This half-day tour offers lets you see the agricultural and architectural wonder of the ancient Inca Empire You will visit Moray, the Greenhouse Farming Laboratory of the ancient Incan Empire; Maras and the unique Salineras (salt mines). The Incas utilised the unusual circular terraces in Moray as an agricultural research centre. The Inca Kings were belived that science was extremel important to the survival of their eco system. The temperatures varied in the terraces, enabling researchers to test differing crop strains as thought they were in different climates. The also used this space as a means to store and channel water- which gave farmers great success come harvesting. The Moray site is on the outskirts of the stunning town of Moray. Shadowed by the magnificent snowcapped Chicon and Veronica Mountains of the Cordillera bakcdrop. Las Salineras in Maras is located 7miles from Moray and sits at 3,380m. It resembles a small city from above but as you journey closer you will begin to make out the salt pools. There are over 3000wells and has been used to harvest salt since the Incas rules. This tour can be extended, on request, to include Chincheros. This is a charming town famous for its colourful textile weaving. You can watch as unique peices are made from alpaca wool and dyed using plants and fruits. You also have an opportunity to purchase from the markets. Your guide will provide indepth explantaions of all the sites throughtout the day.
You will be collected from your acoomodation in Cusco around 8:30am and travel in private transport to Moray. Your breath will be taken away by the snowy and majestic mountains, as they glisten in the morning sun. Moray host’s unusual Inca ruins, that provides a fascinating irrigation system, and is branded as the agrarian greenhouse of Peru. Your expert guide will deliver information on the history and organic experimentation that takes place on this site. The will give expamples of some of the vital experiments that took place here during the Incan rule. Next our journey will take us 7 miles to the small and picturesque village of Moray. Here you can visit the beautiful colonial church, and absorb the beautiful scenery. This is some fo the most dynamic views in Peru. From here you will continue on to Maras. The town of Maras itself is beautiful, however, Maras is best known for its Salt Mines (Las Salineras), which consist of around 3000 small salt ponds, which have been utilised as part of the Peruvian trade industry since Inca times. These wells, usually, fill with salty water every 3 days and following a fascinating process, the solidified salt is harvested for use. Your knowledgeable guide will be sure to fill you in on this intriguing process, answering any questions in detail, as well as letting you try the different types of salt with their distinct taste. Around 3:00pm you will find ourselves back in Cusco, ready for the rest of the day.
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