Our tour starts with the pick up from the hotel at 8:00 am from the city of Cusco and ends at 2:00 pm, first we will go to the town of Maras, passing through very typical towns and beautiful landscapes that we can enjoy on our tour, we will visit the following places.
Entrance Tickets (BTC) to the Archaeological Groups:
To carry out the tours in the city of Cusco, you need to acquire a BTC (Tourist ticket of Cusco, which allows the entrance to 16 places, with 10 days of duration, within them to Sacsayhuaman, Qenqo, Pucapucara, Tambomachay, museums and also to carry out the tour to the Sacred Valley of the Incas), the price is:
for FOREIGNERS adults S/. 130.00, students S/ 70.00 and for PERUVIANS adults S/. 70.00, students S/ 40.00.
It is located about 7 km. southwest of Maras and 53 km from Cusco with an altitude of 3,385 m.s.n.m; it is a unique archaeological group in the region. These are gigantic natural holes that were used by the Inkas who built terraces or agricultural platforms with their respective irrigation channels, it is therefore a prototype greenhouse, the greatest hole has depth of 150 mts and average platform height is 1.80 mts., between each of them.
The structures found here are inkas, it is also estimated that the bottom is on a natural rock formation that facilitates the filtration into the earth, so there are no floods in the rainy season. What is striking is the difference in average annual temperature between the top and bottom, it is a difference that reaches up to 15°C. In this place is where incredible advances in agriculture were obtained
Located in the province of Urubamba at 3300 m.s.n.m. from there you can appreciate the mountain range of the Vilcanota and the snowy summits: “El Chikón” (5530 m.s.n.m), “Putukisi” “La Verónica” (5682 m.s.n.m). Today this picturesque town keeps attractions of the pre-Hispanic, colonial and republican period, highlighting in the town streets and colonial covers with coats of arms of the nobles and caciques of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries.
Located to the northwest of the town of Maras, in this place we can find more than 3 thousand salt pools, which were already exploited from the inkanato as a means of economic exchange and is still exploited by the locals. They indicate that the mountain has in its interior salt mines, a spring of salt water that emanates from said mountain, serves during the dry season to fill the wells in the form of “irrigation” every 3 days with salt water for a month, so that it gradually solidifies, the process for the consumption of the region is followed.
I took this tour to the Maras Salt Mines near Cusco, Peru and it was one of the most unique and interesting experiences I’ve ever had. The views of the area were absolutely stunning, with the bright white salt flats standing out in stark contrast to the surrounding green hills.