Hike in the Moray and Maras area
At 8:00 a.m. we pick up from your hotel to travel by bus towards the enigmatic archaeological site of Moray. A scenic one hour drive from Cusco or 20 minutes from Urubamba in the Valley, takes us to a detour from the main road, and after about a 20 minute ride on an unpaved road we reach the mysterious circular terraces of Moray.
This unique site is thought to be a place for experimental agriculture used by the Incas to acclimatize plants from a lower altitude environment to higher lands. After visiting the site, we travel by bus another 10 minutes back on the same road to our trail head. We begin our hike towards the colonial town of Maras. We reach and visit Maras to continue hiking on an open plateau to our lunch spot surrounded with scenic views of mountains. After lunch our trail will soon begin to descend toward the Salt mines of “Pichingoto” where we spend some time visiting this fascinating area. Carved in the face of the mountain since ancient times, hundreds of small ponds are filled by local workers with salty water emanating from a spring in the mountain, once the sun evaporates the water the remaining salt in the pond is shoveled into sacs and stored for later sale. Afterwards we hike on a descending trail down the canyon to the Urubamba River in the Sacred Valley; we cross the river by way of a small hanging bridge to find our bus waiting that will take us back to our hotel. Picnic lunch.