Maras
Cruises & Boat Tours

Enter your dates to find available activities

Our most recommended Maras Cruises & Boat Tours

From Cusco: Chinchero, Moray, Ollantaytambo, and Pisac Tour

1. From Cusco: Chinchero, Moray, Ollantaytambo, and Pisac Tour

During this Sacred Valley day tour, Discover the best of Cusco's Sacred Valley on this full-day tour. After getting picked up from your hotel in Cusco in the morning, head to an archaeological zone and textile center located in Chinchero. See how locals dye alpaca wool with natural plants of the region. Visit the archaeological site and see its terracesAfterward, move on to Moray to learn about the history of the Incas and wonder at their mysterious circular terraces. Head to the nearby village of Maras and learn about its history as a center for salt production at the Maras Salt Mines. Admire the unique quilt work of over 3,000 salt ponds spilling into the Sacred Valley. From here, go to Urubamba and to enjoy a buffet lunch at a local restaurant. Visit the ruins of Ollantaytambo. Marvel at the remarkable Incan architecture built during the Incan Empire's heyday. In addition to the ruins, see an amazing rock formation that represents the Incan god of Wiracocha. Finally, visit the archaeological park of Pisaq, after which you will visit the nearby town to explore the craft market. At the end of the day, get dropped off in downtown Cusco.

Cusco: Chinchero, Moray, and Salt Mines Tour

2. Cusco: Chinchero, Moray, and Salt Mines Tour

Your tour will start with your group pick-up. From there you will drive for about an hour to Chinchero, making a short stop in this town to visit one of the last traditional families. You will also learn about ancient textiles and the weaving process. After driving 30 minutes more, you will arrive to Moray, the ancient Inka agriculture laboratory located in a rare topographical depression in which the Inkas developed into unique circular terraces. You will learn how this entire area was also watered by a well-engineered irrigation system. After enjoying Moray, you will continue for another hour to the Salineras Salt Mines of Maray, your last destination on your tour. The salt mine is actually a vast collection of terraces born from a water stream high on a mountain. Over many centuries this salt spring has been channeled to 1,000 small pools. People wait for the sunny days to evaporate the water which leaves the pure salt behind, a technique of which has been used since pre-Inka times. You will finally drive approximately 1.5 hours back to Cusco, where your group will be dropped off near the Main Plaza de Armas.

Cusco: Moray, Maras Salt Mines & Chinchero Weavers Half-Day

3. Cusco: Moray, Maras Salt Mines & Chinchero Weavers Half-Day

Travel through the historic Urubamba Valley on an unparalleled half-day tour from Cusco and pass the snow-capped peaks of the Peruvian Andes. Meander through lush yellow fields of wheat and sleepy little villages en route to Moray. Upon arrival, learn about the ingenuity of the Incas in their mysterious circular terraces. Continue to the nearby village of Maras to explore its history as a center for salt production. Take in the spectacular nature and admire the unique quilt work of over 3,000 salt ponds spilling into the Sacred Valley. Finish the day back in Cusco in time to explore more of the magnificent city.

From Cusco: Sacred Valley, Pisac, Moray, & Salt Mines Tour

4. From Cusco: Sacred Valley, Pisac, Moray, & Salt Mines Tour

During this Sacred Valley day tour, go to the must-visit sites of Cusco and have a chance to try traditional Incan beer. Get picked up from your hotel in Cusco's city center and head to your first stop, Mirador Taray.  Take in the spectacular views of the Andes and the Sacred Valley to prepare for your day of discovery.  Continue to the town of Pisac, the site of a popular market. See how locals dye alpaca wool with natural plants of the region. Visit the archaeological site and see its terraces, Incan cemeteries, and royal buildings.  Afterward, move on to Moray to learn about the history of the Incas and wonder at their mysterious circular terraces. Head to the nearby village of Maras and learn about its history as a center for salt production at the Maras Salt Mines. Admire the unique quilt work of over 3,000 salt ponds spilling into the Sacred Valley. From here, go to Urubamba and enjoy a buffet lunch at a local restaurant. Continue with a drive along the Urubamba River towards the town of Ollantaytambo to visit the ruins. Marvel at the remarkable Incan architecture built during the Incan Empire's heyday. In addition to the ruins, see an amazing rock formation that represents the Incan god of Wiracocha. After your time at the ruins, choose to return to Cusco with your guide or to stay in Ollantaytambo so you can continue your personal travels to Machu Picchu.

