Maras & Moray, The best treks in Cusco!
Two of the most important tourist centers of the city of Cusco are Maras and Moray. In these places you can see part of peruvian millenary culture in its different stages such as the pre-Inca, Inca, colonial and republican. We invite you to learn a little more about these amazing tourist attractions and also start planning your next vacation with visits to these places. Maras and Moray are waiting for you!
Where are there?
We will start talking about Maras:
Maras is located at an altitude of 3,380 meters above sea level. Located at a distance of 48.10 km taking Izcuchaca route. And 48.88 km passing from Chincheros (this is the most recommended for being paved highway).
What to see?
In the town of Maras, you will be able to appreciate the chain of snowy mountains of the Sacred Valley of the Incas and that of Vilcabamba. The district of Maras has tourist attractions of the pre-Hispanic, colonial and republican period; in the town they emphasize mainly their colonial covers with shields of the noble and caciques of centuries XVI and XX.
Maras was the obligatory step for the muleteers and their mules that transported tropical products and especially coca leaves from the high forest of Cusco to meet the needs of the city of Cusco and the country. The district of Maras has a church built with adobes. Typical construction of the religious architecture of the town, in whose atrium is a cross carved in granite; inside the church you can see canvases of the Cusco school in which the apostles are represented. The author of these paintings is the Quechua painter, Antonio Sinchi Roqa Inka, a native of the Maras district, who is said to have painted very carefully for his church.
- Salt mines of Maras: The Salt Mines of Maras have an impressive complex of salt exploitation, it is located in the place called Qoripujio, at a distance of approximately 4 km, with respect to the town of Maras. It has salt mines, which were already exploited since the inca time as a means of economic and value exchange. From Maras you can get to visit the salt mines by a horseshoe path; through the place it is very usual to find horses that load the sacks of salt extracted from natural salt mines.
Let’s Talk about Moray:
Moray is located 53 km from Cusco, and has an altitude of 3,385 meters above sea level.
At approximately 7 km. to the southwest of Maras is Moray which is a unique archaeological group of its kind within the region. Moray is a center of depressions or gigantic natural holes which were used to build (in its contours) terraces or agricultural platforms with their respective irrigation channels. What is important in the place and therefore attracts a lot of attention is the average annual temperature difference between the top and the bottom of the depressions, that difference reaches up to 15 ° C.
The main hole has a depth of 150 m. and the average height of the platforms is 1.80 m. among them.
The structures found in Moray are typically Incas, however, some suggest that these are earlier structures; This can be noticed mainly in the lower terraces. It is also estimated that the bottom of Moray is on a very porous natural rock formation that facilitates the filtration of water into the earth since at the bottom of the depressions floods do not occur in the rainy seasons.
When to go?
Many ask about the best time to visit Maras & Moray Tour in Cusco. You must know that in the city of Cusco there are 2 seasons and they are:
- Rainy season: it extends from November to March. In the city of Cusco the cold decreases, heavy but brief rains occur and not every day. The only difference with the Sacred Valley of the Incas, where Maras and Moray are located, is that temperatures are always warmer there, and especially in that season. Although the amount of tourism decreases, however we always have visitors to the Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu and what to say for the Inca Trail. Moreover, many tourists, because at this time there are usually discounts and promotions in many places, prefer to visit Cusco in those months. An overcoat or waterproof poncho, a backpack with rain lining and waterproof boots are the ideal solution for travelers who come in some month of the rainy season.
- Dry season: it goes between the months of April to October. It is also called high season. In the city of Cusco the temperatures are quite cold, with strong winds, especially between June and August, but no rain occurs. The difference with Maras and Moray in the Sacred Valley is that there the weather is always hotter than in Cusco, with very nice breezes. The costs return to their usual levels, but they are always within reach of the market, since there are for all budgets, from the economic ones to the VIP.
Now you know more about this amazing places in thee city of Cusco. Don’t miss the opportunity to visit Maras & Moray Tour if you are looking for an unique and cultural trip in Peru.