Tour To Chinchero, Moray And Salt Mines Half Day - Orange Nation Peru

Tour To Chinchero, Moray And Salt Mines Half Day

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From $175


This half day tour visits Chinchero, Moray & Maras Salt Mines. We will enjoy the stunning scenery of the Andes Mountains and the Sacred Valley. Visit the picturesque town of Chinchero and its colonial church, the agricultural terraces in Moray and the impressive pre-Inca salt mine – Salineras. The entire town of Chinchero is a protected and you need the Boleto Turistico to enter.

Please note: The Chinchero, Moray, Maras & Salt Mines Tour is only offered to our clients doing at least a 2-day tour or trek to Machu Picchu.

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Service Level: Modern vehicles with private driver, pick up and drop off at hotel.
Physical Rating: Easy with relaxed walking whilst exploring the archeological sites and highlights of this tour
Travel Style: Cultural immersion, private van
Group Size: Small group experience; Max 12, Avg 5.


We will pick you up from your hotel at 8:00am or 1:00pm (your choice) in our private van and begin our trip to the small town of Chinchero. Here we will see an colonial church made from adobe, dating from the early seventeenth century.

This church was built upon the foundations of an Inca temple or palace. Inca Ruler Tupac Yupanqui possibly used Chinchero as some sort of personal resort for vacations.

Our next stop is the small town of Maras, where we will see buildings made of thin stone with carvings on them. We then move on to Salineras, the salt mines that made this town famous.

The Salineras consists of over 1,000 small ponds cascading down a hillside valley like uneven steps, the Salineras de Maras (as they are known locally) were first created long before the Incas.

While there is no transcribed record of the ponds’ creation, they seem to have been passed down and expanded by a small number of owners over hundreds of years.

Salt is harvested from the patchwork of shallow pools via a process of evaporation. A natural spring feeds a salt-rich stream that flows down into the pools, which are then opened and closed individually as needed.

Once the pools are filled, the water is allowed to evaporate, and then the salt crystals are gathered off the ground with traditional tools and ancient techniques.

Then, we are on our way to Moray, located at (3,450m/11,318ft), which was an experimental farming site built in the form of an amphitheater with different temperatures on each level to grow different types of crops.

These levels of terraces were carved before the Incas took control of the Sacred Valley and then subsequently used by the Incas.

These terraces served as a natural greenhouse to grow an extraordinary variety of crops (over 250 types) at an altitude not normally conducive for the crops. The Incas were very advanced in the knowledge of creating specific sub-climates.

At the conclusion of your tour, we return to your hotel in Cusco.


Please note: The tour to Chinchero & Salt mines is available on any date that its best for you as long as we have a minimum of 2 people.

Group from 1 to 6 people $ 150 USD for the total group (not per person)
Group from 7 to 12 people $ 175 USD  for the total group (not per person)



  • Private group
  • Professional English-speaking guide
  • Private comfortable transportation
  • Taxes


  • Entrance tickets to archeological sites: 70 soles (1 day only) or approximately $20 USD per person, which can only be purchased in soles only at the first archeological site. (See important info for more information)
  • Meals
  • Salt Mines entrance (20 soles)
  • Tips

What is the Boleto Turistico?  

The boleto turistico is a tourist ticket needed to enter historical and/or archeological sites in Cusco and the  Sacred  Valley. A day pass is 70 soles and has 3  different circuits. Your guide will help you purchase the correct ticket and circuit. You can also purchase  the 10-day pass if you wish. This ticket offers more value for your money. It´s valid for 10 conversative days ,includes 16 sites and costs 130 soles.

You have to purchase the ticket in Soles, they do not  accept dollars or credit  cards.  You can purchase them in their office in Av de Sol or at the entrance of the first site you visit.



  • Warm jacket
  • Hat
  • Water
  • Sun protection
  • Money for souvenirs and tips
  • Money in soles to purchase the Boleto Turistico and an entrance ticket to salt mine
  • Original passport
Tour To Chinchero, Moray And Salt Mines Half Day
From USD $175

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