Early in the morning, we will pick you up from the hotel to
start this fascinating tour to the Sacred
Valley of the Incas. Our first stop will be at the town of Chinchero, located 17 miles from Cusco
city. Here, we will visit a local workshop to appreciate the ancestral
techniques to create amazing textiles.
Then, we will visit the salt mines of Maras located on an open hill in Urubamba’s valley. This place has an impressive process created by
Incas, where a subterranean stream evaporates salty water and it emerges at a spring.
The flow is then directed into an intricate system of tiny channels constructed
so that the water runs gradually down onto the several hundred ancient terraced
ponds. The water, which is exposed to the sun, leaves salt on the land.
After visiting the salt mines near Maras, head to the Moray ruins, which are made up of three
coliseums thought to have been used by the Incas as a sort of open air crop
laboratory. The coliseums consist of several enormous terraced circular
depressions, the largest of which is about 30 meters (98 feet) deep. Admire
these terraces which are arranged in concentric circles and are reminiscent of
an ancient Greek theater.
The Sacred Valley of
the Incas has extensive fertile lands perfect for cultivation, as well as impressive
archaeological sites. This place will show us the lifestyle of the Inca Empire and its advanced construction
After the tour you will return to Cusco.