Visit Maras and Moray in the Sacred Valley of the Incas

20 Feb
Maras Moray in the Sacred Valley of the Incas in Cusco Peru
Tuesday February 20, 2018 - Posted by to Cusco

Visit Maras and Moray in the Sacred Valley of the Incas

When visiting the Cusco area while traveling in Peru, the Sacred Valley of the Incas is a must-see. Many travelers visit Pisac, Ollantaytambo, and Chincheros while doing a Sacred Valley Tour. However, there are also two two lesser known sites called Maras and Moray. Here you read why we recommend you Visit Maras and Moray in the Sacred Valley of the Incas.

Just 31 miles Northwest of Cusco (Peru) lies Moray. Moray is the number 20 of 127 top attractions to visit in the Cusco region ranked by the Tripadvisor. It is a must see for everyone. First photographed in 1931, these particular ruins have been carved into the earth just about 100 feet deep or more.

The most popular theory is that this site once was an Agricultural Laboratory to the Incas. With sixty percent of the world’ stood crop originating from the Andes the theory seems to fit well. Pollen studies have proven that the earth from each basin was once imported from different regions in Peru. From top to bottom the temperature can reach 20 degrees Fahrenheit and with each level in these circular basins being 2 meters apart one would assume it was apart of these experiments.


Trip to Maras y Moray


On the other hand these ruins resembling a Greek amphitheater are also theorized to be used for religious rituals. The area’s calcified soil brings into question wether this was a natural process or something the Incas created purposefully. This area is also known to carry record of the least rainfall. It is still unknown why Quechuan people gather here annually for rituals and have done so for centuries, according to early Christian priests. It is suspected that maybe the possible water channels in the largest basin were instead used for “chica” or corn beer on special occasions.


Entrance Fee Boleto Turistico Cusco

Regardless of their ancient purpose these ruins are an experience you do not want to miss. The entrance fee of only 10 soles makes it a very affordable adventure as well. A bilingual tour with bus transportation can run you as cheap as 30 soles. You could also try out a mountain biking experience to Moray or even purchase your entrance fee along with the Boleto Turistico.


Sacred Valley of the Incas in Cusco

Explore Maras

Just East of Moray you can find the small town of Maras which is famous for the Salineras or salt mines. The entrance fee of only 7 soles is muy barato (very cheap) and goes to supporting the local families who are also the owners of the salt ponds in the Salineras. The size of the pond allowed depends on the size of the family. With several hundred ponds there is a potential for families to maintain more than one.

These salt evaporation ponds have been in use since Inca times. A system of small channels were formed so water slowly flows to the descending ponds. When the water begins to evaporate the pond keeper shuts the channel and allows the pond to dry up. At this point the keeper removes the salt by scraping the bottom and sides before opening the channel again. As they are both relatively close the Salineras is typically included with the half-day tour.


Salineras - Cusco


Do you have questions about visiting the Sacred Valley and Maras and Moray?

Feel free to contact a Dos Manos Trip Counselor or book the Maras and Moray Tour here.



3 thoughts on “Visit Maras and Moray in the Sacred Valley of the Incas

  1. Amazing place!

  2. I did the biking tour a couple of weeks ago and it was really nice! My girlfriend doesn’t like biking so much but she really enjoyed this!

  3. The Salineras in Maras were my favorite – always a magic place!


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