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MORAY AND THE SALT MINES

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Moray and Salt Mines

Moray and Salt Mines, Early departure by private vehicle to the Scared Valley town of Chinchero, located 30 km from the city of Cusco. We continue our route to Maras. About 7 km. (4.3 miles) southwest from Maras is Moray, a very unique archaeological site in the region, where enormous natural depressions or hollows in the ground were used for constructing irrigated farming terraces around them. What is surprising is the difference between the average annual temperature at the top and the at bottom, which reaches about 15 C (59 F). The main depression is about 30 mts (100 feet) deep. In these natural formations, nature has created environmental conditions, or micro climates, that modern day people create in greenhouses or hothouses.

Towards the northwest of the Maras village are the famous “salt parks,” where a considerable volume of solid salt is obtained; about 10 cms. (4 inches) high. That solid granulated salt is then packed in sacks and sent to the region’s markets; in modern times the salt has begun to be treated with iodine, thus, its consumption is not dangerous. In the neighborhood of these sites, depending on time of day, we will have a box lunch, with beautiful views of the surrounding landscapes. In the late afternoon we will return you to your hotel, either in Cuzco or the Sacred Valley. Duration: 7 hours

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