Chinchero, Maras & Moray (optional hike)
Firstly, you will be driven to the town of Chinchero, small in scale but big on charm! Explore the well-preserved Incan terraces that can be found here along with the town's colonial era adobe church. In addition to the magnificent terraces, there are several megalithic carved rocks, and a 17th century church built on top of an Inca palace. Chinchero is also known for its colourful market and the use of traditional weaving techniques that are used to produce textiles for sale.
The next stop is Moray, where well preserved circular terraces are built in descending layers down into natural valleys, which are thought to have been an Inca agricultural site for experimental farming. Here you can walk along the very terraces where the Incans once flourished before heading to Maras.
Lastly you will arrive at the salt pans of Maras, situated in a gorge that leads to the Sacred Valley. Centuries ago, Incan people discovered salt water naturally seeping from the mountain side near Maras, and began to create man-made salt pans, allowing the water to evaporate and the salt to be harvested. Enjoy the panormaic views of this facinating site.
During dry season (May-September) the salt pans turn bright white and glitter with layers of salt accumulating in the pans - it is truly stunning! You will then enjoy lunch at Iskay Maras Home located in Maras town.