From Cuzco: Sacred Valley, Moray Terraces, and Salt Mines

5. From Cuzco: Sacred Valley, Moray Terraces, and Salt Mines

Leave your hotel from 7:30-8:00 AM on a comfortable shared transport vehicle. Relax, as you drive from Cusco to Moray. Learn about Incan culture from your expert guide and view the archaeological site of Moray and the salt mines of Maras. See impressive landscapes such as sacred lagoons and snowcapped mountains that were like Gods to the Incas. Continue to the Maras salt mines to snap some incredible photos. Admire the salt wells that were used economic exchange. Return to Plateros street in Cusco by the Main Square at around 2:00 PM.

From Cusco: Private Half-Day Maras and Moray Tour

6. From Cusco: Private Half-Day Maras and Moray Tour

Immerse yourself in the Inca culture on this half-day trip to 2 important Inca sites. Get picked up from your hotel in Cusco in the morning and head to the archaeological sites of Moray. Experience the site's unusual Inca ruins, consisting of several circular terraces. Learn more about the terraces function and their complex irrigation system before heading to the colonial village of Maras. In Maras, enjoy a visit to the nearby salt evaporation ponds at the Salineras Salt Mine and marvel at the vastness of the complex, which consists of over 3000 evaporation pools, and is still in use today. Get dropped off back at your hotel in Cusco in the afternoon.

Cusco: Half-Day Maras and Moray Tour

7. Cusco: Half-Day Maras and Moray Tour

After being collected from your accommodations in Cusco at around 8:30AM, you will depart for Moray, which is an archaeological site approximately 50 kilometers northwest of Cusco. This site contains unusual Inca ruins, mostly consisting of several enormous terraced circular depressions, the largest of which is approximately 30 meters deep. As with many other Inca sites, it also has a sophisticated irrigation system. This Inca site exhibits numerous circular agricultural terraces built by the Incas in natural sinkholes on a limestone plateau overlooking the Urubamba Valley. It has been suggested that they had a cosmological meaning, but their function other than for agricultural purposes remains unclear. Next, you will visit the colonial village of Maras, a town in the Sacred Valley of the Incas. The town is well known for its nearby salt evaporation ponds, which have been in use since Inca times. The salt-evaporation ponds are up-slope, less than a kilometer west of the town. This is an important salt mine site, which was exploited during Inca times and then again later during the colonial times up until today. At the conclusion of your tour, you will be returned to Cusco at approximately 3:00PM.

Lima: 9-Day Peru Express with Ica, Cusco, and Puno

8. Lima: 9-Day Peru Express with Ica, Cusco, and Puno

Day 1: Arrival in Lima, City Tour Your tour will begin as you are picked up from the airport, it is advisable to arrive in the morning. In the afternoon, you will take a city tour. That evening you will stay at the Miramar Hotel or similar in Lima. Day 2: Paracas, Ica, and Huacachina with Buggies and Sandboarding Visit the Ballestas Islands and Candelabrum, before a wine and Pisco demonstration in Ica city. Later that day, take part in riding buggies and sandboarding in Huacachina. That evening you will once again stay at the Miramar Hotel or similar in Lima. Day 3: Arrival to Cusco On your third day, you will arrive in Cusco, you will be transferred to the hotel then will have a free day for acclimatizing or visiting some places around the Cusco historical center. That evening you will lodge in the Ayni Cusco Hotel or similar. Day 4: Chinchero, Maras, and Moray in the Sacred Valley of the Incas Begin with a visit to the Chinchero textile center, before moving onward to the archaeological sites in Chinchero and Moray. Following that, you will tour the salt mines in Maras before taking the train from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes, lodging at the Golden Sunrise Hotel or similar in Aguas Calientes. Day 5: Machu Picchu Inca Citadel On day 5 you will explore the breathtaking Machu Picchu, which is one of the Seven Wonders of the world. Following a full day at this sacred site. In the afternoon, take the train from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo and arrive in Cusco by transportation, you will overnight at the Ayni Cusco Hotel or similar. Day 6: Humantay Lake On your sixth day, you will trek to Humantay Lake, which is close to the snowy Salkantay mountain, you will be able to know the first camp of the famous Salkantay trek. That evening you will once again lodge in the Ayni Cusco Hotel or similar. Day 7: Rainbow Mountain Trek to Rainbow Mountain, which is very close to the highest mountain of Cusco: the Ausangate Mountain, this is a famous place around Cusco. Following your day of hiking, you will return once more to the Ayni Cusco Hotel or similar overnight. Day 8: Route of the Sun On day 8 you will take a bus tour between Cusco and Puno. Throughout this journey, you will visit the Andahuaylillas Chapel, Raqchi Archaeological Complex, La Raya Pass, and the Lithic Museum of Pukara. That evening you will stay at the Qalasaya Hotel or similar. Day 9: Titicaca Lake and the Uros and Taquile Islands On the final day, you will take a speed boat tour of Lake Titicaca, before exploring the Uros and Taquile Islands. In the afternoon, you will transfer to the airport where your tour will conclude.

