Maras, Moray & Salineras
In the past Maras was a very important town, so much so that it was declared “Villa de San Francisco de Asís” (Villa: village that brings benefits). However today it is an isolated village and lacks a modern life.
In the main square of the town (Plaza de Armas) there is a monument with a set of statues depicting a peasant couple and a horse. The pedestal of this monument contains images of the three main tourist attractions of the community: The ruins of Moray, the colonial church of San Francisco and the salt mines of Maras.
Maras.- Maras is a small town located west of Cusco, Peru. This is located at 3300 meters above sea level, on a plain that in the past was a plateau where you could see different mountains of snow.
The archaeological remains of Moray are located 7 kilometers from Maras, in the Sacred Valley of the Incas, 38 km north-west of Cusco. Moray is a Quechua word and names a sector occupied by the peasant communities of Misminay and Kaccllarakay.
Minas de Sal.- Towards the north-west of this town are the “salinas de Maras” that are very well known. You can get there by foot on a horseshoe path, or you can also get there by car on a roadside. These salineras are also known as “salt mines”. They are formed by about 3000 small wells with an approximate area of about 5 m². In times of drought these are filled with salt water that comes from a natural spring that is above the wells, when the water evaporates the salt crystallizes. When the salt reaches 10 cm of height from the floor will be removed and later bagged in cloth sacks and sent to the markets of the region; Today that salt is being iodized by state standards. This salt in addition to sodium chloride, has other minerals such as calcium, iron, magnesium, zinc and copper.
- Tourist transport.
- Professional guide.
DOES NOT INCLUDE:
- Entrance to the archaeological sites.
LIST OF RECOMMENDATIONS:
- Rain poncho (From November to March).
- Bring extra money
- Small backpack.
The tour can be made on private or group basis, please consult your agency, “Gregory Tour”.