Day 1: maras, salt mines – moray – ollantaytambo – aguas calientes
Leaving from Cusco in the morning around 09:00am.we will go to 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.
Finally, we will go to ollantaytambo train station but before to take the train, we will visit and have time to explore the age old and bustling Inca village and the massive Inca Ruins, with a tour provided by our guide. Then, we will take the train to Aguas Calientes where we will spend the night in a hotel.
Day 2: Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu – Cusco
Our day starts at in the morning. We will go to the bus station where we will catch the bus to Machupichu National Sanctuary UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site. The bus ride takes 30 minutes. The first bus depart at 5:30 AM. Our departure time will depend of how early we make it to the bus station.
At Machupicchu we will go on a tour around this wonder of the world. The tour usually takes 2 +hours. After the tour, Our guide will direct us to the location access point to the Wayna picchu mountain and the Machupicchu mountain. The climb to those mountains take between 2 and 3.5 hours.
There are now 2 sessions to visit the Machu Picchu Citadel; 6am to 12pm and 12pm to 5:30pm. If you wish to stay after 12pm, you must purchase a second entrance ticket.
If you wish to indulge in a few of the following activities on your own, you can (not included in the price)
Climb up Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain and appreciate the beauty and magnificence of Machu Picchu (An additional fee)
You can also take time to walk to the Sun Gate, 2 hours round trip or the Inca Bridge, 1 hour round trip. (No additional fee)
Passengers that purchase Huayna Picchu tickets are given an extra 2 hours at the Machu Picchu Citadel and those that purchase Machu Picchu Mountain tickets get 3 hours extra.
The trip to Cusco takes 4 hours. The first part by train to Ollantaytambo takes two hours, and the second part takes two hours too. A bus will pick you up from Ollantaytambo and take you back to Cusco. The Time of arrival to Cusco depends of the time of departure from Aguas Calientes. Usually people arrive back to Cusco at 8:00PM.