From Cusco: Maras and Moray Full-Day Biking Tour

9. From Cusco: Maras and Moray Full-Day Biking Tour

Head to the popular and unique destination around the Sacred Valley of the Incas. Explore the wonderful valley in the best way, by mountain biking on different paths that lead to incredible places.  Learn more about the lively culture of Chinchero, witness the production of handmade fabrics, visit the magnificent agricultural laboratory INCA of Moray, and explore the colorful salt mines of Maras. Take in views of the impressive landscapes, around which are lagoons, mountains, and glaciers full of life and color. Embark on a complete adventure of history, culture, tradition, and mountain biking. The route has different bike trails suitable for all skill levels, so you can always let your guide know which of the paths suits you best.

From Cusco: Chinchero, Maras, and Moray Private Day Trip

10. From Cusco: Chinchero, Maras, and Moray Private Day Trip

Spend the day visiting archaeological sites and getting to know the mysterious Incan civilization on this day trip from Cusco. Visit the Sacred Valley with stops in Chinchero, Maras, and Moray. Meet your guide in Cusco and depart for Chinchero. Chinchero was an important town of the Incan Empire and is located on a terrace at about 3500 meters above sea level. The beautiful Andean landscape surrounds the town, with Chincero being framed by the calm beauty of the Chicón and Verónica snow-capped mountains. Every Sunday, the town becomes a trade center for products from the neighboring communities. After visiting Chinchero, go to the archaeological sites in Maras and Moray. In Maras be impressed by the salt mines. The salt deposits from these mines were used to trade for products from other regions of the empire. In Moray see archaeological remains composed of mysterious concentric circular terraces which, according to some scholars was an agricultural research center. Following your visit to Moray, depart back to Cusco.

Frequently asked questions about Maras Cruises & Boat Tours

What are other things to do than Cruises & Boat Tours that are worth visiting in Maras?

The other unmissable things to do in Maras are:

Other Sightseeing Options in Maras

Want to discover all there is to do in Maras? Click here for a full list.

What people are saying about Maras

La guida è stata attenta ai bisogni di tutti. Piena di spiegazioni per tutti i luoghi visitati. Se avete in mente di visitare altri siti archeologici oltre a Moray che prevedono il costo del biglietto turistico, considerate di acquistare quello di 10 giorni. Il meteo è stato variabile durante la mia visita: leggete la lista del materiale suggerito da portare dietro poiché è molto utile. Nell’ andare a Moray, ci siamo fermati in un’azienda tessile dove ci hanno spiegato come producono e colorano la lana. Hanno un vasto assortimento di prodotti. Prima di andare a Maras ci siamo fermati in un negozio dove ci hanno spiegato i vari tipi di sale ed abbiamo assaggiato il cioccolato al sale. Qui è stato inoltre possibile acquistare acqua e snack. Entrambe le durate di queste fermate le ho trovate adatte.

While it was too much in a day for me, I can’t fault them that I chose it! Our guide was really good at keeping us together and in order so we could see everything there was to see, and did a great job of explaining in both English and Spanish. Often things get lost when guides switch languages, but he did really well! Just be prepared for a full, busy day, and I’d say it’s worth it if you’re limited on time and want to see as many Incan remains as possible. The buffet lunch was also good.

Our guide Juan Carlos was great. His explanation was on point, engaging and convincing. The tour is very well organized and pretty smooth from end to end. I much prefer this company to the other one offering similar tours on GYG (even though the latter has much more reviews - I went with them on a tour to Ollantaytambo and Pisac but the guide was one of the worst I’ve had). Plus this one is much cheaper. Overall had a great time and would highly recommend.

Very nice trip, I really appreciated the way how things were organized. The only thing that I could improve is the breakfast.

A good tour for the money. Easy way to see several different sites in the area.