Maras - Moray
Circuit Salt pans - Moray (5 Hours)
Guided visit to the not traditional MORAY circuit,
a unique archaeological site.
Moray is a place of depressions or natural gigantic holes in
the surface of the area that were used to construct in its
contours farming terraces or agricultural platforms with their
respective irrigation canals. What calls powerfully the
attention is the difference of annual average temperature
between the highest areas with the bottom of the depressions,
which manages to have even 15°C in the principal depression
of approximately 30 meters of depth.
MORAY, for its climatic conditions and other characteristics,
was an important center of domestication, acclimatization
and hybridization of vegetable, wild plants that were
modified or adapted for the human consumption.
Then we will go towards the Salineras located
at 7 km of Moray, we will pass a Typical Spanish Village
called Maras. Towards the northwest of the village of
Maras we can find the famous salineras known by some
as " salt pans" there are constituted by approximately
3000 small pans by an average area of approximately 5 m ²,
constructed in a side of the inclination of the mountain
of "Qaqawiñay", which during the epoch of drought "they"
fill or "water" every 3 days with salty water that comes
from a natural spring located at the top of the pans,
once the water gets evaporated, the salt contained on
them will gradually get solid. This process will continue
approximately for one month up to obtaining a considerable
volume of solid salt, of approximately 10 cms. of height
from the floor, which later is struck and this way
granulated; the salt will be pocketed later in costal
plastic and sent to the markets of the region; today
this salt is being iodized for what its consumption
is not harmful.
Return to Cusco City.
- Private Transportation.
- Entrance Ticket to Moray & Maras.
- Guided tour.
- Personalized attention.