This Tour it will help you to discover the beauty of the landscapes of the Cusco area, you will discover the technology of the Incas and how they use the nature to improve the agriculture, also the extraction of the natural salt, that has been use as main economy value in the Inca time.
The colonial town of Chinchero was built on top of an Inca town, surrounded by multicoloured fields whilst close by a lagoon of the same name is located that provides water to nearby agriculture areas. Here we will pass by the town of Moray directly to our main destination of the circles of Moray with view of the snow carpets of the cordillera Vilcanota, where the native people dedicate their lives to agriculture.
A few minutes drive from Chinchero we will go off road reaching the main Inca agriculture laboratory, the circles of Moray, constructed on stone in descending circles in a volcano crater, uniformly constructed 150 metres deep, which are used to adapt crops to the new ecosystem of the Andes.
This place has an amazing irrigation system, also being constructed with a filtration system to avoid flows and damage to crops. Also in the deepest circle, many ceremonies to the earth (Pacha Mama) take place. Therefore this multi functional location serves as a place for spiritual purposes as well as agricultural.
MARAS/ SALINERAS ( Salt mines )
Roughly 20 minutes ride from Moray we arrive in a little valley where the Salineras of Maras (Maras Salt mines) are located, one of the biggest mysteries of nature. From the depths of the mountain sprouts a spring of extremely salty water and since the Incas ruled these lands these salt mines have been made up from about 3000 small wells with an area average size of about 4 ms ² and 10 cm deep. Those are being exploited until the modern era, producing salt by natural evaporation where a simple natural process of salty water fills up the wells allowing the sun to hit and evaporate the water with the remaining substance left being pure natural salt. (This place is spectacular for photography)
Depart Cusco approximately 8:30 am returning approximately 2:00 pm with a stop on the way to look at points of interest including Chinchero.
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Price US$ 30.00 Group price,
1-2 people US$ 200
3-4 people US$ 80 pp
5-6 people US$ 70 pp
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With each tour you book with Green Peru Adventures, you are a free walking tour offered by the mysterious and historic city of Cusco. Here you will be guided by one of our multilingual, professional guides.