Explore and enjoy this salt pans that are unique and meaningful to Peruvians that have been gathering salt from the terraced salt pools since before Inka times using the same methods as the ancient Peruvian did. The salty water originating from the spring is skillfully channeled into shallow man-made pools, where the water evaporates, leaving behind salt, which is harvested by the local area families that own the ponds.

Altitude: 3,300 m. – 11,619ft.

Location: Maras Salt Pans, Maras District, Urubamba Province, Cusco Region

Duration: 2 Days / 1 Night

Trip style: Cultural Immersion

Physical demand rating: No experience needed.

When to visit: Year-round

Itinerary

Day 1: Chinchero & Moray Inka Sites – Maras Village

Day 2: Maras Village & the Salt Pans

Highlights

  • Cultural immersion Activities (Salt pans work and weaving textile demonstration)
  • Authentic cultural interaction with local people, their culture, beliefs and traditions
  • Unique Andean culinary tradition
  • Tour an outstanding Inka Sites
  • Stunning view of snowcapped mountains
  • Very picturesque hikes

 What is included

  • All transfer in private transportation
  • Typical Andean meals (1 breakfast-2 Lunches-1dinner)
  • Local family homestay (1 night)
  • Cultural immersion Activities (Agricultural activities/Salt pans work and weaving textile demonstration)
  • Private tour guide

Not included

  • Extra drinks during trip
  • Tips for all support personal
  • Unspecified meals

Day 1: Chinchero & Moray Inka Sites–Maras Village

Morning arrival to Chinchero community village, where you will get immerse in traditional weaving textile techniques and learn more than 50 unique design patterns produced by the local ladies. After this spectacular experience stroll through the alley streets and the Inka complex of this very picturesque village. Then continue your journey by bus to visit the incredible Moray, a series of circular terraces that were used as an Inkan agricultural laboratory to adapt, acclimatize and hybridize different crops. After that take a one hour and half hike to the village of Maras, where you will get to see locals herding the domestic animals such caws, sheep and donkeys.

Overnight in Maras Village home stay (3,300 m. – 10,890 ft.)

Day 2: Maras Village & The Salt Pans

After breakfast, you will be taken into a local family crop field for participating in planting/harvesting local crops, where you will learn about their customs, philosophy and importance of the agriculture. After such a wonderful experience have a tasty lunch with a local family at Maras village. Afterwards visit the famous salt pans and learn about this fascinating place harvesting salt with the locals in the same way in pre-Columbian times were harvested.  Then return to Cusco.

Included

  • Entrance ticket to the archaeological sites of Chinchero and Moray
  • Meals per person: 1 breakfast, 2 lunches, 1 dinner
  • Private tour guide
  • All transfer in private transportation
  • Homestay in Maras Village
  • Cultural immersion Activities (Agricultural activities/Salt pans work and weaving textile demonstration)

Not Included

  • Extra drinks during trip
  • Tips for all support personal
  • Unspecified meals

Most people automatically assume that the weather is hot in South America, but because of the higher altitude in the Andes, the temperature can feel quite cold, especially at night. We recommend the use of a duffel bag or backpack, whichever is easiest for you to carry. A good size daypack is also essential for the daily activities.

Checklist:

  • Local currency (Soles-PEM) or USD cash for any purchase.
  • Camera and batteries.
  • Waterproof gear (rainy season), worm jacket and hat, gloves, sun hat.
  • Sun block, mosquito repellent, sunglasses, lipstick.
  • Hiking boots.
  • Prescription drugs you may be taking.