tour makes it easy to explore less-frequented locales and includes informative commentary and round-trip transportation from Cusco.
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  • 6 hours 30 minutes
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Maras Moray (Day Trip)Half-day Tours

Maras Moray (Day Trip)

Though they may not make the list of big-hitter Incan sites in Peru, the ruins at Moray and pre-Inca salt mines of Salineras are no less fascinating than their more famous counterparts. Discover these off-the-beaten-track ruins on this day tour from Cusco, which also includes a visit to the quiet colonial town of Maras. A guided tour makes it easy to explore less-frequented locales and includes informative commentary and round-trip transportation from Cusco.
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  • 4 hours 30 minutes
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Maras, Moray and Chinchero Private Day Trip from CuscoDay Trips

Maras, Moray and Chinchero Private Day Trip from Cusco

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Explore the ample attractions just outside Cusco as you enjoy a full-day tour of the attractions of the Sacred Valley and Urubamba Valley in Peru. Visit the archaeological site at Moray, used by the Incas as an agricultural testing ground. Then discover the Inca-era salt pans of Maras, a series of intricately terraced ponds used to gain salt. Visit Chinchero, a picturesque town that's home to a collection of Inca-era walls and an Andean textile center. This guided tour includes round-trip transport from Cusco hotels.
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  • 7 to 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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ATV Quad Bike Tour to Moray Maras and Salt mines from CuscoDay Trips

ATV Quad Bike Tour to Moray Maras and Salt mines from Cusco

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Moray archaeological park and the Maras salt mines rank among the top attractions outside Cusco, with a history dating back to the days of the Incas. On this tour, hit the gas and zoom through the Peruvian countryside, and explore both sites in one day—with safety kit plus pickup and drop-off at your Cusco accommodation included. With your guide to lead the way, enjoy outdoor adventure in Peru and learn how the Incas worked the land.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 5 hours
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MTB: Moray - Maras and Salt Mines RideDay Trips

MTB: Moray - Maras and Salt Mines Ride

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Enjoy the spectacular scenery of Peru’s Sacred Valley at your own pace during a bike tour of Moray, home to multi-terraced depressions that date back to the Inca period. A perfect combination of nature and culture, this bike tour allows you stop regularly for photo opportunities without worrying about parking. Plus, exploring with a guide means that you’ll discover lesser-known information about the area’s ancient history.
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  • 6 hours
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Full-Day Tour of Moray Salinas de Maras and The Sacred Valley from CuscoDay Trips

Full-Day Tour of Moray Salinas de Maras and The Sacred Valley from Cusco

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The Sacred Valley is home to some of Peru’s most historically significant sites of interest, with Incan settlements dating back thousands of years. On this full-day tour, reach key attractions including Moray and the Salinas de Maras by private vehicle, and learn how the Incas worked the land to survive and thrive. With pickup and drop-off at your Cusco hotel, cover the ground with ease and see the sights in one day.
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  • 1 day
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  • 1 day
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Maras, Moray and Salt Mines Private TourDay Trips

Maras, Moray and Salt Mines Private Tour

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Discover two ancient sites in the Sacred Valley on a half-day, private tour from Cusco to Moray and Maras, whose dramatic salt pools have a fascinating history. Traveling by private car ensures personalized service and saves time in transit, so you can experience two Sacred Valley highlights in the morning, then return to Cusco with a whole afternoon for sightseeing.
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  • 6 hours
  • Taking safety measures
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Maras Moray Group TourDay Trips

Maras Moray Group Tour

Visiting Maras Moray is definitely not something you will regret after experiencing this amazing side of the Sacred Valley of the Incas. Not only you will get an insight in the life of the Incas then and Peru today, but also the constructions of the nature.
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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Sacred Valley: Chinchero, Maras, Moray, Ollantaytambo Private or Small-GroupDay Trips

Sacred Valley: Chinchero, Maras, Moray, Ollantaytambo Private or Small-Group

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This is the perfect day trip for those looking to experience a mix of culture as well as natural beauty. Learn the ancient textile techniques of Chichero weavers, the salt mines of Maras, farming Terraces of Moray, discover the handmade process of the sacred drink of the Incas 'Chicha' and the Citadel of Ollantaytambo will take your breath away. Don't forget that if you book with advance time a VSA photographer will be part of your adventure. (coordinate the details by message) Why Visit South America? -This tour is a private or 6 small group adventure. -We connect with the communities: We visit a local house where premium handmade textiles are produced where the locals teach you the manufacturing process step by step. Also, we visit a local Peruvian bar where they produce the famous drink of the Incas 'Chicha' -Enjoy local gastronomy! Our guide will help you choose among the best restaurants in the Sacred Valley to enjoy a different gastronomic experience.
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  • 7 to 8 hours
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The Salt Mines, Moray & Chinchero TextilesCultural Tours

The Salt Mines, Moray & Chinchero Textiles

If your interest is sparked by Inca history then don’t miss out on this half-day tour of Maras Salt Mines and Moray from Cusco, ideal for history buffs. Take a guided tour of Moray archaeological site, famed for its multi-terraced agricultural circles, to learn about ancient Incan agricultural practices. Then, marvel at the Maras Salt Mines, a collection of 3,000 salt pools harvested cooperatively by farmers. Hotel pickup and drop-off are included.
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  • 5 hours
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ATV Quadbikes Around Sacred Valley Tour Moray & Maras SalinerasDay Trips

