Duracion : Half Day
DURATION: Approx. 05 hrs
The excursion begins with the pick-up of passengers at their respective hotels starting at 8:30 a.m. Approximately then we will go by the Cusco – Urubamba route to our first archaeological center called. “Moray.”
MORAY: To get to the archaeological complex of Moray we take the Cusco – Urubamba road, passing through different districts such as; Poroy, Chinchero, and some small populated centers such as Huayllabamba, Cruz pata, etc. At kilometer 42 there is a detour, along a 11-kilometer carriageway that will take us to Moray. Approximate travel time to Moray is 1.20 hours. approx.
Moray is a unique archaeological group of its kind in the region. These are gigantic natural depressions or holes in the surface of the land that were used to build terraces or agricultural platforms with their respective irrigation canals for the acclimatization of plants and / or products of different altitudinal levels. It is therefore a prototype of greenhouse or experimental station Inca.
MARAS: It is located 9 kilometers from Moray, at 3300 m.s.n.m. From there you can see the Urubamba mountain range and the snowy summits of “Wakay Willka” (5,682 m.s.) and the “Chikón” (5,530 m.s.).
Its important occupation began when the Cusquenian nobles of the Inkario were stripped of their palaces in the Qosqo and had to leave to settle in other small towns like Maras. It has a church made of adobes, paintings from the Cusco School are kept inside the church.
SALINERAS: or “salt mines”, located northwest of the town of Maras are made up of about 3,000 small wells with an average area of about 5 m², during the dry season they are filled or “watered” every 3 days with salt water that It emanates from a natural source located in the upper part of the wells so that when the water evaporates, the salt contained in it gradually solidifies.
Later the salt is beaten and thus granulated; the salt will then be bagged in plastic bags and sent to the markets of the region; Today that salt is being iodized, which is why its consumption is not harmful.
CHINCHERO: It was founded in the middle of the most beautiful countryside with the purpose of serving as a resting place for the Inca Túpac Yupanqui. There he ordered to erect shrines, baths, platforms and the great royal palace in the year 1,480 approx.
The chronicles relate that the ruler died in dark circumstances. Some believe that he was poisoned by his favorite princess, Chiqui Ocllo, although it could also be Qoya Mama Ocllo herself, who resented the preference of the Inca for the son of his concubine. In the struggle for power all supporters of Chiqui Ocllo, including the princess, were exterminated. The son of the Inca, Cápac Huari, was confined for life in Chinchero prison.
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