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Maras - Moray - Salt mines & Short Inca Trail

Maras - Moray - Salt mines & Short Inca Trail

3 Days / 2 nights

from: USD 700.00

One of the tourist circuits that has been gaining importance in recent years is the excursion to Maras Moray & Sal Mines Tour. 30 km northwest of the city of Cusco and about 3028 meters above sea level. This circuit combine; the mysterious construction of Moray, as a point of concentration of energy, a place for research and acclimatization of plants; Only hypothesis is known until today. Just a few kilometers down is the salt mine known as the Salt Mines of Maras, the attractiveness of this place is that the people who work are the same people from the place and nearby, they work it in an artisanal way using filtration grounds.


Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, the short version of the famous and surprising Inca Trail, for those who have little time available, but in no way want to miss this unique hike and enjoy beautiful scenery and diversity of plants such as the Orchid and variety of birds. This walk is 11 kilometers on the first day during this walk you will be able to observe and know one of the greatest cultures in South America the "Inca", "Quechua" or "Andina" culture. The capital of this culture was Q'osqo or Cusco and it spread to a large extent throughout South America (Peru, Chile, Ecuador, Bolivia, Argentina, Colombia). The Inca Trail is hidden among the Andean mountains with constructions high up in the mountains dominating the Andean Valley and part of the Peruvian Amazon. With the arrival of the conquerors this Culture was disappearing, but they left us some Signs and Relics intact as we will know during this walk. Don´t miss the opportunity to enjoy history and adventure!

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Day 1: Moray, Maras & Salt Mines Tour

07:00 We pick you up from your hotel and starting to the Maras, Moray & Salineras Tour

08:00 Guided tour of the Chinchero temple 

09:30 Guided tour of Moray

10:50 Driving to Maras

11:00 Guided tour of the Maras Colonial small town

11:20 Driving to Salt Mines

11:50 Salt Mines guided tour

13:00 Buffet Lunch in Urubamba

14:00 Continue the Sacred Valley tour ending in Ollantaytambo

15:00 Guided tour of Ollantaytambo

18:00 Spend a night in Ollantaytambo


Day 2: Inca Trail Short - First Day

06:30 Walk to the train station of the Ollantaytambo

07:20 Ollantaytambo Train trip to Km 104, the starting point of our adventure

08:20 Hiking Short Inca Trail with visits to the archaeological groups of Chachabamba, Wiñay Wayna, Inti Punku, etc

12:00 Lunch in Wiñaywayna

13:00 Continue hiking short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu

18:00 Arrival to Aguas Calientes town, spend a night


Day 3: Inca Trail Short - Second day

05:30 Bus ride from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu.

07:00 Guided tour in the Inca Citadel of Machu Picchu. Free time to continue exploring Machu Picchu, to take the best views, relax and admire the Wonder of the World. Free time to have lunch. At the time of your choice, take the bus from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes.

18:20 Return by Train from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo.

20:10 Return by bus from Ollantaytambo to Cusco. 

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Moray, Maras & Salt Mines Tour

  • Maras: Located to the west of Cusco at 3300 m.a.s.l. From there you can see the Urubamba mountain range and the snowy summits of "La Verónica" (5682 meters above sea level) and the "Chikón" (5530 meters above sea level). Its important occupation began when the Incan Cusquenian nobles were stripped of their palaces in the Qosqo and they go out to settle in other small towns like Maras. It has a church made of adobes, typical of the religious architecture of the town, inside the church are kept canvases of the Cusquenian Art School. 
  • Moray: It is located about 7 km southwest of Maras; It is unique archaeological group in its kind in the region. These are gigantic natural depressions or pits on the surface of the land that were used to build terraces or agricultural platforms with their respective irrigation channels. It is therefore a prototype of a greenhouse or biological experimental station that is quite advanced for its time that the American man of antiquity inherits to the humanity a 60% of the vegetable products that is consume now, that help to the Andean man consumes a thousand and a half of diverse varieties of potatoes, a hundred and a half of corn, and many other products. 
  • Salt mines: located to the northwest of the town of Maras are about 3000 small wells with an average area of about 5 m², during the dry season are filled or "irrigated" every 3 days with salt water that emanates from a natural spring located in the part of the wells so that when the water evaporates, the salt contained in it gradually solidifies, later the salt is hit and thus granulated; the salt will then be bagged in plastic bags and sent to the markets of the region; Today that salt is being iodized, which is why its consumption is not harmful. Finally we will travel to Ollantaytambo where we will spend the night.

Day 2 - 3: Short Inca Trail

An alternative to the Traditional Inca Trail is the Short Inca Trail that starts at Km 104 and gives a general idea about the 4-day Inca Trail. To carry out this route,we will wake up very early and take the train from Ollantaytambo to km. 104, before reaching the town of Aguas Calientes; At this point the road crosses the river by a pedestrian bridge that leads to Wiñayhuayna, an archaeological site that precedes the Inca City of Machu Picchu.

The walk lasts approximately 6 to 7 hours until you reach the Sun Gate known as Inti Punku, where you can get the first panoramic views of Machu Picchu. Remember that before this short Inca Trail , the guide will be at your Hotel in Ollantaytambo and will give precise information about the walk and recommendations of the things you must take, you will also be given the tickets (entrance to the Inca Trail, train ticket, etc.) ideal moment where you can make your questions.

What is included in this tour?

  • Pre-trek briefing (Our guide will visit your hotel a day before the trek for your briefing)
  • Accommodation: Hotel (01 night)
  • Meals: 01x Breakfast and 01x Lunch on the Sacred Valley Tour
  • Entrance fee to Machu Picchu
  • Entrance fee to Chinchero,Moray and Ollantaytambo
  • Entrance fee to Salt Mines or Salineras
  • Professional guide in Moray, Maras, Salt Mines, Ollantaytambo & Short Inca Trail
  • Train round trip to Machu Picchu
  • Bus up and down to Machu Picchu
  • Emergency Phone (Our guide will provided the local mobile and you can contact 24 hrs with our staff)

Not included:

  • Meals not details
  • Entrance fee to Huayna Picchu ($ 25 and book in advance)
  • Travel Insurance
  • Tips
  • Others not mentioned


  • Daily departures (except in the month of February, which maintain the Inca Trail route).
  • At the time of booking all data must match those of your passport or identity document.
  • It is mandatory to carry the passport or original document with which you made the reservation during the entire route of the Inca Trail.
  • In case of students, it is mandatory to carry the original ISIC Card along with the passport during the Inca Trail.
  • In case of finding fraudulent and / or expired ISICs, the entrance to the Inca Trail will be denied without claim or refund.
  • The return train schedule may vary according to availability.
  • Tips for guides, cooks and porters are not included in the price of the tour.