Tour of Maras salt mines, Moray Inca ruins and Chinchero

Visit an ancient salt mine in Cusco + Inca ruins

Our Maras and Moray tour is easily one of the most popular tours for Cusco visitors who love archaeology, nature, and local life. In just 6 hours time, our expert guides will take you Maras and Moray: Two attractions in one tour, consider that Chinchero Inca ruins will only be visited if you book a private tour.

Moray is a set of semi-circular platforms that represent different ecological levels, which means different temperatures; this is the reason why we came to the conclusion that Moray was an agricultural laboratory for the adaptation of different crops such as potatoes, corn, quinoa, oca, etc.

Nearby Moray, there is a natural salt mining area known as Salineras de Maras formed millions of years ago and it was part of the local diet for thousands of years and even today this type of salt is used for local and regional consumption; during this half-day tour, we will also hit this natural attraction.

Details

  • Schedules
    • Group Tour: Every day at 8am
    • Private Tour: Every day on Request, we recommend 8am starting time
    • We do not operate on the 1st of January
  • Language
    • Group Tour: Bilingual (Spanish & English)
    • Private Tour: Only one language (Spanish, English), you choose the language, if you prefer another language, let us know your preference!
  • Duration
    • About 6 hours
  • Tour Type
    • Group tour or 100% Private tour, you choose your cup of tea, the tour is focused on history, designed exclusively for adults
    • If you have kids, we recommend you to reserve a private tour
  • Transportation
    • By bus
  • Accessibility
    • This tour is not suitable for people with reduced mobility
  • Tour Ending Place
    • Group Tour: Next to the  Plaza de Armas
    • Private Tour: We can finish anywhere in the historic center like the Plaza de Armas or drop you off at your hotel or Airbnb
  • How to make reservations?
    • Please contact us via this page. We will give you a quote, and once we agree, you will receive a custom offer with the price
    • If you are browsing with a cell phone, click on the Book Now button on the Menu or Scroll down
  • Please Bring
    • Do always bring a hoodie or jacket, non-slip walking shoes, raincoat, hat, sunglasses, water, local currency for the entrance tickets (Tourist Ticket), and snacks. We don’t include lunch. The tour ends at about 2pm in Cusco city
  • Included
    • Group Tour:
      • Bus pick-up from your hotel as long as you stay in the historic center
      • 100% authorized guides and an excellent narrative of history
      • Tourist bus with air-conditioning
    • Private Tour:
      • Bus and guide pick-up from your hotel, Airbnb or anywhere in Cusco city and we also cover all the inclusions mentioned on the Group Tour
  • Not Included

    • This excursion does not include the Tourist Ticket of Cusco, which you must pay for in cash – local currency – at the archaeological sites. There are two different types of ticket, depending on how many monuments you would like to visit:
      • Full ticket: 130 Soles per person – about 38 USD
      • Partial ticket: 70 Soles per person – about 21 USD
    • You will need an extra ticket for Maras Salineras – salt mines. The cost is 10 Soles, buy it at the attraction in cash the same day of your tour, they only accept local currency in payment
    • Meal
    • Tips (Optional)
    • * Kids and minors may have discounts on the entrance fees
    • * The Tourist Ticket or Boleto TurĂ­stico will let you access to the Inca Ruins, you can buy the ticket the same day as your tour | If you have kids over 10 years old, they will be required to pay for the ticket, please learn more at Wha is Tourist Ticket of Cusco?
    • * Bring local currency for the Tourist Ticket
  • Frequently Asked Questions?
    • I use a wheelchair; can I take this tour?
    • Will my kids love this tour?
    • Find all answers FAQs here
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Price

  • Group Tour:
    • 30 USD per person
  • Private Tour:
    • 90 USD per person based on 2 people
    • 80 USD per person based on 3 people
    • 70 USD per person based on 4 people
    • 60 USD per person based on 5 people

Important for kids:

    • Children under 4 years go on the tour for free
    • If you have children between 5 years old and 10 years old, they must pay for the price of the tour to ensure that they have a seat on the bus
    • We have different prices for children between the ages of 5 and 10 years old
    • Kids older than 11 and teenagers pay the regular rate
    • Don’t get confused between the tour-price and the entrance ticket prices for the attractions; in this tour, we don’t include the ticket prices of the attractions

Discounts:

If you travel alone, with your family or in a group of 3 or more people, let us know, we have big discounts.

Meeting Point

    • Group Tour: We include bus pick-up from your hotel (applies only if your hotel is located in the historic center); otherwise come to the Rejocijo square, let us know your preference via e-mail
    • Private Tour: We include bus and tour guide pick-up from your hotel, Airbnb, or any location in Cusco city

Itinerary

Consider that the itinerary below might be affected by strikes, festivities and weather issues.

  1. Group Tour: Maras and Moray, half-day tour | max. 19 people
    • Pick-up at your hotel at 8am – if applicable
    • Indian Market of Chinchero—we include the market to help keep the tour prices low if you want to skip this place, you can book a private tour
    • We won’t visit Chincheros Inca ruins
    • We will hit Moray Inca ruins
    • We will explore Maras salt mines
    • We end this tour next to the Plaza de Armas at about 2pm
  2. Private Tour: Maras, Moray and Chinchero | 100% private tour
    • Pick-up at your hotel at the requested time, we recommend 8am
    • We are going to explore the Inca ruins of Chinchero
    • The next stop is the Indian Market of Chinchero — optional, we only visit this handicraft market on request
    • We will hit Moray Inca ruins
    • Finally, we are going to visit the Maras salt mines
    • We finish this tour anywhere in the historic center like the Plaza de Armas or drop you off at your hotel or Airbnb

Cancellations

You can cancel the tour up to 48 hours in advance. Otherwise, a fee of 50% of the cost of the tour will apply

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