ATV Quadbikes Around Sacred Valley Tour Moray & Maras Salineras

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Explore the Sacred Valley in Peru on a full-day ATV quad bike tour. Travel from Cusco into the Sacred Valley via private transportation and after a quick lesson jump on the back of a quad bike. Visit local landmarks including Pueblo de Maras and the salt mines known as Salineras. Hotel pick-up and drop-off are included.
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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Full-Day Excursion to Sacred Valley, Pisac and Ollantaytambo from Cusco Day Trips

Full-Day Excursion to Sacred Valley, Pisac and Ollantaytambo from Cusco

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You will know the 5 most important places in the Sacred Valley All tickets are included You will have a buffet lunch of the 30 best dishes of Peru. We have fun and knowledgeable guide, a friend on your excursion
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  • 13 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Day Tour to Maras, Moray and Salt Flats from CuscoDay Trips

Day Tour to Maras, Moray and Salt Flats from Cusco

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Explore the legacy of the Inca and Peru’s indigenous culture during this day trip to Maras, Moray, and the ‘Salineras’ from Cusco. Walk the streets of Maras and sample some ‘Chicha’ (corn drink), then learn about Inca engineering and agricultural practices at the Moray archaeological site. You’ll also get to see the “Salineras” salt mines. An optional private trip upgrade is also available.
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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The Best Private Sacred Valley TourDay Trips

The Best Private Sacred Valley Tour

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We know very well every place of this tour, since we have been grown in this area and we studied over 3 years to get a guide license. as well, our vehicles have all the permits to operate. We know when and where to go first to avoid the crowds. We want you enjoy the beauty and peace of each place, but some times it is not possible, specially when you want to start and finish in different places, even though, we could fix it managing the starting time. Our tours are PRIVATE, so we are very flexible. We can stay in each place as long as you want, but do not forget that we have to be inside of the last archaeological párk before 4pm. We are honest, it means we are always going to tell you the true about the sites, places to eat, shops, etc. We are no gonna make you waste your time in shopping places, unless you want to get something, we will advice you. You can bring your own snaks or we can stop in a restaurant for lunch, if there is time.
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  • 8 to 10 hours
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  • 8 to 10 hours
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Maras Salt Mines and Moray Archeological Site from CuscoDay Trips

Maras Salt Mines and Moray Archeological Site from Cusco

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If your interest is sparked by Inca history then don’t miss out on this full-day tour of Maras Salt Mines  and Moray from Cusco, ideal for history buffs. Take a guided tour of Moray archaeological site, famed for its multi-terraced agricultural circles, to learn about ancient Incan agricultural practices. Then, marvel at the Maras Salt Mines, a collection of 3,000 salt pools harvested cooperatively by farmers. Hotel pickup and drop-off are included.
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 6 hours
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Sacred valley of the Inkas Premium Full Day TourDay Trips

Sacred valley of the Inkas Premium Full Day Tour

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We handle small groups with a great and funny guide who will show you the full sacred valley the second most important area of the Inka empire after Cusco (the capital of the empire), we have the best price and excellent service, always in touch helping you with everything you need and the most important we are so flexible.
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  • 11 to 12 hours
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 Maras Moray (Day Trip)Day Trips

Maras Moray (Day Trip)

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Though they may not make the list of big-hitter Incan sites in Peru, the ruins at Moray and pre-Inca salt mines of Salineras are no less fascinating than their more famous counterparts. Discover these off-the-beaten track ruins on this day tour from Cusco, which also includes a visit to the quiet colonial town of Maras. A guided tour makes it easy to explore less-frequented locales and includes informative commentary and round-trip transportation from Cusco.
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  • 6 hours 30 minutes
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Maras,Salt Mines & Moray with ChincheroDay Trips

Maras,Salt Mines & Moray with Chinchero

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Discover two of the Sacred Valley’s most curious sites on this full-day tour from Ollantaytambo to Cusco. First head from the Ollantaytambo train station to the agricultural terraces of Moray and learn about the “laboratory” that the Incas used to grow their crops. Then head to the salineras, salt mines, in Maras and observe the centuries-old way that Incas and Peruvians have been harvesting salt with over 3,000 salt pools.
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  • 5 hours
  • Taking safety measures
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8-Day ||All Included|| Excursión: Cusco & MachuPichu AmazingHiking

8-Day ||All Included|| Excursión: Cusco & MachuPichu Amazing

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Hit top Peru attractions including Humantay Lake, UNESCO–listed Machu Picchu, Queshuachaca bridge, and the Sacred Valley of the Incas with ease on this comprehensive 8-day tour. With key logistics like accommodation and transportation—plus round-trip transport from Alejandro Velasco Astete Airport—included, you’re free to relax and soak up the scenery. Follow in the footsteps of the Incas with your guide, and admire beautiful countryside views.
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  • 8 days
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Moray & Maras - Salt Mines ||PRIVATE TOUR||Day Trips

Moray & Maras - Salt Mines ||PRIVATE TOUR||

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Houses the most important salt mines of the Inca period and we also find the archaeological site of Moray which is an agricultural research center in Inca
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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Maras Salineras Y Moray TourBus Tours

Maras Salineras Y Moray Tour

During the visit to the salt ponds we will be able to appreciate and learn about the whole stage of salt production as well as to differentiate the different types and their different uses. In the same way, in Moray's circular platforms we will understand the main function of this place and we will travel to the past product of history and explanation that our guide will give us.
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Maras Moray and the Salt Mines Half Day private tourDay Trips

Maras Moray and the Salt Mines Half Day private tour

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The Sacred Valley is one of the best-selling traditional tours after the Machupicchu tour. It is recommended for those who love culture, its natural landscapes and its customs of the indigenous communities.
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  • 8 to 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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